4 Signs of Tooth Decay You Should Know About

4 Signs of Tooth Decay You Should Know About


Tooth decay and cavities can permanently damage the tooth’s surface or enamel and are caused by bacteria. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, nearly 71.5% of all Americans have had tooth decay at some point in their lives.

At South Friendswood Dental Associates in Friendswood, Texas, Dr. Sasha Mahabir, DDS, and Dr. Rahul Gandhi, DMD, provide comprehensive dental care and treatments for patients in the community and can help you identify and treat any signs of tooth decay early on. This way, you can prevent further damage and maintain your dental health. 

Keep reading to learn more about the 4 most common signs of tooth decay. 

Signs of Tooth Decay

Here are four signs that can help you identify the onset of tooth decay:

  • Toothaches

Toothaches are the most common indicator of tooth decay. The pain is inconsistent, can occur suddenly or only when you bite into something and may grow in intensity over time. 

When you feel pain in one or more of your teeth, you should schedule an appointment to see one of our dentists at South Friendswood Dental Associates in Friendswood, Texas. 

  • Dent in Your Tooth

If you notice a dark dent or crack on one of your teeth, it is most likely caused by tooth decay. To prevent further decay, contact our dentists to schedule an appointment right away. 

Dr. Mahabir and Dr. Gandhi can provide immediate relief from any pain or discomfort and prevent the decay from spreading. 

  • Sensitivity to Hot and Cold Foods and Sweets

If you experience sharp pain or sensitivity when you consume hot or cold foods or beverages, it is a sign of dental decay and you should schedule an appointment with our dentists to address the issue. 

Sensitivity occurs when your enamel chips away to expose the inner layer of the tooth called the dentin. When the enamel no longer protects the dentin, hot or cold foods stimulate the nerves and blood vessels in the tooth and cause sensitivity.

Eating sweets may also cause sensitivity. 

  • Brown, Black, or White Stains On Your Teeth

If you notice brown, black, or white stains on the surface of your teeth, you may have dental caries. The stain tends to become darker as the decay advances.

Acting fast when tooth decay occurs is crucial to saving your teeth from further damage.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mahabir, DDS, or Dr. Gandhi, DMD, to address any signs of tooth decay. Call (281) 482-7731, book an appointment online or walk into our office at 699 S Friendswood Drive, Suite #108, Friendswood, TX 77546 for assistance.

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