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How do dmfs, dmft and deft dental caries index differ from one another?

How do dmfs, dmft and deft dental caries index differ from one another?

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. Deft: is a count of the number of decayed, extracted, filled teeth in a persons mouth. We use these indices to measure caries (carvity) risks in patients, families, and populations of people. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dental Caries (Definition)

Dental caries is another term for tooth decay or dental cavities. Cavities are caused by specific types of bacteria which produce acid that destroys the tooth's enamel and the layer under it, the dentin. Brushing and flossing correctly and regularly will ...Read more


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Can you tell whether it's dental caries or gingivitis by how much pain your teeth hurt?

Can you tell whether it's dental caries or gingivitis by how much pain your teeth hurt?

Yes: Caries will cause varying types of pain depending on depth. Sensitivity to sweets, liquids , cold, hot and biting are the usual progression. Gingevitis will cause pain when the gums are brushed, when flossing, and when certain foods come it contact w the gums. And the pain is generalized usually. ...Read more

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I have dental cavities that only hurt when I hold very cold water in my mouth. What does this mean?

I have dental cavities that only hurt when I hold very cold water in my mouth. What does this mean?

Some possibilities: There could be several possibilities... Exposed roots, called ab fractions, which may or may not have decay. Also a deep cavity which is close to the root can be cold sensitive. Please see a dentist for treatment ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dental cavities overnight?

Is it possible to get dental cavities overnight?

NO: It takes a long time for cavities to form and show up in the mouth and on x-ray. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dental cavities even if you brush 3-4 times a day, floss and use mouthwash?

Is it possible to get dental cavities even if you brush 3-4 times a day, floss and use mouthwash?

Yes: Your diet is an important factor in getting cavities.. Diets high in sugars and acids will cause cavities. Patients with dry mouth have a greater chance of decay. ...Read more

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When i drink cold water my teeth hurt with a sharp pain and thenn somethimes with hot water i I have went for a check up for cavities nothing came up.

When i drink cold water my teeth hurt with a sharp pain and thenn somethimes with hot water i I have went for a check up for cavities nothing came up.

Sensitive teeth?: Teeth can be sensitive for numerous reasons without there being cavities. Young people often have sensitive teeth as the nerve tissue in their teeth react in an extreme manor after they grow in and are exposed to the environment. Older individuals can have small areas of their root surface exposed and there are more nerve ending in that area. So if no cavities, try a sensitivity toothpaste first. ...Read more

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Been feeling sensitive in upper mouth area around teeth when i drink water. I had cavities filled there months ago. Any cause?

Been feeling sensitive in upper mouth area around teeth when i drink water. I had cavities filled there months ago. Any cause?

Recurrent Decay: It is possible that you could have more decay around the fillings that were placed a few months back. Additionally, it is possible that one or more of the fillings has loosened allowing leakage and sensitivity. Get back to your dentist for an evaluation. Remember that fillings don't last forever! ...Read more

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What else could cause cavities in between teeth, if you floss, brush&and use act. I do not snack and only drink water and milk with one big meal a day?

Bacteria/genetics: You could have a more aggressive strain of the bacteria that cause cavities, known as streptococcus mutans. You could also have more acidic saliva, or even enamel that is weak due to genetics. I would suggest having a bacterial atp test and an oral ph test to see if the bacteria is the root cause. ...Read more

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Who do I see for urgent help regarding dental cavities?

Who do I see for urgent help regarding dental cavities?

Ask a friend...: Ask a trusted friend for a referral. I would image a good dentist will be able to relieve your pain. Then review your issues with you and come up with a personalized treatment plan, . ...Read more

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