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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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Should a 2 year old have their teeth pulled due to tooth decay?

Should a 2 year old have their teeth pulled due to tooth decay?

Depends: If the teeth can be repaired, it's best to do so.
However, if the teeth a severely decayed, it may be necessary to extract them. Depending on the area of the mouth teeth are extracted, the space may need to be held by using a space maintainer so that the space will remain open and available for the permanent teeth. ...Read more

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Baby bottle tooth decay and pulling all teeth? My sister and brother-in-law have taken on a two year old that they want to adopt. They took her to the dentist, and the dentist said that she has severe tooth decay in almost all of her teeth, and wants to h

Baby bottle tooth decay and pulling all teeth? My sister and brother-in-law have taken on a two year old that they want to adopt. They took her to the dentist, and the dentist said that she has severe tooth decay in almost all of her teeth, and wants to h

I: I agree with dr funari. I would seek a second opinion with a pediatric dentist because they see more of this on a regular basis. Without x-rays it would be hard to say that all the baby teeth need extracted. I only pull baby teeth if they are infected and unrestorable. If the decay is at or in the nerve I will try to save the tooth with a baby root canal and crown. Sometimes if I have to remove a lot of teeth I try to save at least the back baby molars and canines to maintain the occlusion and ability to chew food. I also try to get the back baby molars by until the sic year molars erupt. To remove all the baby teeth will cause many problems which dr funari mentioned above. If the child is only two you will have to sided that sedation will be needed to treat her. If every tooth has decay it is dental neglect. Please get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Signs of tooth decay in toddlers? Is there any sure way to check for tooth decay on toddlers who are two years old? I check for black or brown lines or spots, but never see any. Are there other signs I should be checking for? I check twice a day when we b

Signs of tooth decay in toddlers? Is there any sure way to check for tooth decay on toddlers who are two years old? I check for black or brown lines or spots, but never see any. Are there other signs I should be checking for? I check twice a day when we b

See your dentist: Many cavities occur between the teeth out of sight. Your dentist will take radiographs to check these hidden areas for decay. The american dental association recommends a dental check up for kids at age 2, or sooner if you suspect anything, and every 6 months thereafter. You will then not have to worry. ...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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Are there any reasons I could suddenly have problems with tooth decay? I'm 38, and had never had a cavity until last year. Since then, at every visit my dentist has found another one. I think I always take pretty good care of my teeth, and don't eat much

Are there any reasons I could suddenly have problems with tooth decay? I'm 38, and had never had a cavity until last year. Since then, at every visit my dentist has found another one. I think I always take pretty good care of my teeth, and don't eat much

There: There are quite a few reasons that may contribute to an increase in the number of cavities. You may first examine your diet. Besides foods that contain sugar, also consider foods and beverages that are highly acidic. These may also contribute to decay. Another reason may actually be related to your health. Are you taking any new medications? Many medications dry out your mouth and reduce salivary flow. Thus, indirectly increasing the incidence of cavities. You also may have just have deep grooves on the biting surface of your teeth that were prone to eventual cavities. ...Read more

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What should I do if my 17 month old has severe tooth decay?

What should I do if my 17 month old has severe tooth decay?

Get to a dentist!!: See a dentist right away and get the treatment needed. Child likely will need sedation to get care. If you are giving them anything other than water to go to bed please stop. That is the most common cause. ...Read more

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My kid aged around 4 years having tooth decay what shall I do?

My kid aged around 4 years having tooth decay what shall I do?

See a pedodontist: Pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle problems particular to children. Not only they have extra years of training but their offices have an atmosphere conducive to children. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Which home remedy or medicine can I use for my 23 months old daugher for the bottle tooth decay?

Which home remedy or medicine can I use for my 23 months old daugher for the bottle tooth decay?

Phone call...: A phone call to a pediatric dentist is the only thing you can do at this stage to take care of this situation it's a shame since this could have been prevented. Please call soon to have her teeth restored. ...Read more

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Can years of prednisone cause tooth decay?

Can years of prednisone cause tooth decay?

Not cause it but..: Years of Prednisone can diminish your natural immunity which can allow bacteria to cause more rapidly advancing tooth decay. ...Read more

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My 17 month old has severe tooth decay, is it too late to go to the dentist?

My 17 month old has severe tooth decay, is it too late to go to the dentist?

GO NOW!: It's never too late. Please go now, before infection spreads. Your dentist may want to refer you to a pediatric dental specialist. Don't delay! ...Read more

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Early stages of baby bottle tooth decay? My son, who is almost two, has light brown stains on his front top four teeth. Could this be a sign of baby bottle tooth decay or something else? Is it something I should worry about? .

Early stages of baby bottle tooth decay? My son, who is almost two, has light brown stains on his front top four teeth. Could this be a sign of baby bottle tooth decay or something else? Is it something I should worry about? .

Yes, yes, yes!: Yes there is "baby bottle syndrome" and yes if you've allowed your baby to fall asleep with a bottle and/or not started regular dental care the brown spots on the upper front teeth of your child could be decay! And yes...This is something to be concerned about for dental and overall health! See a pedodontist or dentist asap. ...Read more

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What home remedy or method can I use for my 23 month old daughter who has tooth decay?

What home remedy or method can I use for my 23 month old daughter who has tooth decay?

None: I am a doctor who uses home remedies, alternative therapies, herbs and homeopathy. As such, I am telling you that if your kid's teeth are rotten, see a dentist. ...Read more

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My 2yr old have a terrible tooth decay on his 8 front teeth, what is the best solution?

Pediatric Dentist: Schedule a consultation with a pediatric dentist. Evaluate whether or not the teeth can be saved or need to be extracted. If possible, restore the teeth because they are important for growth and development, speech, eating and self esteem. Also, pediatric dentists have the training to treat small patients with sedation. Lots of treatment on a small child can otherwise be difficult. ...Read more

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Kid is 4 yrs old she has tooth decay problem from 2 yrs. She has 7 tooth decayed consulted a pediatric dentist he askto refill them will she bear it?

Kid is 4 yrs old she has tooth decay problem from 2 yrs. She has 7 tooth decayed consulted a pediatric dentist he askto refill them will she bear it?

Speak with dentist: This may be treated better in the OR. Check with the pedodontist prior to the inception of any treatment to make sure the modality of treatment is up to your expectations. Try to establish excellent home care and frequent hygiene visits to avoid caries in the permanent dentition. Also evaluate your child's diet and make sure that she is on a fluoride supplement if the water is not fluoridated. ...Read more

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16mth old has decalcification marks according to dentist on top-central incisors, can this lead to tooth decay? If so, can I prevent it?

16mth old has decalcification marks according to dentist on top-central incisors, can this lead to tooth decay? If so, can I prevent it?

Fluoride vitamins: Decalcification can lead to decay. Make sure that fluoride supplements via drops are given if the water is not fluoridated and have the area checked to make sure incipient caries is not evident. ...Read more

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48 hrs ago had temp crowns for front teeth due to tooth decay under old ones and replace a rod. Now fever and ear pain with temp crowns on. Advice?

48 hrs ago had temp crowns for front teeth due to tooth decay under old ones and replace a rod. Now fever and ear pain with temp crowns on. Advice?

Related?: The fever and ear pain may or may not be related to a dental problem. The only way to know is to discuss this with your own dentist who may refer you to your physician if he\she feels it's unrelated. This cannot be properly diagnosed over the internet. Call your dentist. ...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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Tooth decay can travel from 1 to another tooth?

Tooth decay can travel from 1 to another tooth?

Not really: Tooth decay does not 'travel' per se. However, the bacteria that cause decay are in greater concentration on a tooth that is next to a tooth experiencing decay. Therefore, you will frequently see decay between two teeth that touch affecting both teeth. ...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