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How can I prevent tooth decay if I drink soda and chai latte?

How can I prevent tooth decay if I drink soda and chai latte?

Rinse afterward: Its not so much the amount of sugar, as it is the prolonged exposure. After sugary drinks, rinse with water or brush, of possible, to avoid the sugar sitting on the teeth. Also, dont sip all day long. Have the drink, finish it, rinse. The prolonged exposure, or constant bathing the teeth of sugar, keeps the ph in the mouth out of balance, and allows the "sugar bugs" to do their damage. ...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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Is any amount of acidic drinks okay if you're worried about tooth decay? I don't drink much soda at all, but really do like orange juice and other citrus juices. I've heard that they're not much better than soda for your teeth. Should i just stop drinking

Is any amount of acidic drinks okay if you're worried about tooth decay? I don't drink much soda at all, but really do like orange juice and other citrus juices. I've heard that they're not much better than soda for your teeth. Should i just stop drinking

BrushFlossFluoride: Soda, fruit juice, citrus juice all contain sugar with is harvested by the bacterial plaque in your mouth to make acid which then dissolves the enamel of your teeth. Acidic/sugary drinks can accelerate the process by adding citric acid to the mix as well. As with any sugary foods/drinks, proper brushing and flossing will maintain your teeth healthy and strong. Fluoride rinses are good too! ...Read more

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What is tooth decay?

What is tooth decay?

Bacteria destruction: Decay is usually caused due to plaque build up on or between your teeth, then the bacteria metabolize the sugars you eat and their byproduct is acid which eats into the outer layer of the enamel. After enough destruction the process enters the softer dentine below the enamel. Now you have a cavity. ...Read more

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What causes tooth decay?

Sugar: Bacteria in your mouth cling to your tooth & if fed by sugar they produce acids that erode your tooth & result in decay ( a cavity). ...Read more

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Is tooth decay hereditary?

Not really: No i don't think it is. But the bad habits that cause tooth decay are passed on through families. I have heard patients say that bad teeth run in their family, but i don't agree with that. If you brush 2-3 times a day, floss once a day, rinse once a day, see the dentist every 6 months, you will go a long way toward breaking this family tradition. ...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 cure my tooth decay ?

How can I cure my tooth decay ?

Do's & Don'ts...: Bacteria causes decay. If you can manage it, you can dramatically reduce or eliminate decay. So: 1. Don't feed the bacteria between meals (carbs and especially sugars in snacks do this so eliminate these from snacks). 2. Stay healthy (exercise, nutrition, hydration). 3. See your dentist regularly (at least twice annually). 4. Meticulously & gently clean your mouth (brush & floss every day). ...Read more

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What chemicals cause tooth decay?

What chemicals cause tooth decay?

Bacteria and sugar: Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth. ...Read more

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How quickly can a childs tooth decay?

How quickly can a childs tooth decay?

Quickly: Quickly, especially in non-flouridated areas. Brush and floss daily. Be alert for tooth pain which suggests tooth decay. Regular exams. ...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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What can I do to stop early tooth decay?

What can I do to stop early tooth decay?

Follow One Rule: Never put a child to bed at nap-time or night-time with a bottle containing anything other then plain water. If they are getting enough nutrition during the day while they are awake they don't need anything extra at nap-time and night-time. If decay has already started and it is mild you may be able to controll it with precription Fluoride products. If severe it requires restoration. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of tooth decay?

What are the main causes of tooth decay?

Bacteria and sugar: Decay germs eat sugar. They digest it and secrete acid. This acid disolves tooth structure and we call that decay. So, don't eat the sugar and clean really well and the decay rate drops. ...Read more

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What to do about a very deep tooth decay?

What to do about a very deep tooth decay?

Deep Decay: It depends on how deep the decay is. If it has gotten to the nerve of the tooth the first step would be a root canal, then the tooth has to be restored. If the nerve has not been effected then it depends on what volume of the tooth is decayed, more than 55% then it will probably need a crown. ...Read more

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Is it possible to reverse my tooth decay?

Is it possible to reverse my tooth decay?

Slight chance: Only if the demineralization of the enamel is in its infancy. There are remineralizing products that can effectively remineralize the small decalcification. For the most part, tooth decay needs to be restored with a filling. Ask your dentist. ...Read more

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How did i get bad tooth decay under crown?

Oral hygiene: A crown has a seal around it just like the caulking around you windows. This deteriorates over time and allows bacteria in if your oral hygiene or diet is not adequate. ...Read more

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What is the best way to remove tooth decay?

What is the best way to remove tooth decay?

Not a DIY project: I'm afraid there's nothing for sale on the dental isle in the supermarket that will remove infected tooth material (decay). You'll have to see a Dentist for that professional service. The longer you put it off, the more the infection will spread, so please call your Dentist now. ...Read more

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How did people in the past treat tooth decay?

How did people in the past treat tooth decay?

5000 BC in Iraq: The first method of treatment was bow drills, which were ancient primitive tools used for woodworking and treating tooth problems. ...Read more

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What are effects of tooth decay to our health?

What are effects of tooth decay to our health?

Many: Tooth decay can lead to tooth loss, infection, spread of infection to the heart and brain, chewing and digestive problems, etc! by preventing decay, and/ or addressing it early, these complications are prevented! ...Read more

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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