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Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth structure and can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the dentin layer of the tooth.

tooth-decay

Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches), such as breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy are left on the teeth.
Bacteria that live in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. 

The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, creating holes in the teeth called cavities.

 

 

What is cavity
What is plaque and what Causes Cavity

 

 

 

Kinds of Teeth Wisdom Teeth
Parts of a Tooth Tartar or calculus
Four tissues that make each tooth. Risk Factors for Tooth Loss
Sensitive Teeth Toothache
Home Remedies for Toothache

 

 

 

More Topics

Brushing your teeth

Tips for Oral Hygiene

Consume Calcium and other Vitamins


 

References

plus.healthyteeth.org/

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/plaque-and-tartar/article/what-is-tartar

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tartar-dental-calculus-overview#1

http://drwisdomteeth.com/pages/wisdom-teeth.html

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/family/

www.arrowsmiledental.com/blog/10-great-dental-hygiene-tips/

www.arizonafamilydental.com/blog/toothache-home-remedies-really-work/

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