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Diseases That Cause Tooth Decay
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
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
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
A few adults maybe have one missing natural tooth. Can bruxism, in the lack of periodontal disease, cause severe gum recession?
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
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
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
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 moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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