Cavities (Dental Caries): Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of cavities?

Initially, your child may not notice any pain or discomfort from dental caries. However, when left untreated, toothaches and sensitivity are common symptoms.

Dental caries initially appear as a white spot on a tooth or between teeth, but because they are usually very small, they can't be seen by the untrained eye or without dental radiographs (x-rays). Therefore, it is important to see the dentist on a regular basis to increase the likelihood that the white spot can be detected and treated before the tooth develops a cavity.