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One of the most prominent symptoms of tooth decay is toothache. This, however, occurs only when the decay has progressed to an advanced stage and eaten away at the hard tooth enamel and into the inner pulp of the tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are contained.
Early tooth decay is often symptom free and detectable only on routine dental checkups. Early stages of tooth decay are also easier to treat than later stages. Ideally, adults should have a check-up at least once every two years and people aged under 18 years should attend a check-up annually. Younger children, who are more prone to tooth decay, benefit from routine dental checkups every 4 to 6 months.
Some of the symptoms of tooth decay include: