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Tooth Decay Arthritis
Can you offer more specifics of the type(s) of serious illness that can be caused by an active prolonged infection from tooth decay?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers