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The Dangers of Ignoring a Cavity/ Tooth Decay

Cavities and tooth decay are so common that you may not take them seriously. And you may think that it doesn't matter if children get cavities in their baby teeth. However, cavities and tooth decay can have serious and lasting complications, even for children who don't have their permanent teeth yet.

Complications may include:

•Pain

•Tooth abscess

•Pus around a tooth, especially when you press on your gums

•Broken teeth

•Chewing problems

•Positioning shifts of permanent teeth after losing baby teeth prematurely

When cavities and decay become severe, you may have:

•Pain that interferes with daily living, preventing you from going to school or work

•Weight loss or nutrition problems from painful or difficult eating or chewing

•Tooth loss, which may affect your appearance, as well as your confidence and self-esteem

•In rare cases, a tooth abscess that can cause serious or even life-threatening infections

Symptoms of a cavity/decay:

The signs and symptoms of cavities vary, depending on their extent and location. When a cavity is just beginning, you may not have any symptoms at all. As the decay gets larger, it may cause signs and symptoms such as:

•Toothache

•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

By Mayo Clinic Staff –

* Remember that the longer you wait, the bigger the issue becomes (It will just become more uncomfortable, dangerous, timely and costly to repair). Call your dentist right away, if you suspect any problems.  The best preventative is to follow up with your regular cleaning and check-up exams to help pinpoint problems, before they worsen.



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