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Can Antibiotics Cause Tooth Decay
Here are a few: Untreated tooth infections ususally progress by removing the bone in the area of the abscess. The longer you wait, the more is lost. Sometimes the teeth can become loose. Eventually this can result in a swelling or advanced infections. It is not uncommon for adjacent nerve structures to become infected leading to numbness. Treat them early and dont wait. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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...The combination of decay and corrective measures does damage a tooth. The hope is to minimize the damage and hope that it stays like that. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tetracycline stain: Tetracycline stained teeth occurs when this antibiotic is taken when you still have your baby teeth, and the permanent teeth are still forming. It causes a developmental defect in the enamal and the deeper layers of the tooth in the form of dark brown or gray staining. This is known as intrinsic staining because it comes from within the tooth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Plaque: Biofilms usually refer to bacterial accumulation in water lines. Biofilms such as bacterial plaque on teeth will cause many problems. An accumulation of bad bacteria anywhere in your body is a bad thing. Strep mutans accumulating on your teeth allow them to secrete acids that degrade your tooth enamel and ultimately create decay. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Dental cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth. This same bacteria can get into the blood steam through breaks i'm the gums even when you brush your teeth. Occasionally this bacteria can cause sepsis particularly when it attacks the valves i'm the heart. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
They can.: Asthma medications have a variety of side effects one of which can be dry mouth. Dy mouth, (xerostomia) is a persistent feeling where there is not enough saliva in your mouth. Reduced saliva flow, which causes dry mouth, can damage mouth tissue and contribute to both dental decay and, cause dental decay and bad breath. Keep your mouth clean and add a dry mouth rinse like biontin...It helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Cavities have destroyed part of the tooth by definition. Fixing the cavity removes the bad part of the tooth and a little more to ensure you are touching "good" tooth. So you have a hole in the natural tooth that is filled or restored with different materials depending on how big the cavity was. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can a decayes tooth be infected and cause swelling with pain? Can an untreated infected tooth cause heart infection?
Yes: Yes to both. Decaying teeth can cause swelling and pain and may even lead to jaw bone infections. Also, the constant source of infection from an untreated infected tooth is a well known cause of endocarditis, which is the heart infection you are talking about. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: In my clinical practice, I have seen a patient that had a tooth abscess and developed inflammation in both eyes that affected his vision. It only resolved after the tooth was fixed. If you notice any changes in the vision, you should see your eyecare provider. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Codeine and saliva: One side effect of Codeine is reduced saliva or dry mouth. Saliva helps dilute the effect of acid from bacteria that causes tooth decay. Any medication that leads to a dry mouth can lead to more tooth decay. There are over the counter products that can reduce the effect of dry mouth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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