Coping with a cavity is usually a painful and unpleasant experience. By the time we notice that a tooth has begun to decay, it has already started to cause us pain. Even getting it treated often requires an invasive and unsettling procedure, but, if you could catch decay earlier, you would be able to avoid most of those painful sensations. By knowing what to look for, and by taking the time to examine your teeth more thoroughly, you can seek treatment sooner.
Bad breath. As bacteria infects a tooth, it eats away at the enamel and, if still left untreated, the decay will spread to the tooth, itself. This is when a hole in the tooth begins to form. In addition to exposing the nerves of the tooth, and becoming unsightly, the hole in your tooth becomes a place for food particles to become lodged. As those particles sit in the cavity, they rot and begin giving off an unpleasant odor, which is often exacerbated by the odor of the decaying tooth. If brushing, and rinsing with mouthwash, isn’t correcting your bad breath, it may be a sign that you’re developing a cavity.