It seems like it’s always a little too late before you realize you have a cavity. Wouldn’t it be nice to know how to detect one and prevent them from growing and causing further decay? Unfortunately, brushing and flossing twice-a-day is not enough to ensure you are completely free from cavities for life.


When a cavity first begins for form, you will likely have no idea for some time. There are little to no symptoms and no pain. Tooth decay must build for a while before clear signs begin to show but there are subtleties that will alert you sooner, if you know how to identify them.


Here are a couple of tips that are sure signs that it’s time for a visit to the dentist for a check-up. As soon as you detect any one of these symptoms, you may have a cavity and should not wait to get it examined.


  • Dull or sharp toothache – no matter if it’s near the gum or in the tops of your molars, you probably have some decay that needs to be filled.
  • Consistent tooth sensitivity or mild to sharp pain while eating or drinking something sweet, hot, or cold.
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth – this is due to a bacteria overload and should be taken care of as soon as possible.
  • The presence of a sticky, tarry feeling when biting down.
  • Puss or discharge around a tooth, especially when pressing on your gums is a sign you waited too long and may be developing gum disease from an untreated cavity.
  • Visible holes or discoloration in your teeth (usually black or brown).


Never think you are immune to cavities because you brush your teeth everyday or feel that you are “too old” to have one. Cavities can happen to anyone, anywhere and at anytime. Of course having a daily dental cleaning routine will prevent excessive decay, but it is inevitable that you will experience some sort of plaque build up in your life. The best way to avoid further damage from cavities like gum disease or root damage, visit your dentist at least two times a year for a full check up. The dental staff at Sugar Land Dental Spa in the Houston, Texas area are professionals when it comes to keeping their patients comfortable, healthy and happy. Contact Sugar Land Dental Spa today to set up cleaning appointments for you and the whole family!