Tooth Decay Blog

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay (Dental caries) is a bacterial disease.

Millions of bacteria live within the mouth, flourishing on food we eat. As food is eaten, the bacteria and the enzymes in your saliva break down the food into acid.


Enamel is broken down slowly, but once the dentine layer beneath is reached things speed up.

The main treatment option for a tooth cavity is to drill out the decay and put in a filling restoration in place. Extensive tooth decay may require a crown, root canal treatment or even extraction of the tooth.

So the longer you leave it the worse it gets.

The more bacteria (plaque), the more acid produced and held against the tooth surface.

Brushing for two minutes every morning and evening seems a small price to pay for maintaining the healthy mouth and teeth. Regular visits to us for your 12 point dental health check gives you the confidence that you are in full health and doing the best you can.

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Above are Before and After Photos of a recent patient of ours here at Dental@155.

For more information or to book your 12 point Dental Health check with Dental@155 Please Call to speak to Our Team 01332 209647.