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Dr. Corey Clay
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Cavity (Overview)

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 bacteria in the mouth.


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What causes cavities?

What causes cavities?

Bacteria: Simply, bacteria in our mouths metablolize the carbohydrates that we eat (simple sugars are their favorites) and produce acid as a result of their activity. The acid dissolves the enamel, causing the decay. Eating the right foods, and brushing/flossing right afterwards, helps break the cycle. Go brush now! ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
8 doctors shared insights

Cavity (Overview)

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 bacteria in the mouth.


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What causes cavities?

What causes cavities?

Diet and Bacteria: Sugar and carbohydrates are used for fuel by bacteria in your mouth. A by-product they produce is acid. The acid dissolves the mineral of your tooth. They can be prevented by having a good diet, cleaning your teeth immaculately and seeing your dentist for cleanings at least twice a year. There are other important dental problems beyond cavities, so see a great dentist to have it all assessed. ...Read more

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Dr. Reena Gupta Dr. Gupta
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Cavity (Tip)

Rinse your mouth thoroughly after drinking sugary drinks to prevent cavity. ...See more

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Treating Cavities (Checklist)

Avoid sugary foods
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Avoid acidic foods
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Have cavities fixed
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How can one get a cavity?

How can  one get a cavity?

Diet/Hygiene: Dental cavities are caused by acid that is produced by the bacteria in our mouths. The carbohydrate in our diet (especially the liquid sugars) are metabolized by the bacteria in dental plaque into organic acids. If the plaque is allowed to remain on the tooth, the acid creates a hole in the tooth we call a cavity. Reduce dietary carbohydrate, remove plaque and use a Fluoride toothpaste. ...Read more

Dr. Kayvon Javid Dr. Javid
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Cavity (Tip)

Preventive resin restoration is a conservative approach for patients who's cavities are found early. ...See more

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Where can a cavity spread to?

Where can a cavity spread to?

Lot's of bad places: I assume you mean a dental cavity. This can cause an abscess if untreated and can spread to your sinuses and even your brain (upper jaw) or all the way down to your heart (lower jaw). Lest we forget, tutankhamun, the boy-king of egypt ("king tut") was thought to have died of a brain abscess from a cavity. Go see your dentist! ...Read more

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Why do I get so many cavities?

Cavities: You need to brush and FLOSS properly and regularly. And you need to severly decrease or eliminate sticky, sugary junk foods and soda pop from your diet. If you are not doing these things you will get cavities. Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist. ...Read more

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Cavity (Tip)

Get teeth straightened. Easier to care for, therefore less cavities. See qualified orthodontist. ...See more

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Does it hurt getting a cavity?

Does it hurt getting a cavity?

Not at first: A tooth has to be badly infected to hurt. At first there is no sensation at all. It does not hurt to have the tooth fixed because the dentist will first numb the tooth before fixing it. ...Read more

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Can any foods reverse cavities?

Can any foods reverse cavities?

Decay: Tooth decay involves the breakdown of the enamel matrix subsequent to contact with acid. Only the most superficial of lesions can be reversed using a variety of remineralizing pastes. Good, healthy eating habits can help prevent decay together with regular brushing and flossing. You'll need a dentist to restore a cavity since you cannot eat your way out of it. ...Read more

Dr. Uttma Dham Dr. Dham
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Cavity (Tip)

If you like sweets and want to avoid cavities, all you do is brush thoroughly right after eating. ...See more

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Does having a cavity filled hurt?

Does having a cavity filled hurt?

Simple: Yes and No!: Once a cavity (carious lesion) is diagnosed, the decay will need to be removed and a restoration placed. Typically most cavities are anesthetized and no sensitivity is noted by the patient, just vibration from the handpiece. Larger restorations with infection or cracks can have sensitivity but usually manageable. Be sure to tell dentist if pain so dentist and team can manage discomfort. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
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Cavity (Tip)

Mouthwash used regularly helps. Not as good as brushing, but does decrease cavities! ...See more

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Can getting a cavity filled hurt?

Can getting a cavity filled hurt?

NO: Discuss your concern with your dentist prior to the procedure. Most patients request or require local anesthesia to "numb" the tooth so absolutely nothing is felt for the entire procedure. You have other options as well. Ask your dentist what is right for you and the specific procedure planned. ...Read more

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Cavity (Tip)

Chewing sugarless gum that contains xylitol after snacking can help reduce your risk of cavities. ...See more