Tooth Decay An Overview
Tooth decay occurs when plaque has built up on your teeth and erodes away at the enamel of your teeth. Plaque flourishes off a combination of food particles and saliva inside your mouth. The bacteria in plaque converts all food into acid, especially sugars and starches, which results in breaking up the enamel of your teeth.
Tooth decay is often attributed to:
- Xerostomia (dry mouth)
- Old fillings
- Leaky restorations (allowing bacteria inside the crown)
- Low fluoride
- Poor dental hygiene
- Tooth defects
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Tooth Decay What to Expect
If you experience toothache, tooth sensitivity or constant bad taste, you should seek out Plano, TX dentist Dr. Sowell’s services immediately. When left untreated, tooth decay can reach the nerves and lead to an abscess, which is your body’s response by sending white blood cells to the scene of the infection. Tooth decay means that bacteria have attacked the internal part of the tooth, often leading to a nerve abscess requiring a root canal. That is why early detection is important, and decay has no symptoms – like pain – to warn us.