Do you know what is one of the most common health condition in the U.S? One that is very Tooth Decayprevalent, and that often doesn’t come to mind, is Tooth Decay
Tooth decay causes cavities and destroys tooth surface structure. Tooth decay can expand and affect both the outer coating of the tooth (enamel) and the inner layer of the tooth (dentin). It not only looks unattractive, but can result in serious problems such as toothaches and unwanted tooth extractions if left undiagnosed and untreated.
Dental decay occurs when foods containing sugars and starches are left on the teeth. Bacteria live in the mouth and it causes these foods to turn into acids. The combination of bacteria, acid and food debris combine to form bacterial plaque. Plaque is a sticky, often colorless film that sticks to teeth and is what causes the feeling of ‘furry teeth’. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel and create holes called cavities.