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diseases that cause tooth decay

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
50 years experience in 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).

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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience in Dentistry
Acid: Acid demineralizes the enamel matrix of the teeth causing tooth decay.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazin Kizy
21 years experience in Dentistry
Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria living in your mouth. The bacteria use carbohydrates (sugars) to produce acids which breakdown the surface of the t ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience in Dentistry
Acid: Acid, produced by bacteria, causes the breakdown of the mineral matrix that enamel is composed of. Acids from specific foods/drinks will also contribu ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Sandroff
42 years experience in 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 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
20 years experience in 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 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Sandroff
42 years experience in 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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pablo Arango
23 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Bacteria: Biofilms are collections of bacteria. If they are sitting on your teeth in the form of plaque, they are busy converting the sugar in your food to eros ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Untreated...yes!: Active decay on your teeth, left untreated can lead not only to pain & loss of the teeth, but also gum disease/infection. This increase in bacteria p ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marielaina Perrone
25 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
It can....: It can if you are experiencing a dental abscess or infection. Remember our dental health is uniquely intertwined with our general health. An infection ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mjos
43 years experience in Dentistry
Yes?: There is a hereditary aspect, but good oral hygiene and regular checkups can negate bad genes.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience in Dentistry
Not true: Who is advising you? Just get your teeth restored and you should be fine.
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Hoffman
13 years experience in Dentistry
Yes/No: Missing teeth potentiate a sequale of pathology, from drifting and super-erupting teeth, to TMJ, abfraction and recession. Unless we are talking about ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in 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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience in Dentistry
Periodontal disease: Periodontal disease, where you loose the bone support around your teeth, would cause you to loose your teeth.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
12 years experience in Dentistry
Absolutely: There are a whole host of medical problems that can arise from allowing dental issues to go untreated. Everything from an increased risk of heart dise ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Yost
23 years experience in Dentistry
Should not: Dental sealants are a thin, preventive coating placed over deep grooves in teeth to prevent cavities. You should have no pain or sensitivity with sea ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Junn
32 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Yes: Yes there is potential though I have not seen full study on this. Prednisone do have side effect of osteoporosis which is thinning of bones. And so it ... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
24 years experience in General Practice
No,but could be : Tramua from occlusion comes in type i and type ii.Type i is primary trauma from occlusion.Type ii is secondary trauma.Type i the position of the teeth ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Stachler
30 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Decayed wisdom tooth: A decayed wisdom tooth is not likely to cause dizziness. You should see your ent doctor in the area so he can check out the dizziness.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
45 years experience in Dentistry
Not likely: Usually it is just the opposite orthodontics make the teeth sore and people tend not to grind, but i suppose anything is possible.
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
47 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Fluoride, which occurs naturally in some city water supplies, is incorporated into children's developing teeth and helps to prevent tooth decay. Many ... Read More
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