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Help, what to do about tooth decay below the gum line?

Help, what to do about tooth decay below the gum line?

Gumline decay: Decay below the gumline generally occurs as we get older. Often we are taking medications that can caue dry mouth and the saliva is a great protectant. Usually the diet and dry mouth cause the most decay. You need to angke the brush at a 45 degree angle an dfeel the toothbrush under the tissue and gently do circles. An electric toothbrush is 5 x better then a manual one. Get themf filled asap. ...Read more

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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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Wipe baby's teeth and gums after breast feeding? I read recently that you should wipe your baby's teeth and gums with a soft cloth after breast feeding to help prevent tooth decay. I've never heard of this before, and don't know anyone who has done it. Is

Wipe baby's teeth and gums after breast feeding? I read recently that you should wipe your baby's teeth and gums with a soft cloth after breast feeding to help prevent tooth decay. I've never heard of this before, and don't know anyone who has done it. Is

Clean after feeding: One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks. After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. ...Read more

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I have low epo output and extremely low iron stores in bone marrow(aspiration done). Chronic anemia-can be as low as 6.2-8.2 on regular basis Can this affect my teeth? It seems since my dx 8-10 yrs ago I have had terrible tooth decay and poor gums. Of cor

I have low epo output and extremely low iron stores in bone marrow(aspiration done). Chronic anemia-can be as low as 6.2-8.2 on regular basis Can this affect my teeth? It seems since my dx 8-10 yrs ago I have had terrible tooth decay and poor gums. Of cor

Possibilities: It could make you more susceptible to gums disease. It shouldn't affect your teeth unless something you are taking is causing dry mouth. Things that could affect your susceptibility to decay are menopause, vomiting, and heart burn. You don't have to have problems if you take care of your teeth. ...Read more

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My mouth is swelling and doctors said gums infection or inner tooth decay but i don't feel pain on my tooth. What should I do?

My mouth is swelling and doctors said gums infection or inner tooth decay but i don't feel pain on my tooth. What should I do?

Swelling but no pain: Are you gum tissues swollen or do you a swelling in your mouth? Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease and cavities. Once the decay reaches the pulp you can get an abscess and occasionally it does not hurt. A dental x-ray will pinpoint the cause. Gum disease can cause the gum tissues to become swollen and bleed easily. Visit your dentist tomorrow. ...Read more

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Black looking kinda of spot appeared on my upper gum around my tooth , I was told tooth decay ? Is that true .

Black looking kinda of spot appeared on my upper gum around my tooth ,  I was told tooth decay ? Is that true .

Can't tell..: .. needs to be examined. Decay appears on a tooth, not on your gingiva as you described. have it examined by a dentist. ...Read more

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Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease or increase tooth decay?

Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease or increase tooth decay?

Soft cleans better!: Soft toothbrush bristles bend easier and are able to get into the nooks and crannies on and between the tooth and gum. The key is angulating the toothbrush correctly, about 45 degrees to the gum line and move the brush gently to dislodge and food or bacteria in the area. You'll need other tools to clean inbetween teeth. Even if you have root exposed, soft bristles will not damage the root surface. ...Read more

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Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease and back tooth decay?

Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease and back tooth decay?

Toothbrush: Proper brushing and flossing technique will lessen periodontal disease. Have your dental hygienist demonstrate the proper technique. Soft brush is ideal. ...Read more

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Is it possible for tooth decay or gum bleeding to have any affect on the breastmilk for a mom?

Is it possible for tooth decay or gum bleeding to have any affect on the breastmilk for a mom?

Yes: Tooth decay and bleeding gums can be caused by bacteria in the mouth, which if it becomes an infection can affect the mother in many ways. Best to see your dentist and not risk possibly infecting your child. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good holistic dental hygiene routine, especially for those with gum disease or tooth decay?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good holistic dental hygiene routine, especially for those with gum disease or tooth decay?

Dental hygiene: Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing them daily, foods or beverages that contain sugar and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help keep your teeth healthy for life. ...Read more

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My lower left wisdom tooth is grossly decayed and broken off at gum line. How will the dentist remove it? Well it be easier or harder on me?

My lower left wisdom tooth is grossly decayed and broken off at gum line. How will the dentist remove it? Well it be easier or harder on me?

Oral Surgeon: An oral surgeon has years of experience and training to tackle these types of extractions. Don't fret, you will be just fine. It should be no different than extracting any other tooth. ...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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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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Gums (Definition)

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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