A 38-year-old member asked:
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can dental caries really cause death in severe cases?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
Yes but: It can if it leads to an infection that gets out of control and invades sinus areas or sub-lingual areas of the jaw. But this is uncommon in todays' world with the advent of antibiotics and access to good dental care.
Answered on Oct 17, 2012
Dr. Sal Aragona
40 years experience Dentistry
Yes: There have been reported deaths as the result of untreated dental caries (decay) leading to a significant abcess draining into the brain region.
Answered on Oct 21, 2012

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sal Aragona
40 years experience Dentistry
Yes: There have been reported deaths as the result of untreated dental caries (decay) leading to a significant abcess draining into the brain region.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Rawdin
37 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
PAIN mostly: Untreated caries will progress. Left unchecked the caries will hit the nerve of the tooth.........Next stop root canal. If the caries goes deep under ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
39 years experience Dentistry
Not directly: Caries is a result of bacterial activity and the resultant acid that activity produces. Poor oral hygiene and poor diet are directly contributory so i ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: Some of the bacteria normally present in the mouth form plaque and produce acid that dissolves the mineral in teeth causing caries.

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