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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dental Caries (Overview)

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 help prevent dental caries.


Dr. Arnold Malerman
658 doctors shared insights

Dental Caries (Overview)

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 help prevent dental caries.


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How does one remove dental caries without using the dentist drill?

How does one remove dental caries without using the dentist drill?

Laser: If the dentist has a special laser decay can be removed with it. Ask your dentist about this particular type of treatment as not all cavities can be fixed using the laser. ...Read more

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Treating Tooth Decay (Tip)

Treating Tooth Decay

If you use a prescription strength toothpaste like Prevident 5000 plus, cavities decrease by 50%. ...See more

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What are some symptoms of dental caries?

What are some symptoms of dental caries?

Could be no symptoms: Some cavities present with no symptoms. Even if the tooth shows no symptoms, a dark color or a change in the reflection of light could clue you in to the presence of a cavity. ...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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Treating Tooth Decay (Tip)

Treating Tooth Decay

Use a fluoride rinse to help keep cavities to a minimum. Also drink less soda and drink more water. ...See more

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Ozone therapy ok for the treatment of dental caries?

Maybe: There is some recent evidence that for limited caries(not deeply fissured) ozone therapy may be as effective as more conventional therapy. Experience with this still seems to be limited. ...Read more

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Could dental caries be reversed without any help of dental treatment?

Could dental caries be reversed without any help of dental treatment?

Not really: Incipient exceptionally early decay that has not penetrated through the enamel into the dentin can sometimes be halted and re mineralized. If you know you have a cavity, however, you're long past that threshold and will need restorative care. In either case the enemy is procrastination...See your dentist now. ...Read more

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Treating Tooth Decay (Tip)

Treating Tooth Decay

Some meds (even OTC meds like antihistamines) can leave your mouth dry, which can lead to decay. ...See more

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Can there be some cure for dental caries without removing the affected teeth?

Can there be some cure for dental caries without removing the affected teeth?

Yes: There are many procedure to save a tooth with carious lesions: root canal therapy, posts, crowns. These procedures can be performed only if there is enough solid tooth structure present and no periodontal disease. If there is not enough good tooth to warrant the time and expense of the above procedures, the tooth is deemed hopeless and extracted. $$$ can be better spent on an implant in that area. ...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