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Doctor insights on: How To Fix Rotting Teeth

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What can I do to avoid the pain if I have rotting teeth?

What can I do to avoid the pain if I have rotting teeth?

Get to a dentist: You can take advil (ibuprofen) or alleve to help until your dentist sees you. But don't delay. Serious problems like infection spread, tooth loss and medical complications will result.
In the middle ages, before modern dentistry, people died from dental abscesses all the time.
In our day and age, dentists can help you! ...Read more

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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Is surgery required to remove rotting teeth?

Is surgery required to remove rotting teeth?

No: If they are actually rotti. G they can be pulled without anestjesoa. Partially rotten need surgery. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! Will my brain be affected by rotting teeth?

Need doctor's help! Will my brain be affected by rotting teeth?

Rotting Teeth: It is not likely. Especially if you are aware you have a problem and are doing something about it. But, as you read online, this is a possible outcome for severe tooth disease. Please follow the instructions of your dentist. ...Read more

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Can rotting teeth cause heart disease or a heart attack?

Yes: In addition to a correlation of periodontal disease and heart disease, decayed teeth that result in dental infections that go untreated can cause heart problems.
There can be a spread of infection via fascial planes to the mediastinum, resulting in heart problems and death. ...Read more

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Will stopping chewing tobacco reduce the risk of cancer, gum disease, and rotting teeth?

Will stopping chewing tobacco reduce the risk of cancer, gum disease, and rotting teeth?

Yes: Nicotine in tobacco chewing causes localized ischemic area due to constriction of blood vessel. Precancerous soft tissue changes include leukoplakia, erythroplakia, acanthoma and carcinoma in situ. Regarding gum disease, tobacco product causes root surface roughness and delay wound healing. Tobacco product will aid in dry mouth and thus causes root caries leading to rotting teeth. ...Read more

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Teeth rotting out under permanent retainer...Help?

Teeth rotting out under permanent retainer...Help?

See your dentist: The sooner you get treatment the better chance you have of saving your teeth. ...Read more

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How long does it take for purging to start rotting your teeth?

How long does it take for purging to start rotting your teeth?

Stop Purging: There is no medical or dental benefit to it. Please see your physician and dentist. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a dead or rotting tooth causes pain in any other teeth?

Yes: A rotted tooth can have an infection around it and this can cause pain radiating on the entire side of you mouth. Don't wait. See a dentist and get this treated.
Infections can be serious. Get it taken care of. ...Read more

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How do I know if my teeth are rotted?

How do I know if my teeth are rotted?

Go to a dentist: Bad breath, bleeding gums, pain, teeth breaking or falling out are all signs of poor dentition. Best to see a dentist if you are concerned about you teeth. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are my teeth rotting from the inside out?

I'm wondering why are my teeth rotting from the inside out?

Internal resorption?: If you were diagnosed with a tooth having internal resorption, there is no clear cut reason why.
Most tooth destruction starts out in small crevices on the biting surface, on the soft root surface or between the teeth (from lack of flossing) food particles get trapped, bacteria "eat" these particles, digest them giving off acid that contributes to tooth destruction. ...Read more

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If my wisdom teeth are rotting, could they make me ill?

If my wisdom teeth are rotting, could they make me ill?

Yes: Any infection can travel thru the blood stream and lymphatics to cause illnesses. Once the wisdom teeth become decayed it is important to remove them asap. ...Read more

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Need some dental expertise! My teeth are rotting at the gums?

Need some dental expertise! My teeth are rotting at the gums?

Need a dentist...: ... One that is local, one who can treat you. Please call for an appointment. Can't diagnose the severity of your problems or restorative options over the internet. ...Read more

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Will giving a 3-4 month old some ice cream cause a child's teeth rotting?

Will giving a 3-4 month old some ice cream cause a child's teeth rotting?

Not likely: Early childhood caries is usually caused by too much sugary foods and drink. Putting infants to bed with a bottle of juice or milk will cause decay also. It is good to brush the child's teeth or wipe the gums with a wash cloth if teeth aren't erupted yet. A little bit of ice cream every now and then is fine. ...Read more

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When I rub my tounge on my gums and teeth I taste a burnt/rotting taste...Am I loosing my teeth?

When I rub my tounge on my gums and teeth I taste a burnt/rotting taste...Am I loosing my teeth?

Likely gum infection: It may be that when you press your gums with your tongue, you are expressing pus from a gum or tooth infection. This drainage, depending on the underlying bacteria involved, can have a strong odor/flavor. If you want to keep your teeth, get it evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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My teeth and tongue feel almost like they're rotting. Could this be from using too much mouthwash? If so what can I do about it?

My teeth and tongue feel almost like they're rotting. Could this be from using too much mouthwash? If so what can I do about it?

It's time...: Your teeth can certainly rot, although your tongue can't. I don't think the mouthwash has anything to do with it, although don't use it more than twice a day. However, what would seem appropriate, is for you to see a dentist for a complete and thorough dental examination, along with some x-rays to see what is going on. Little problems become big problems if left untreated. Call today. ...Read more

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Ok I have bad teeth, for a long time I do not hav insuranance an they don't hurt but their rotting an I'm scared an I'm one 20 yrs old.

Ok I have bad teeth, for a long time I do not hav insuranance an they don't hurt but their rotting an I'm scared an I'm one 20 yrs old.

No Insurance?: Dr. Mcgarrry gave you some great advice. In addition, I would recommend that you see a dentist asap to first see what treatment you need and your options. Start with the most serious problems first. See what can be temporized and get your treatment done in stages. Too many people see this as an all or none situation. Do as much as you can at your financial comfort level. Find out about carecredit. ...Read more

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I need help, I am 29 and all my teeth are rotting out of my head. I have several cavities, I have pain. Please help. Poor and have no dental insurance.

I need help, I am 29 and all my teeth are rotting out of my head. I have several cavities, I have pain. Please help. Poor and have no dental insurance.

Rampant caries: Call your local dental society for advice. They would probably know who best to contact for reduced fee dental care. See if you are eligible for state programs such as Medicaid. Dental schools generally render reduced fee dental care. Also make sure you understand how your eating habits may contribute to dental caries and how to practice good oral hygiene going forward. Good luck. ...Read more

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How would you prevent your teeth and gums from rotting if you vomit regulary?

How would you prevent your teeth and gums from rotting if you vomit regulary?

Acid erosion: The acid in your vomit disolves your teeth, there is no easy way to prevent the damage. Bulimia wreaks havoc on your dentition as well as your over all health. ...Read more

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I just got my wisdom teeth out and the bottom left socket is excreting this awful rotting taste. Its not all the time, but comes out more like blood.

I just got my wisdom teeth out and the bottom left socket is excreting this awful rotting taste. Its not all the time, but comes out more like blood.

Extraction socket: It is normal to have some bleeding in the extraction socket. Often pre existing infection in the area can cause bad taste. You must follow the post op instructions given by your dentist to insure proper healing. ...Read more

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Teeth rotted to almost the gum. Foul taste in mouth?

Teeth rotted to almost the gum. Foul taste in mouth?

From Bacteria: The bacterial in the infection causing the teeth to rot will cause a foul taste in your mouth. Are you planning to have them pulled soon? ...Read more

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My son needs iron supplements, How can I prevent these from rotting his teeth?

My son needs iron supplements, How can I prevent these from rotting his teeth?

They won't: But bacteria will. Start with a professional cleaning @ Dentist's office. Ask Dentist for proper oral hygiene instructions and diet review. Regular professional care is mandatory. ...Read more

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10 year old with two baby teeth that are rotting, how would dentists treat this?

10 year old with two baby teeth that are rotting, how would dentists treat this?

Several ways..: After proper radiographic exam, it will be clear what the condition of existing baby tooth is... Whether it needs baby root canal/pulpotomy, extraction, baby crowns, or even possibly removal. The main goal is to preserve the "space" for upcoming permanent tooth. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son needs iron supplements, how can I prevent his teeth from rotting?

What do you suggest if my son needs iron supplements, how can I prevent his teeth from rotting?

Iron doesn't rot: See Dentist for exam, cleaning, and to fix any damaged teeth. Ask Dentist for individualized Oral Hygiene program. Have ck-ups at least 2x/yr. Avoid sugars, starches, acids. Consider a fluoride mouthwash. ...Read more

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Could you explain when using bulimia to lose weight, does brushing your teeth stop them from rotting?

Could you explain when using bulimia to lose weight, does brushing your teeth stop them from rotting?

See your PCP: Brushing your teeth after you vomit can contribute to tooth decay. Treatment for bulimia involves psychological counseling, nutritional counseling and medication such as antidepressants. See your PCP for consultation. Do not delay. ...Read more

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I had blood poisoning from a rotted tooth shoild I get all my other rotted teeth extracted before I get it again?

Rotted tooth: You've already experienced what can happen from a rotted tooth. It can even be worse... some people have died from infected teeth. I'm not trying to scare you. Just making you aware of the consequences of leaving teeth that are decayed or ones that have an infection. See a dentist to work up a treatment plan for you asap!
Be wise and safe. ...Read more

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My front teeth are sensitive and the gums are tiny bit swillen on the inner side. Rotted tooth? Maybe tar build up? Gingevitis? Needs a cleaning?

My front teeth are sensitive and the gums are tiny bit swillen on the inner side. Rotted tooth? Maybe tar build up? Gingevitis? Needs a cleaning?

Gingivitis: This sounds like gingivitis, or maybe early periodontal disease. Schedule a teeth cleaning, and discuss these concerns with your dentist. In the meantime, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily. It is important to maintain good oral health, because it can affect your overall health as well. ...Read more

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I've been on methadone for 13 years always took care of my teeth past 4 years they are rotting cavities in majority of my teeth is this from the meth?

I've been on methadone for 13 years always took care of my teeth past 4 years they are rotting cavities in majority of my teeth is this from the meth?

Nope: "Taking care of your teeth" involves more than brushing and flossing... it includes dental check ups and cleanings at least every six months and restoring your teeth as advised by your dentist. If you haven't been to a dentist in recent memory for routine care, you've got your answer. ...Read more

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Could I get cancer or rotted teeth from chewing tobacco?

Cancer easily: Chewing tobacco contains known carcinogens. The odds that you will get oral cancer if you chew are much higher than if you do not. Chewing tobacco by itself will not significantly increase your rate of tooth decay. ...Read more

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My wife's teeth are pretty much rotting in her mouth, but we can't afford dentures or anything. Is it medically necessary?

My wife's teeth are pretty much rotting in her mouth, but we can't afford dentures or anything. Is it medically necessary?

YES YES YES: It's not medically necessary to have dentures, but I believe it's absolutely medically necessary to at least remove the teeth and infection present. Otherwise, she is risking infection that could spread to the rest of her body, and even brain. People have died from dental infections. See a dental school clinic to help with finances. ...Read more

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What would you think of a mother that put he child to sleep at night with a bottle of apple juice and rotted out the kid's teeth?

What would you think of a mother that put he child to sleep at night with a bottle of apple juice and rotted out the kid's teeth?

Misinformed: Maybe she just didn't know any better. I would start by educating her without judgement. The only thing that should be put in a bottle overnight is water! Hopefully she has learmed from this experience. ...Read more

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I have a clamp in my maxalary to repair a fracture sustained in 2001.Could this be the reason. My teeth are rotting. And falling. Out litarally?

No: Many factor go into the decay and loss of teeth. These factor include home care, diet, genetics, and how often you go for professional dental cleanings and exams. You can't change your genetics, but all of the other factors are controllable. See a local dentist for a consultation. ...Read more

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Also, I eat very little I am not hungry plus the above back pain, numbness, rotting teeth, no energy leg pain, numbness in legs and feet. Help?

Also, I eat very little I am not hungry plus the above back pain, numbness, rotting teeth, no energy leg pain, numbness in legs and feet. Help?

See below: You sound like you are in poor health. If you haven't already you should see either your regular doctor if you have one or go to a walk in clinic to get some medical attention. There are a number of possible causes for your poor health and this is why you need a complete medical evaluation. I would advise you to do this as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can your teeth rotten underneath a crown?

Can your teeth rotten underneath a crown?

Absolutely: The crown, although covering the tooth, has a tiny margin (gap) where it meets the natural part of your tooth. If this area isn't brushed or flossed, tiny bacteria can enter under this tiny gap and cause the tooth underneath to decay. Simply having a crown on a tooth does not mean you don't have to have good brushing and maintenance. Keep smiling! ...Read more

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My tooth aches but I have no rotting or cavities, what could it be?

My tooth aches but I have no rotting or cavities, what could it be?

Tension?: Often it is hard to tell if a tooth has a cavity. The cavity could be a small hole near the gum line or between the adjacent teeth and thus hard to see. If you have been told by a dentist that there is not tooth decay present in your aching tooth, it could be clench or grinding of your teeth due to tension. Are you under any additional stress lately? Do you catch yourself clenching your teeth? ...Read more

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When a dentist removes a rotting/decaying tooth do they put in a fake one?

When a dentist removes a rotting/decaying tooth do they put in a fake one?

Discussion: You need to discuss this situation with your dentist. Extracted teeth can be replaced quite successfully with dental implants, but since each mouth is unique, the restorative aspect of your care needs to be discussed. It also depends on which tooth you are talking about. ...Read more

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I have 12 broken and rotten teeth is it safe to have them all pulled at once?

I have 12 broken and rotten teeth is it safe to have them all pulled at once?

Usually all right.: There is no reason not to remove that many teeth all at once in most healthy individuals. It's mostly up to the preference of the patient and how removal of teeth is coordinated with the rest of treatment. However, there are certain medical conditions that would warrant more care and closer monitoring of such issues as bleeding and healing. ...Read more