Things You Should Know About Tooth Decay
Dental caries is infectious and transmissible disease of tooth structure. It might surprise you that bacterial cause of tooth decay can be passed along from person to person.
Dental caries or tooth decay is caused by specific types of bacteria. They produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and the layer under it, the dentin. Many different types of bacteria normally live in the human mouth. They build up on the teeth in a sticky film called plaque. This plaque also contains saliva, bits of food and other natural substances. It forms most easily in cracks, pits or grooves in the back teeth, between the teeth, around dental fillings, bridges and restorations and near the gum line.
To detect caries dental practitioner uses clinical examination, radiographic findings (x-rays) and if needed additional diagnostic tests. Only incipient (initial) carious lesions that are […]