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How long does tooth decay associated with baby bottle tooth decay last?

How long does tooth decay associated with baby bottle tooth decay last?

Until treated: Baby bottle tooth decay is a serious condition that is caused by putting a child to bed with juice, milk or another sugary drink in their bottle. The liquid accumulates around the upper front teeth and causes decay to occur rapidly. Decay removal and placement of tooth colored fillings or crowns is indicated if the teeth can be salvaged. If not, they will need to be extracted. See a dentist asap! ...Read more

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Tooth Decay (Definition)

Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that ...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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How does bone loss after tooth extraction occur?

How does bone loss after tooth extraction occur?

Lost stimulation: After extraction, the aveolar bone lost the stimulation from the tooth movement and starts resorption. It is kind like atrophy. Reserach showed, the surounding bone can lost 60-80 percent of its volume at the end of first year after extraction. To prevent bone loss after extraction, you should get bone grafting at the time of extraction. After 4-6 month, implant can be placed. ...Read more

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How does not filling a cavity lead to tooth loss?

How does not filling a cavity lead to tooth loss?

The cavity will: Keep getting larger and larger. Eventually, the remaining tooth structure will not be large or strong enough to support a restoration (filling) and thereby determined to be non-restorable. A non-restorable tooth needs to be extracted before an infection/pain develop. ...Read more

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How could toothpaste prevent tooth decay?

How could toothpaste prevent tooth decay?

Fluoride: Cleaning the plaque from the tooth and the cavity prevention effects of fluoride help prevent tooth decay. Keep brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. ...Read more

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How long does periodontitis take before resulting in tooth loss?

How long does periodontitis take before resulting in tooth loss?

Don't wait: No one should wait until their periodontal disease gets so bad that they are in danger of losing their teeth. Treatment is relatively easy and inexpensive with early diagnosis and treatment. Not only does your oral hygiene plays a role, but many medical conditions such as diabetes and factors such as smoking hasten the process. See your dentist for a complete and thorough periodontal exam. ...Read more

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How many roots does wisdom tooth has?

How many roots does wisdom tooth has?

Tooth roots: Wisdom teeth can vary in their size, shape and number of roots. Some teeth may be very small but other can be gigantic. A good x-ray should tell your dentist the proper number. I have seen some teeth with one root (may or not be fused together) to one with more than 7 separate roots. Frequently when there are more roots, the extraction can be more complicated and/or take longer. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to prevent tooth decay......?

How to prevent tooth decay......?

See below: With good oral hygiene, regular dental visits and control of diet. ...Read more

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How do sweet things cause tooth decay?

How do sweet things cause tooth decay?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria living in your mouth. The bacteria use carbohydrates (sugars) to produce acids which breakdown the surface of the tooth. This breakdown is tooth decay. Keep in mind, it is not how much sweet things you eat but how often you eat them that affect tooth decay. ...Read more

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How can you stop tooth decay?

How can you stop tooth decay?

Prevention: Once the tooth gets decay, it is progressive except in incipient decay. Prevention is the best thing when it comes to decay and gum disease. Good home care routine, brushing, flossing, using a Fluoride rinse. Visiting your dentist every 6months. Eating healthy and fibrous foods. Avoiding processed food with sugar and carbs. ...Read more

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How can I prevent further tooth decay?

How can I prevent further tooth decay?

Easy: Visit the dentist every 6 months. Cut down on sugar, soda, and carbs. Sugar, carbs and soda are a recipe for cavities. Eat healthy. Brush thoroughly 2-3 times a day with an ada approved Fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, rinse once daily with listerine. ...Read more

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How long does wisdom tooth eruption take?

How long does wisdom tooth eruption take?

Wisdom tooth: Wisdom tooth eruption is usually slower than other molars. Each person is different however. Some have the to erupt partially and may cause problems. See your dentist if your wisdom tooth is not coming out right or is painful. ...Read more

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Does tooth decay spread from one tooth to another?

Does tooth decay spread from one tooth to another?

Yes: Tooth decay is a bacterial infection of the teeth that is propagated by poor hygiene and eating a lot of sugary foods/beverages. The only way to treat is to remove the cavity and maintain good oral hygiene and healthy diet. ...Read more

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How many mls of saliva does it take for someone to prevent tooth decay?

How many mls of saliva does it take for someone to prevent tooth decay?

Saliva can't PREVENT: Saliva can't prevent tooth decay, but its "absence" can promote it. Saliva contains bicarbonate--a buffer to the acids contained in foods, drinks and bacterial plaque. An acidic (low ph) diet will dissolve tooth structure when ph dips below 5.5. A healthy mouth exists at ph 7.2-7.4. Check your meds, break the sugar habits, check your gut (indigestion/reflux) and clean your teeth twice daily.. ...Read more

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How much time can a wisdom tooth go untreated?

How much time can a wisdom tooth go untreated?

Variable: Variable. At your age, you may already have problems undetected. You may never have problems. Best advice: see a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon for exam/recommendations. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a gum abscess after tooth extraction?

How can I prevent a gum abscess after tooth extraction?

Depends: Follow directions given tom you by your dentist. Take antibiotics if given. Keep the area clean and eat a healthy diet. Your body should take care of the rest. ...Read more

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How does a tooth extraction actually work?

How does a tooth extraction actually work?

Work?: You mean how is an extraction done, or why extract a tooth? Extracting a tooth removes the source of a problem (pain, swelling, infection, decay), makes more room for the other teeth, and/or improves the prognosis for the remaining teeth. A tooth is extracted by separating the root from the bone. If the tooth is impacted or stuck, sometimes sectioning the tooth is necessary. ...Read more

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How many roots does a wisdom tooth have?

How many roots does a wisdom tooth have?

Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth are sometimes referred to as third molars. Lower wisdom teeth usually have 2 roots and upper wisdom teeth usually have 3 roots. ...Read more

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How can you slow teeth cavities (caries) ?

Good oral hygiene: To reduce cavities, you probably need to floss, brush and use anti-plaque toothpaste. Regular check-ups also so the dentist can do exam and fix cavities before they get bigger. Some advise 3-month routine follow-up if needed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Caries (Definition)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more