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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Immediately: Secondary caries can start as soon as bacteria have a food source to produce acids and therefore cause demineralization of the tooth. That is why it ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
28 years experience Dentistry
See your dentist: Once a tooth has caries or decay it will continue to grow until the tooth is fixed by a dentist. You can stop caries before they start by brushing and ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Low caries from?: Their diet is extremely low in refined sugars. Caries rate is directly associated with sugar consumption.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dell Goodrick
31 years experience Dentistry
Decay: Caries is simply decay of the hard structures of the body, including teeth and bones. Dental caries, if left untreated, is a disease that will progres ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wright
32 years experience Dentistry
Multiple: To get a cavity you need three things to be present; a susceptible host tooth fermentable carbohydrates specific type of bacteria must be present ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dapper
35 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: Large cavities can lead to excessive loss of tooth structure requiring crowns. Even good crowns fail after many years, there is wear and tear in the m ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Beck
10 years experience Dentistry
Not really: No i don't think it is. But the bad habits that cause tooth decay are passed on through families. I have heard patients say that bad teeth run in th ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kiwon Shin
35 years experience Dentistry
Laser or sandblast: But not as effective as dental drill.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Early: Early caries sometimes present with sensitivity/pain to sweet .As the lesions progress thermal changes will often cause pain (more often cold). Bad br ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
40 years experience General Practice
No: Dental sealants protect the grooves of the back teeth. They have nothing to do with protecting the gums.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Grimm
24 years experience Dentistry
No: Dental sealants will only help to prevent cavities. They will do nothing to help the gums.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Several signs.: Sometimes you can see a cavity. It will be an area of the tooth that appears to have a hole in it. It may be a soft, brown or black spot. Sometimes yo ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
38 years experience Dentistry
From acids : Enamel erosion is from acids in the mouth. These acids can be from foods and beverages ( such as sodas, lemons, candies) or from the intestinal system ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
40 years experience General Practice
No: Usually once a tooth has a filling it is useless to apply a sealant. Most fillings occupy the same area on a tooth that the sealant would go in.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Not really...: A filling is a restoration that will repair a decayed tooth. It will not prevent further decay from occurring.
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
36 years experience Dermatology
Lichen planus: Is usually diagnosed visually by derm or a dentist, but in some cases a biopsy is taken, as the skin exam may show confirmatory findings as well, a de ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Mostly yes: A tooth with a small, incipient lesion may not need a restoration.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Grimm
24 years experience Dentistry
Yes and No.: They will not make existing cavities worse; however, they will potentially cause some sensitivity if the whitening agent comes in contact with the cav ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
22 years experience Dentistry
Nonabrasive kind: Enamel can only be preserved by using nonabrasive tooth paste (usually the inexpensive kind). Fluoride on the toothpaste can also help in preventing ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joaquin Siles
46 years experience Prosthodontics
Decay: When you brush your teeth you use toothpaste. Right? Good brushing with tooth paste will remove plaque from your teeth. And plaque is what causes cavi ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerome Zacks
50 years experience Cardiology
Can be normal: Athletes can have a mildly dilated left ventricle due to chronic exercise. If you are not an athlete, hypertension or a heart valve abnormality could ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Dental root: Dental exposure of dental roots can occur naturally with aging. Recession of the gums can occur with overzelous brushing especially with an electric ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Biopsy/histoath.: The diagnosis of this cancer is often made by lymph node biopsy, since the nasopharyngeal cancer ofthen presents with lymph node involvement. Otherwi ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
50 years experience Dentistry
Sugar: Bacteria in your mouth cling to your tooth & if fed by sugar they produce acids that erode your tooth & result in decay ( a cavity).
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Diet: Less sugars/starches.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hoffmann
37 years experience Plastic Surgery
They are the same: Caries and cavities are different names for the same problem.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nishan Odabashian
29 years experience Endodontics
??: I think that you may have your information mixed up. Lead ingestion long term can lead to some types of mutations in the body cells which may lead to ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Bacteria: Bacteria causes tooth decay by converting sugars into acids that etch the calcium out of your tooth enamel. If you're asking should you give children ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dominick Curalli
19 years experience Dentistry
No: Chewing trident gum can be helpful if it is sugar free as this can stimulate saliva and buffer acids in your mouth. You still need to brush and floss ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Three questions !: Plaque: a sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria proliferate calculus: a hard calcified deposit that forms on the teeth and contributes to their ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Not necessarily: Could just be stain. Let your dentist evaluate and, if necessary, treat. That' sway they have all those years of training and experience, just to he ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
20 years experience Dentistry
Unsure: Fertility treatments have been linked to increased inflammation of the gums and bleeding of gums, but to date there has been no specific correlation f ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Marvit
56 years experience Psychiatry
No: Not sa good idea under any circumstances.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See below: It depends upon the severity. The child may need fillings, caps, and/or tooth extraction.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Sandroff
42 years experience Dentistry
Not decay perhaps: Smoking is a cause of many problems. Not so much tooth decay, but it can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. This is because the smoke has s ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience Family Medicine
Dental cavity?: Go see a dentist and get an exam and an Xray. Cavities are prevented by regular brushing of teeth (twice a day) with a soft toothbrush and flossing d ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Same as regular, but: Dental caries are rx same way regardless of which tooth involved. However, if it tooth is in or near the front and shows whenever you smile (do that ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Yost
23 years experience Dentistry
Dental treatment: Once dental caries (or cavities) have started, they will continue to get larger and deeper.The key to dental treatment is to find problems (such as ca ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marion Mcfarland
46 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends: The cause of the problem determines the treatment.Depends if it is due to an infectious process, trauma or autoimmune.
A female asked:
Dr. Zev Kaufman
26 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Is : Is this stain is not easily removed by brushing, you have to go see your dentist.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: Some smaller areas of decay can be removed without local anesthesia. There are a number of dentists who are using lasers to remove decay and are able ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Rawdin
37 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Both: There is a genetic component to caries susceptibility. Some people are just more prone to caries. However, lifestyle - particularly diet and how well ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Engel
38 years experience Dentistry
Future risk of decay: Caries risk assessment is a tool that some dentists (including myself) use to help a patient understand what their risk is for getting cavities in the ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
Not in my opinion: One of the best things you can do in combination with good oral home care.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. J BARRY Stovall
45 years experience General Practice
Home care and diet: Good home care ( brushing and flossing) limiting high sugar items fom the diet . Ex. Cokes, candy , mints.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Debi Williams
25 years experience Dentistry
Teeth or surfaces : Dmfs: records the decayed, missing, filled (restored) tooth surfaces in a persons mouth. Dmft: decayed, missing, filled teeth in a persons mouth. De ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
Pain: Generally no as severe gum disease can be as painful as decay. Your best option is to see your dentist, get a complete examination and diagnosis for a ... Read More

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