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Can Wearing Guard For Bruxism Cause A Sudden Onslaught Of Multiple Cavities
Wearing a bruxism mouthguard will not cause cavities.
There is no such thing as a "sudden onslaught of multiple cavities." decay develops over time.
The exceptions to this are people undergoing head/neck radiation, meth addicts, and people with sjogren's syndrome (chronic dry mouth). ...Read more
Cavity: Cavities form when bacteria convert the sugars that you eat into acids, and the acids damage the hard outer covering of a tooth (enamel) allowing bacteria to enter and infect the tooth. To reduce the risk of cavities clean your teeth thoroughly (including between your teeth where a toothbrush can't reach), use a fluoridated toothpaste, reduce sugar/starch intake, and see your dentist regularly. ...Read more
I'm curious as to which toothpaste is best for reducing pain caused by cavities when taking hot or cold things?
None: Toothpaste doesn't fix cavities. Some toothpastes help prevent cavities from forming, others may remineralize microscopic areas of calcium loss, but if you have a cavity (infected hole) it can only be fixed by a dentist. Please put down the computer, pick up the phone, and call a dentist before your decayed teeth turn into abscessed teeth. ...Read more
Depends on the type.: Sugar free gum, that is gum with artificial sweetners, do not have the type of sugar that causes cavities. These products are now starting to use sweetners like xylitol which has been shown to have anti-cavity properties at higher doses. Chewing sugar-free gum also helps those with dry mouth as it helps stimulate saliva flow. Hubba bubba and bubblelicious are not sugar free to name a few. ...Read more
Sinusitis: Most of the time, that kind of pain comes from a sinus infection. It can be acute sinusitis if it is of recent onset (less than 3 weeks), or chronic sinusitis, if it has been there for a long time. Other problems can mimic sinusitis, such as atypical migraines. In either case, you should speak to an ENT to find out the cause of the pain, and what to do to get rid of it. ...Read more
YES: Milk has a natural sugar lactose and it will causes cavities if the teeth are not cleaned. We most commonly see this in infants whose parents put them to bed with a bottle of milk (nursing bottle caries). Milk is great however you still need to brush, floss and please do not put your children to bed with a bottle of milk. ...Read more
Not a big concern: Of all the things that can cause cavities, non-dairy milk substitutes is nowhere near the top of the list, especially with the amount and frequency one normally uses them. You can always rinse out, when you can't brush and floss. Eat healthy, avoid sugary, sticky snacks, brush and floss, and see your dentist regularly and you should be fine. Ask your own dentist how you are doing. ...Read more
Yes: Sinus cysts can be removed surgicall--suggest you see an ENT specialist to evaluate and treat. ...Read more
3 weeks ago my 3 yr old was told she had no cavities went back today and now there's a cavity but won't fill cause of her age. What can I do to help?
Take her to a: Pediatric dentist for treatment & to review her eating habits; e.g., does she walk around with a sippy cup full of sugary liquid that she sips off & on all day? Does she " graze" or have 2 scheduled snacks & 3 sit-down family meals at the table? Do you help her brush her teeth after eating or drinking milk or juice & at bedtime? Does she have access to " junk food" & soda pop? ...Read more
Cavities need three things to grow:
1. The right type of bacteria (streptococcus mutans or lactobacillus).
2. A food source (leftover food, milk, formula, etc. On the teeth).
the main thing you want to do to prevent new cavities is make sure you are able to brush her teeth well after meals and before she goes to sleep. ...Read more
I have well water since using it (7yrs) we have noticed cavities starting and even had our teeth breaking! Could it be th water? Could it cause headach
Well Water: Your private water source almost certainly does not contain fluoride, which in very low concentrations has been shown to prevent cavities and strengthen teeth. Fluoride supplements? Fluoride containing toothpaste or rinses? Regular dental check-ups and cleanings? You may want to have the water tested just to see exactly what is in it. ...Read more
I went to the dentist for a toothache and he said it wasn't a cavity, nor nerve issues. If it is neither cavity nor nerve, what could cause my tooth to hurt so badly?
Yes: Our nerves in our face are all connected so it is very common for patients with a toothache especially in the lower jaw to have an ear ache. Go see a dentist have xrays and an exam done to rule out if it is from your tooth or not. ...Read more
Yes: Fruits are high in natural sugars and often very acidic. Enjoy in moderation but eat vegetables in a 3:1 or 5:1 ratio. Drink water and avoid carbonated beverages, sugared coffe/tea, sports drinks and energy drinks. Brush well at least twice a day and floss daily. See your dentist regularly as recommended based on your particular dental health concerns and needs. ...Read more
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