Tooth decay is the destruction of the tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of the teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on the teeth. When one eats or drinks foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with the teeth and over time the enamel can break down. This is when cavities can form.
HOW IS TOOTH DECAY DIAGNOSED?
A Dentist diagnoses Tooth Decay by performing a complete dental examination and X-rays to examine the extent of the cavity.
HOW IS TOOTH DECAY TREATED?
The best treatment for tooth decay depends on how severe it is. If tooth decay is caught early, before a cavity forms, you may be able to stop it by brushing with fluoride toothpaste or getting fluoride treatments.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tooth Decay is among the world’s most common health problems.