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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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What are some signs that the tooth decay is still active?

What are some signs that the tooth decay is still active?

Sensitivity: Active tooth decay can have symptoms such as sensitivity to sweets, cold and hot, biting, brushing and flossing. By having yearly dental exams, your dentist can make sure you are treated when decay is early and small, and make sure you are free of decay. ...Read more

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Is tooth decay gray and shiny?

Is tooth decay gray and shiny?

Maybe...: Decay comes in many colors and could be gray & shiny, or brown and not shiny. If you suspect you have decay, see your dentist and get it sorted out; small fillings are easier & less costly than waiting for the tooth to hurt or fail. ...Read more

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What is baby bottle tooth decay?

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby Bottle Decay: The cardinal sign of baby bottle decay is rampant decay over the incisor area of a child's dentition. The reason why this is allow to happen is because nobody is watching. If parent are brushing and flossing their child's teeth every night and every morning, baby bottle caries would be non-existent. It is not like the dirty diaper that screams to be changed. A parent's daily watchful eye is needed. ...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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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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How can I prevent further tooth decay?

How can I prevent further tooth decay?

Easy: Visit the dentist every 6 months. Cut down on sugar, soda, and carbs. Sugar, carbs and soda are a recipe for cavities. Eat healthy. Brush thoroughly 2-3 times a day with an ada approved Fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, rinse once daily with listerine. ...Read more

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How typical is baby bottle tooth decay?

How typical is baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle decay: I see it about 1 in 100 children. Parents need to brush and floss the child's teeth as soon as they come in! The diet is very important! Refined carborhydrates like crackers, chips, juice boxes (which are full of sugar) are a no no. If your child needs the bottle at night - make sure it is only water- milk has sugar in and can cause decay sitting on the teeth overnight. ...Read more

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Is baby bottle tooth decay a real thing?

Is baby bottle tooth decay a real thing?

Yes: Baby bottle decay is real, and is rampant in some communities. By allowing the child to sleep with sweetened water, milk or juice for hours can cause a rapid onset of cavities. ...Read more

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When can baby bottle tooth decay start?

When can baby bottle tooth decay start?

Immediately: Baby bottle decay can start with the presence of food and teeth. If the babies teeth are not cleaned after each feeding, and the food is able to either pool or accumulate, you can be sure that decay will start to occur. It is best to start a routine of cleaning the food and drink from the child's mouth after each feeding to get them into the routine of good oral hygiene from an early age. ...Read more

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How do you treat baby bottle tooth decay?

How do you treat baby bottle tooth decay?

Clean the teeth: If caught early enough, the tooth decay process can be stopped and even repaired. Brush teeth thoroughly at least once a day to remove acid causing bacteria, stay away from sugars, breads and sodas (even diet!), use a small amount of Fluoride (in toothpaste and water) to help calcium and phosphate in the saliva to repair the acid damage. ...Read more

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Please what is the best cure for tooth decay?

Please what is the best cure for tooth decay?

Decay: For current decay, see the dentist, as previously reported. For future decay, or lack of future decay, listen to your dentist/hygienists recommendations to prevent it, its a lot easier, comfortable, less painful, less expensive to prevent it than treat it ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a tooth decay/cavity?

How do I know if I have a tooth decay/cavity?

See a dentist: For complete oral and dental examination, x-rays and treatment if needed. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to treat tooth decay at home?

Is it a good idea to treat tooth decay at home?

Decay: If you mean preventing decay -yes there are lots of things you can do - sealants, fluoride, brushing and flossing and using an electric toothbrush. ...Read more

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Can bottled water increase tooth decay in kids?

Can bottled water increase tooth decay in kids?

No: The only reason bottled water would cause decay is if it is flavored with sugars, acids or carbonated. Plain bottled water should have no adverse effect. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of baby bottle tooth decay?

What are the symptoms of baby bottle tooth decay?

Cavities, which can: Cavities seen by the parent, caused by the lactose in milk (milk sugar). ...Read more

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What can be done to reverse or halt tooth decay?

What can be done to reverse or halt tooth decay?

Fluoride: Good tooth brushing with a Fluoride toothpaste, flossing, a diet low in sugars and carbohydrates, keeping your mouth hydrated is the best. Also, fluoridated water, not bottled water, or Fluoride applied by your dentist is good. ...Read more

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Describe the features of baby bottle tooth decay.?

Describe the features of baby bottle tooth decay.?

Early- white spots: Baby bottle tooth decay is more accurately referred to as early childhood caries since children don’t need to be using a bottle to develop tooth decay. The very earliest stages of ecc can appear as white spots on the teeth- often by the gumline. This is demineralized dental enamel. If the demineralization continues under the enamel, the spot will become darker. The enamel can appear intact. ...Read more

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If you have tooth decay do you also have cavities?

If you have tooth decay do you also have cavities?

Decay: Yes, they are the same thing just different names. ...Read more

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What is the main reason for tooth decay over time?

What is the main reason for tooth decay over time?

Bacteria and sugar: And by sugar I mean any carbohydrate. The bacteria eat carbs and produce acids which take calcium out of the tooth. Some acidic foods such as pop do the same thing. The best defense is flossing, brushing, avoiding pop and othe highly refined sugars, plus regular dental visits. ...Read more

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How to maintain tooth decay so that it won't spread?

How to maintain tooth decay so that it won't spread?

U don't: Get rid of decay as quickly as you can. Treatment can be more conservative, less invasive and less costly to the patient. Good luck and be well. ...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