What causes tooth decay?

Bacteria are the primary culprit in tooth decay. They produce sticky, colorless plaque on the teeth. Plaque contains acids that dissolve the enamel surface of the tooth, producing the holes in the tooth. The acids in the plaque gradually eat away the enamel, causing the holes to enlarge gradually. Although painless at first, tooth decay may eventually reach the inner portion of the teeth, affecting the nerves and thereby causing the pain. If left untreated, tooth decay will destroy the inner portion of the teeth (pulp) and/or tooth abscess, causing loss of the tooth.

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