Dental Cavities: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
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What causes tooth decay? 5 possible conditions

Dental cavities are permanently damaged areas that often develop into holes in the enamel, or hard outer surface, of your teeth. Cavities are also known as tooth decay or caries. Anyone with teeth can get a cavity. They are most common in small children,... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a condition that occurs when saliva glands in the mouth don't work properly, causing a parched feeling in the mouth. Some possible causes are dehydration, pain relievers, stress, appetit...

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2

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that can result in severe weight loss. Learn more about warning signs and treatment.

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3

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses concentrated radiation beams to kill cancer cells. The most common type of radiation therapy is external beam radiation. This type involves a machine that direct...

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4

Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects salivary and lacrimal glands. Read about signs and symptoms.

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5

Bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder. Read about the symptoms and treatment options.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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