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What is tooth decay?



Tooth decay is a degradation process that results in permanent structural damage to the infected tooth. It is also known as ‘tooth cavity’ and scientifically as ‘dental caries’.

The tooth decay process occurs through varies phases. As each phase progresses, the infection spreads to the tip of the root.

After each meal, food debris cling to the teeth. If you do not brush these debris away, the bacteria in the mouth transform the sugars in the food debris into acids. These acids then cause a breakdown of the tooth structure. As the stages of tooth decay keep progressing, the infection spreads to nearby teeth as well. #toothdecay #cavity #sandiegodentist #dental #cosmeticdentist