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Dental decay happens when the germs in your mouth eat the sugar you take in to form acids that accumulate on your teeth. The acids literally dissolve the teeth, making the holes we call cavities.
Now you know that decay is caused by ineffective plaque control which allows bacteria to build up. Then the bacteria take the sugar you eat and turn it into acids which eat a hole in a susceptible tooth structure.
The next step is to catch any cavities while they are still small, before extensive tooth damage has occurred.
The next step is to find any old fillings that are leaking and where decay is hidden from a visual exam or dental x-rays.
The last step is to use a repair method that is strong enough not to crack or leak for a very long time. While no dental repair is permanent, there are different methods to repair teeth, and the better you fix a tooth, the longer the repair will last.
Well, there you have it. By following these five simple steps, even the most decay- prone people can usually stop decay in its tracks. Congratulations on your decision to create your own happy, reduced decay, dental future!
* Please note that we cannot guarantee that the solutions offered here are definitely applicable to your condition since we have not examined your mouth. However, if you know the solutions that are generally applied to dental problems, you will be much better informed and will likely make better decisions in your own dental health care.