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Does Alcohol Cause Tooth Decay
Possibly yes: Dry mouth can greatly increase your chance of developing dental decay. If you are an alcoholic, then you experience dry mouth. If you binge drink, then you will notice that you have dry mouth the following morning. ...Read more
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
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
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
I really get cofused many search on net say phayte acid cause osteoprosies and tooth decay as it bind to ca and iron what should I do or believr>?
Interesting: Phytic acid is both an anti-nutrient in that it binds dietary sources of iron very efficiently as well as zinc, calcium and magnesium. It is also considered an anti-oxidant since it binds free radical iron so it is a complex nutrient to fully understand. I don't think it can lower oral pH enough to directly affect tooth decay as many other acids do but it does affect calcium metabolism. ...Read more
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
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
Food: Your attention to your hygiene is as important to your dental health as what you eat.. ...Read more
Infection: Cavities can cause infection which affects your entire system-see a good dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more
Can you offer more specifics of the type (s) of serious illness that can be caused by an active prolonged infection from tooth decay?
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
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
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
Tooth Decay: Too much emphasis is placed on sugar being the cause of tooth decay. All sources of carbohydrates cause tooth decay! The stickiness and concentration of sugars determines how cariogenic the food may be. The true cause of decay specially in toddlers is the lack of daily dental home care by parents. It is not like a stinky dipper screaming to be change. You as parent must make it a priority. ...Read more
A bit tricky: These 3 causes of pain can be a bit tricky to sort out sometimes. If tapping on the suspected tooth increases pain, then it is probably the tooth. Sometimes a troubled tooth causes sinus problems. Sometimes the maxillary sinus (one under your cheek bone) problem causes enough pain to feel like it's in the upper teeth. So, it is best to see your doctor and/or dentist to help sort it out. ...Read more
Go see your dentist: You need to note whether it is sensitive to cold or hot and if it lingers for more than ten seconds. A small tooth decay usually is sensitive to cold but as the decay gets deeper the tooth can also be sensitive to hot and lingers for a while. Sinusitis can also cause toothache but usually it is hard to pinpoint to a tooth. Sometimes the whole back teeth are sensitive when you have sinus infection. ...Read more
Can severe tooth decay cause frequent urination/incontinence along with pain throughout the body?
More info needed: Age of patient? Medical history? Medications being taken? Infection from decayed teeth? Tooth decay itself will not result in incontinence. Systemic infections can have serious consequences, however. It's time to restore those teeth and see a physician for a complete physical. All the best... ...Read more
Better suggestion: Recently, it has been shown that it is better to wait 30 minutes after ingesting acidic liquids such as many sports drinks and some fruit juices before brushing your teeth. This leads to tooth erosions. With this in mind, I would suggest that you thoroughly wash your mouth out with plain water, and then you can brush and floss 30 minutes later. ...Read more
Can psychotropic medications like buspirone, quetiapine, lamtical and cymbalta (duloxetine) cause tooth decay/ loose?
Indirectly, yes.: The medications you're taking can cause dry mouth, which can in turn result in higher tooth decay and gum disease among other things. This is a good time to connect with your dentist about your medical care & medications; determine if extra steps need to be taken to manage challenges before they become problems. Be well :-). ...Read more
Can tooth decay cause upper chest tightness? I have no pain though coming from the tooth but its been cracked for 3yrs now.
DDS and MD!: See a physician asap regarding your chest tightness and a dentist regarding your cracked tooth. Not seeing both is dangerous! Dental infections can spread throughout the body and even cause death. I would also be concerned that the chest tightness could be a warning sign of something serious. Do you like to play Russian Roulette? ...Read more
Does diluting juice help prevent baby bottle tooth decay? I understand that juice has sugar, and the sugar can cause cavities. I’ve read that diluting it with water makes it less likely your baby will get baby bottle tooth decay. I only give him juice a f
Replace don't dilute: The sugar will change the acid/base balance in his mouth while there & for about an hour after drinking the juice. The longer it's in his mouth, the more decay you will see. Consult with your dentist & pediatrician, and determine a way to give him food on intervals and something with no sugar (like water) the rest of the time. This can save you loads of time, $$ and pain. Good luck! ...Read more
Is it true that nursing can cause tooth decay? I've heard that nursing can cause a child's teeth to decay, especially if they nurse right before falling asleep. Is there any truth to this? If so, is there anything we can do to prevent it? .
Decay happens!: The same rules apply whether you bottle feed or nurse...Teeth that are not cleaned and are covered with breast milk, formula or food will be at higher of decay. The cure is to make sure you use the age appropriate oral hygiene techniques after ever feeding - even bedtime! You're the parent and you create the culture of oral healthcare and oral hygiene in your home. ...Read more
My doctor adivised me to use toothpaste (I have some tooth decay). How can I reduce the risk of fluoride? Can fluoride cause ulcers? Thanks.
ADA Seal: Just for your information, the criteria the ADA uses for awarding the Seal are frequently more demanding that those of the FDA. Any product with ADA SEAL is to prove safety and effectiveness of any oral product. The amount of Fluoride found in pastes is completely safe for brushing and no causing ulcers. The fluoride-free toothpaste is also available. Ask your dentist for more information. ...Read more
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