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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. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Is tooth decay hereditary?

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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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 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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What are signs of tooth decay under my bracket?

What are signs of tooth decay under my bracket?

Often nothing unless: Patients do not have the training, the equipment & ability to examine their own mouths to adequately detect caries under and around tooth brackets or bands. If it were obvious to patients, then by the time that occurred there would be significant decay & a very serious problem. Therefore, every patient undergoing orthodontic treatment needs to also see their regular dentist at least every 6 months. ...Read more

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How to prevent further tooth decay?

How to prevent further tooth decay?

Good home care: Brush 2x daily with fluoridated tooth paste. Floss daily. Use Fluoride mouthwash nightly. Avoid acidly drinks like soda and gatorade. Avoid high carbohydrate snacks. Eat less processed foods and more natural fruits and vegetables. Visit dentist 2-4 x per year to clean area you ma be missing. ...Read more

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Is extraction the only option if you have tooth decay?

Is extraction the only option if you have tooth decay?

Usually, no.: There are many options for restoring decayed teeth depending on the extent of the decay. Consider first off what you can do to stop the decay process to prevent further damage. Talk with your dentist right away. The longer you wait, the fewer your options. ...Read more

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I have a tooth decay infront of my teeth. Is there any way for me to fix it?

I have a tooth decay infront of my teeth. Is there any way for me to fix it?

See your dentist: for evaluation, x-ray and treatment. These treatments are done fast, painless and cosmetically right. ...Read more

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How to prevent tooth decay......?

Dentist: You should brush and floss twice a day. And you should see your dentist every 6 months, and sometimes more if you have perio. ...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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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. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more