It is important that we all maintain good oral hygiene because it is imperative to our overall health and well-being. However, even if you take care of your teeth, you may notice some discoloration over the years. But how do you know if it is a stain or a cavity? There are a few differences to keep in mind when trying to distinguish the two.

The difference

A cavity, which is also called tooth decay, is a permanently damaged area on the surface of your tooth. In fact, it might even feel sticky. Gross. Tooth decay can become bigger and deeper in time if it is not treated properly. As a result, it may create a hole in your tooth, so don’t delay treatment.

Stains might resemble cavities but they also shrink or grow rather than steadily get bigger. Additionally, stains may even disappear after brushing your teeth or changing your diet. But, the difference between cavities and stains is not always so clear-cut. That is why it is important to visit your dentist. 

If you suspect you have a cavity or stains, contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more.