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Does chewing gum cause cavities?

Does chewing gum cause cavities?

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

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can not brushing teeth cause mouth ulcers?

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Can not brushing teeth cause mouth ulcers?

Canker sores : Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read more

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Do untreated baby teeth cavities affect the new teeth coming in?

Do untreated baby teeth cavities affect the new teeth coming in?

Yes : Baby teeth 'hold space' for the adult teeth. If a cavity is untreated in a baby tooth for an extended period of time, the space for the adult tooth may be lost. Thereby crowding the adult teeth. ...Read more

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Can mouthwash affect my dental retainers?

Can mouthwash affect my dental retainers?

No: Commercially available dental rinses are safe and will not damage your retainers. But you should always clean your retainers extra-orally (out of your mouth) at least twice a day - when you brush your teeth (morning and night). ...Read more

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Does saccharine affect the teeth and gum?

Does saccharine affect the teeth and gum?

No: Saccharine has a long history. It is not suspected of causing any tooth or gum problems. ...Read more

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Do whitening mouth washes aggravate cavities?

Do whitening mouth washes aggravate cavities?

Maybe: It is very possible that they do. See a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Will toothpaste and mouth wash affect the brain adversely?

Will toothpaste and mouth wash affect the brain adversely?

No: If you use the products 'as recommended' ...There should be only the result of clean teeth and fresh breath. ...Read more

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Does chewing gum increase the likelihood of cavities?

No: Actually chewing gum stimulate saliva production which increases ph of saliva and is good for preventing decay or cavities. ...Read more

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Can oral thrush cause dental problems/cavities?

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Can oral thrush cause dental problems/cavities?

Definitely, no: While it is common for oral thrush to grow on the cheek and tongue, it is not so common to find Candida in plaque and there is no relation to tooth decay. ...Read more

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Hi doc.....does chewing inside our own mouth cause mouth infection?????

Hi doc.....does chewing inside our own mouth cause mouth infection?????

Maybe.: If you break the skin bacteria can infect the lining. Usually not serious since the mouth has such good blood supply and saliva is pretty protective. ...Read more

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Does fluoride in drinking water have any other effect on your teeth besides preventing tooth decay?

Does fluoride in drinking water have any other effect on your teeth besides preventing tooth decay?

No: The small amount of Fluoride in drinking water will not have any other effect on your teeth. To much systemic Fluoride prior to age 6 can cause dental fluorosis (mottling) on the permanent teeth. Care should be taken that children who live in areas with Fluoride in the water not receive to much Fluoride from additional sources. ...Read more

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Can thumbsucking affect your teeth up?

Can thumbsucking affect your teeth up?

Yes: All it takes to move teeth is a little bit of pressure and a lot of time. If someone sucks their thumb for enough hours of the day they will cause the upper front teeth to shift. ...Read more

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Why cavities spread and attack teeth?

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Why cavities spread and attack teeth?

It's the bacteria!: Every cavity in your mouth, has a higher level of bacteria in it that caused the cavity in the first place. Treating the cavities is the best way to eliminate a large portion of the bacteria. If untreated, this large collection of bacteria would be allowed to continue to generate the acid that will allow it to continue to attack, not just the tooth with the cavity, but the teeth adjacent to it. ...Read more

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Will swishing around oral thrush nystatin on my tongue kill the bacteria on my teeth enamel as well?bacteria is erode my silver fillings make sick

Will swishing around oral thrush nystatin on my tongue kill the bacteria on my teeth enamel as well?bacteria is erode my silver fillings make sick

Misinformation: The internet is full of misinformation about silver fillings. If they wear away they do NOT cause bodily harm. Bacteria will not erode fillings. Mouthwash will not erode fillings. Thrush is caused by the Candida fungus (yeast), not by bacteria. Nystatin will not clean your teeth or remove the bacteria that causes tooth decay or gum disease. Please see your Dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a dry mouth cause cavities?

Can a dry mouth cause cavities?

Dry mouth : Dry mouth can cause rapidly progressing tooth decay so work with your dentist. Avoid acidic and sugary drinks and foods. Stay hydrated. Chew xylitol gum ...Read more

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How do untreated cavities affect your mouth?

How do untreated cavities affect your mouth?

Untreated Cavities: Teeth destruction, also called dental caries (cavities) is due to chronic bacterial infection. Untreated dental decay may lead to loss of teeth, gum disease, absorption of jaw bone, and uncommonly abscesses around the teeth. Abscesses, while uncommon, can lead to serious infections in the neck, jaw, and may spread into the bloodstream, causing infection of heart valves. See a dentist. ...Read more

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If the mouth keeps a pH of 7 what are the probable chances of cavities forming?

If the mouth keeps a pH of 7 what are the probable chances of cavities forming?

Still high: Bacteria can live at many different pH levels. Mouth washes can help, but regular brushing, flossing, use of a water pic, and mouthwash can all help prevent cavities. ...Read more

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Is mouth pain from cavities or something else?

Is mouth pain from cavities or something else?

Too many possible: Sure a cavity can cause pain, but it could be a sore in the mouth, an infection, a bone cyst in the upper or lower jaw, a bruise from trauma, an extra growing tooth, a deep abscess needing a root canal. Best to see a dentist and get it checked thoroughly. ...Read more

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Would the army accept you if you have cavities in your mouth?

Sometimes: Dental work may require completion prior to entry. See: http://usmilitary.About.Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/dental.Htm. ...Read more

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Do whitening mouth washes aggravate cavities?

Maybe: It is very possible that they do. See a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a new cavity. How do I stop my mouth from swelling?

I have a new cavity. How do I stop my mouth from swelling?

See a dentist: If you see a dentist right when you have a cavity starting you will not have swelling. You get swelling when you have waited to long and have infection. At that point you will most likely need an extraction or a root canal. You want to have your cavities filled before you have pain. ...Read more

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What if mouth is numbed are you not suposed to feel the cavity being worked on?

What if mouth is numbed are you not suposed to feel the cavity being worked on?

Usually NOT: Many patients will have sensitivity to pressure, and not pain, and this sensitivity will scare them. Modern dental anesthetics remove the pain sensation but do not impact on pressure sensitivity. ...Read more

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I have an oral cavity/small cut in my mouth and my cut crosses with that; could the disease pass through cuts/sores?

I have an oral cavity/small cut in my mouth and my cut crosses with that; could the disease pass through cuts/sores?

Yes: Any cut can get infected. Oral tissues are pretty resilient, however. Would be good idea to have your dentist take a look. ...Read more

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I came in and saw him and he gave me a quote for braces and a mouth guard, and need cavities filled. I am wondering if he will go any lower in pricing since I don't have insurance. Will he do a large cash discount. Thank you?

I came in and saw him and he gave me a quote for braces and a mouth guard, and need cavities filled. I am wondering if he will go any lower in pricing since I don't have insurance. Will he do a large cash discount. Thank you?

Ask: You can always ask for discount, but not having insurance is not a reason for special consideration. Also, it would be prudent to seek consultation w fully qualified Orthodontist (initial exam usually free). Orthodontists do better quality Ortho Rx in less time and usually at lower cost than GP. Think of it this way, who should do your brain surgery, a GP or a Specialist. It,s a no-brainer. ...Read more

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Can a dry mouth cause cavities?

Dry mouth : Dry mouth can cause rapidly progressing tooth decay so work with your dentist. Avoid acidic and sugary drinks and foods. Stay hydrated. Chew xylitol gum ...Read more

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Cavity under crown, root canal done twice! how do I stop my mouth from swelling?

Cavity under crown, root canal done twice! how do I stop my mouth from swelling?

Crown has to be out.: Any cavity or infection must be expose to air and drained, fast. A close space will lead to major problem. ...Read more

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Would a prescription, nightly mouth guard raise the risk of cavities? If so, how?

Would a prescription, nightly mouth guard raise the risk of cavities?  If so, how?

Not normally: Normal maintenance and care of your night guard and teeth should not raise the risk of tooth decay. I would recommend that you brush your night guard before and after use, and once a week soak it in 1/2-n-1/2 minty mouth wash (not listerenetm) for 5-10 mins. To freshen and clean the appliance. I recommend that the appliance be stored in water when not in use. I hope this helps answer this questio. ...Read more

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Why do some people have extra saliva in their mouth and does that affect cavities?

Why do some people have extra saliva in their mouth and does that affect cavities?

Extra saliva : Saliva has various components in it and yes having extra saliva could be good for less cavity's as it helps wash away the sticky food. ...Read more

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I have some cavities that need to be filled. Will these procedures irritate my burning mouth syndrome?

I have some cavities that need to be filled.  Will these procedures irritate my burning mouth syndrome?

Get it fixed.: If you have as cavities, you need to have them taken care of. Your burning mouth is an issue that should bee evaluated by your physician and could be due to a number of causes such as yeast, vitamin deficiency, or infection. ...Read more

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