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Is it possible for tooth decay to cause neurological side effects?

Is it possible for tooth decay to cause neurological side effects?

Not likely: Not unless the tooth decay has reached the pulp or living section of the tooth. You would have what is better known as a tooth abscess at that point. ..Depending whether it is acute or chronic may determine the level of pain which in turn could possibly lead to neurological side effects! Would certainly expedite the time one would seek professional help. ... ...Read more

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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Extreme pain in front tooth and side of face, no discolouration of tooth or sign of tooth decay, no swelling, no painkillers are working. Please help?

Extreme pain in front tooth and side of face, no discolouration of tooth or sign of tooth decay, no swelling, no painkillers are working. Please help?

See a dentist ASAP: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment. It is possible to have an abscessed tooth with out swelling. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. The dentist will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. See a dentist for a treatment ASAP. ...Read more

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What are effects of tooth decay to our health?

What are effects of tooth decay to our health?

It's all connected:): This may seem obvious, but your mouth is connected to the rest of you. Research continues to point out how oral conditions affect the whole body & systemic conditions affect the mouth. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, many different cancers, and healthy birth outcomes are all tied to a healthy mouth. Oral infection (or lack thereof) affects you from head to toe. Floss & see your dentist ;-). ...Read more

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How can you stop tooth decay?

How can you stop tooth decay?

Prevention: Once the tooth gets decay, it is progressive except in incipient decay.
Prevention is the best thing when it comes to decay and gum disease.
Good home care routine, brushing, flossing, using a Fluoride rinse.
Visiting your dentist every 6months.
Eating healthy and fibrous foods. Avoiding processed food with sugar and carbs. ...Read more

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How can I cure my tooth decay?

How can I cure my tooth decay?

Do's & Don'ts...: Bacteria causes decay. If you can manage it, you can dramatically reduce or eliminate decay. So: 1. Don't feed the bacteria between meals (carbs and especially sugars in snacks do this so eliminate these from snacks). 2. Stay healthy (exercise, nutrition, hydration). 3. See your dentist regularly (at least twice annually). 4. Meticulously & gently clean your mouth (brush & floss every day). ...Read more

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What chemicals cause tooth decay?

What chemicals cause tooth decay?

Bacteria and sugar: Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth. ...Read more

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Is it possible to reverse my tooth decay?

Is it possible to reverse my tooth decay?

Slight chance: Only if the demineralization of the enamel is in its infancy. There are remineralizing products that can effectively remineralize the small decalcification. For the most part, tooth decay needs to be restored with a filling. Ask your dentist. ...Read more

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What is the best way to remove tooth decay?

What is the best way to remove tooth decay?

Not a DIY project: I'm afraid there's nothing for sale on the dental isle in the supermarket that will remove infected tooth material (decay). You'll have to see a Dentist for that professional service. The longer you put it off, the more the infection will spread, so please call your Dentist now. ...Read more

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Could there be a hereditary factor to tooth decay?

Could there be a hereditary factor to tooth decay?

Bacteria and sugar: Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a bad tooth decay what do I do?

What to do if I have a bad tooth decay what do I do?

See a dentist: If you have bad decay, be sure you are staying away from sodas and foods that will contribute, brush after meals, and see a dentist to stop the progression. A dentist can remove the decay and place fluoridated materials to prevent it from going further. But avoiding the dentist and allowing it to progress will cause pain, tooth loss and more expensive care. ...Read more

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If there is tooth decay, is it always brown or black?

If there is tooth decay, is it always brown or black?

No: No, the color can vary. Could bye chalky white, yellow, orange, brown or black. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tooth decay?

What is the definition or description of: tooth decay?

Destruction: 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 your dentist can recommend. ...Read more

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What steps can be taken to reduce massive tooth decay?

Ideal oral hygiene!: Floss daily (by far the most important thing you can do,); brush carefully, watch your intake and frequency of sugars.

An unacceptable alternative would be full mouth extractions. No teeth. .... No 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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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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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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Could you stop toddler's tooth decay by just doing these?

Could you stop toddler's tooth decay by just doing these?

Vague Question: The question was pretty vague, not clearly stated, and in my opinion, didn't show much sense. ...Read more

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Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time?

Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time?

Yes: Sugar based drinks, whether in sodas or juice, interact with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid byproducts. This results in the breaking down of tooth structure known as decay. Sipping sugary drinks throughout the day is much worse than drinking it all at once. Diet sodas have sugar substitutes which do not break down to the same acids as regular sodas but still have other types of acids. ...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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What are some ways tooth decay affects the rest of the body?

What are some ways tooth decay affects the rest of the body?

Nutritional mostly: If you suffer from tooth decay it is most likely caused by a highly acidic and fermentable carbohydrate diet. The effects of the decay are local in the mouth. Extensive decay can cause bacteria to invade the pulp of the tooth eventually killing it and then spread into the jaw bone through the tip of the root. From there the bacteria and their toxins can enter the blood stream to infect other area. ...Read more

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What's the difference between having tooth decay and a cavity?

What's the difference between having tooth decay and a cavity?

None really: A cavity or caries is just tooth decay that has penetrated the hard outer enamel layer of your tooth. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Baby bottle tooth decay?

What is the definition or description of: Baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby Bottle Syndrome: Circumferential decay of deciduous teeth, most commonly incisors, usually in the gingival 1/3 of the crowns, Caused by putting child down to nap or sleep with a bottle containing milk or juice. Sugars in the liquids lay on the teeth, combine with bacteria (plaque) to form decay producing acids. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for a tooth decay at the nerve to kill you?

How much time does it take for a tooth decay at the nerve to kill you?

No set time frame: No one can predict how long it would take for a dental infection to overwhelm your immune system and cause your demise. Although death from a dental infection is very rare, it does happen. Why take the chance? Seek dental care now. ...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