Decay Detection

As with gum disease dental decay is caused by the accumulation of plaque around and in between the teeth. Plaque is a combination of food and bacteria mixed together. In this film, the bacteria are feeding on the food and producing toxins and acids. Dental decay happens when the enamel and dentine of a tooth become demineralised or softened by acid attack causing a cavity (hole).

Decay may not cause discomfort. Even though it doesn’t hurt, the tooth is deteriorating. Your dentist is able to detect decay at an early stage to prevent excessive tooth damage. When cavities are small they are much easier and cheaper to treat.

Early tooth decay is not obvious and sometimes the tooth looks healthy but your dentist will be able to see from an X-ray whether you have any decay under the enamel.



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Scarborough Qld 4020
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