How to Know If You Have a Cavity Before a Dentist Appointment

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If a tooth is sensitive to hot and cold temperatures or has a throbbing pain, see a dentist to find out if you have a cavity. Find out how to tell if you have a cavity in this free oral and dental hygiene video from a licensed dental assistant.

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Do you think that you have a cavity? Well my name's Michelle and I'm a dental assistant with Solutionz and I'm going to help you determine on to know if you have a cavity before your dental appointment. A couple different ways to recognize a cavity is if you start to get sensitive teeth. If your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, sometimes in return you'll get like a zinging effect is what we call it, which is a shooting pain that radiates down into your nerve and throughout your jaw. Also too, you'll get what we call is like a basically a toothache it will actually start to throb. That means that the cavity itself has eaten through your enamel and is now down into the dentin of your tooth which is the core part of your tooth which in return will cause the nerve of the tooth to start throbbing like almost like you feel like your heart is beating in your tooth. So these are two different forms to determine on how to know if you have a cavity. If you do recognize these throughout your mouth, then you definitely want to go visit your general dentist so he can determine if it is definitely a cavity or if its just a sensitive tooth. Once again my name's Michelle, I'm a dental assistant with Solutionz and I just explained to you on how to determine if you have a cavity.

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