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Re: Tooth decay, how long does it take?
On Sun, 24 Aug 1997, Tracy Ford wrote:
> Yes this does have to do with dinosaurs.
> I don't think dinosaurs had decaying teeth because they were constantly
> being replaced.
> I want to know if any one on the dinonet knows how long it takes teeth
> to decay. I know infants, kids, teenagers and adult humans get tooth
> decay, and mammals get tooth decay, but what about the reptilia?
Depends on what you mean by 'decay'. Apparently, in humans, a cavity can
take years and years (as I discovered last time I was at the dentist's) to
grow to a perceptible size, and still leave the tooth more-or-less
I've seen teeth decayed into unrecognizability as well, which I would
presume took many years. (Often in extraction specimens from
mentally-impaired young adults.)
I don't know how long it would take for a tooth to completely rot away,
but I would surmise at least a decade.
xenopathologist at large!
Deathwalker for President: for some *real* health care reform.