Severe Tooth Decay: How Does It Occur?

Tooth decay, or cavities, results from the softening of tooth enamel due to acid produced by plaque bacteria breaking down sugar. Without treatment, cavities can lead to various dental problems, including toothaches and loss.

Causes of Tooth Decay

Eating and Drinking

  • Food particles and carbohydrates left on teeth contribute to decay.
    • Brush and floss thoroughly, especially after consuming sugary foods and drinks, to remove lingering particles.

Dry Mouth

  • Reduced saliva leads to increased plaque buildup and acidity.
    • Stay hydrated to promote saliva production, aiding in plaque removal and acid neutralization.

Poor Oral Hygiene

  • Inadequate brushing, flossing, and dental visits contribute to decay.
    • Maintain daily oral hygiene practices and attend regular dental check-ups to prevent decay and detect early signs.

Plaque Formation

  • Accumulated plaque attacks tooth enamel, leading to cavities.
    • Remove plaque through proper brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings to prevent decay progression.


While tooth decay can be scary, the good news is that we are here for you. We can address the issue and find a solution for you in no time. If you think you’re experiencing tooth decay, call us at (980) 222-7501 and we’ll get you an appointment in the near future.

Summit Family Dentistry

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Denver, NC 28037
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