How Do I Know If I Have a Cavity?


Taking care of your oral and overall health must be a priority. Knowing when you need to call your dentist is important. Practicing good oral hygiene habits help to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and many other issues. Cavities are one of the most common issues patients face, and about 30 percent of Americans have untreated dental cavities. Leaving a cavity untreated can destroy your teeth leading to tooth loss, infection, and other more serious conditions.
It is helpful for patients to understand what a cavity is, and also know what symptoms to look out for if you think you may have a cavity.

What is a Cavity?

A cavity is when bacteria or food build up and form plaque on your teeth. The bacteria eat away at the enamel on your teeth and cause decay. Good oral hygiene habits are so important, and brushing and flossing can help you get rid of the plaque build up to prevent cavities from developing. Once the cavity is formed there is a small hole in your tooth, and if left untreated the cavity can destroy your tooth or develop an infection.

What Are the Signs of a Cavity?

There are signs you can look out for that may indicate you have a cavity. If you experience any of these signs we encourage you to contact our office, and our staff will get you in as soon as possible. Our team always works to keep our patient’s teeth and mouth healthy and pain free.

• Sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers and does not go away
• Sensitivity to sweet foods or drinks
• A toothache that is on or around one or more teeth
• Pain when you bite down or pain during eating
• Discoloration, white spots, or staining on a tooth
• A small hole or mark on your tooth

Need to Contact Our Office?

Knowing these signs can help you decide if you need to contact a dentist. We always tell patients to never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help, and a cavity should never be left untreated.
If you think you may have a cavity and need to schedule an appointment, contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

How Can I Remove Tartar From my Teeth?

The Foleck Center Cartoon Illustration Of Tartar

The appearance of teeth with tartar creates a bad image. This yellowish layer is annoying and shaves our face in general, as well as causing risks such as tooth decay.  Tartar, also called dental or tartar calculus, is the calcification or hardening of the bacterial plaque on the teeth. His appearance is very unpleasant. It is a yellowish, whitish or slightly brown mass that is deposited in the enamel of the teeth at its junction with the gums.

In addition to being very unattractive and annoying, tartar can also cause various dental health problems. One of the best known and also most feared is periodontitis or pyorrhea that causes bleeding, bad breath, tooth decay and can end with the fall of the teeth.

Today, we provide some tips  to help you remove tartar from your teeth!

Tooth Brushing

One of the best ways to combat tartar is to eliminate the bacterial plaque daily to prevent it from hardening. In fact, when plaque is calcified, it becomes tartar and it is much harder to remove it. To prevent this from happening, it is best to maintain good oral hygiene habits, starting with proper brushing.

Brushing is the basic care that we must have to guarantee our oral health and in particular, to combat tartar of the teeth. The first thing we have to do is always brush our teeth after each meal. This cleaning should be regular and deep.


Flossing is an important element in good oral hygiene habits. And many people do not know or simply do not use it. Flossing helps eliminate bacteria and food debris that remain between the teeth. It helps to avoid plaque formation and therefore, of tartar on the teeth. For dental floss to be effective, it must be used at least once a day before bedtime. Ideally, always use it before brushing your teeth. Thread should be passed between the teeth gently and gently to avoid irritating the gum tissues.

Professional Cleanings

In addition to these basic care that we must have at home, professional cleaning is essential once or twice a year. Even if we are very disciplined and careful in daily cleaning, professional cleaning done by a specialist will be necessary to remove the most rebellious and hard to reach dental plaque. On the other hand, if our hygiene has been poor and tartar is already present in our teeth, only a deep cleaning done by the dentist in the office will be able to eliminate it. At home we can do nothing to fight it.

Questions? Contact The Foleck Center

If you have any additional questions about how to prevent tartar or gum disease,  or would like to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact The Foleck Center! We offer four convenient locations in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Hampton, VA! 

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