Tooth Decay

 

Tooth decay is one of the most common of all disorders. 

It usually occurs in children and young adults but can affect anyone.

It is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people.

Bacteria is normally present in the mouth and changes food into

acids. The combination of bacteria, acids, food debris, and saliva

form plaque.

Plaque begins to form 20 minutes after eating and if not removed by

proper flossing and brushing the decay process begins. As the acids

in the plaque begin to weaken and dissolve the enamel, holes in the

teeth are created. This is what we call Cavities or Caries.

Cavities are usually painless until they grow closer to the nerve or

center of the tooth. Untreated decay destroys the enamel and the

internal structure of the tooth thus resulting in root canals or loss of the teeth.

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