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Dental Cavities Cause Bacteremia
Yes: Dental cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth. This same bacteria can get into the blood steam through breaks i'm the gums even when you brush your teeth. Occasionally this bacteria can cause sepsis particularly when it attacks the valves i'm the heart. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in plaque are exposed to sugars and metabolize the sugars into acid. Plaque is sticky and concentrates the acid onto the enamal of your teeth which dissolves it creating a cavity. Plaque without sugar or starch wil not cause decay. Sugar without plaque will not cause decay. Acid alone, like lemons, will dissolve enamal and can cause decay, . ...Read moreSee 10 more doctor answers
Plaque: Biofilms usually refer to bacterial accumulation in water lines. Biofilms such as bacterial plaque on teeth will cause many problems. An accumulation of bad bacteria anywhere in your body is a bad thing. Strep mutans accumulating on your teeth allow them to secrete acids that degrade your tooth enamel and ultimately create decay. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should not: Dental sealants are a thin, preventive coating placed over deep grooves in teeth to prevent cavities. You should have no pain or sensitivity with sealants. If a sealant is too thick, it may cause you to put too much pressure on the tooth when you bite down on it. Over time, this can make tooth sensitive. A minor adjustment to thin sealant and reduce the pressure, should stop any sensitivity. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Very Unlikely: It is very unlikely that a Dental Hygienist will cause any damage to the teeth and surrounding gum tissue. A patient may experience some discomfort if they do not have good home care and their gum tissue is inflamed prior to their dental visit. It is important to see your hygienist every 3-6 months to maintain a healthy oral environment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
NO: No a dental sealant will not protect your gum tissue from eroding. Have your dentist check your bite and make sure it is balanced. Also check for wear facets or signs of clenching and grinding. Also make sure you do not use anything stiffer than a soft tooth brush. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possible ?: Possible? Yes. Likely? No. In the hands of an experienced dentist and with proper precautions, the risk of this is very small. Any time a drill is used on teeth, there is always a risk of inflammation and irreversible damage to the nerve of the tooth. More often, the tooth would have required root canal therapy anyway due to previous decay or dental treatment. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes and no: yes and no, this same material can be placed on exposed root surfaces to seal them and prevent sensitivity. sensitivity is usally not found on the top of the tooth unless decay has progressed and when that happens a filling is needed as a sealant wont work. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: Hi! simply, the bacteria within the plaque on your teeth use sugars (including fructose) in a metabolism process called glycolysis, to get energy. The end product of this process is acid , which can breakdown the calcium phosphate in your tooth to start a cavity. This is why it is so important to remove the plaque on your teeth daily. Some fruits are acidic too which the damaging bacteria loves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indirectly: Smoking indirectly leads to tooth decay because of the increased heat of the cigarette or cigar etc. Causing the bacteria that cause the decay to be more active, this also applies to gingivitis and periodontal disease. The other component chemicals from the smoke cause irritation and tissue damage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: When there is an abscess in the bone, then it appears in the x-ray by the pattern of bone destruction. If an abscess is small, or limited to soft tissue, then it will not be evident on an x-ray. Additionally, an x-ray is a 2-dimensional view of a 3-d environment - if the abscess is superimposed by another structure in the image, then the abscess may not be evident in the x-ray. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely: Usually it is the other way around. The dental abscess erodes into the sinus. Sinusitis can definitely cause tooth pain As the nerves for your upper teeth run along the floor of the sinus and the pressure and inflammation from the sinus irritate the nerves. If your are having severe tooth pain have your dentist check to make sure there is not a dental problem contributing to your sinus problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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