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A 30-year-old female asked:

besides typical tooth decay, what can happen if periodontitis is left untreated for a long time?

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Dr. Monica Scheurer
Dentistry 27 years experience
Tooth loss: Periodontitis is a gum and bone infection. Besides gums that are inflamed and infected, periodontitis causes bone loss. This bone loss is not reversible and eventually results in tooth loss.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Loss of teeth: Untreated periodontitis usually results in the loss of your teeth, necessitating the need for removable dentures. Not a great option, especially if you can treat and save your teeth. See a local periodontitis for guidance.

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Is mixing hydrogen peroxide and warm water bad for your teeth if you gargle it?

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Wisdom teeth- doctor said I will have no swelling. So why take them out?

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Future problems : Many people just don't have enough room in their jaws for proper erruption or maintenance of wisdom teeth. Sometimes they can form cysts, or damage the other teeth. As a result, we often recommend removing the wisdom teeth before there is pain or swelling. A common time to consider this is around age 15-17, as the roots are not completely formed yet, and the surgery is easiest.
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How does one test for streptococcus mutans on teeth?

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I was referring to the Cari-free System where the teeth are swabbed, the swab is placed in a special solution, shaken, and placed in a calibrated electronic device that measures the activity level of the bacteria on the tooth. There are studies to validate that the number reported correlqtes with a predication of future caries incidence.
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Where can I purchase mouth guards for grinding teeth?

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Fluid: Saliva doesn't necessarily have a role in cleaning your teeth. It would matter if you didn't have saliva while cleaning your teeth.

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