A cavity may or may not cause pain or discomfort. Your teeth will also most likely be more sensitive to temperature. A stain will not usually cause any discomfort for you physically. However, minor cavities may not cause any issues for you at all, and may not even need treatment.
If you’ve recently noticed discoloration on your teeth, it can be hard to tell if it’s a cavity or a stain.
When teeth appear darker, it is likely due to staining rather than cavities. But knowing a few key details can make this more distinguishable.
How To Spot A Cavity
Be on the lookout for issues such as:
How Can You Tell If It’s A Stain
Lots of substances can stain your teeth, some include:
- Colored drinks – coffee, tea, soda, sports drinks, and wine
- Antimicrobial mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC)
- Tobacco & marijuana products
- Some Foods – berries, beets, tomato sauce, soy sauce, curries, and chocolate
- Tetracycline medication
How To Whiten Stained Teeth
Some tooth stains can be removed at home by brushing your teeth regularly. You can also try a whitening toothpaste, or brushing your teeth with a bit of baking soda. These products should be used with caution, as their abrasive nature can cause damage to your pearly whites.
If you’re concerned about a persistent tooth stain and want to know your choices for how to remove it professionally, ask your dentist. They may offer advice and help you understand your options.
You To Can Prevent Stains!
Whiter teeth don’t have to be expensive. Using simple options like brushing your teeth and keeping your mouth closed, you can prevent stains.
The following suggestions all can help:
- Brush and floss regularly
- Dilute, stop, or use a straw
- Reduce your intake of sugary drinks, alcohol, and tobacco
- Chew sugar-free gum that contains xylitol
frequently Asked Questions
You should make a dentist appointment so you know for sure. If you treat a cavity early on, you can prevent a lot of issues.
A dentist can verify if it’s a minor cavity, or not. Minor cavities may not need treatment. If you do need it treated, they will almost always have different options to choose from.