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How can I reverse the damage from cavities?

How can I reverse the damage from cavities?

You can't: Fluoride can reverse the very early stages of dental decay. Reversing is not possible. Dentists are trained to restore teeth with fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures. Prevention is the best way to maintain your teeth. Brush, floss, fluoride. ...Read more

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How many cavities has the average u.S. 8 year old had?

How many cavities has the average u.S. 8 year old had?

Hard to say: In my clinic i see a lot of medicaid children with decay, but there is no reason why an 8yr old should have no decay. In my office i would says 4-6, but not sure about the national average. I think it should be less than that maybe closer to 2. ...Read more

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What causes cavities?

What causes cavities?

Bacteria: Simply, bacteria in our mouths metablolize the carbohydrates that we eat (simple sugars are their favorites) and produce acid as a result of their activity. The acid dissolves the enamel, causing the decay. Eating the right foods, and brushing/flossing right afterwards, helps break the cycle. Go brush now! ...Read more

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What causes cavities?

Diet and Bacteria: Sugar and carbohydrates are used for fuel by bacteria in your mouth. A by-product they produce is acid. The acid dissolves the mineral of your tooth. They can be prevented by having a good diet, cleaning your teeth immaculately and seeing your dentist for cleanings at least twice a year. There are other important dental problems beyond cavities, so see a great dentist to have it all assessed. ...Read more

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How are cavities formed?

How are cavities formed?

Cavity formation: Bacteria in you mouth reside in the dental plaque. These bacteria metabolize the sugar from your diet and produce acid which can lead to demineralization of the enamel which can then progress to dental decay. Prevention of dental decay requires good oral hygiene to reduce plaque and bacteria on the teeth, reduced exposure to sugar, and preventative efforts including Fluoride and dental sealants. ...Read more

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How can one get a cavity?

How can  one get a cavity?

Diet/Hygiene: Dental cavities are caused by acid that is produced by the bacteria in our mouths. The carbohydrate in our diet (especially the liquid sugars) are metabolized by the bacteria in dental plaque into organic acids. If the plaque is allowed to remain on the tooth, the acid creates a hole in the tooth we call a cavity. Reduce dietary carbohydrate, remove plaque and use a Fluoride toothpaste. ...Read more

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Where can a cavity spread to?

Where can a cavity spread to?

Lot's of bad places: I assume you mean a dental cavity. This can cause an abscess if untreated and can spread to your sinuses and even your brain (upper jaw) or all the way down to your heart (lower jaw). Lest we forget, tutankhamun, the boy-king of egypt ("king tut") was thought to have died of a brain abscess from a cavity. Go see your dentist! ...Read more

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Why do I get so many cavities?

Cavities: You need to brush and FLOSS properly and regularly. And you need to severly decrease or eliminate sticky, sugary junk foods and soda pop from your diet. If you are not doing these things you will get cavities. Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist. ...Read more

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Does it hurt getting a cavity?

Does it hurt getting a cavity?

Not at first: A tooth has to be badly infected to hurt. At first there is no sensation at all. It does not hurt to have the tooth fixed because the dentist will first numb the tooth before fixing it. ...Read more

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Can any foods reverse cavities?

Can any foods reverse cavities?

Decay: Tooth decay involves the breakdown of the enamel matrix subsequent to contact with acid. Only the most superficial of lesions can be reversed using a variety of remineralizing pastes. Good, healthy eating habits can help prevent decay together with regular brushing and flossing. You'll need a dentist to restore a cavity since you cannot eat your way out of it. ...Read more