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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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How does tooth decay affect your heart?

How does tooth decay affect your heart?

Decay isn't healthy: Do you think you may be thinking of the studies that have shown a correlation between periodontal disease causing plaque and plaque in your heart? Here's an article with more information: http://www.Colgate.Com/app/cp/us/en/oc/information/articles/oral-and-dental-health-basics/medical-conditions/heart-disease-and-oral-health/article/cardiovascular.Cvsp. ...Read more

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Does the health of your gums affect how fast your teeth will move with braces?

Does the health of your gums affect how fast your teeth will move with braces?

Absolutely: Teeth will move faster through healthy tissues than through unhealthy tissues. Moving teeth in the presence of inflammatory disease can result in gum/bone loss. ...Read more

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How do bacteria live in your mouth after brushing your teeth?

How do bacteria live in your mouth after brushing your teeth?

Brushing: It's impossible to brush away all the bacteria. The environment is perfect for them to grow and they reproduce very quickly so it's a constant battle. Just like we can't kill all the flies in the world. ...Read more

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How can you prevent cavities and decay on my teeth?

How can you prevent cavities and decay on my teeth?

Brush/floss/Fluoride: Proper application of a toothbrush, floss and Fluoride daily will keep the cavity bugs away. Brush 2-3 times/day. Floss daily. Fluoride 3-7 times/week: rinse and spit, don't swallow. See you dentist regularly. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause you roof of your mouth to hurt?

Does smoking cause you roof of your mouth to hurt?

Not usually: if you have a torus mandibularis ( a bump on the roof of your mouth which is a bony deformity) that can get irritated and inflamed by cigarettes smoke. You need to see your doctor for an examination, especially since long-term tobacco smokers can get oral cancer. The single best thing you can now do for your health is to talk to your doctor about ways to quit tobacco smoking. ...Read more

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What complications can occur with dental cavities? My brother never goes to the dentist and i'm worried he is developing cavities. Is it possible they will affect his overall health? If so, how? .

What complications can occur with dental cavities? My brother never goes to the dentist and i'm worried he is developing cavities. Is it possible they will affect his overall health? If so, how?


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Tooth loss to death: Dental decay (cavities) can cause mild to severe complications. Tooth pain , jaw pain, sinus pain. Tooth loss, loss of adjacent teeth as well. If an infection develops (an abcess), teeth can be lost. If an abcess occurs in an upper back tooth, it can drain to the cavernous sinus and lead to an infection in the brain, causing death if untreated. Procrastination will lead to more dollars spent. ...Read more

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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.

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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How does chewing tobacco affect your teeth?

How does chewing tobacco affect your teeth?

Several Ways: The most frequent effect is to stain the teeth. The nicotine and tars can make periodontal problems worse and advance more rapidly. They also are carcinogenic (cause cancer). When the wad is held in the mouth, the teeth may shift due to the mass of the wad producing an orthodontic effect on the teeth. ...Read more

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I get so stressed, so I chew gum. How does chewing gum affect your jaw?

I get so stressed, so I chew gum. How does chewing gum affect your jaw?

Muscle fatigue: Jaw muscles are powerful. Any muscle in the body can become sore, or cramped, or strained with overuse. ...Read more

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How long can sperm last in your mouth? And how can you kill them if they get in your mouth?

How long can sperm last in your mouth? And how can you kill them if they get in your mouth?

Sperm: I am sorry, what is the purpose of this question? If you are worried about getting infections from the exposure of semen is different i am sure you are not worrying about getting pregnant with live sperm in your mouth !, because you cant. ...Read more

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Prograf and cavities; do people get bad teeth and gums problems?

Prograf and cavities; do people get bad teeth and gums problems?

Not specifically but: Not specifically from the use of Prograf (tacrolimus), but it might be possible that immune suppression could leave you more vulnerable to infection generally, so really careful hygiene is important, as well as regular dental checkups. ...Read more

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Can peroxyl affect tendency to get thrush?

Can peroxyl affect tendency to get thrush?

Maybe: Anything that upsets the normal oral bacterial flora that "live"in the mouth can lead to thrush. Rinsing with full strength hydrogen peroxide can do this. Peroxyl is an oral rinse that is 1.5% hydrogen peroxide so although unlikely it is certainly possible. ...Read more

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What does sugar do ruin your gums?

What does sugar do ruin your gums?

No: Sugar does not ruin your gum, it may become fermented and cause cavity. However, diabetes (rise of glucose level in blood) will exacerbate the destruction of periodontal attachment (gum, bone, cementum, and periodontal ligament) by impairing the regeneration potential and make patient susceptible to infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can tobacco smoke afffect your cardiovascular system?

Can you tell me how can tobacco smoke afffect your cardiovascular system?

Smoking: In absolutely no positive way. The technicalities are too great to give here. See. :http://m.Hopkinsmedicine.Org/healthlibrary/conditions/adult/cardiovascular_diseases/smoking_and_cardiovascular_disease_85, p00242/. ...Read more

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How much does laser teeth whitening damage your teeth and gums? I'd like to get my teeth whitened, and have read that laser teeth whitening can cause your teeth to be tender. Does it do any permanent damage? .

Not much: There are some changes that can be found at a microscopic level but nothing serious. If properly done laser whitening won't harm your gums. The sensitivity that you will get from your teeth will go away in a day or two. ...Read more

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Can you explain how do periodontal pockets decrease if the damage is permanent ?

Get it treated : You are correct periodontal disease will not correct itself you should see a periodontist who will rebuild the lost bone after removing all the infection your pockets will be eliminated and they will teach you how to properly take care of your gums so the problem doesn't recur. ...Read more

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How does biting your nails increase your risk of getting infections?

How does biting your nails increase your risk of getting infections?

Sometimes tissue : other than the tip of the nail is damaged. This creates a portal for infection. I once developed a serious infection of my thumb after biting my nails. I had step throat at the time. The throat issues came under control much more rapidly than the infected finger. ...Read more

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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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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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What would happen if teeth that have cavities are left untreated??? Is it really necessary to fill them??what if 4 out of 8 cavities teeth r filled???

Loss of teeth: Failure to restore teeth that are decayed will result in a continuous breakdown of the tooth structure, eventually resulting in the need to extract the teeth. Replacement is much more expensive than restoring them now. Infections from the rotten teeth can be painful and life threatening. Don't delay, see a dentist today... ...Read more

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Can an untreated dental cavity cause numbness on the right side of my head?

Can an untreated dental cavity cause numbness on the right side of my head?

See Dentist: Numbness is associated with nerve involvement. Please see a dentist asap for a proper diagnosis. If the decay has penetrated thru to the nerve then some pain or numbness could occur or it could be a bite issue or something unrelated to your teeth. If your dentist does not find a connection you will need to go to your doctor to test for other possible causes. ...Read more

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Do all cavities have to be treated in a 6.9 yrs old kid? Can superficial cavities be left untreated as these teeth will be replaced by perm teeth? Thx

Do all cavities have to be treated in a 6.9 yrs old kid? Can superficial cavities be left untreated as these teeth will be replaced by perm teeth? Thx

Depends on the tooth: If the cavity is small and in a tooth that is usually at age 6 or 7, then it is probably ok to leave it alone. If it is in a tooth that will be there till 9-12 yrs old, then i would get it filled while it is small, as it will only get larger over time. Those teeth need to stay till they are ready to come out. Also, its not healthy to leave an extra abundance of bacteria in a growing childs mouth. ...Read more

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Do untreated baby teeth cavities affect the new teeth coming in?

Do untreated baby teeth cavities affect the new teeth coming in?

Yes : Baby teeth 'hold space' for the adult teeth. If a cavity is untreated in a baby tooth for an extended period of time, the space for the adult tooth may be lost. Thereby crowding the adult teeth. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I came in and saw him and he gave me a quote for braces and a mouth guard, and need cavities filled. I am wondering if he will go any lower in pricing since I don't have insurance. Will he do a large cash discount. Thank you?

I came in and saw him and he gave me a quote for braces and a mouth guard, and need cavities filled. I am wondering if he will go any lower in pricing since I don't have insurance. Will he do a large cash discount. Thank you?

Ask: You can always ask for discount, but not having insurance is not a reason for special consideration. Also, it would be prudent to seek consultation w fully qualified Orthodontist (initial exam usually free). Orthodontists do better quality Ortho Rx in less time and usually at lower cost than GP. Think of it this way, who should do your brain surgery, a GP or a Specialist. It,s a no-brainer. ...Read more

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Can a dry mouth cause cavities?

Can a dry mouth cause cavities?

Dry mouth : Dry mouth can cause rapidly progressing tooth decay so work with your dentist. Avoid acidic and sugary drinks and foods. Stay hydrated. Chew xylitol gum ...Read more

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