It is the most important cause of tooth loss in children and younger people. Tooth decay can easily be prevented by brushing and flossing the teeth regularly. Untreated tooth decay can result in death of the internal structures of the tooth with eventual loss of the tooth.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth make acids that form cavities in the teeth.
Cavities are usually painless until they grow very large inside the internal structures of the tooth (the dentin and the pulp at the core) and can cause death of the nerve and blood vessels in the tooth, leading to the formation of abscess. Toothache is the most common symptom of tooth decay.
Tooth decay can easily be diagnosed during routine dental check-ups.
The treatment for tooth decay depends upon the extent of damage. Mild cavities can be fixed with the help of fillings. For more severe tooth decay, a crown or root canal is recommended. In extreme cases, the dentist extracts the damaged tooth.
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