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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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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???

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?

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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