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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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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dental Caries (Definition)

Dental caries is another term for tooth decay or dental cavities. Cavities are caused by specific types of bacteria which produce acid that destroys the tooth's enamel and the layer under it, the dentin. Brushing and flossing correctly and regularly will ...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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Does the resident flora of the mouth cause dental caries?

Does the resident flora of the mouth cause dental caries?

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 more

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Can dental caries really cause death in severe cases?

Can dental caries really cause death in severe cases?

Yes: There have been reported deaths as the result of untreated dental caries (decay) leading to a significant abcess draining into the brain region. ...Read more

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Could dental caries really cause death in severe cases?

Could dental caries really cause death in severe cases?

Yes: There have been reported deaths as the result of untreated dental caries (decay) leading to a significant abcess draining into the brain region. ...Read more

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Dental caries untreated cause what complications? Teen wont go for exam!

Dental caries untreated cause what complications? Teen wont go for exam!

Pain root canals: Untreated dental caries keeps progressing until the caries reach the dental pulp. Then you will have a toothache with pulpitis which is irreversible. Now a root canal and further restorative dentistry will be needed. ...Read more

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What is the cause of black, even white colored teeth with dental caries?

What is the cause of black, even white colored teeth with dental caries?

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 more

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Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

Dental caries, tooth decay:  causes?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in plaque are exposed to sugars and metabolize the sugars into acid. Plaque is sticky and concentrates the acid onto the enamal of your teeth which dissolves it creating a cavity. Plaque without sugar or starch wil not cause decay. Sugar without plaque will not cause decay. Acid alone, like lemons, will dissolve enamal and can cause decay, . ...Read more

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Interested to know how do dental caries cause maxillary sinusitis?

Interested to know how do dental caries cause maxillary sinusitis?

Not uncommon: Tooth infection is usually caused by dental caries and its consequences. It is not uncommon that sinusitis results from untreated maxillary dental infection. ...Read more

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What's the cause of presence of black or yellow and sometime even white color of the tooth with dental caries?

What's the cause of presence of black or yellow and sometime even white color of the tooth with dental caries?

Staining: The color of the decay varies depending on the amount of the decay present and where on the tooth the decay is located..The extent of the decay through the enamel will cause different transparencies and thus different colors. ...Read more

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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


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