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Dental Caries or Dental Cavity – Cause, Types & Treatment Options

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Dental Stains Causes Infographic

What is dental caries?

Also known as dental cavities, or dental cavities, they occur when bacteria living in your mouth make acid that begins to decay your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth change the sugar and starches into acids.

The bacteria, acids, food particles and saliva combine to form plaque, which sticks to your teeth, usually just above the gum line, within only 20 minutes after eating.

If not removed, this plaque turns into tartar. Both plaque and tartar can irritate your gums, causing gingivitis or eventually periodontal disease. The gums begin to harbour more bacteria.

The acids in plaque damage your enamel, creating cavities in your teeth. Untreated tooth decay produces infection, extreme pain and eventually loss of a tooth.

The decay process starts with the unnoticeable damage to the enamel of your teeth and then steadily progresses to the dentinal layer, eventually leading to the pulp.

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