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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
696 Doctors shared insights

Caries (Overview)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and cavitation of the tooth.


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How does one remove dental caries without using the dentist drill?

How does one remove dental caries without using the dentist drill?

Laser: If the dentist has a special laser decay can be removed with it. Ask your dentist about this particular type of treatment as not all cavities can be fixed using the laser. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
696 Doctors shared insights

Caries (Overview)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and cavitation of the tooth.


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What are some symptoms of dental caries?

What are some symptoms of dental caries?

Could be no symptoms: Some cavities present with no symptoms. Even if the tooth shows no symptoms, a dark color or a change in the reflection of light could clue you in to the presence of a cavity. ...Read more

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What are some signs that I have a tooth cavity?

What are some signs that I have a tooth cavity?

Several signs.: Sometimes you can see a cavity. It will be an area of the tooth that appears to have a hole in it. It may be a soft, brown or black spot. Sometimes you can't see it, but you feel abnormal sensitivity to cold, hot, sweet, salty or spicy things. If any of these signs are present, get to a dentist immediately! ...Read more

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What can I do to stop caries from growing?

See your dentist: Once a tooth has caries or decay it will continue to grow until the tooth is fixed by a dentist. You can stop caries before they start by brushing and flossing properly. ...Read more

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How to diagnose lichen planus in my buccul cavity?

How to diagnose lichen planus in my buccul cavity?

White web: The presentation of lichen planus in the mouth is rather distinctive. In the buccal mucosa (inner aspect of the cheek) the classic presentation is a white web-like pattern. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cancer of the nasal cavity?

What are the tests for cancer of the nasal cavity?

Biopsy/histoath.: The diagnosis of this cancer is often made by lymph node biopsy, since the nasopharyngeal cancer ofthen presents with lymph node involvement. Otherwise, the patient will typically undergo a needle biopsy of this lesion, and when histopathologic information is available, a multidisciplinary discussion of the optimal treatment strategy will be undertaken. ...Read more

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What to do if I heard that caries is least prevalent in china. Do you know why?

What to do if I heard that caries is least prevalent in china. Do you know why?

Inaccurate statement: Latest study: "In conclusion, the prevalence of dental caries in the deciduous and permanent dentitions of 7- to 8-year-old children was high. Deep pits and fissures in high caries risk children should be sealed. Appropriate preventive measures should be instituted. The tremendous rise in the economy of China over the last decade has increased the number of children with high caries risk. ...Read more

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For how long have dentists known that lead ingestion causes caries/cavities?

Facts?: To my knowledge, there has never been any association or suggestion that lead ingestion causes dental caries. Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, creating holes in the teeth called cavities. ...Read more

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Could every black spot mean a cavity had started at some point?

Not necessarily: Could just be stain. Let your dentist evaluate and, if necessary, treat. That' sway they have all those years of training and experience, just to help you resolve issues such as these. ...Read more

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How does a dentist treat baby bottle caries?

How does a dentist treat baby bottle caries?

Depends: Hopefully this is caught before the situation is too serious. .. Fillings are the most conservative solution. If it is not caught it may require root canals and even extractions. ...Read more

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How do you know you have a cavity? How do you treated or prevent from getting cavity?

How do you know you have a cavity? How do you treated or prevent from getting cavity?

Dental cavity?: Go see a dentist and get an exam and an Xray. Cavities are prevented by regular brushing of teeth (twice a day) with a soft toothbrush and flossing daily! ...Read more

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What is the treatment of caries on front teeth?

What is the treatment of caries on front teeth?

Same as regular, but: Dental caries are rx same way regardless of which tooth involved. However, if it tooth is in or near the front and shows whenever you smile (do that often, please), cosmetic dentistry becomes involved and maintaining the color with whatever material is used becomes important. (during the civil war, the only thing that got u out of serving was missing 4 front teeth (unable to fire rifle): 4f! ...Read more

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Wha are the best treatments for dentist caries?

Wha are the best treatments for dentist caries?

Dental treatment: Once dental caries (or cavities) have started, they will continue to get larger and deeper. The key to dental treatment is to find problems (such as caries) when they are small and can be treated very conservatively with small filling. Delaying treatment results in less conservative and more expensive treatment such as crown. If you currently have dental caries, see you dentist soon for treatment. ...Read more

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What are cures for pleural cavity disorders?

Depends: The cause of the problem determines the treatment. Depends if it is due to an infectious process, trauma or autoimmune. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to fix caries stains? I have a brown carie stain on my front tooth that I really want to get rid of. Will it go away with teeth bleaching? Can I do it at home? Thanks

Caries: If you really want to get rid of caries you need to see a dentist for treatment. The on, y way to fix caries, cavities with by having the decay removed and the tooth restored. This will look like your natural tooth. Without treating this will get bigger, look worse, be more painful. ...Read more

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How will it feel to have my cavity drilled without novocaine? I used to do it without any drugs.

How will it feel to have my cavity drilled without novocaine? I used to do it without any drugs.

Depends: Some smaller areas of decay can be removed without local anesthesia. There are a number of dentists who are using lasers to remove decay and are able to treat some decayed teeth comfortably without administering local anesthesia. Some describe the removal of decay with a laser as a much more comfortable procedure than the traditional drill. Deep areas of decay would likely require anesthesia. ...Read more

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Is dental caries lifestyle or lifecycle problem?

Is dental caries lifestyle or lifecycle problem?

Both: There is a genetic component to caries susceptibility. Some people are just more prone to caries. However, lifestyle - particularly diet and how well you take care of your teeth are critical in preventing caries.
Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will help you keep a healthy mouth. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a caries risk assessment test?

Could you explain what is a caries risk assessment test?

Assessment of risk: It is exactly as the name states: a test to determine/assess your risk for dental caries ('tooth decay'). There are numerous factors that contribute to your risk including diet, family and social/behavioral factors. You can start the process with this link: http://mydentalscore. Com/
check it out and bring results to your dentist. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to avoid getting dental caries?

Sugar: Avoid sugary snacks or eat them with meals. Brush and floss after eating and see your dentist regularly for preventive care. ...Read more

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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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How quickly can secondary caries develop?

How quickly can secondary caries develop?

Immediately: Secondary caries can start as soon as bacteria have a food source to produce acids and therefore cause demineralization of the tooth. That is why it is important to brush and floss after every meal and after any snacks. At least rinse out thoroughly when you cannot brush or floss and avoid foods and liquids high in sugar. Many sports and energy drinks are very acidic and can also be problematic. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop caries from growing?

See your dentist: Once a tooth has caries or decay it will continue to grow until the tooth is fixed by a dentist. You can stop caries before they start by brushing and flossing properly. ...Read more

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Why are chinese least prone to having caries?

Why are chinese least prone to having caries?

Inaccurate statement: Latest study: "In conclusion, the prevalence of dental caries in the deciduous and permanent dentitions of 7- to 8-year-old children was high. Deep pits and fissures in high caries risk children should be sealed. Appropriate preventive measures should be instituted. The tremendous rise in the economy of China over the last decade has increased the number of children with high caries risk. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: caries?

Dental caries is: A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and cavitation of the tooth. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to stop caries from growing?

Be thorough!: Brush all the surfaces of your teeth, from one 'back' tooth all the way to the other 'back' tooth; with small massaging motions twice a day. BUT at night (before bedtime) floss your teeth IMMEDIATELY after brushing (yeah it's messy) then rinse your mouth with water and go to sleep! This is how I Brush and floss! ...Read more

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What happens if you has caries who would you consult?

What happens if you has caries who would you consult?

See a dentist: Dental caries is the most prevalent chronic disease in the world. If cavities aren't treated, they can lead to severe toothache, infection and tooth loss. Although cavities can be fixed by the dentist the prevention of cavities is the best strategy for your oral health. ...Read more

Tooth Decay (Definition)

Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that ...Read more


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
8 Doctors shared insights

Cavity (Definition)

Basically a cavity is a hole, or defect in the tooth structure. It is created by the demineralization and breakdown of tooth structure from the acid attack of ...Read more


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