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Doctor insights on: Osteoporosis And Tooth Decay

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Why does smoking lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Why does smoking lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Indirectly: Smoking indirectly leads to tooth decay because of the increased heat of the cigarette or cigar etc. Causing the bacteria that cause the decay to be more active, this also applies to gingivitis and periodontal disease. The other component chemicals from the smoke cause irritation and tissue damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly ...Read more


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Can all caries teeth need restoration?

Can all caries teeth need restoration?

Depends: Very small cavities can be re-mineralized when exposed to ozone and then mi paste or Fluoride are consistently applied at home but you must have excellent oral hygiene and be mindful of your diet. A dentist with a diagnodent can quantify the decay and determine the success or failure of this treatment. ...Read more

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Is tooth decay gray and shiny?

Is tooth decay gray and shiny?

Maybe...: Decay comes in many colors and could be gray & shiny, or brown and not shiny. If you suspect you have decay, see your dentist and get it sorted out; small fillings are easier & less costly than waiting for the tooth to hurt or fail. ...Read more

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Will general cleaning of gum prevent loss of tooth and bone?

Will general cleaning of gum prevent loss of tooth and bone?

Yes: Yes that is why a general cleaning is recommended every 6 months as you cannot get under the gums where plaque can accumulate which causes the bone loss. If you do have a lot of plaque and tarter under the gums, than you may need a more aggressive cleaning called scaling and root planing. In that case a general cleaning will not help until you get the scaling. ...Read more

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Can grinding teeth lead to tooth loosening?

Can grinding teeth lead to tooth loosening?

Yes: More common to see tooth loosening associated with periodontal disease or in combination with it. ...Read more

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3 wisdom tooth extractrd and a molar tooth bone grafted also 6 weeks ago. Can flossing shift teeth positions?

3 wisdom tooth extractrd and a molar tooth bone grafted also 6 weeks ago.  Can flossing shift teeth positions?

No: Flossing will, if anything, tighten teeth by improving gum/bone health. If you think teeth are shifting see your General Dentist and/or Oral Surgeon for a review of your occlusion. ...Read more

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Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your tooth?

Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your tooth?

It all wrecks things: Tooth decay will damage teeth as they eat away at the structure. Our jobs as dentists is to minimize the damage we cause when we fix the problem. So...The combination of decay and corrective measures does damage a tooth. The hope is to minimize the damage and hope that it stays like that. ...Read more

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Tooth pain because of a broken tooth and exposed root canal ?

Tooth pain because of a broken tooth and exposed root canal ?

Abscess ?: It's very possible. Call a dentist ASAP for an evaluation appointment. This won't get better on its own. ...Read more

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A back tooth can have 3 tooth roots. So, the dental implant itself is one "root" for that tooth replacement?

A back tooth can have 3 tooth roots. So, the dental implant itself is one "root" for that tooth replacement?

Implant: Ideally we would put one implant per root,. but besides the cost involved,factors such as the size of the implant, as well as the surgical space and restorative space, distance between teeth , dictate and necessitate the placement of one implant. this is not always the case but the majority. ...Read more

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Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease and back tooth decay?

Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease and back tooth decay?

Toothbrush: Proper brushing and flossing technique will lessen periodontal disease. Have your dental hygienist demonstrate the proper technique. Soft brush is ideal. ...Read more

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How are plaque, calculus and dental caries different?

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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Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your teeth?

Dr. John Rohm Dr. Rohm
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Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your teeth?

Yes: Cavities have destroyed part of the tooth by definition. Fixing the cavity removes the bad part of the tooth and a little more to ensure you are touching "good" tooth. So you have a hole in the natural tooth that is filled or restored with different materials depending on how big the cavity was. ...Read more

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Will dental sealants to prevent gum erosion?

Will dental sealants to prevent gum erosion?

NO: No a dental sealant will not protect your gum tissue from eroding. Have your dentist check your bite and make sure it is balanced. Also check for wear facets or signs of clenching and grinding. Also make sure you do not use anything stiffer than a soft tooth brush. ...Read more

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A 6-y child,  his teeth is in good state and no dental caries.do you suugest to  pit and fissure sealing on molars in order to prevent tooth decay?

A 6-y child,  his teeth is in good state and no dental caries.do you suugest to  pit and fissure sealing on molars in order to prevent tooth decay?

Sealants : are recommended for children along with fluoride (and fluoride vitamins if your water isn't fluoridated). Regular brushing with an ADA recommended toothpaste and regular checkups completes the picture ...Read more

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1, molar(#14) gold crowned.2, root canalled from hole same teeth. If 1, and 2 successful, if same teeth has crack, will it be gum abcess, teeth pain, .

1, molar(#14) gold crowned.2, root canalled  from hole same teeth. If 1, and 2 successful, if same teeth has crack, will it be gum abcess, teeth pain, .

Possibly: If the existing crack progresses going down a root or into the crotch of the tooth, bacteria can travel in or out thru the crack, and the ligament that attaches to the root detaches, all leading to swelling and an abscess or fistula. Get an exam to see what's going on! ...Read more

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Besides fluoride, what is better to prevent tooth decay?

Dr. David May Dr. May
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Besides fluoride, what is better to prevent tooth decay?

Xylitol: Xylitol gum and mists are being shown to have an effect on the bacteria that cause tooth decay. ...Read more

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Tips on preventing gum disease and tooth loss?

Tips on preventing gum disease and tooth loss?

Dental visits: Do your best at home by brushing and flossing, and then see your dentist regularly. That is the best way to prevent the problem. ...Read more

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What type of dental treatment protects the margin from decay between tooth roots and crowns? Will it last after dental cleanings are done?

What type of dental treatment protects the margin from decay between  tooth roots and crowns? Will it last after dental cleanings are done?

Fluoride: for good protection nothing beats proper oral hygiene via good brushing and flossing. If you are still concerned or at a higher risk then had a good fluoride rinse to your daily schedule (ACT fluoride rinse) ...Read more

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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


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