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Doctor insights on: Diseases That Cause Tooth Decay

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Why does smoking lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Why does smoking lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease?

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 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


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What chemicals cause tooth decay?

What chemicals cause tooth decay?

Bacteria and sugar: Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth. ...Read more

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Can fertility treatments cause tooth decay? Cavities?

Can fertility treatments cause tooth decay? Cavities?

Bacteria and sugar: Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth. ...Read more

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Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your tooth?

Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your tooth?

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 more

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Why do biofilms cause tooth decay?

Why do biofilms cause tooth decay?

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 more

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Can it be that a few major cavities and tooth decay cause exhaustion..?

Can it be that a few major cavities and tooth decay cause exhaustion..?

Infection: Cavities can cause infection which affects your entire system-see a good dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Can teeth decay sometimes be genetic?

Can teeth decay sometimes be genetic?

Bacteria & sugar: Decay is caused by bacteria (which are naturally occurring in your mouth) consuming sugar (both simple and complex). Simple sugars are in sweets. Complex are in foods like bread and pastas. ...Read more

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Could it be true, tooth decay can cause brain cancer?

Could it be true, tooth decay can cause brain cancer?

No!: However, tooth decay and poor dental health can cause systemic effects including increased blood vessel inflammation and repeated bacteria in the blood stream. It probably increases the risk of cardiovascular disease as well. ...Read more

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What causes tooth decay?

Sugar: Bacteria in your mouth cling to your tooth & if fed by sugar they produce acids that erode your tooth & result in decay ( a cavity). ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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A few adults maybe have one missing natural tooth. Can bruxism, in the lack of periodontal disease, cause severe gum recession?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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A few adults maybe have one missing natural tooth. Can bruxism, in the lack of periodontal disease, cause severe gum recession?

Definitely, yes: Bruxism may cause tooth wear, severe gum recession, teeth movement and even damage or break teeth. Unfortunately, no therapy has been proven effective in treating sleep bruxism. See OFP specialist for diagnosis and proper guard fabrication. ...Read more

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Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your teeth?

Dr. John Rohm Dr. Rohm
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Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your teeth?

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 more

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Which dental condition causes all upper teeth to be extracted?

Which dental condition causes all upper teeth to be extracted?

Cancer: Gum disease, cavities, some genetic problems and cancer in the mouth- removing teeth prior to radiation and surgery is also possible. ...Read more

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Can a tooth decay cause medical problems in your?

Can a tooth decay cause medical problems in your?

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 more

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Can dental sealants cause problems like tooth sensitivity ?

Can dental sealants cause problems like tooth sensitivity ?

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 more

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Can years of prednisone cause tooth decay?

Not cause it but..: Years of Prednisone can diminish your natural immunity which can allow bacteria to cause more rapidly advancing tooth decay. ...Read more

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If someone has teeth malocclusion that is the cause of gum recession, is it technically periodontal disease since it does affect the gums?

If someone has teeth malocclusion that is the cause of gum recession, is it technically periodontal disease since it does affect the gums?

Not Really: While there is a "gum" component to the problem, the gingival recession is the result of mal-occlusion. Periodontal disease is most often associated with specific pathogens, genetics, medications causing an abnormal oral environment, poor hygiene or any combination of the above, including mal-occlusion as a factor. There is not a simple answer, but correction of the occlussal problem will help! ...Read more

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Can a decaying cracked wisdom tooth cause dizziness?

Can a decaying cracked wisdom tooth cause dizziness?

Decayed wisdom tooth: A decayed wisdom tooth is not likely to cause dizziness. You should see your ent doctor in the area so he can check out the dizziness. ...Read more

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Teeth brace cause teeth grinding, is that possible?

Not likely: Usually it is just the opposite orthodontics make the teeth sore and people tend not to grind, but i suppose anything is possible. ...Read more

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Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

Yes: Most kids get enough Fluoride just by drinking fluoridated tap water. Some children drinking well water or bottled water need Fluoride supplements. Too much Fluoride can cause white or brown flecks on your teeth so it's important not to give supplements to kids that don't need it and that you use Fluoride free toothpaste before your toddler learns not to swallow toothpaste. ...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