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Tooth Decay Vs Cavity
Decay: Yes, they are the same thing just different names. ...Read more
Prevention is key: Be sure to brush and floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. ...Read more
I have like this blackness in my mollar and when ever I chew I get food in it an it hurts bad is it a cavity or tooth decay or what.?
It is both: A cavity and tooth decay. Best advise is to see a dentist as soon as possible for an exam, x-ray and appropriate treatment. Extent of decay and tooth loss will determine the treatment needed. Waiting will only lead to additional pain, possible sweiing and infection, and expense. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Is there a difference between tooth decay and a cavity? Does tooth decay precede a cavity, or are they considered the same thing? .
Infection: Cavities can cause infection which affects your entire system-see a good dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more
Restore it now!: Cavities don't fix themselves and teeth don't heal without professional intervention! I would suggest you go to your dentist or find your dentist and get these cavities fixed while they are small. It will be simple, not complex, pain free and less expensive. Waiting will only create a more complex situation and now it will be easy & you'll probably be able to get "tooth colored" fillings! ...Read more
One dentist says my child has 1 cavity and some staining and another dentist says she has 5 cavities that the staining is tooth decay what do I do?
1 Cavity: If you are going back to see the dentist every 6 months, I would go with the dentist that tells you you have 1 cavity. Tooth decay is gradual. Eventually the other 5 might need to be filled, but most likely they can wait for years if the dentist feels like they aren't deep enough to be filled. Just be sure to go back to the dentist every 6 months to have these softer spots checked. ...Read more
Yes: And periodontal (gum) disease as well over time. I wonder what you breath smells like. ...Read more
I had 2 cavity fillings, had a minor tooth decay. Now I'm seeing decay in another 2 teeth. Why is it happening so fast and at so small age.
Rampant Decay: High sugar consumption in the form of simple sugars, poor oral hygiene and significant quantities of soda or sweetened beverages or citric acid are common causes of the disease. Good home care, limiting sugars in the diet, sweet sodas, adding fluoride and aggressive dental treatment is the secret of success. ...Read more
Why do aboriginals have such great teeth, but Westerners get cavities and tooth decay? Many aboriginals don't even use toothpaste just water.
Westerners use sugar: Archaeologists have shown thru the evaluation of Roman remains that they had pretty good dental health. Scientists have also shown that it was the introduction of processed sugar and related products that have created a dental decay epidemic in industrial countries. So the reason is soda, candy, chips, i.e. poor diet choices! ...Read more
Do I really need to get my teeth cleaned every six months? I've read that there's not any proof it really helps me avoid cavities or tooth decay.
6mo standard minimum: The reasons for your recare (cleaning+exam frequency) are many: 1. Control gum disease (the "silent" tooth killer that is linked with heart disease, diabetes & a growing list of health problems); 2. Screen for oral cancers (there are about 30, 000 cases every year & about 1/3 are fatal often due to late detection); 3. Find cavities early (smaller cavities=simpler+less expensive treatment). ...Read more
How do I stop tooth decay fast while I am trying to get into a dentist? A few of my teat have bad cavities & r lose it's embarrassing but I need hlp.
Prevention Only: You cannot reverse tooth decay, but you can prevent it with proper oral hygiene and visits to your dentist two times per year. ...Read more
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
Does diluting juice help prevent baby bottle tooth decay? I understand that juice has sugar, and the sugar can cause cavities. I’ve read that diluting it with water makes it less likely your baby will get baby bottle tooth decay. I only give him juice a f
Replace don't dilute: The sugar will change the acid/base balance in his mouth while there & for about an hour after drinking the juice. The longer it's in his mouth, the more decay you will see. Consult with your dentist & pediatrician, and determine a way to give him food on intervals and something with no sugar (like water) the rest of the time. This can save you loads of time, $$ and pain. Good luck! ...Read more
Is tooth decay just a natural part of aging? I don't eat much sugar or drink any soda, but as I've gotten into my 50s it just seems like I have more decay and cavities at each visit to the dentist. I do my best to take care of my teeth, but I seem to be
Is there anything I can do at home to stop tooth decay? I can feel what feels like a slight hole in the side of one of my teeth, which I think is a cavity. I don't have dental insurance, and really don't have the money to see a dentist. Is there anything
Free Clinic?: Cavities don't repair themselves and require dental professional attention! I understand your financial dilemma, so you may want to seek out a free or subsidized dental clinic or possibly a dental training facility, where you'd get the care you need at a reduced fee or even at no cost. ...Read more
Needs to be redone: If there is decay present then the filling needs to be redone. The decay shoul be removed. ...Read more
Large cavity in tooth. Dentist says I need pulp cap and filling. Decay comes close to the nerve but not yet on the it. What is purpose of pulp cap?
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
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
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
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
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
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