Patients often arrive at our office asking, “Do I have a cavity?” There are a number of symptoms and warning signs we can look for. Tooth decay in the United States affects millions of people. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control shows over 91% of adults have received treatment for decay and nearly 25% may have untreated dental caries.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

A thin layer of strong tooth enamel protects our teeth from tooth decay. A cavity forms when bacteria can bypass the enamel and reach the inner layers of dentin. Poor oral hygiene and trauma are both common factors in weak enamel and greater risk of tooth decay. In order to strengthen your body’s defenses against tooth decay, we recommend:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Have your teeth cleaned twice a year
  • Cut back on foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches

With proper oral maintenance, you can improve both the health and beauty of your smile.

What are the Warning Signs of Dental Caries?

How do you know if you have a cavity? Patients with dental caries may encounter sensitivity in their teeth to hot or cold temperatures. In addition, the teeth may begin to ache. Should the discomfort refuse to subside after a day or two, then you may have a cavity that requires treatment. Remember, if you don’t treat tooth decay you may develop an infection, which can endanger the stability and health of your smile.

What are My Treatment Options?

We can address a decayed tooth with restorative dentistry. By placing a restoration, whether a white filling or a porcelain crown, we can return the tooth to full function and health. If you have any questions, then please contact our office today. We will diagnose and recommend treatment for your aching tooth.


With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 689-5031.