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Tooth decay

Tooth decay: Introduction

Tooth decay: Tooth decay or dental caries. See detailed information below for a list of 91 causes of Tooth decay, Symptom Checker, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Tooth decay:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Tooth decay. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Tooth decay:

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Tooth decay: Symptom Checker

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Tooth decay Treatments

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Alternative Treatments for Tooth decay

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Tooth decay may include:

  • Avoid sugar
  • Avoid soda with phosphoric acid
  • Liquid multimineral supplement
  • Consistent rinsing
  • Brushing
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Stories from Users for Tooth decay

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Message Boards for Tooth decay

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Tooth decay: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Tooth decay may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Tooth decay

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Tooth decay: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Tooth decay

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Causes of Tooth decay listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Tooth decay as a symptom include:

Definitions of Tooth decay:

Localized destruction of the tooth surface initiated by decalcification of the enamel followed by enzymatic lysis of organic structures and leading to cavity formation. If left unchecked, the cavity may penetrate the enamel and dentin and reach the pulp. The three most prominent theories used to explain the etiology of the disease are that acids produced by bacteria lead to decalcification; that micro-organisms destroy the enamel protein; or that keratolytic micro-organisms produce chelates that lead to decalcification.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Tooth decay:

The list of organs typically affected by Tooth decay may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Tooth decay

The list below shows some of the causes of Tooth decay mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Tooth decay?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Tooth decay. Of the 91 causes of Tooth decay that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 1 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 87 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Tooth decay:

The following list of conditions have 'Tooth decay' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Tooth decay:

The following list of medical conditions have Tooth decay or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.





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What are the alternative names for Tooth decay:

Dental caries
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Classifications of Tooth decay:

Subtypes of Tooth decay:

Dental caries (61 causes)

Medical Conditions associated with Tooth decay:

Dental symptoms (886 causes), Mouth symptoms (6864 causes), Tooth symptoms (886 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Respiratory symptoms (5166 causes), Breathing symptoms (3381 causes), Breath symptoms (3023 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes)

Symptoms related to Tooth decay:

Tooth symptoms (886 causes), Dental conditions, Gum conditions, Dental caries (61 causes), Infection (1293 causes), Tooth pain (15 causes), Tooth loss (174 causes), Sjogren's syndrome, Diabetes mellitus (66 causes), Smokers, Antidepressants, Antihistaminics

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Tooth decay

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