Tooth decay occurs when specific types of bacteria produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and its underlying layer of dentin.
The first phase of dental decay involves plaque formation.
Natural bacteria in mouth + Food/Drink with Sugar = Acid Production
Plaque is a sticky film that covers the teeth. Once plaque forms, the acids wear away the enamel creating cavities. If left untreated in the early stage of decay, the acid and bacteria will next attack the dentin and lastly the pulp. Once this occurs a tooth abscess may occur and a root canal may be necessary.
When to See a Dentist
Since no symptoms are associated with the early stages of cavity formation, you should see a dentist twice a year for a cleaning and examination. It is important to find trouble spots and stop them in their tracks before they develop into a major problem<
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