Tooth Decay, which is technically known as dental carries, is one of the most common health complaints in the world. There are billions of tiny bacteria living on all of the surfaces of your mouth. Although most are good bacteria and are essential for the maintenance of a healthy mouth, a small number cause decay and the devastation they can cause is enormous!
These bacteria feed off simple carbohydrates, such as sugar. When they are in contact with the sugars they break it down and produce acid. The acid then dissolves the minerals out from within the enamel, making it soft. Cavities can follow if the destructive acids are left to linger on the tooth.
Should you notice holes on your teeth, or spreading black marks, do not delay in getting advice. Getting your teeth checked regularly will detect any decay early so your dentist can work with you to prevent this process from happening again. Early detection often results in a relatively simple procedure to fix the tooth.
If you would like to see an example of a severe case of tooth decay, click the image below.