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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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. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

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 »

What is the treatment for black tooth decay?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth are black. It looks like it is in the starting stage of tooth decay. I do not want to lose any teeth. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Subha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Black spots on the teeth are indicative of initial stages of teeth decay. But you need not worry since this stage is repairable. There are no chances of losing your teeth at this stage. For healthier teeth and to prevent tooth decay try to follow these suggestions: ...  Read Full »

I am having pain due to tooth cavities. Please suggest some home remedies to overcome toothache

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently having sharp pain due to tooth cavities. I really want to go to a dentist, but my parents do not allow me to go until it stops hurting (like more than a day). They claim that the anesthesia would not work due to toothache. Is this true? My current medication include Salo...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The toothache can be due to dental caries, gum infection, abscess, or tooth eruption. I advise you to take antibiotics and painkillers for three days and do saltwater gargling at night. Brush your teeth twice a day, but brush softly near the site of pain and avoid ch...  Read Full »

Multiple decay in my front teeth is affecting my esthetic. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,So, my teeth have been severely decaying for the past six years. It all started around six years ago. I had dental decay on my front incisors. I am not sure if that is what it is called. I was young, and we are classified as a lower-middle-class family, so due to budgetary constraints,...  Read Full »

Dr. Somya Vats

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Dental caries occurs due to a complex interaction between bacteria, fermentable carbohydrates, and many other factors, including teeth and saliva. As you mentioned that your teeth are decaying, there could be multiple factors for that, such as; diet, excessive and frequ...  Read Full »

Will teeth removal affect my 5-year-old daughter's speech and permanent teeth eruption?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is five and a half years old. Her weight is 28 kg, and her height is 128 cm. She has had a cavity in the last two teeth on both lower sides. She has been taking Ibugesic Plus (10 ml), Augmentin (8 ml), and Metrogyl suspension (8 ml) till yesterday. The doctor has advised th...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. However, the advice tendered by the dentist, in this case, is alright. There is no problem with the extraction if appropriately done, and in the meantime, to retain space for permanent teeth, a space maintainer can be planned by a dentist...  Read Full »

I have had bad breath for more than a year and it ruined my relationship with my friends. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had bad breath for more than a year. I have tried every solution, including mouthwashes, flosses, tongue scrapers, and every other thing the dentist told me, but it did not go away. The smell is significantly worse in my last molar and back of my tongue. This bad breath ruined my...  Read Full »

Dr. Raghu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Bad breath can be caused due to multiple reasons. It can be due to dental conditions like dental caries, periodontitis, or oral ulcers, and systemic conditions like stomach ulcer, tonsillitis, cold, GERD (gastroesophageal...  Read Full »

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