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Tooth Decay

Summarized by Plex Health
Last Updated: 02 May 2022

Tooth decay is damage to a tooth that can happen when decay-causing germs in your mouth make acids that attack the tooth's surface, or enamel. If tooth decay is not dealt with, it can cause pain, infection, and even tooth loss. People of any ages can get tooth decay once they have teeth, from youth via the senior years. Little ones go to risk for early childhood years decays, often called baby bottle tooth decay, which is serious tooth decay in primary teeth. Because many older adults experience receding gum tissues, which allows decay-causing microorganisms in the mouth to find into contact with the tooth's root, they can get decay on the exposed origin surfaces of their teeth. The bacteria in plaque use the sugar and starch in what you drink and eat to make acids. Damaging your teeth, plaque and tartar can also aggravate your periodontals and cause gum disease. Yet if the tooth decay process continues, more minerals are lost. The primary risk variables for tooth decay are not taking care of your teeth and having way too many sweet or starchy foods and beverages. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, see a dental practitioner as soon as possible. Tooth decay may not cause any symptoms in the beginning. If you have an opening in your tooth you may have: toothache; sharp pain in your tooth when eating or drinking hot, sweet or cold points; white, brownish or black areas on your tooth.

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