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Tooth Decay Problems

The presentation of caries is highly unpredictable. Tooth decay may appear as a small chalky area which may eventually develop into large cavitations. Sometimes tooth decay may be visible, in other cases one may have tooth decay symptoms and not realize they have a tooth that has been compromised with decay. A method of detection might include an x-ray, used for less visible areas of the teeth to evaluate the extent of damage.

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay or a cavity, is a bacterial infection that causes demineralization and destruction of the enamel, dentin and cementum usually by production of acid by bacterial fermentation of food debris accumulated on the tooth surface. The bacteria most responsible for dental cavities are the mutans streptococci, and lactobacilli. If left untreated, the disease can lead to pain, tooth loss and infection. Tooth decay may be one of the most common diseases throughout the world. Read below to find Expert answers concerning tooth decay, and tooth decay treatment.

Can medications cause tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria from dental plaque.

Side effects of medications may aid in tooth decay. Medications themselves may not "cause" tooth decay, they may assist in the decay process. If your salivary flow has been affected, the balance between the bacteria and acid produced and the time it takes to clear saliva from the mouth changes causing dry mouth. These factors can make one vulnerable to dental decay. If this is the case, the dentist needs to evaluate what is causing the problem. Medication changes may be required if it is the underlying cause to one’s tooth decay.

When medication cannot be changed, a dentist may need to teach one a proper brushing technique in keeping one’s teeth clean and healthy. Special fluoride gel for hardening the enamel of your teeth, changing one’s diet and monitoring the amount of sugars and acidic foods one may ingest may help to control tooth decay. The use of artificial saliva or gels, or a prescribed medication may aid in the prevention of tooth decay.

Due to a fear of dentistry one may have bad tooth decay, where should an individual start in getting the teeth restorations needed?

Most people share in your resistance to visiting the dentist. An individual might start at a general dentist’s office for an assessment and treatment plan for their tooth decay problems. Most dentists can perform basic tooth decay treatments and extractions if necessary. A referral to an oral surgeon can be submitted by your general dentist if necessary for your tooth decay repair. Talking to friends and family about their dental experiences may aid in one selecting a dentist that best suits their needs. One may call several dentists and get a sense of what type of dental treatments they may offer. A second opinion can also be useful when choosing a tooth decay treatment plan that would best fit one’s tooth decay problems.

Is bad breath a sign of tooth decay?

Bad breath can be a sign of ill health. An odor resembling that of moth balls may be related to tooth decay. When a tooth structure breaks down, food might accumulate in these areas. Bacteria then act on the food, degrade it and release gases like ammonia and enzymes that cause the mothball odor. Mouth odors may generate mainly thru the tongue and gingival sulcus. Food particles on and between the teeth, coated tongue, necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, tooth decay, artificial dentures, smoker's breath, and healing surgical or extraction wounds may also be a source of one’s bad breath.

There are many factors that could cause your saliva to smell ranging from problems related to dental hygiene to medical conditions.

Can premature menopause cause tooth decay?

It is unlikely that premature menopause causes tooth decay and breakage. Formation of tooth decay depends entirely upon the presence of bacteria and external food source. So assuming the patient has a low sugar diet, and/or has very good home oral hygiene there shouldn't be any increased in decay formation.

Depending on the extent of tooth destruction, various treatments can be used to restore teeth to proper form, function, and aesthetics, upon the onset of tooth decay. Regular oral hygiene and dietary modifications may help to ward off bacteria responsible for tooth decay. Individuals can turn to the Experts for unanswered questions that lead to tooth decay problems, and the treatment for tooth decay.
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