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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


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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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Dental caries (Tip)

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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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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Dental caries (Tip)

If you use a prescription strength toothpaste like Prevident 5000 plus, cavities decrease by 50%. ...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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Dental caries (Tip)

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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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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Any ideas about how to explain to kids how to prevent dental caries?

Any ideas about how to explain to kids how to prevent  dental caries?

Demos: I would show kids models of "normal" and also models of decayed, broken down teeth. Then I would have spice jars filled with different amounts of sugar and had name products labeled on each one- like candy bars, soda, etc, with amount of sugar in each item. Show and tell best policy!! ...Read more

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Is dental caries lifestyle or lifecycle problem?

Is dental caries lifestyle or lifecycle problem?

Both: There is a genetic component to caries susceptibility. Some people are just more prone to caries. However, lifestyle - particularly diet and how well you take care of your teeth are critical in preventing caries. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will help you keep a healthy mouth. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to avoid getting dental caries?

What are the best ways to avoid getting dental caries?

Sugar: Avoid sugary snacks or eat them with meals. Brush and floss after eating and see your dentist regularly for preventive care. ...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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Do vegans suffer from dental caries?

Vegan diets: I agree with the previous answers regarding carbohydrates and decay. Beware many fruits and veggies are acidic which can contribute to decay and erosion. ...Read more

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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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What can one do to correct dental caries?

What can one do to correct dental caries?

Depends: If at all possible have the caries removed and the tooth filled but only after assessing the periodontal health of the teeth.. ...Read more

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How are social class and dental caries related?

How are social class and dental caries related?

Differnet levels: Ther eis a theory since poorer people eat a high carbohydrate diet they are more prone to dental disease. More fast food and high sugar foods are eaten in lower social class people. ...Read more

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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


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Caries (Definition)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more