A 33-year-old member asked:
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if there is tooth decay, is it always brown or black?

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Dr. Ajay Dhankhar
17 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
No: Incipient carious lesions are always white then turn yellow, brown and black.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Don Millner
42 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Hard to discern.: While decay can be brown or black, staining from coffee, tobacco or foods may also look like decay. Furthermore, the majority of adult decay occurs "between the teeth" and can be difficult for even a dentist to spot without radiographs. Regardless, if your teeth are showing signs of dark stains, get them professionally cleaned and let your dentist then make a diagnosis.
Answered on Apr 6, 2020
Dr. John Rohm
Dr. John Rohm answered
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Decay: Generally decay will be brown or black. Unless it is very early in the decay process, these areas can be a chalky white spot. These usually start near your gums on the front of your teeth or around ortho brackets.
Answered on Dec 28, 2014
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Dr. Monica Scheurer
26 years experience Dentistry
No: No, the color can vary. Could bye chalky white, yellow, orange, brown or black.
Answered on Dec 2, 2016

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