Tooth decay is the damage to the tooth that occurs when bacteria cause production of acids in your mouth leading to formation of holes in your teeth. The affected tooth appears to be broken but it is typically damaged by the germs. Tooth decay can cause a hole in the affected tooth known as cavity. The most common cause of tooth decay is the presence of leftover food that ultimately invites germs and microorganisms.
HOW IS TOOTH DECAY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of tooth decay is done by a dentist through an oral examination. Post this, the dentist may also do an X-ray.
HOW IS TOOTH DECAY TREATED?
The treatment of Tooth Decay depends upon the severity of the decay and the treatment can vary from root canal, tooth extractions to fillings and fluoride treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cavities are a result of poor oral hygiene and retained dental plaque on the tooth surface. Specific bacteria in plaque cause decay. Different types of bacteria in plaque, retained near the gum line, cause gum disease to occur, which is a condition that the dentist and periodontist can help treat. Because cavities can penetrate deep into the tooth structure as far as the nerve, one may also experience sensitivity with certain foods and drinks.