How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

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A cavity is a hole in your tooth created by decay that can get bigger and bigger over time. These dental caries are caused by the bacteria in your mouth forming plaque and acids that eat away at your enamel. Cavities can be prevented by brushing and flossing twice a day, but how do you know if you have one? Refer to these top symptoms from our dentist in Skokie, IL to know when you should come in for a visit. 


Cavities and tooth decay can come in many forms and various symptoms could occur. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms there is a high chance you have a cavity. 

  • You have toothache pain without any specific cause 
  • You feel a sharp pain when biting or chewing 
  • You have tooth sensitivity when eating something hot, cold, sweet or acidic
  • Your teeth are stained brown, black or white  
  • You see visible holes or pits on your teeth    

What to Do Next

Dental pain is never fun and if you are experiencing any of these symptoms you are probably pretty uncomfortable. Visit your dentist in Skokie, IL as soon as possible for an examination. If the dentist determines you have a cavity, you’ll need a second appointment to get the cavity filled.  
Keep in mind that sometimes cavity pain isn’t noticeable, but still detrimental to your dental health. Our professionals recommend visiting your dentist in Skokie, IL every 6 months for a check-up to make sure that everything is progressing as it should be. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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Chicago Office

919 Michigan Ave
Floor 3
Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 642-6631

Skokie Office

4905 Old Orchard Center
Suite 420
Skokie, IL 60077

(847) 676-0484