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Cause Of Caries
Not directly: Caries is a result of bacterial activity and the resultant acid that activity produces. Poor oral hygiene and poor diet are directly contributory so if the retainer is, say, not removed for thorough home care it can certainly contribute to poor oral hygiene which may then lead to caries. It is not directly the cause but may contribute to the problem. OK to wear in conjunction with good hygiene tho ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes!: Dental caries is the result of bacteria settling onto teeth- particularly the pits and fissures on the top of teeth, under the contacts in between teeth, and at the gumline. The bacteria metabolize the foods you eat, and produce acid. At a ph below 5.5, the acid demineralizes your tooth structure. Demineralization is the earliest stage of dental caries. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can cause often occurance of caries (once in 6 months) despite following all hygiene and washing teeth regularly and abstain from sweets?
Recurrent Caries: Many patients think they are doing a great job of brushing and flossing when in fact they aren't. Some brush and floss well but BEFORE instead of AFTER eating; There might be an incipient cavity that is too small to be clinically seen or even apparent on an x-ray; A cracked filling right after your last check-up; Food impaction; Dry mouth from medication or medical condition; drinks high in acid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial action.: White spots associated with dental caries (cavities) are areas of the enamel that the bacteria have leached out the calcium. With calcium loss, you get a chalky-white appearance called decalcification.. Black, brown and tan represent the decayed aspect of the cavity. Decalcification can be reversed, decay can only be removed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 weeks ago my 3 yr old was told she had no cavities went back today and now there's a cavity but wont 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could be several : There could be several reasons. It is less likely spinal FAS a typical scoliosis which is usually a deformity not associated with pain in this region unless it is potentially a large scoliosis. I would be concerned that this is not an ulcer or related issue and you should have this evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more