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Can you offer more specifics of the type(s) of serious illness that can be caused by an active prolonged infection from tooth decay?

Can you offer more specifics of the type(s) of serious illness that can be caused by an active prolonged infection from tooth decay?

Abscess: You could develop an abscess infection at the tip of the root of the tooth. It could progress into your bottom jaw bone or even into your neck and chest cavity. If it is in your upper jaw then it could go into your sinus and then into your brain. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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My son of 3 years old, has bottle tooth decay.Is there any risk of other infections spreading because of it?What else should we do except of brushing

My son of 3 years old, has bottle tooth decay.Is there any risk of other infections spreading because of it?What else should we do except of brushing

Discuss with Pedo...: Yes, teeth with decay can become infected and spread to any other part of the body. This would be very serious and needs to be avoided at all costs. The teeth should be repaired if possible, or extracted if necessary. Have a discussion with a pedodontist what would be best the best treatment for all teeth and how to prevent further dental problems in general. ...Read more

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My mouth is swelling and doctors said gums infection or inner tooth decay but i don't feel pain on my tooth. What should I do?

My mouth is swelling and doctors said gums infection or inner tooth decay but i don't feel pain on my tooth. What should I do?

Swelling but no pain: Are you gum tissues swollen or do you a swelling in your mouth? Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease and cavities. Once the decay reaches the pulp you can get an abscess and occasionally it does not hurt. A dental x-ray will pinpoint the cause. Gum disease can cause the gum tissues to become swollen and bleed easily. Visit your dentist tomorrow. ...Read more

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Im taking penicillin for an infection in my mouth from a tooth decay is it normal for my urine to be a darkish yellow and smell like penicillin?

Im taking penicillin for an infection in my mouth from a tooth decay is it normal for my urine to be a darkish yellow and smell like penicillin?

Penicillin: It is not normal for penicillin to change the color of your urine. The darker color suggests either more concentrated urine (you may be a little dehydrated secondary to not eating enough with your dental problem) or a sign of liver dysfunction. I have to say I have no idea what penicillin smells like in the urine. No patient has ever previously reported that symptom to me in 30+ years. ...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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Can MRI contrast cause tooth decay?

Can MRI contrast cause tooth decay?

No: Your dental problems cannot be attributed to diagnostic imaging. See a dentist to have the decay treated. ...Read more

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Can drinking hawthorne tea cause tooth decay?

Can drinking hawthorne tea cause tooth decay?

Tea and decay: It depends on the sugar and acid content of the tea, also extreme temperatures cause expansion and contraction that can cause small fractures that can lead to decay. Get an evaluation from a dentist to see how your teeth are doing now. ...Read more

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Can it be that a few major cavities and tooth decay cause exhaustion..?

Can it be that a few major cavities and tooth decay cause exhaustion..?

Infection: Cavities can cause infection which affects your entire system-see a good dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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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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Could drinking alcohol cause tooth decay?

Could drinking alcohol cause tooth decay?

Possibly yes: Dry mouth can greatly increase your chance of developing dental decay. If you are an alcoholic, then you experience dry mouth. If you binge drink, then you will notice that you have dry mouth the following morning. ...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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Can a tooth decay cause medical problems in your?

Can a tooth decay cause medical problems in your?

Absolutely: There are a whole host of medical problems that can arise from allowing dental issues to go untreated. Everything from an increased risk of heart disease, difficulty controlling blood sugar levels, and of course the possibility of infection. Don't let dental problems go untreated! ...Read more

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Why do biofilms cause tooth decay?

Why do biofilms cause tooth decay?

Plaque: Biofilms usually refer to bacterial accumulation in water lines. Biofilms such as bacterial plaque on teeth will cause many problems. An accumulation of bad bacteria anywhere in your body is a bad thing. Strep mutans accumulating on your teeth allow them to secrete acids that degrade your tooth enamel and ultimately create decay. ...Read more

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Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time ?

Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time ?

Yes: Sugar based drinks, whether in sodas or juice, interact with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid byproducts. This results in the breaking down of tooth structure known as decay. Sipping sugary drinks throughout the day is much worse than drinking it all at once. Diet sodas have sugar substitutes which do not break down to the same acids as regular sodas but still have other types of acids. ...Read more

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Can tooth decay cause loss of taste? Had it extracted and can taste much better?

Sinus infection?: If this involves an upper tooth, the infection can get into the sinuses leading to a loss of smell and taste. ...Read more

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I really get cofused many search on net say phayte acid cause osteoprosies and tooth decay as it bind to ca and iron what should i do or believr> ?

I really get cofused many search on net say phayte acid cause osteoprosies and tooth decay as it bind to ca and iron what should i do or believr>
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Interesting: Phytic acid is both an anti-nutrient in that it binds dietary sources of iron very efficiently ans well as zinc, calcium and magnesium. It is also considered an anti-oxidant since it binds free radical iron so it is a complex nutrient to fully understand. I don't think it can lower oral pH enough to directly affect tooth decay as many other acids do but it does affect calcium metabolism. ...Read more

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Can methadone treatment cause tooth decay?

Can methadone treatment cause tooth decay?

Yes: You need to have a very good oral hygiene care as well as periodic visits to your dentist, probably three times or more a year to follow progression of decay , and give you Fluoride treatments to prevent further decay. ...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