How to stop developing cavities and reverse tooth decay
Can tooth decay be reversed and can teeth actually heal? To understand the possibilities, it is important to understand what causes tooth decay.
Bacteria damages enamel
The mouth is full of millions of bacteria, many different types. Some are beneficial and help us breakdown and digest food, and some can cause problems. Tooth decay is a process that causes destruction of teeth and happens when certain bacteria produce acids that eat away at tooth structure. These bacteria thrive on carbohydrates found in our diet. The first place bacteria can damage teeth is the hard, outermost layer of a tooth; the enamel. Once the enamel is damaged, bacteria can enter the dentin, the second, softer layer, and the decay can spread rapidly causing significant damage and pain to the tooth.