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Doctor insights on: Medicine For Dental Caries

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Do vegans suffer from dental caries?

Do vegans suffer from dental caries?

Vegan diets: I agree with the previous answers regarding carbohydrates and decay. Beware many fruits and veggies are acidic which can contribute to decay and erosion. ...Read more

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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What are some symptoms of dental caries?

What are some symptoms of dental caries?

Could be no symptoms: Some cavities present with no symptoms. Even if the tooth shows no symptoms, a dark color or a change in the reflection of light could clue you in to the presence of a cavity. ...Read more

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What can one do to correct dental caries?

What can one do to correct dental caries?

Depends: If at all possible have the caries removed and the tooth filled but only after assessing the periodontal health of the teeth.. ...Read more

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How are social class and dental caries related?

How are social class and dental caries related?

Differnet levels: Ther eis a theory since poorer people eat a high carbohydrate diet they are more prone to dental disease. More fast food and high sugar foods are eaten in lower social class people. ...Read more

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Is dental caries lifestyle or lifecycle problem?

Is dental caries lifestyle or lifecycle problem?

Both: There is a genetic component to caries susceptibility. Some people are just more prone to caries. However, lifestyle - particularly diet and how well you take care of your teeth are critical in preventing caries.
Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will help you keep a healthy mouth. ...Read more

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How to distinguish pain from dental caries and stain?

How to distinguish pain from dental caries and stain?

Stain doesn't hurt: Stain on your teeth can come from many things such as foods, beverages, or medications. It's usually something on the surface of your tooth and can come off with a dental cleaning. Dental caries can be painful if it's deep enough- especially sensitive to cold and/or sweets. ...Read more

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Can dental caries really cause death in severe cases?

Yes but: It can if it leads to an infection that gets out of control and invades sinus areas or sub-lingual areas of the jaw. But this is uncommon in todays' world with the advent of antibiotics and access to good dental care. ...Read more

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Could dental caries really cause death in severe cases?

Could dental caries really cause death in severe cases?

Yes: There have been reported deaths as the result of untreated dental caries (decay) leading to a significant abcess draining into the brain region. ...Read more

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What looks like dental caries but are not dental caries?

Spots: To the untrained eye, stain can look like caries and what we call cervical burnout on x-rays can look like decay. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Dental caries?

What is the definition or description of: Dental caries?

Tooth disease: It's the illness that occurs in teeth. Almost all adults have had it at some time. For an interesting read: https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Tooth_decay ...Read more

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What can be done to stop dental caries from reaching pulp?

What can be done to stop dental caries from reaching pulp?

Prevent caries first: Decrease the amount of acid on your teeth by practicing good oral hygiene, decrease frequency of dietary sugar and increase saliva flow and avoid dry mouth. Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to avoiding more invasive dental procedures. ...Read more

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Are dental caries common at 23?? how common are they?? After fill

Are dental caries common at 23?? how common are they?? After fill

Cavities: Dental caries can be found at any age and those who are younger usually relates to diet (high sugar or acidic foods) and poor oral hygiene the area around a filling can get caries if not properly kept clean ...Read more

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Dental caries untreated cause what complications? Teen won't go for exam!

Dental caries untreated cause what complications? Teen won't go for exam!

Pain root canals: Untreated dental caries keeps progressing until the caries reach the dental pulp. Then you will have a toothache with pulpitis which is irreversible. Now a root canal and further restorative dentistry will be needed. ...Read more

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Are the dental caries infectious?

No: They are infections, but not infectious. You can' thatch or give dental cavities. If you do have cavities, caries, infected teeth, the infection is very destructive and can spread through your body. Please call your dentist before cavities become painful dangerous abscesses. ...Read more

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How to prevent and treat dental caries of children?

How to prevent and treat dental caries of children?

Dental Caries: Prevention of dental caries is dependent upon two major factors: What you eat/drink and how well you keep your mouth clean on a regular basis. Therefore, eat healthy and avoid foods/liquids high in sugars and starchy carbs. Brush and floss properly at least twice a day. Dental caries is treated by seeing a dentist every 6 months for checkup, following advice and getting proper dental care. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to avoid getting dental caries?

Sugar: Avoid sugary snacks or eat them with meals. Brush and floss after eating and see your dentist regularly for preventive care. ...Read more

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What are the difference between dental caries and decay?

They're the same.: Dental caries is the more technical term for tooth decay. ...Read more

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What's the difference between dmfs, dmft and deft dental caries index?

Persons age: These are terms that are used for dental research. Decayed, missing (from tooth decay), filled surfaces (dmfs) describes each tooth surface with fillings. Decayed, missing (from tooth decay), filled teeth (dmft) describes if any filling is present or not. Dmfs and dmft are used for permanent teeth. Decayed, extracted (because of tooth decay), filled teeth (deft) is used for primary (baby) teeth. ...Read more

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How do I slow down the progress of dental caries with remineralization?

How do I slow down the progress of dental caries with remineralization?

A Balanced pH: The first thing is to neutralize the oral cavity. Cut out carbonated or high acid drinks. Then daily use of tooth pastes and gels with fluoride, calcium and phosphate ions to help provide help to the saliva to remineralize the teeth. Finally, good oral hygiene habits to remove the food and debris from all around the teeth. Ask your dentist for additional steps and aides to help you! ...Read more

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How do dmfs, dmft and deft dental caries index differ from one another?

How do dmfs, dmft and deft dental caries index differ from one another?

Teeth or surfaces: Dmfs: records the decayed, missing, filled (restored) tooth surfaces in a persons mouth.
Dmft: decayed, missing, filled teeth in a persons mouth.
Deft: is a count of the number of decayed, extracted, filled teeth in a persons mouth.
We use these indices to measure caries (carvity) risks in patients, families, and populations of people. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish pain from dental caries and pain from periodontal tissue?

How can I distinguish pain from dental caries and pain from periodontal tissue?

Not always easy: There is no simple way to do this and no need to anyway since if you do have any dental pain, you should see a dentist who is trained and experienced in diagnosing the cause of any problem. Even sensitivity to sweets, while typically is caused by dental decay, may occur from exposed root surface, defective filling, occlusal erosion, or fracture in tooth. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish pain from dental caries and pain from periodontal tissue?

How can you distinguish pain from dental caries and pain from periodontal tissue?

Type of pain: Pain from dental caries is more localized and tends to be very obvious as to which tooth or area is involved. Pain from periodontal disease usually occurs as a more diffuse, radiating pain, not localized to one tooth unless the gum problem is very isolated. Also, tooth pain is usually is reative to stimuli such as hot, cold, air, or sweets. Gum pain is not as reactive. ...Read more

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How would you explain the mechanism responsible for the formation of dental caries?

How would you explain the mechanism responsible for the formation of dental caries?

Acid destroys enamel: Dental caries is the result of bacteria settling onto teeth and metabolizing the foods you eat. The end product of that metabolism is acid that demineralizes your tooth structure. If the process continues, the enamel becomes so weak that it falls apart and becomes a cavity, often underneath a very think layer of "intact enamel. The tooth can look fine from the outside, but there's a hole under. ...Read more

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How do I distinguish between pain from dental caries and pain from periodontal tissue?

Good question: I agree with the others that your dentist can help - but generally cavities may be sensitive to sweets and hot/cold, exposed tooth roots can be sensitive to hot/cold as well, lingering pain can indicate a dying tooth, and pain on chewing can be from an abscess/infection. Generally periodontal problems and tissue do not hurt a lot, but they can be very destructive. ...Read more

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How are plaque, calculus and dental caries different?

3 Different Things: Plaque- The soft, sticky material that accumulates on your teeth constantly and is removed with brushing and flossing
Calculus - Calcified plaque that has to be professionally removed. It is associated with periodontal diseases.
Caries - Tooth decay. It is caused by specific bacteria within the plaque that infect the teeth and break down tooth structure with acid. ...Read more

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Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in plaque are exposed to sugars and metabolize the sugars into acid. Plaque is sticky and concentrates the acid onto the enamal of your teeth which dissolves it creating a cavity. Plaque without sugar or starch wil not cause decay. Sugar without plaque will not cause decay. Acid alone, like lemons, will dissolve enamal and can cause decay, . ...Read more

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Can u get dental caries from french-kissing?

Can u get dental caries from french-kissing?

No.: Dental caries is the result of bacteria settling onto teeth and metabolizing the foods you eat. The end product of that metabolism is acid that then demineralizes your tooth structure. Some bacteria makes more acid than others. But the kind of bacteria you have is determined when you're a child. Exposure to someone else's bacteria won't change the bacteria that lives in your mouth. ...Read more

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Can wearing my plastic retainers cause dental caries?

Not directly: Caries is a result of bacterial activity and the resultant acid that activity produces. Poor oral hygiene and poor diet are directly contributory so if the retainer is, say, not removed for thorough home care it can certainly contribute to poor oral hygiene which may then lead to caries. It is not directly the cause but may contribute to the problem. OK to wear in conjunction with good hygiene tho ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Cavity (Definition)

Basically a cavity is a hole, or defect in the tooth structure. It is created by the demineralization and breakdown of tooth structure from the acid attack of ...Read more


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