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Oral Care Guide For Teens - Oral Diseases - Tooth Decay - Consequences of tooth decay

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  • The cavity may emit unpleasant odour and causes bad breath. This directly affects the normal social life.

    Photograph of a pair of man and woman standing .  When the man starts talking, his bad breath makes the woman immediately covers her nose and keep distance from the him.

  • Tooth decay may lead to persistent pain, which affects one's appetite, studies, work, sleep, or even general health.

    Photograph of a young man who looks painful during eating. and he seems unable to swallow the food.

  • When there is severe tooth decay, the bacteria may spread from the pulp to the surrounding periodontal tissues via the apex of the tooth, leading to inflammation or even the formation of dental abscess.
  • If a tooth is severely damaged that even pulp treatment cannot be done, an extraction is necessary.  After the extraction, the neighbouring teeth may drift towards the empty space and cause malalignment of teeth.

    Photograph showing a poor alignment of teeth after drifting of neighbouring teeth.

  • If the teeth which support a denture had been extracted due to tooth decay, you should seek advice from the dentist whether the denture needs repair or a new denture has to be made.
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