By The Scarsdale Dentist
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Filling  

Regular checkups with your dentist are an excellent way to prevent cavities, but they still may pop up even for the most diligent of people. Our Westchester, NY, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Pike of The Scarsdale Dentist believes in working alongside his patients to provide the best care by educating them about their dental health. Here are a few ways that cavities can make themselves known.

Visible spot

Although you wouldn't think of yourself as being lucky to have a cavity, if you can see a small, permanent brown, gray, or black spot on one of your teeth, that's a sign that you may need a filling. If you notice a visible spot, be sure to visit our Westchester dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Pike, to have it fixed before an obvious cavity gets larger and more invasive.


When cavities first develop, they don't usually cause any discomfort. However, as they begin to breach the protective layer of enamel on the outside of the teeth, you may start to notice tooth sensitivity when you brush, floss, drink hot coffee, or eat ice cream. This is due to the nerves inside the tooth responding to the reduction in insulation that healthy enamel provides. Although sensitivity can be caused by other issues, any new symptoms associated with your teeth should be evaluated by our Westchester dentist as soon as possible.

"Sticky" floss

If you've noticed your dental floss comes out shredded after catching on something between your teeth, a cavity might be to blame. Even small areas of decay between the teeth can carve out a crevice that may snag your floss string. Don't ignore this small but meaningful symptom of a cavity.

Whether you're having indications that a cavity has developed, or if it's been a while since you've had a dental checkup, contact The Scarsdale Dentist for an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Pike. Serving Westchester and Scarsdale, NY. We can be reached at (914) 725-0707.