Tooth decay usually starts out on the outer layer of enamel in your teeth. The longer you let it sit there, the more it progresses through the tooth. After eating it’s way through your tooth enamel, the decay reaches your dentin, which is softer than enamel. If the decay continues, it will eventually reach your pulp, where nerves and blood vessels are found.
Once it reaches the pulp, you have to get a root canal. If you don’t, the decay could spread to your bone and other teeth in your mouth. This is why it is so important that you visit the dentist at least twice a year. Many times you have tooth decay that is difficult to detect without the proper tools and knowledge found in your local dentist office. Visiting your dentist twice a year helps ensure that you will not need extensive dental work.
Remember, by using an electric toothbrush (Sonicare, or Oral B, for example) you may avoid having to get any cavity fillings!
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