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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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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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Can dental cavities cause bacteremia and sepsis?

Can dental cavities cause bacteremia and sepsis?

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 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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What's another word for dental cavities?

What's another word for dental cavities?

Caries or decay: Other words that are used to describe dental cavities is dental decay or caries. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat dental cavities?

What is the best way to treat dental cavities?

Restoration: Traditional treatment involves removing decay and restoring with tooth colored material. Usually composite resin. ...Read more

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What are the different stages of dental cavities?

What are the different stages of dental cavities?

Cavities in teeth: Tooth enamel is susceptible to decalcification by the acids produced by the bacteria that normally inhabit the mouth. Acid produced by the bacteria first begin to weaken the enamel though this decalcification. Once this process reaches the softer "dentin", the bacteria actually accelerate the process, resulting in a "hole" in the enamel and the dentin. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat dental cavities in children?

What are ways to treat dental cavities in children?

Good fillings.: Decay removal, agood base to protect the pulp, and a proper filling are necessary. ...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?

Dental School or..: You may check if you have a dental school in your area. Most dentists will want to do a thorough evaluation prior to initiating any treatment. ...Read more

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Are there are natural cures for dental cavities?

Are there are natural cures for dental cavities?

Prevention: Once you have a cavity, it must be removed as it has depth that can only be remedied by complete removal. That said, the BEST thing you can do, is stop them from occurring in the first place. Proper brushing and regular flossing is the best (and cheapest) strategy to have short, fun, and inexpensive dental visits! ...Read more

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Is there a possible way to heal dental cavities without drilling?

Is there a possible way to heal dental cavities without drilling?

MI Paste Plus: If a carious lesion is limited to only the enamel (outermost) layer of the tooth and has not yet cavitated, if appropriate, your dentist may recommend that you try to remineralize the cavity using amorphous calcium phosphate plus fluoride. The most commonly used form of this med is mi paste plus which you can only get from dental offices. ...Read more

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Other than fillings, is there any way to reverse damage from dental cavities?

Other than fillings, is there any way to reverse damage from dental cavities?

Probably not: Once dental decay breaks down tooth structure it is considered irreversible. It is necessary to restore the tooth to its normal shape and size with a filling. Otherwise the cavitation or hole will become a food trap and will increase in size. ...Read more

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What is the best homeopathic remedy for dental cavities in children?

Sadly, none.: Tooth decay is a progressive disease that can lead to pain, infection, and tooth loss. Decay cannot be effectively treated with homeopathic remedies. Your only recourse for effective treatment of tooth decay, regardless of the age of the patient, is to seek formal dental care by a dentist. ...Read more

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What could be causing all of these dental cavities after having a molar extraction?

What could be causing all of these dental cavities after having a molar extraction?

Easy answer: Not practicing good oral hygiene, a carbohydrate-rich diet and neglect. The dental extraction had nothing to do with it. You should brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss once a day, stay away from sweets and carbonated beverages and visit your dentist 2x a year. ...Read more

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Describe the biology of dental caries, because I brush and floss well, and still got a cavity?

Describe the biology of dental caries, because I brush and floss well, and still got a cavity?

Very possible: The streptococcus bacteria is the place to look for dental caries.

Also drinking something as healthy sounding as milk before bed can be a cause.

Could also be food caught between your teeth which did not get removed...

Using an oral irrigator like water pik or hydrofloss may be helpful to make sure that food particles are not the culprit. ...Read more

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Dear doctors, My wife has a bad odour mouth, constipation and dental cavities so we consulted dentist, but bad odour is still there, what to do?

Dear doctors, My wife has a bad odour mouth, constipation and dental cavities so we consulted dentist, but bad odour is still there, what to do?

Bad breath: Bad breath can be from gum disease, cavities, diet high in sugary foods, dry mouth, sinusitis, medications, reflux, cancer. To control bad breath consider mouth washes, brushing the tongue, flossing, treatment of peridontal disease, use of chlorhexadine digluconate mouth wash, zinc rinses, hydrogen peroxide rinse, herbs like parsley, cardamom, sage and also probiotics like Strep salivarius. ...Read more

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Are silver fillings for dental cavities dangerous? I've heard that silver fillings contain mercury and can leech into the bloodstream. Is it true that they could be dangerous to my health? Should I have them replaced with composite? Do dentists still use

Are silver fillings for dental cavities dangerous? I've heard that silver fillings contain mercury and can leech into the bloodstream. Is it true that they could be dangerous to my health? Should I have them replaced with composite? Do dentists still use

No: Evidence based research has shown over and over that dental amalgam is safe and a very good restoration material with an excellent life span when maintained with a good oral hygiene regimen. Removal of good amalgam fillings is not indicated in my opinion. They do contain mercury, removal will send a good blast of mercury into your system, more than living with one already in place. ...Read more

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Is it possible for dental cavities to make teeth look better?

Is it possible for dental cavities to make teeth look better?

Maybe: If you think that black and brown holes in your teeth are attractive. Cosmetics aside, dental decay is a disease and needs to be treated. ...Read more

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How to prevent dental cavities on my 5 yr old son?

How to prevent dental cavities on my 5 yr old son?

Brush his teeth: You still have to brush his teeth for him, but also let him do it and make sure he is doing it properly, good oral hygiene habits start young. Also if he can rinse and spit, you can use a Fluoride rinse before he goes to sleep, like act. ...Read more

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How would you explain the mechanism responsible for the formation of dental cavities by resident microorganisms?

Bacterial acids.: Bacteria on the tooth surface are living organisms. They eat and excrete. Their excretions are acids which remove the calcium from the tooth. This leaves behind the collagen fibers, or proteins, which the bacteria can now "eat" and viola- you've got a hole in your tooth! ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine for dental cavities?

Is there a vaccine for dental cavities?

Vaccine alternative: Prevention is the key for healthy teeth and gums.
See a dentist every 6 months and have an exam and professional cleaning.
Use an oral b or sonicare electric toothbrush, after every meal. Use a hydrofloss oral irrigator and floss manually twice per day. Do not go to sleep without brushing your teeth.
Your mouth will be healthy and your teeth will be free of bacteria which causes cavities. ...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?

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 true that the parotid duct is positively associated with dental cavities right around the 2nd molar where it empties? If so, why?

Parotid duct ; decay: As a result of the duct emptying into the mouth near the maxillary 2nd molar, many patients get calculus here. Decay is usually the result of a poor diet choices and inadequate brushing habits/techniques. Get the cavity fixed and keep the area clean and you should be fine. Failing to brush the area well. ...Read more

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Slowing down the progress of dental cavities with remineralization, how does this work?

Slowing down the progress of dental cavities with remineralization, how does this work?

Makes tooth stronger: Bacteria that cause cavities create an acid that pits and erodes enamel via removing minerals. Remineralization is changing the ph levels in your mouth, reducing the bacterial populations and adding a stronger mineral buildup in the enamel to prevent further acid erosion. Fluoride replaces calcium in your enamel to create a stronger enamel that resists acid attacks. This is remineralization. ...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?

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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What complications can occur with dental cavities? My brother never goes to the dentist and I'm worried he is developing cavities. Is it possible they will affect his overall health? If so, how? .

Tooth loss to death: Dental decay (cavities) can cause mild to severe complications. Tooth pain, jaw pain, sinus pain. Tooth loss, loss of adjacent teeth as well. If an infection develops (an abcess), teeth can be lost. If an abcess occurs in an upper back tooth, it can drain to the cavernous sinus and lead to an infection in the brain, causing death if untreated. Procrastination will lead to more dollars spent. ...Read more

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Should dental cavities keep getting worse even if you maintain excellent oral hygiene?

Should dental cavities keep getting worse even if you maintain excellent oral hygiene?

Yes: If you have active decay in your mouth it will continue to get worse until it is treated even with excellent oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Female, age 35.Excessive thirst, dry mouth, urination. No diabetes, no thyroid, have dental cavities. What can be the reason of dry mouth?

Female, age 35.Excessive thirst, dry mouth, urination. No diabetes, no thyroid, have dental cavities. What can be the reason of dry mouth?

More info needed...: Your problem is not due to your dental caries. Do you drink eight glasses of water a day? High salt diet? Medications? How much alcohol a day? Any other medical conditions? You really need to be seen by a local physician for your dry mouth and your dentist for your cavities. Dry mouth will only exacerbate your dental problems. ...Read more

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