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Doctor insights on: Do Artificial Sweeteners Cause Tooth Decay

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Do artificial sweeteners promote tooth decay like sugar?

Do artificial sweeteners promote tooth decay like sugar?

No: Most artificial or "sugar free" sweeteners are not metabolized by the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Not all natural "sugars" are bad either. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that has been shown in some studies to lower decay risk. ...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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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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What foods can I eat that will not cause tooth decay?

What foods can I eat that will not cause tooth decay?

Food: your attention to your hygiene is as important to your dental health as what you eat.. ...Read more

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Can MRI contrast cause tooth decay?

Can MRI contrast cause tooth decay?

No: Your dental problems cannot be attributed to diagnostic imaging. See a dentist to have the decay treated. ...Read more

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Can drinking hawthorne tea cause tooth decay?

Can drinking hawthorne tea cause tooth decay?

Tea and decay: It depends on the sugar and acid content of the tea, also extreme temperatures cause expansion and contraction that can cause small fractures that can lead to decay. Get an evaluation from a dentist to see how your teeth are doing now. ...Read more

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Can methadone treatment cause tooth decay?

Can methadone treatment cause tooth decay?

Yes: You need to have a very good oral hygiene care as well as periodic visits to your dentist, probably three times or more a year to follow progression of decay , and give you Fluoride treatments to prevent further decay. ...Read more

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Does aspartame, saccharin cause tooth decay?

Does aspartame, saccharin cause tooth decay?

Definitely, no: Aspartame or saccharin does not contribute to tooth decay. ...Read more

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How will methamphetamine drug use cause tooth decay?

How will methamphetamine drug use cause tooth decay?

Dry mouth, soda: Methamphetamine causes dry mouth aka xerostomia. The saliva natural cleanses the teeth and buffers acidic plaque. Plaque acids are what eat away at enamel and causes tooth decay. Meth addicts with dry mouth tend to moisten their mouths with inexpensive sugary sodas which makes the problem even worse. Also meth addicts are largely consumed with getting more meth rather than oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Can tooth decay be caused by aspartame and acesulfame k?

Can tooth decay be caused by aspartame and acesulfame k?

Acid: Tooth decay is caused by acid, a byproduct of bacterial digestion. These substances are not part of their diet. All the best... ...Read more

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Is it possible for tooth decay to cause neurological side effects?

Is it possible for tooth decay to  cause neurological side effects?

Not likely : Not unless the tooth decay has reached the pulp or living section of the tooth. You would have what is better known as a tooth abscess at that point ...Depending whether it is acute or chronic may determine the level of pain which in turn could possibly lead to neurological side effects! would certainly expedite the time one would seek professional help .... ...Read more

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Can tooth decay or toothaches also cause morning headache in toddlers?

Can tooth decay or toothaches also cause morning headache in toddlers?

Yes, very likely: If it can happen in an adult then it can happen in a toddler. If the infant has tooth decay then it should be addressed right away because cavities in baby teeth don't have as far to go to infect the pulp as adult teeth. ...Read more

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Can years of prednisone cause tooth decay?

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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How do sweet things cause tooth decay?

How do sweet things cause tooth decay?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria living in your mouth. The bacteria use carbohydrates (sugars) to produce acids which breakdown the surface of the tooth. This breakdown is tooth decay. Keep in mind, it is not how much sweet things you eat but how often you eat them that affect tooth decay. ...Read more

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Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time ?

Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time ?

Yes: Sugar based drinks, whether in sodas or juice, interact with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid byproducts. This results in the breaking down of tooth structure known as decay. Sipping sugary drinks throughout the day is much worse than drinking it all at once. Diet sodas have sugar substitutes which do not break down to the same acids as regular sodas but still have other types of acids. ...Read more

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Can tooth decay cause loss of taste? Had it extracted and can taste much better?

Sinus infection?: If this involves an upper tooth, the infection can get into the sinuses leading to a loss of smell and taste. ...Read more

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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 you offer more specifics of the type(s) of serious illness that can be caused by an active prolonged infection from tooth decay?

Can you offer more specifics of the type(s) of serious illness that can be caused by an active prolonged infection from tooth decay?

Abscess: You could develop an abscess infection at the tip of the root of the tooth. It could progress into your bottom jaw bone or even into your neck and chest cavity. If it is in your upper jaw then it could go into your sinus and then into your brain. ...Read more

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Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

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 more

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Do iron supplements cause tooth decay?

Do iron supplements cause tooth decay?

Not normally but...: I would think that not in normal circumstances, but I would research and also see a dentist. If you are getting a lot of cavities, you may have other causes. ...Read more

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Sugar Substitute (Definition)

Sugar subsitites are chemicals that taste like sugar but have no calories and do not change blood sugar when consumed, they include: saccharine, aspartame (equal) sucralose (splenda), and stevia only the ...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