FAQ - Tooth Diseases
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Are there any diseases that cause tooth decay that can be passed from one person to another by kissing?


Or are most just a result of poor hygeine?
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It's not really as simple as a disease being passed like the flu or other diseases and viruses.

Most children receive bacteria that end up inhabiting their mouth from their mothers kissing them and sticking things in their mouth.

These bacteria are in everybody's mouths with slight variation.

Just because you kiss someone with cavities it doesn't mean you will suddenly get them.

The reason tooth decay happens is if you eat a lot of processed sugars which provides these bacteria with fuel to make acid by products that decay the teeth. Since we can't all have perfect diets and drink a lot of water, we brush our teeth. This doesn't necessarily get rid of all the bacteria but cleans some of them out and the fluoride in toothpaste will remineralize and strengthen your teeth.  (+ info)

What are some of the types of tooth diseases?


there's tooth abnormalities (things people are born w/) such as:'
dentinogenesis imperfecta, dentinal dysplasia, germination, fusion, dens invaginatus

there's diseases that are related to the root & pulp of teeth
periapical abscess, pulp stones, osteitis, fistulas, periapical granulomas, cysts

then there's diseases related to the gum
gingivitis, periodontitis, periodontal abscess, necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, etc..  (+ info)

how could we increase the social awarness regarding the diseases related to tooth decay?


By informing school children, speaking to public leaders to enforce it into the curriculum, by speaking to parents, starting a school brushing programme  (+ info)

How does smoking lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease?


I always hear that tobacco smokers have a greater risk of developing many different dental and mouth problems. I realize that smoking stains the teeth brownish yellow and causes bad breath(besides causing many serious diseases), but how exactly does it lead to tooth problems like causing cavities and gum disease? Please note, I am a non-smoker, but some people in my family smoke. Does the same go for marijuana smokers, or only tobacco smokers?
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Smoking and other tobacco products can lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. More specifically, it appears that smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells. This interference makes smokers more susceptible to infections, such as periodontal disease, and also seems to impair blood flow to the gums — which may affect wound healing.  (+ info)

What possible diseases could result from decreased salivary secretion - In terms of decreased starch digestion


Hi, I should have clarified in my other question, I meant diseases as in, what would be the result of decreased starch digestion? What disorders or implications does this have on the body? Say, eg tooth dacay: less starch digested, more undigested food present in tooth --> result tooth decay. Something like that. A website would be appreciatable.
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See the Dry Mouth FAQ at http://www.orajel.com/faqs/dry_mouth.htm  (+ info)

What are possible diseases that could result from decreased salivary secretion?


Aside from tooth dacay, I was wonderingt if there was any others? A source of the website would be desirable.
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Over 1800 drugs can make your mouth feel dry. Eighty percent of the top 10 drugs may cause oral dryness. Moreover, the more drugs you take, the more likely you will be troubled by dry mouth. Prominent among these drugs are those prescribed for high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, allergies, weight loss, Parkinson's disease, pain and many more.

Diseases: Decreased saliva and dry mouth are associated with a number of medical and psychologic conditions. A prominent disease which causes oral dryness (and dryness of the eye) is Sjögren’s (“Showgren’s”) Syndrome. This is an autoimmune condition which is characterized by generalized dryness. The dryness is brought on by damage to the salivary and other similar glands. Sometimes, Sjögren’s Syndrome is associated with rheumatoid diseases e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or scleroderma ( a condition in which the skin becomes thick and less pliable). Other diseases which may result in dryness are diabetes, AIDS, bone marrow transplants, dehydration, etc.

Therapeutic Irradiation: Treatment for certain cancers of the head and neck can include radiation, which may damage the salivary glands, and decrease or completely stop the production of saliva. These effects are sometimes irreversible, but some medications may partly restore salivary function.

Ageing: As we get older our mouth tends to produce less saliva. Although this loss is probably not enough to cause oral dryness, per se, it contributes to this condition.

Decrease in our ability to Chew: Chewing, is the normal exercise of the mouth. Like with any other form of exercise, when you don’t use it, things begin to shrivel up. When your arm is in a cast, the muscles shrink in size. And so it is with the salivary glands. If you cut down on your chewing, they will decline in size and produce less saliva. And this induces dryness.

Depression: People who are depressed and/or overly anxious have lower rates of salivary flow.

Since so many factors cause dry mouth, it is evident that the determination of what causes your oral dryness is not a simple matter.  (+ info)

Why the teeth of animals are seem cleaner than humans teeth even animals don't use tooth paste?


Wildlife animals have bright clean teeth. Humans feel need to brush their teeth almost daily to keep them clean and we have hospitals to cure the diseases. But wildlife (jungle) are free from any hospital. Lion and other animals eat meat but on the national geographic we see their teeth bright and clean even they don't use tooth paste. Why it is so?
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Animals with white teeth dont eat foods which stain their teeth.

Humans eat many foods with artificial colours and staining properties in them. Classic examples are coffee and red wine. We brush our teeth primarily to remove plaque and reduce tooth decay and gum disease which is very common in animals who cannot remove their plaque in this way. Tooth brushing can't really make teeth whiter.

If you look at herbivores- their teeth are often stained greeny/yellow from gnawing at roots and foliage- you can see it easily on elephants' tusks which are often green rather than pure ivory white.   (+ info)

how do you know if you have a tooth infection?


my left side of my jaw hurts, i was thinking a wisdom tooth. but now i hear about diseases that affect other organs? any advice?
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Will having a hole in my tooth cause any diseases?


(Serious answers please.) I have a hole in my chipped tooth on the top-left row. It went from a small hole and chipped further to a bigger one. It doesn't have any pain and is firmly rooted. However, I'm worried if it will cause diseases and also, is it ok to share food with people? My family and I eat together some times and I'm worried about eating from the same dish will cause them any disease or something..I'm quite worried.Please help/advice. Thank you very much. ^.^"
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dont worry you wont spread a disease how ever the hole may get you an infection
by advice brush well cut down on pop if it goes black see a doctor  (+ info)

Is it possible for periodontal disease to spread from a tooth to another? What causes plague to form on tooth?


My son brushes his teeth regularly, twice a day. Last December, his dentist told him that he has periodontal disease in his gum.
This may be due to his oral hygience as he was unprepared for his cleaning kit when he was asked to work till the next day. It was about 10 months ago and is it too late to undergo treatment?? Can periodontal disease spread from a tooth to another? It was so unfortunate for him to have caught the disease, and what causes plague to form on the tooth/gum?? How to prevent it??

Can anyone please kindly advise as soon as possible. Thank you very much.
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Once a diagnosis of perio disease has been made, professional treatment is of the greatest demand to save the teeth and bone structure from this diseases devastating demise. Every tooth is subjected to damage from this "active infection" and the bone loss associated with this disease as well as the whole body. The same plaque found in perio disease has been found to be associated with heart attacks.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is good, but it isn't the solution to the problem. A person can brush ten times a day, but if it's not done "correctly" and thoroughly then it's just not going to do any good. Your son needs to spend at least "2-3 minutes brushing" with a "soft toothbrush," brushing each tooth about "20 strokes" not just the front ones. Also "flossing" is of the utmost importance because it removes the plaque caused from bacteria found in the mouth, under the gums that brushing can't reach.

A diagnosis of perio disease means that he has developed pockets in the gum of some areas that surround his teeth. These pockets can range in depth, but all are "too deep" for him to be able to clean. We consider anything deeper than 3-4mm as too deep for a tooth brush or floss to reach to clean. He will need to have root planing done which removes all the debris from the pockets and along the roots of the teeth in question. This allows for some shrinkage of the tissue which decreases the pocket depth and possible reattachment of tissue with hopes that proper techniques in brushing, flossing, along with continued professional care and his excellent home care will help to eliminate the disease from progressing.

It is unfortunate that he has "developed perio disease," but he didn't “catch it.” It progresses over time, usually from inadequate brushing and flossing techniques and lack of professional dental care. Although there is some research that links its cause to hereditary or genetics. The best treatment your son can follow is his dentist advice and see a periodontist for follow up cleanings every 3-4 months, they will alternate with his dental appointments. This may seem like a lot at first but will lessen with time, it's to keep a close watch on the pockets depth and to eliminate the progression of this disease by maintaining and monitoring your son's dental health. Perio disease can be devastating by destroying the surrounding tissue and bone structures that support the teeth, which left untreated will eventually lead to the loss of teeth. I hope you will encourage your son to continue with treatment to maintain his natural teeth and halt this disease. It can be stopped with proper treatment, your son isn’t alone with this disease. Good luck and I hope that I’ve given you enough insight to help you to understand this disease, how to correct it with his dentist and periodontist help and the causes of it so your son can change those habits to better his dental health.  (+ info)

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