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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)

A condition where there 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?

Color and texture: Initially, the tooth will appear chalky white, you may then note a yellow or orange color followed by Brown our black. ...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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How to prevent tooth decay......?

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

See below: With good oral hygiene, regular dental visits and control of diet. ...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 on left lateral incisor. Why?

Tooth decay on left lateral incisor. Why?

Out of balance.: Tooth decay happens when the acid caused by bacteria overwhelms the mineral structure of the tooth. In other words: the tooth endured more negative hits than it could handle. Teeth are strengthened by good hygiene, good salivary flow, and healthy mineral levels; they are weakened by sugar (which feed bacteria), hygiene insufficiency, or tooth compromise. Talk with your dentist about specifics ;-). ...Read more

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Could tooth decay always mean bad breath?

Could tooth decay always mean bad breath?

It is possible: However, the proper diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment. See your dentist for Halimeter test, diagnosis and bad breath treatment that depends on its cause. Good luck. ...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 asthma medicines contribute to tooth decay?

Can asthma medicines contribute to tooth decay?

They can.: Asthma medications have a variety of side effects one of which can be dry mouth. Dy mouth, (xerostomia) is a persistent feeling where there is not enough saliva in your mouth. Reduced saliva flow, which causes dry mouth, can damage mouth tissue and contribute to both dental decay and, cause dental decay and bad breath. Keep your mouth clean and add a dry mouth rinse like biontin...It helps. ...Read more

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Is it true that saccharin promotes tooth decay?

Is it true that saccharin promotes tooth decay?

No: This artificial sweetener cannot be metabolized by the oral bacteria. Thus, no acid is produced meaning less tooth decay. Additionally, the use of sugarless products promotes salivary flow which helps buffer acid and decrease your decay risk. ...Read more

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Black tooth under temp crown, is it tooth decay?

It All Depends: All other answers are valid. However, I'd like to add that if the temp crown was recently placed while you're waiting for a permanent crown, the black coloration can be from bacteria getting through the temp crown. It's a result of not having a good seal with the temp crown and usually not a cavity. You commonly see this if the temp crown has been in place for some time where the seal is bad. ...Read more

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How can I stop tooth decay from bulimia nervosa?

How can I stop tooth decay from bulimia nervosa?

Must treat bulimia : To stop dental damage but while you are working on this there are some steps you can take to help. Rinse with a mixture of water and baking soda to help neutralize the acid after each episode. Use prescription strength Fluoride gel, obtained from your dentist. Eliminate soda and other acidic drinks and foods from your diet. Ultimately you must treat the bulimia to prevent damage. ...Read more

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How common is baby bottle tooth decay in infants?

How common is baby bottle tooth decay in infants?

It depends: Baby bottle tooth decay is not too common and it depends on how often the baby falls asleep with the bottle in the mouth and keeps sucking on the milk throughout the night. It is best to remove the bottle once baby is asleep, and replace the bottle with pure water. Everyday wipe the teeth with a wet or dry gauze to remove the layer of plaque. ...Read more

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Could excess iron levels be causing my tooth decay?

Could excess iron levels be causing my tooth decay?

Not Likely: Unless you are sucking on a sugar based source of iron, iron supplements are generally swallowed and not a source of increased decay. If you have dry mouth associated with the reason for your iron deficiency, then the dry mouth condition can increase decay. ...Read more

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What type of treatment should I get for tooth decay?

See a dentist: See a dentist for treatment of tooth decay. Depending on the severity of the decay, the tooth may require a filling, crown or extraction. ...Read more

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What could you do for tooth decay other than a filling?

What could you do for tooth decay other than a filling?

Take it out...: There are many ways to treat tooth decay. But...If you don't wish a filling or can't afford what is being suggested...Then the only other alternative would be to have the tooth removed. Then you won't have to worry about its care anymore. ...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