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Common Dental Questions

Signs of Tooth Decay



What are the signs of tooth decay?



The signs of tooth decay can vary depending on the size and location of the decay.

  • A toothache
  • Small black spots or a dark area on the tooth
  • More advanced decay may result in a visible hole in the tooth
  • Pain or sensitivity after eating or drinking


Regular dental check-ups will help prevent tooth decay or to find tooth decay at an early stage before a tooth becomes infected.


The unfortunate truth about tooth decay

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that, over the past decade, dental caries (tooth decay) in children ages 2 to 5 has increased. Tooth decay affects more than 1 in 4 U.S. children age 2 to 5.

That’s why it’s so important that parents take an active role in their child’s oral health, and that the child sees a dentist on a regular basis.