Dental Caries

Tooth decay or dental caries is the disease of the tooth where a combination of factors like carbohydrate or sugar-rich foods, bacteria, time, and poor oral hygiene, erode or damage the most rigid layer of the tooth called enamel. This results in cavity formation. If untreated, it can proceed to the deeper layers. Tooth pain and swelling are its characteristic features.

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My 7-year-old daughter has a decayed tooth in the upper right side of her mouth despite brushing twice daily. How to manage this?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is seven years old. She has a decayed tooth in the upper right side of her mouth. She used to brush her teeth twice daily, but I can see some deposits on her teeth even after brushing twice. How to maintain oral hygiene in children? How to manage the decayed tooth? Does she req...  Read Full »

Dr. Anjana. G.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you consult a dentist and take an X-ray. If the cavity is not deep, filing can be done. If it is a large cavity, pulpectomy or extraction is required. I also suggest you follow the following instructions to maintain your daughter's ...  Read Full »

I noticed a white mark on my daughter's tooth a couple of days ago. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter has a strange mark on her tooth; she went to the dentist two weeks ago and was given a clean bill of health. However, I noticed this white mark in the past couple of days. Kindly help. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Are you talking about the front tooth? Does it look completely white? The picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) you enclosed is slightly big and blurred. Did the dentist examine your daughter, or did any other proce...  Read Full »

I often experience toothache when I am constipated. What could cause this?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having tooth pain from my back molar. It has a cap on it. But I feel it from my molar to my neck when I breathe in deep breaths. This often happens when I am constipated and have trapped gas. Is it my tooth problem or any other problem related to the trapped gas? Please hel...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I will be answering your query shortly. Please check your follow-up messages.  Read Full »

How can I treat a small cavity in a tooth next to the molar teeth, which I had already lost due to decay?

Query: Hello doctor, I had cavities in my right and left upper molar teeth. I did not care much, and they fell gradually. However, the neighboring tooth also developed a small cavity which I noticed five days back, and I am afraid that my whole tooth will decay. I have taken a painkiller for that. What are...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. If the cavity is painless or sensitive only at the time of hot or cold fluids or even during taking much sweet foods, it can be treated simply with filling (dental restoration). On the other hand, if there is continuou...  Read Full »

My decayed incisor has been replaced by a new tooth, and I need home remedies to cure the other decayed incisor. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have had dental caries in my first two upper incisors. One incisor was replaced with a new tooth.Please suggest some home remedies.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanga. K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since you have been treated for one incisor decay, you very well know about the treatment procedures. If you have episodes of pain I strongly recommend visiting your dentist and undergoing the same root canal procedure if it involves the pulp. For your molars, need you...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain and tiny holes in my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have too much pain in teeth and also getting tiny small type holes in teeth. I am a male, 18 years old.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Holes in teeth indicate cavities. If you are having severe pain in teeth this may indicate you are suffering from pulpitis and you need root canal treatment from your dentist. Meanwhile, start with the following medicines. Take Augmentin 625 mg two times a day, Gramex 4...  Read Full »

My mother has a toothache with swelling. Is it an emergency?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 45 years old. She got a hole in teeth and she is complaining of a toothache for three days and from yesterday, she developed swelling on the right half of the face. Is this any sort of emergency?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Jakhmola

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After going through your query and image sent by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity), this seems to be a case of severe infection inside the right tooth. Tooth decay has resulted in infection in the innermost part of the tooth called pulp that contai...  Read Full »

I have sensitivity in my teeth while gargling. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I need advice on the query mentioned below. I had wisdom tooth issues for many years, and I removed them two years ago. The wisdom tooth issue was there for the lower two teeth, but my dentist advised that even their upper pairing teeth should be removed. So all four teeth were remo...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query, and I can understand your concern. As per your X-ray (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), the tooth is completely decayed. But as per your query, it has been removed so it is not involved. I suggest desensitizing agents below...  Read Full »

I have a dental phobia, and one of my tooth and gums are black. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a dental phobia and have not been able to visit a dentist in years. What could cause one tooth to turn black and the other tooth to have blackness on the gums? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You need not worry much about visiting the dentist, as regular dental checkups are essential to prevent oral diseases, infections, and even precancerous lesions for all age groups. So from the images you have enclosed (the attachments are rem...  Read Full »

I have had cavities in my last molar teeth, and the doctor had advised root canal treatment. What is a root canal procedure, and why is it recommended?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had cavities in my last molar teeth, and the doctor had advised root canal treatment. I have had dental anxiety since childhood, as my experiences were unpleasant. Even though I have many questions in my mind, I cannot ask anything in the clinic. What is a root canal procedure, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Root canal treatment means that rather than extracting the whole tooth, we save the tooth's structure by micro-cleaning inside the roots of the infected tooth. Then the cleaned root is filled with a medicated filling mat...  Read Full »

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