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Doctor insights on: How Many People Get Cavities Per Year

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Can something systemic cause an increase the amount of cavities I get? major increase in cavities the last year but haven't changed any oral habits.

Can something systemic cause an increase the amount of cavities I get? major increase in cavities the last year but haven't changed any oral habits.

At your age....: it's unlikely but yes possible and therefore it should be checked out by your own physician. More than likely something has changed although you might not be aware of it. I once had a 13 year old patient who almost never had a cavity. On her regular checkup one time she had 13! Mom said nothing changed. We discovered she started having fruit roll-ups all the time. That's concentrated sticky sugar! ...Read more

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How could i get so many cavities in one year if i was brushing every day?

How could i get so many cavities in one year if i was brushing every day?

Just not enough: To prevent cavities: 1) see your dentist to start with a healthy mouth. 2) see your dentist regularly, at least 2x/year 3) brush at least 2x/day for at least 2 minutes by the clock 4) floss or water pik daily to clean where a toothbrush can't reach 5).Use toothpaste w Fluoride 6) talk to dentist about Fluoride treatments, Fluoride rinses, and sealants 7) reduce sticky sugars ; starches. ...Read more

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I have 3 cavities but in order for me to get them filled I need x rays. Is there any other option? I had way too much X-ray exposure this year.

I have 3 cavities but in order for me to get them filled I need x rays. Is there any other option? I had way too much X-ray exposure this year.

Not required: Generally, if decay has been diagnosed you do not require x-rays to restore the decay. The X-rays help to determine the extent of the decay (is it a filling or a root canal) and to identify hidden decay in that or adjacent teeth so that you do not need to come back and do additional fillings in the area that was just treated. ...Read more

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13 year old has deep cavity... Dentist says she needs a root canal. Is that safe? She'd have to get a silver crown. Is it better to just pull it?

13 year old has deep cavity... Dentist says she needs a root canal. Is that safe? She'd have to get a silver crown. Is it better to just pull it?

No-no -no: If your finger was broken would you want it amputated? A root canal would preserve the tooth and keep all the other teeth in line and prevent crooked and shifting of other teeth.A missing tooth can cost more to replace than a root canal and crown. ...Read more

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Three year old has a few small cavities in front teeth. Dentist says no pain no problem and we should just wait til they get loose on their own?

Second opinion: I would need to see the "small cavities", but I am concerned about leaving carious lesions on any teeth. See a pediatric dentist for a second opinion. It will cost less in the long run to fix them now. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a nonmedicated saline nasal spray to get stuck in the nasal cavity and cause of ear infection in a five-year-old?

Is it possible for a nonmedicated saline nasal spray to get stuck in the nasal cavity and cause of ear infection in a five-year-old?

Ear infection causes: Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses. Noses are full of bacteria anyway. Saline rinses away a few bacteria; if the bottle is dirty, saline may add a few bacteria to the nose, but they won't often travel to the ear because the Eustachian tube is a tiny passage, esp in children. Droplets of water sprayed in nose are only in the nose a few minutes. Squeeze bottle irrigation CAN hurt ears. ...Read more

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Why is it important to get a baby tooth that has a cavity filled when it will fall out with in a couple years anyways?

Why is it important to get a baby tooth that has a cavity filled when it will fall out with in a couple years anyways?

Maintain space: Primary teeth maintain space and allow room for the secondary teeth to erupt properly. In addition, an abscess in a baby tooth can affect the bone and enamel of the permanent tooth underneath it. You don't want to have your child suffer with preventable pain and swelling, do you ? Have the tooth restored. ...Read more

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A filling for a small cavity keeps falling out. This is the 5th time i will have to get it fixed in 1 1/2 years. Should i find a new dentist?

A filling for a small cavity keeps falling out. This is the 5th time i will have to get it fixed in 1 1/2 years. Should i find a new dentist?

Depends: Depends on where the cavity is. If it was on the edge of a front tooth/incisor, those can have a tendency to chip off if you are not careful about biting into hard food. If its in the back of your mouth, with the bonding process being very technique sensitive, if any saliva hits the tooth in the middle of bonding, that can compromise the bond and make it more likely to fall out. ...Read more

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