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Tooth Decay

The softening of the tooth enamel caused by permanent damage due to bacteria producing acids is called tooth decay. When you eat sugary food, the bacteria in the mouth break down the sugar and produce acid, which demineralizes the tooth surface resulting in a cavity. Some of the factors that increase the risk of tooth decay are dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, frequent snacking, eating sticky foods, etc.

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I want to improve and maintain good oral hygiene in a 7-year-old child.

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is seven years old and has a decayed tooth on the upper right first molar. I can also see some white deposits on her teeth. She brushes her teeth twice a day. Then, why does she have some white deposits on her teeth? How to remove these white deposits present on her teeth? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below. 1. Avoid giving her sweet foods before going to bed at night. 2. Give multivitamin supplements for three months. 3. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is very imp...  Read Full »

I have a decayed tooth with mild pain. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female. I have been having a decayed tooth and the pain is mild. I have tried different toothpastes and mouthwashes, but nothing seems to be working. Is there anything you can suggest to help me get a handle on this tooth decay? Are there specific oral hygiene practi...  Read Full »

Dr. Pallavi Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. You are having mild pain. Your infection might have reached the pulpal zone area of the tooth, which is living, and because of this, you are facing slight pain. You should take your time and visit a good endodontist nearby. He will check cl...  Read Full »

I want to get my tooth replaced. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I want to know about tooth replacement. One of my teeth is almost completely decayed. I want a new artificial tooth there. I want to get it replaced, I mean a new tooth there. What is the procedure?  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I am glad to know that you are conscious about tooth replacement and that is a good thing that there is awareness. There are 2 ways you can get it replaced after extraction. Prosthodontic crown and bridge - It is a budget-wise option you can...  Read Full »

I am suffering from tooth decay. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old female with a decayed tooth in the upper right back region. I occasionally experience pain and sensitivity to hot and cold foods. I am interested in learning about available treatment options for managing tooth decay, such as fillings, crowns, or root canals. Which trea...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq, and thank you for choosing us as your provider for health care. I have gone through all your details and appreciate your concern. I want to make you aware that a decayed tooth can lead to reversible pulpitis, which may progress to irreversible pulpitis. Based on the clinical ...  Read Full »

I am experiencing numbness and pain post-tooth removal

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20-year-old female. My height is 5'5" and my weight is 140 lbs. I experience mild numbness and sharp pain where the wisdom tooth was removed two years ago, thereby making it hard to eat. Why is this happening?  Read Full »

Dr. Senthil Kumar. K.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Possible reasons for the numbness and sharp pain could be: Any root fragment leftover while removing the tooth. b) Damage to the second molar tooth (tooth just before the wisdom tooth) during the process of surgical removal. c) Cavities (decay) in the upper wisdo...  Read Full »

My daughter’s last left back tooth broke and was hollow. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My 10-year-old daughter's back left tooth completely broke off on her gum, and it was hollow. I believe it is an adult tooth. How would a tooth be hollow?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If it is the second last tooth on the last side, it is the last milk tooth that broke, as it falls off between ages 9 and 11 years. If the last tooth of the arch gets broken, it is the permanent molar tooth. It is the only permanent molar in the arch until 12 years of a...  Read Full »

My teeth still pain after a fluoride varnish. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I had gone to a dentist. He applied fluoride varnish paste on my teeth saying that the cavities are very small. But my teeth are still paining. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Subha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Dental varnish contains fluoride which is anticarious and hence prevents the progression of tooth decay. Pit caries are very minute and very minimal cavities that are superficially present on the teeth. Pit caries does not require fillings because to do the filling,...  Read Full »

I am experiencing persistent toothache with a cavity and swollen gums, despite using various remedies. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing persistent toothache for a while, and I have been using mefenamic acid to temporarily alleviate the pain. But, the pain returns shortly after taking it. I have a cavity, and my gums are swollen. I have been dealing with this toothache for the past few days, tr...  Read Full »

Dr. Shiva Shangkharii. K.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We are dedicated to addressing your health-related concerns. You have mentioned experiencing a toothache for a while now. You have attempted to alleviate the pain using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and mouth rinse. Typically, a tooth comprises three laye...  Read Full »

Even after taking prescribed medicines, my sore throat and tooth pain has not subsided. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a recurrent sore throat for which I am taking Montair FX and had courses of antibiotics. I had no fever so I was not recommended COVID test. The reason was given as reflux so I started the medicine and raised my bed. However, for the last 10-15 days or so I am having sever...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The prescription contains only a multivitamin capsule (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You need antibiotics like Amoxicillin-CV 625 mg three times a day for a week along with a strong painkiller. Get the decayed wisdom teeth extracted as it is better...  Read Full »

Is it acceptable to remove all wisdom teeth if they pose a problem in the future?

Query: Hi doctor, My bottom right wisdom tooth is barely breaking through my gums. However, in the x-ray, it looks like it already erupted. Is it possible for the x-ray not to have gotten my wisdom tooth when taking the picture? The wisdom tooth on the bottom left has already fully erupted. I do feel the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Praveen Kumar Tuppad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The x-ray you have enclosed (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) seems to be showing only your upper right wisdom tooth (it has a decay). You may hear a different opinion from different dentists. We sometimes advise treating the wisdom tooth with a ro...  Read Full »

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