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can cavities spread to other teeth

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
38 years experience Dentistry
Mouth bacteria: Cavities happen when acid making bacteria that live in your mouth, get something to eat ( they especially love carbohydrates) and are able to settle i ... Read More

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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
44 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes and some do: If an area is not cleaned with floss next to an adjacent tooth, then bacteria can increase the chance of decay on both teeth. I especially see the pro ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Second opinion: If you feel like you want a second opinion about a dental health concern, it probably means you should get one. All dentists have different background ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Sterling
44 years experience Emergency Medicine
Only If It GrowsLegs: No, but the conditions that led to the first cavity may cause another one- and often there will be cavities on the sides of adjacent teeth for that re ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
In this way...: Once your teeth are decayed and require fillings, they are not quite as strong and healthy as what we call "virgin" teeth. Nothing is as good as what ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Sandroff
42 years experience Dentistry
It all wrecks things: Tooth decay will damage teeth as they eat away at the structure. Our jobs as dentists is to minimize the damage we cause when we fix the problem. So. ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Trager
54 years experience Dentistry
POSSIBLY: An abscess can spread especially if other teeth are decayed.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Let me try to explai: A cavity is decaying tooth material. The tooth can abscess and infection can spread to the tissues surrounding the tooth. Some of the tissues surrou ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Mokbel
41 years experience Dentistry
Proper hygiene: you can go to the dentist every month if you want to, but you still need to brush and floss every day, and if you already have periodontal disease an ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
31 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Dentists commonly find what some call "kissing lesions" on x rays between the teeth where decay from one tooth affects the neighbor. Also in general t ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Yash
45 years experience Dentistry
Yes: A very remote possibility but a possibility. This is why an abcessed tooth is a serious situation. There have been documentation that a tooth abcess ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Greg Rubin
36 years experience Dentistry
Adjacent teeth- yes: Teeth that are adjacent to wisdom teeth , like second molars may be affected , mainly gum related problems : swelling, abscess , deep gums pockets et ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Yes: There are many procedure to save a tooth with carious lesions: root canal therapy, posts, crowns. These procedures can be performed only if there is e ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pablo Arango
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: If you mean artificial sweeteners like aspartame (nutrisweet) or splenda, then no. Bacteria need real sugar which they eat and produce acids which ca ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wollschlager
25 years experience Dentistry
Prevention: Chewing sugar free gum is very efective(esp. Gum with xylitol)reduction of sugar, softdrinks etc also helps.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience Family Medicine
Cavity migration: Yes, that would be an abscess to the tooth.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: If an infection develops then it can cause fever. Also the pain may cause you not to eat and drink adequately and the resulting dehydration will also ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Lockhart
8 years experience Dentistry
Maybe: Sometimes the eruption of wisdom teeth can rearrange or move existing teeth depending on how much room there is in the jaw.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
10 years experience Pain Management
Absolutely: Infections from teeth can spread easily and the spread of infection depends on the tooth involved. Sometimes the infection can be very grave includin ... Read More
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A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Lot of questions..: A cavity can also irritate the gum tissue, especially if it is near the gumline. For the most part, a carious lesion can be detected on any part of th ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
They can.: Asthma medications have a variety of side effects one of which can be dry mouth. Dy mouth, (xerostomia) is a persistent feeling where there is not en ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Richards
17 years experience Endodontics
Recognize the danger: First, infections spreading to other areas, especially distant areas like these, should be considered serious. Seek treatment now. Second, in select ... Read More
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