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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
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 2 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
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