Common Symptoms of Tooth Decay

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Tooth decay is one of the most common dental issues we treat at Artistic Dentistry. Like many problems, the sooner you spot and address tooth decay, the better. To help you learn to tell if you might have tooth decay, our team has put together the following list of common symptoms.


If you suddenly develop a toothache and aren’t sure what the cause is, tooth decay may be the culprit. Tooth pain generally occurs when bacteria and acid have worn away the protective outer layers of your teeth to get to the sensitive inner pulp. Toothaches are a common symptom of tooth decay – if you’re experiencing one, call our office for advice!

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is sometimes an early warning sign of tooth decay. Sensitivity can happen when oral bacteria and acid damage erode tooth enamel. Damaged enamel can lead to pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold. You may be able to address tooth sensitivity at home by using a special toothpaste or modifying your brushing technique.

Pain When Biting

If you experience pain when you bite down on something, this may mean you have tooth decay. Just like toothaches and tooth sensitivity, this pain could be the result of weakened tooth enamel. Our team can help you determine whether tooth decay or some other cause is behind your pain when you bite.

Visible Holes, Pits, or Discoloration

While tooth decay is sometimes undetectable to the naked eye, other times it reaches a point where you can see it for yourself. If you notice brown, black, or white stains on your tooth surface, this discoloration can indicate tooth decay. Pits or holes in your pearly whites are also a common symptom of tooth decay.

If tooth decay is caught early, we can usually treat the issue and restore your tooth to its healthy state. To ask our team any questions about tooth decay symptoms or to schedule your next appointment, call us today!

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