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Can you tell if you have decayed tooth by the smell?

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In brief: No.

Most decayed teeth have no smell.
However, if the decay is really deep infecting the nerve of the tooth, the resulting infection ( abcess) can definitely have a smell.

In brief: No.

Most decayed teeth have no smell.
However, if the decay is really deep infecting the nerve of the tooth, the resulting infection ( abcess) can definitely have a smell.
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Dr. Jeffrey Collura
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: No

As mentioned above a cavity typically does not have a smell.
If you are experiencing a foul smell, it is likely a sign of an infection. Often this is a result of an acute abscess or chronic periodontal disease. Ther are many other causes of halitosis...Bad breath...So it is best to see a dentist for an evaluation.

In brief: No

As mentioned above a cavity typically does not have a smell.
If you are experiencing a foul smell, it is likely a sign of an infection. Often this is a result of an acute abscess or chronic periodontal disease. Ther are many other causes of halitosis...Bad breath...So it is best to see a dentist for an evaluation.
Dr. Jeffrey Collura
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