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Dentist in Orlando, FL
Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
5180 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32812
(407) 273-6620
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By Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
April 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Some ailments, such as colds or ankle sprains, are easy to identify when they happen to you. But when it comes to dental issues, there fillingsaren't always clear symptoms or signs. That's why Dr. Marcia Martinez, your dentist in Orlando, FL, recommends all her patients pay her a visit every six months for a cleaning and checkup. In between those visits, however, you may develop a problem like a cavity, which is decay on the surface of a tooth. Although not all cavities are obvious, below a few of the ways you can tell that a call to your Orlando dentist might be in your near future.

Food traps

A cavity between the teeth may create a rough edge on the teeth that becomes a magnet for food particles to get stuck, leaving you with an uncomfortable feeling of pressure on the teeth or gums. You may even find that the floss thread snags every time you attempt to remove the piece of food or floss your teeth normally.


As a cavity infiltrates the layers of a tooth, it can cause a numb, tingling, or even painful feeling to suddenly appear when you swallow a drink of cold water or take a bite of hot soup. You may even experience the same feeling when brushing or flossing. This is because the enamel, the hard outer covering of the tooth, has been breached and the nerve endings in the dentin underneath are responding accordingly. Regardless of the cause, though, recurrent tooth sensitivity is a sure sign you need to see your Orlando, FL, dentist right away for an evaluation.

Visual signs

You may actually be able to feel or see the opening on the surface of your tooth; decay often appears as grayish-brown in color and can feel like a rough spot or an actual hole. Unfortunately, this sign is the exception rather than the rule; most people don't know they have a cavity until their dentist spots it during an examination or an X-ray. That's one of the reasons why it's so important to visit your Orlando dentist twice a year.

Catching a cavity in its early stages means less discomfort and cost for you and reduces the chances that the cavity will need more intensive treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Marcia Martinez, contact our office in Orlando, FL, today.