Tooth decay symptoms

Tooth decay is a common problem across the world and occurs due to interaction between acids and the outer layers of the teeth. Once the outer layers are dissolved, then tooth decay sets in. Tooth decay sets in slowly and if not careful you will find that you have no teeth. In the process, symptoms will start developing.

Tooth decay symptoms may include the following:


This is one of the most common symptoms of tooth decay. This is the pain which is experienced around the tooth and around the jaws. In most cases the pain starts suddenly and it may range from a mild pain to a severe one. During this time, it becomes practically impossible to eat or chew any food. The food or drinks tend to aggravate the pain especially if they are hot or cold. The pain becomes worse at night and the discomfort may cause lack of sleep. Usually the areas that are affected become tender and sore to touch. It is worth to note that toothache may come and go but in some people the pain is permanent.

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Photo 1. The Toothpache.

Bad breath

Bad breath is sometimes referred to as halitosis and this can affect any one at any age as a result of tooth decay. The acids that react with the outer layers of teeth are produced by bacteria and other micro-organisms. The erosion and digestion of the outer layer is what causes tooth decay and hence bad breathe due to products of decay. Health individuals who did not have a bad breathe initially and start having it should be a cause of alarm. If it continues, it means that the problem of tooth decay is advancing which may end up damaging many teeth.

Spots appearing on tooth

It is one of the most common tooth decay symptoms in people of all ages with this problem. The spots may be black, grey or brown. Initially the spots may be unnoticed and may be taken for granted. However, as tooth decay progresses, they start becoming conspicuous and the damage advances. The various reactions taking place between the teeth layers and the acids will produce a number of products and byproducts which end up affecting tooth structure hence spots. The spots may start from the most hidden teeth which make it difficult to realize that decay has taken over.

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Photo 2. Spots appearing on tooth.

Tooth sensitivity

The teeth are served by a number of nerves and other vessels which supply them with the nutrients that they need in order to perform their function as required. However, when tooth decay sets in, most of these vessels will be exposed which means that any food or drink taken may get into contact with them. When this happens, tooth decay has occurred. The problem becomes worse when taking hot drinks or food, cold drinks or food, sweet food and drinks. At this period you may experience either pain or tenderness.

Unpleasant taste in the mouth

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?Photo 3. Unpleasant taste in the mouth.

This is a common experience or symptom for those suffering from this problem of tooth decay. Patients start experiencing a strange and unpleasant taste in the mouth. This may be unnoticed initially but as the decay progresses, it become more and easily recognized.

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