Cavities, also referred to as tooth decay, or dental caries, is the breakdown of the hard tissues of the tooth. This breakdown, or demineralization, is caused by acids produced by the bacteria found in plaque. This damage can lead to the formation of pits or holes (cavities) and will eventually require professional treatment. Your dentist can remove the decay and fill the cavity. Without treatment, tooth decay can destroy your tooth.
Stages of Tooth Decay
If you do have tooth decay, your dental team may talk to you about fillings, fluoride, or other treatment choices.
Follow these tips to help prevent cavities: