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Cavity Vs Stain
Brown dot: If you can brush or scrape it off, it's stain. If you can't, then you can't tell. You will need to see a dentist to determine what it is. ...Read more
I have what look like tiny black lines on the back of my front bottom teeth? Could this be stains or cavities? If cavities how would those be fixed?
I have a black dot on my right molar, is it a cavity or a stain? I had just noticed this dot yesterday, i was freaking out cause i was scared that it was a cavity. I decided to get a needle and poke around the dot the to see if the needle would go in the
How can I tell the difference between teeth staining and beginning of cavities or superficial cavities?? It's on molars like a brownish line..
One dentist says my child has 1 cavity and some staining and another dentist says she has 5 cavities that the staining is tooth decay what do I do?
1 Cavity: If you are going back to see the dentist every 6 months, i would go with the dentist that tells you you have 1 cavity. Tooth decay is gradual. Eventually the other 5 might need to be filled, but most likely they can wait for years if the dentist feels like they aren't deep enough to be filled. Just be sure to go back to the dentist every 6 months to have these softer spots checked. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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