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Cavities are perhaps the most common reason a person visits Dr. Michael Dana at Dana Dental Arts in Spearfish, South Dakota – aside from regularly scheduled dental cleanings, that is.

Cavities can cause serious harm if they’re left untreated, and if you’re not vigilant in your oral health routine it’s easy to develop one in a short time – even between visits to our office.

So let’s look at some ways you can spot cavities so you know what to look out for and when you need to come see our team for a consultation.

Aching teeth

If you have a tooth that’s been bothering you for a while – usually accompanied by a dull ache or sharp pain – then it’s likely the tooth has a cavity. If it’s been a while since your last regular checkup, then it’s entirely possible it formed recently and can be effectively treated – as long as you’re quick in getting to our office.

Teeth that hurt when you bite on them

If you have teeth that only hurt when you use them to chew or bite, that’s another sign of a cavity. This is usually a sign of a cavity that’s smaller, just beginning to form. These types of cavities, while still important to get filled, aren’t as serious as ones that cause a constant toothache.

Call us today at 605.642.7727 to schedule an appointment.