Dental caries forms when plaque starts to damage the enamel, which results in holes in the tooth. It will not only damage the surface, but break through the enamel and the dentin and reach the nerve of a tooth. The treatment includes fillings, crowns, root canal therapy and the removal of the decayed tooth. It is recommended to visit a dentist if dental caries is present in order to prevent further damage.
Dental caries describes a disease of the teeth, where holes form in the teeth. The holes are caused by bacteria in the plaque. Dental caries starts from the surface of a tooth, which is called enamel. Without proper treatment, caries will reach the nerve of a tooth and cause symptoms such as toothache or an abscess.
The cause of dental caries is mainly plaque. Plaque is a biofilm made up of saliva, food, bacteria and acid. It can adhere to the inside of the mouth, especially the teeth, and damage the surface of the teeth, which is called enamel. Plaque often starts to accumulate in the mouth after eating. Some of the bacteria living in plaque are able to destroy enamel. These bacteria get promoted by the presence of sugar. Once the enamel is damaged, holes begin to form on the surface of the tooth and the bacteria spread deeper into the tooth. People with dental caries may have symptoms such as bad breath, toothache, holes on the tooth, pain while chewing, and tooth sensitivity. Furthermore, it may lead to an inflammation, an infection or even an abscess of the tooth.
It is important to practice good oral hygiene in order to avoid dental caries. Here are some guidelines that can help to prevent dental caries. For example, to brush teeth with fluoride toothpastes, clean teeth after eating, avoid consumption of sugar containing snacks and drinks, and visit a dentist regularly. However, the treatment of dental caries includes 1) fillings (for mild dental caries), 2) crowns (for dental caries that have weakened the structure of a tooth), 3) root canal therapy (for dental caries that have affected the nerve of a tooth) and 4) the removal of a tooth (for a seriously damaged tooth).
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
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Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
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