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How do untreated cavities affect your mouth?

How do untreated cavities affect your mouth?

Untreated Cavities: Teeth destruction, also called dental caries (cavities) is due to chronic bacterial infection. Untreated dental decay may lead to loss of teeth, gum disease, absorption of jaw bone, and uncommonly abscesses around the teeth. Abscesses, while uncommon, can lead to serious infections in the neck, jaw, and may spread into the bloodstream, causing infection of heart valves. See a dentist. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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If the mouth keeps a pH of 7 what are the probable chances of cavities forming?

If the mouth keeps a pH of 7 what are the probable chances of cavities forming?

Still high: Bacteria can live at many different pH levels. Mouth washes can help, but regular brushing, flossing, use of a water pic, and mouthwash can all help prevent cavities. ...Read more

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Do whitening mouth washes aggravate cavities?

Do whitening mouth washes aggravate cavities?

Maybe: It is very possible that they do. See a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is mouth pain from cavities or something else?

Is mouth pain from cavities or something else?

Too many possible: Sure a cavity can cause pain, but it could be a sore in the mouth, an infection, a bone cyst in the upper or lower jaw, a bruise from trauma, an extra growing tooth, a deep abscess needing a root canal. Best to see a dentist and get it checked thoroughly. ...Read more

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I have a new cavity. How do I stop my mouth from swelling?

I have a new cavity. How do I stop my mouth from swelling?

See a dentist: If you see a dentist right when you have a cavity starting you will not have swelling. You get swelling when you have waited to long and have infection. At that point you will most likely need an extraction or a root canal. You want to have your cavities filled before you have pain. ...Read more

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Would the army accept you if you have cavities in your mouth?

Sometimes: Dental work may require completion prior to entry. See: http://usmilitary.About.Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/dental.Htm. ...Read more

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What if mouth is numbed are you not suposed to feel the cavity being worked on?

Usually NOT: Many patients will have sensitivity to pressure, and not pain, and this sensitivity will scare them. Modern dental anesthetics remove the pain sensation but do not impact on pressure sensitivity. ...Read more

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I have an oral cavity/small cut in my mouth and my cut crosses with that; could the disease pass through cuts/sores?

I have an oral cavity/small cut in my mouth and my cut crosses with that; could the disease pass through cuts/sores?

Yes: Any cut can get infected. Oral tissues are pretty resilient, however. Would be good idea to have your dentist take a look. ...Read more