Tooth decay is one of the most common of all disorders.
It usually occurs in children and young adults but can affect anyone.
It is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people.
Bacteria is normally present in the mouth and changes food into
acids. The combination of bacteria, acids, food debris, and saliva
Plaque begins to form 20 minutes after eating and if not removed by
proper flossing and brushing the decay process begins. As the acids
in the plaque begin to weaken and dissolve the enamel, holes in the
teeth are created. This is what we call Cavities or Caries.
Cavities are usually painless until they grow closer to the nerve or
center of the tooth. Untreated decay destroys the enamel and the
internal structure of the tooth thus resulting in root canals or loss of the teeth.