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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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 icliniq.com. 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 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 icliniq.com. 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 ag...  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 icliniq.com. 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 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

How can I not be scared of getting my dental cavities filled?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old male with an addiction to sweets and sugary stuff. I have been too afraid of brushing my teeth as I am scared they will fall off because of my big cavities. I have a cavity where I can almost put my finger inside and two cavities that can fill a corn kernel. I have ...  Read Full »


Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry. As a dentist, I tell you we will try our best to carry the treatment comfortably with no patient issue. Your problem can be addressed by filling teeth, but if you wait, then it will be difficult, and there would be no option other than root canal tr...  Read Full »

Do painless brown, and black spots on teeth indicate tooth decay?

Query: Hi doctor,Two days ago I saw a brown spot on my lower back tooth so I decided to check the rest of my teeth and I have got black marks in the corners of my mouth on the surface of my tooth. The left top side is worse as I have not been having any toothaches or pain so I am worried that it might be s...  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the attachment (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and understand your concern. Basically, by looking at the picture, I have two types of opinion, the confirmation of which either you can say by symptoms or the dentist by using an explorer inst...  Read Full »

What are the painless methods to treat a tooth with dental caries?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a root canal and it was a traumatizing experience. My endodontist tried for an hour to give numbness to my tooth. He gave a maximum amount of Novocain and told me that no more can be given after this level. He told me that my pain gets manifested by being tensed and you need to go ...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I agree that RCT (root canal treatment) is definitely a painless procedure. In your case, anesthesia was not effective and your endodontist should have postponed your appointment by giving you medications. The techniques of anesthesia range from intraligamentary, in...  Read Full »

What is gingivitis and how to prevent it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 64 years old with comorbidities. I have swollen gums in the area around my upper left molar. The pain is causing me discomfort, and it is the third day. My gums are painful, and perhaps it is the cause of my headache also. Can you please give me a remedy that does not include going ...  Read Full »


Dr. Charity Gaile Ortiz Santiago

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you are fine despite the pandemic. If your gum is the problem, you can use Orahex mouthwash (Chlorhexidine Gluconate, Sodium Fluoride, and Zinc Chloride). It is an antibiotic mouthwash for swollen gums. You need to use it twice a day for 14 days. There is a measu...  Read Full »

Can a painful tooth be filled?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having pain continuously in one cavity in which I had a filling earlier. I am taking a tablet with Diclofenac and Paracetamol combination for pain. Please suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. Kindly upload an image of the painful carious tooth. I would walk you through the management needed to resolve the issue once and for all. Unless you receive proper treatment, the pain will get worse. I would suggest: 1) Tablet Clavam (...  Read Full »

Why do I sensitivity to hot and cold at the extracted site?

Query: Hi doctor, Before three weeks back, I have removed one of my teeth as it was destroyed due to cavity and I had some infection over it. After that, I started to have a cold sensitivity on that spot. I started to have a lot of pain over it. After that cold sensitivity has turned to heat sensitivity t...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sensitivity to cold or hot substances occurs when you have a deep cavity or severe gum recession with exposed roots on any of the teeth. You need to consult your dentist again and confirm that you do not have a cavity on the adjacent tooth where you have a sensitivity o...  Read Full »

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