Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities, or tooth decay is caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks, and not cleaning your teeth well.
- Tooth sensitivity
- Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
- Visible holes or pits in your teeth
- Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth
- Pain when you bite down
Effect on your body
Your tooth may be sensitive and you may avoid eating certain foods which would affect your nutrition. Untreated the decay can cause pain in the tooth leading to a lack of concentration and of sleep. The decay can also cause the tooth to abscess leading to an infection. The infection can spread throughout your body causing flu like symptoms. Regular visits to the dentist are important to diagnose and treat tooth decay