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Diseases That Cause Teeth To Rot
Meds and trauma: Antibiotics like tetracycline can cause greying of the teeth at anytime in ones life, but is most common in the teen years as the drug is a great help for acne. Because the rout canal continues to mineralize into old age, the drug can incorporate at any time. Trauma that cuts off the blood supply to the tooth can cause darkening because of the dead cells inside the root canal. Get eval. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Many things: The list includes: consuming excessive acidic drinks like soda and gatorade, gastric reflux, poor oral hygiene, and dry mouth caused by disease, medications and/or radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Please have a dental evaluation so that your specific cause can be identified and a treatment plan can be implemented. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Absolutely: There are a whole host of medical problems that can arise from allowing dental issues to go untreated. Everything from an increased risk of heart disease, difficulty controlling blood sugar levels, and of course the possibility of infection. Don't let dental problems go untreated! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do you know are gum infections and periodontal disease related to other health problems in the body?
Yes: Cavities have destroyed part of the tooth by definition. Fixing the cavity removes the bad part of the tooth and a little more to ensure you are touching "good" tooth. So you have a hole in the natural tooth that is filled or restored with different materials depending on how big the cavity was. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the major ways that a dentist can help to decrease bruxism (as the cause) in a patient that has gum recession?
Stop Bruxism: Bruxism is often started due to a minimal change in the bite. Once begun the dentist should give the patient a mouth guard to fully relax the jaw muscles to reduce and eliminate the bruxing.. Once the muscles are relaxed, a skilled dentist will identify the bite source and attempt to adjust the bite to create a balanced bite. If done without muscle relaxation a true bite is difficult to achieve. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Perhaps in excess: Interesting question. If you eat shelled seeds and crack the shells in your mouth too frequently it might break down the enamel. See http://vegetarian.lovetoknow.com/Can_You_Eat_Too_Many_Sunflower_Seeds There's not much research on this. One study found "dried-roasted seeds" could lead to "tooth surface loss" but I could not find out if sunflower seeds were studied. See http://tinyurl.com/hxe6hwv ...Read more
It all wrecks things: Tooth decay will damage teeth as they eat away at the structure. Our jobs as dentists is to minimize the damage we cause when we fix the problem. So...The combination of decay and corrective measures does damage a tooth. The hope is to minimize the damage and hope that it stays like that. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can using sensodyne tarter control cause weakening in teeth? I have an unexplainable chipped tooth. Or could lack of nutrients have something to dowit
No: Once formed, teeth do not change. If there was a lack of good nutrition during tooth development than the teeth could be soft... But that is very unusual. Or someone could have a genetic defect... But than again that would be rare and it would also affect more than one tooth. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Can dental braces cause infections in body? If yes how can we test that a orthodentic bracket is causing infection or allergy in body.please suggest!
Not likely, but: is a possibility. The bacteria from an infected gums travels through the blood stream to other areas/organs of the body can cause bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) can also make you generally ill. With a good oral hygiene, brushing, flossing and professional cleaning this will never happen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Loose teeth may "tighten back up" but is dependent upon several factors including but not limited to; the severity of your periodontal disease; habits such as "teeth grinding", smoking etc. Heredity and/or environmental influences are also considered. Visit your dentist and discuss the prognosis of each tooth and explore options for meeting your goal of maximum tooth retention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Not directly: There is no direct correlation of ms and dental decay. However, certain medications that are prescribed for ms patients may reduce salivary flow which in turn may result in a greater tendency to get cavities and other oral problems. If you have a lot of cavities, it is more likely related to your diet and poor oral hygiene. Discuss this issue with your dentist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I believe that the colonized bacteria at the back of the tongue greatly contributes to decay and periodontal issues to back teeth. How to disinfect?
There are many: Dental products that help to disinfect the oral cavity. However, first they only act short term & secondly, they cannot fully disinfect your mouth. I recommend that you see a dentist who can actually examine you & give you individualized suggestions how to prevent (& treat if necessary) any cavities and gum problems that you might have. A one on one exam is always better than internet research. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rereootcanal with temp filling. Can brushing my teeth hard cause damage to the tooth? How suceptible is the tooth to damage?
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