What is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is the process of a tooth breaking down, and it can happen for a few reasons. First, when you eat sugary or starchy foods, bacteria in your mouth make acid that attacks tooth enamel. This is why it’s important to brush your teeth soon after eating these types of foods. Second, if you don’t have enough saliva, this can also lead to tooth decay because saliva helps protect your teeth from acid. Finally, if you have GERD or dry mouth, this can also contribute to tooth decay. If you think you might have tooth decay, it’s important to see a dentist so they can determine the best course of treatment.
You can prevent tooth decay
Tooth decay is the process of a tooth slowly breaking down, and it can happen for a variety of reasons. The primary cause of tooth decay is plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. When plaque isn’t removed, it can harden into tartar, and this tartar can start to eat away at the enamel of a tooth. Tooth decay can also occur when there is a lack of fluoride in the mouth, as fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel. In addition, certain acidic foods and drinks can contribute to tooth decay by wearing away at the enamel. Once tooth decay begins, it can only be stopped by professional dental treatment. However, it is possible to prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing regularly, and by visiting the dentist for regular checkups.
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