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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is dental caries?

Dental caries are permanently damaged areas in the teeth that develop into tiny holes. Common causes include sipping sugary drinks / eating sweets/ snacking often, poor oral hygiene and bacterial accumulation.

Symptoms of dental caries

  • Areas in the mouth tingle when eating hot or cold foods

  • Gum bleeding when brushing teeth

  • Bad breath

  • Toothache when chewing hard food

  • Toothache

Questions your doctor may ask to check for dental caries

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose dental caries

  • Do you have spots or boils in the mouth that sting when having cold or hot food?

  • Do your gums bleed when brushing teeth?

  • Do you feel that you have bad breath?

  • Do you have tooth pain when you bite on something hard?

  • Do you have a toothache?

Treatment for dental caries

Treatment consists of improved dental hygiene, dietary modifications and dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, root canal or even tooth removal in severe cases.

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