Tooth decay happens when acids wear away the tooth's hard surface layer called enamel. These acids are made by a sticky film called plaque. Plaque has germs that feed on sugary foods. The process of digesting these sugars makes acids that attack tooth surfaces. Over time, tooth decay causes holes on the tooth surface. These are called cavities. If left untreated, cavities will get bigger and eventually destroy the entire tooth.
Acids constantly attack your tooth surfaces, but tooth decay happens over a period of time. This is because other elements in your mouth will aim to strengthen the tooth and slow down the decay process. One of these is saliva, that helps to strength tooth surfaces. Fluoride, a natural mineral is often added to tooth pastes and water to strengthen your teeth. If you think you have a cavity, comes and visit us at Smile Concepts. We will assess your tooth and provide appropriate treatment.