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What Does Tooth Decay Look Like?


Posted on 11/22/2021 by Advanced Dental Specialty Group
What Does Tooth Decay Look Like?Tooth decay refers to the damage that occurs to your teeth. This damage often results in dental abscesses, cavities, and, in some cases, tooth loss. Tooth decay is caused by the activity of harmful bacteria present in dental plaque. This bacteria converts sugars present in your food into dangerous acids. When plaque builds up, the acids accumulate and start damaging your teeth. Understanding what tooth decay looks like will help you prevent its harmful effects.

Understanding Tooth Decay


The enamel is the outer layer of your tooth that protects it from bacterial intrusion. It is the hardest tissue in your body, and it is made up of minerals. When the enamel is exposed to acids produced by harmful bacteria, it starts to lose the minerals that make its structure. When this happens, you will notice several white spots on your tooth. If you don't seek treatment and allow tooth decay to continue, the enamel will wear down further. The white spots will turn brownish as the condition worsens. At this point, small holes known as cavities will begin forming on your teeth. Cavities are dangerous and will need to be filled by our professionals.

Under the enamel, there is a sensitive tissue known as the dentin. It is softer than the enamel, making it highly sensitive to acidic erosion. Due to this reason, tooth decay will develop at a faster rate after reaching the dentin. Keep in mind that dentin also contains sensitive nerves that connect to other parts of your tooth. As a result, you will experience tooth sensitivity that can affect your eating habits. This is why it is important to seek treatment immediately you notice signs of tooth decay. Apart from tooth sensitivity, you will also experience severe toothaches that can be very painful. Contact us for more information on the risks of tooth decay.
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