Tooth decay - Information, specialists, frequent questions.

Other names: Caries, Dental cavities

Experts in tooth decay

Julian Bone

Julian Bone

Dentist

Maidstone

Tim Doyle

Tim Doyle

Dentist

Bournemouth

Andrew Michael Hopkins

Andrew Michael Hopkins

Dentist

East Grinstead

Richard Lilleker

Richard Lilleker

Dentist

Basingstoke

Milin Parekh

Milin Parekh

Hygienist, Dentist

Ruislip

Claudio Peru

Claudio Peru

Dentist

St Albans

Questions about Tooth decay

Our experts have answered 18 questions about Tooth decay

I've had lots of cavities and I...

I've had lots of cavities and I have lots of different fillings but which are best, metal (silver coloured) ones or white ones?

Dr. Richard Lilleker
Dr. Richard Lilleker Dentist Basingstoke
Personally, I recommend the material best suited for the particular situation. I prefer white (composite) fillings as they can strengthen the tooth and look nicer. However white fillings are very technique sensitive, and if I cannot do a white filling well, I recommend an alternative. Sometimes a traditional amalgam (metal) filling will work the best.
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Are some teeth more prone to cavities...

Are some teeth more prone to cavities than others?

Dr. Richard Lilleker
Dr. Richard Lilleker Dentist Basingstoke
Yes, some teeth, and different areas of each tooth are more likely to decay than others. It is due to the likelihood of food trapping, plaque build-up, the amount of protective saliva, etc
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As a child I had regular visits...

As a child I had regular visits to the dentist, always brushed my teeth twice a day and never had fizzy drinks or sweets However, I have loads of fillings. Have I just got bad teeth?

Dr. Richard Lilleker
Dr. Richard Lilleker Dentist Basingstoke
Your question is a bit like me asking: "I have had lots of broken bones. Have I just got bad bones?".

Firstly, let me say that there are very rare diseases of tooth and bone which do make them more vulnerable to problems. Lets assume that nether of us have these diseases (as you wouldn't be asking the question if you did).

You are asking why you have cavities /fillings when you seem to be doing all the correct things - I understand that this can be frustrating.

Simply: you have had too much sugar too frequently. See my other answers for a more full explanation of the cause and prevention of decay. The sugar is probably hidden or in fruit.
I know that you have had too much sugar: because you have cavities. You know that I must have been involved in accidents to have had broken bones. Cause and effect. Broken bones are caused by accidents. Cavities are caused by sugar.
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