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Why Am I Getting Cavities All The Sudden
Diet/Hygiene: Dental cavities are caused by acid that is produced by the bacteria in our mouths. The carbohydrate in our diet (especially the liquid sugars) are metabolized by the bacteria in dental plaque into organic acids. If the plaque is allowed to remain on the tooth, the acid creates a hole in the tooth we call a cavity. Reduce dietary carbohydrate, remove plaque and use a Fluoride toothpaste. ...Read more
Cavities: You need to brush and FLOSS properly and regularly. And you need to severly decrease or eliminate sticky, sugary junk foods and soda pop from your diet. If you are not doing these things you will get cavities. Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain...: If a cavity is a bit deep, you dentist will recommend a small shot of anesthetic. The pin prick will hurt a bit... Lets face it , it's a sharp needle. But that should be about it, for a couple of seconds. Many of my patients have their cavities filled without an anesthetic... And they don't complain about any pain. It's the nature of the procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3mos to 1year: A cavity is like a pothole in the street..it can begin so small, that it is not noticeable . But once it gets large enough, the the cavity grows quicker. A patient of mine 'disappeared' for 2.5years, and now returns with a toothache caused by a HUGE cavity that could have been repaired easily 1year ago. ...Read more
Tooth loss: Cavities left untreated can lead to nerve damage and root canal treatment or tooth loss if decayed below a restorable finish line. Loss of teeth alters mastication and can lead to stomach disorders and altered nutrition due to loss of ability to chew. It is most sensible to have routine cleanings and exams to catch decay in an early stage and preserve the teeth for good overall health. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends...: There is a wide range of prices... The least expensive option is the dental school. If you are seeking white filling material, there are many qualities. Prices vary greatly, so does the quality. There are new white filling materials which last & have many attributes. Including a new holistic white filling material which is bpa free. Along with the materials, all dentists are individuals. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A few...: Could be: your diet, frequency of eating, how often you brush and floss, how well you brush and floss, frequency of professional cleanings, number of old restorations, fluoridation of your water, and what you consider "getting cavities so easily". Discuss the above possibilities with your dentist and see how they might pertain to you. ...Read more
It's variable: Cavities begin when the decay process penetrates the insensitive enamel and enters the sensitive tooth structure underneath it (this structure is called dentin). The process by which the decay penetrates the enamel varies with: diet, hygiene (brushing, flossing, etc.) genetics (the density of the enamel and dentin), use of anti-cavity substances (fluoride), etc. It will vary. ...Read more
Yes: The decay should always be completely removed from the tooth prior to it being filled. A cavity (hole) is what results when the decay is removed from the tooth. That hole then needs to be closed and the material used to close the hole (cavity) is the filling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hole: A hole in a tooth. Bacteria take sugars, convert them into acids, and the acids etch the calcium out of the tooth's enamel. This allows other bacteria to penetrate into the softer dentin, and eventually into the pulp (nerve) of the tooth, creating an abscess. As the nerve endings in the pulp chamber are attacked they send a pain signal. The infection can then spread throughout your body. ...Read more
Sedation: Your problem of anxiety is very common. Tell your dentist and ask if he can help with something to help with your anxiety for the visit or sedation. If your dentist cannot help, ask for a recommendation to a dentist who does use sedation.Speak to your dentist and ask for a prescription for a mild sedative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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