how does dental decay happen?
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- Thread Starter
- 12-11-2017 15:21
- 12-11-2017 16:09
Plaque builds up on your teeth (a sticky colourless film of bacteria and sugars)
Acid is produced by the bacteria
This acid eventually dissolves/weakens the enamel of your tooth
Eventually a cavity is formed in the hard enamel layer of your tooth
This cavity allows bacteria to enter the softer dentine inside your tooth, causing further damage and decay to the tooth.
Prevention: brush twice a day, floss between teeth, reduce sugar in your diet, use mouthwash, visit a dentist regularly, healthy diet including calcium and vitamin D for strong teeth.