Teeth Decay

Teeth Decay
Tooth decay is the damage that occurs when specific bacteria in your mouth form acids that destroys tooth enamel (demineralize enamel)These acids can result in creating holes in the teeth. These holes are called “dental caries” or cavities. If these cavities are not addressed on time, the teeth start decaying and can cause infection, pain and loss of teeth.
What causes teeth to decay?

Bacteria and food deposits that remain in the teeth for long can cause teeth decay. A sticky substance called plaque forms on the teeth and gums. Plaque consists of bacteria which feed on the sugars present in the food we eat. Acids are released when bacteria feed on the sugars. The acids react with the enamel on the teeth for 20 minutes after eating. This reaction results in tooth decay.