When harmful factors outweigh those that protect the teeth, then tooth decay can form.
• Certain mouth bacteria that live on the surface of teeth consume the sugar we eat and turn it into acid.
• The acid sits on the surface of the teeth and pulls minerals out from the tooth’s surface causing it to weaken.
• This process happens every time we eat or drink.
• If these acid attacks occur over and over again and there is not enough protection provided to the teeth, this can result in tooth decay.
A regular check up of visit with the dental hygienist can identify early signs of decay, preventing the need for restorative action (saving time and money).