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Can you tell whether it's dental caries or gingivitis by how much pain your teeth hurt?

Can you tell whether it's dental caries or gingivitis by how much pain your teeth hurt?

Yes: Caries will cause varying types of pain depending on depth. Sensitivity to sweets, liquids , cold, hot and biting are the usual progression. Gingevitis will cause pain when the gums are brushed, when flossing, and when certain foods come it contact w the gums. And the pain is generalized usually. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dental Caries (Definition)

Dental caries is another term for tooth decay or dental cavities. Cavities are caused by specific types of bacteria which produce acid that destroys the tooth's enamel and the layer under it, the dentin. Brushing and flossing correctly and regularly will ...Read more


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How can I avoid tooth cavities?

How can I avoid tooth cavities?

Dental hygeine: Brush your teeth and floss. Regular dental checkups and cleanings. ...Read more

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Why is it that tooth cavities don't heal?

Can't: Teeth lack the ability to generate new tooth, even if the decay is removed. They can build reparative dentin underneath, but not grow new tooth. Cavities are holes resulting from bacterial destruction. The tooth structure is gone, and the bacteria remain to continue the destruction. Nothing there, even after removal of bacteria, to fill hole back in. Teeth do not continue to grow, like skin. ...Read more

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Couldwhitening strips affect tooth cavities?

Couldwhitening strips affect tooth cavities?

Sensitivity: If you have cavitites, tooth whitening should be your last priority in relation to your oral health. Get your oral health in order first, then think about whitening. Tooth whitening products can cause tooth sensitivity, so a cavitated tooth will experience this sensitivity even more because there is access for the whitening agent to seep into the tooth. ...Read more

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Do fruits cause tooth cavities?

Do fruits cause tooth cavities?

Possibly: Hi! simply, the bacteria within the plaque on your teeth use sugars (including fructose) in a metabolism process called glycolysis, to get energy. The end product of this process is acid , which can breakdown the calcium phosphate in your tooth to start a cavity. This is why it is so important to remove the plaque on your teeth daily. Some fruits are acidic too which the damaging bacteria loves. ...Read more

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Does salt help against tooth cavities?

Does salt help against tooth cavities?

No: No, salt does not prevent tooth decay. Plus, excess salt is bad for your overall health. The best formula for prevention of cavities is brushing thoroughly 2-3 times per day with Fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. ...Read more

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What can be done to prevent tooth cavities?

What can be done to prevent tooth cavities?

Floss, brush, dentis: Besides flossing , brushing ad seeing your dentist every 4 to 6 month, make sure your tooth paste has fluoride. Diet is also important . Avoid drinks that have hidden sugar like gatterade and various fruite juice or soft drinks, and sugar. ...Read more

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Can it be possible to get tooth cavities from fake sugar?

Can it be possible to get tooth cavities from fake sugar?

No and yes: The artificial sweeteners cannot be metabolized by the bacteria which produce cavity causing acids. However, it is unlikely that you are only consuming those products. Sugars are found elsewhere in your diet - breads, pastas, crackers, fruits, etc. Be aware of your real sugar sources, decrease frequency of snacking, step up the brushing and flossing, and get regular dental checkups. ...Read more

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Can tooth cavities be reduced or eliminated using certain toothpaste or remedies?

Can tooth cavities be reduced or eliminated using certain toothpaste or remedies?

Possibly: There is no magic paste out there that will completely eliminate to risk of getting cavities. However, any fluoridated toothpaste can help protect your teeth and reduce the risk of getting cavities. If you are a high cavity risk patient, there are special prescription toothpastes you can use. ...Read more

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Can tooth cavities treated or prevented by oneself after started?

Sorry...No.: Once a cavity starts, there's no way to reverse it by yourself. Nearly always, the infected/softened part of the tooth has to be removed, the remaining tooth cleaned & conditioned, & the missing part of the tooth replaced with a modern dental material. In very, very small cavities, newer techniques allow us to repair it without removing any tooth structure. Get it fixed while it's small and easy. ...Read more

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