How do we get cavities?

MORE people get tooth decay, or cavities, than any other disease. Almost everyone in the world has a cavity during their lifetime.

MORE people get tooth decay, or cavities, than any other disease. Almost everyone in the world has a cavity during their lifetime.

How do we get cavities? After you eat, tiny bits of food are left in your teeth. The bacteria that live on your teeth cause these bits of food to form an acid. The acid eats away at the enamel, the outside covering of your teeth.

This eating-away goes deeper to the dentin, the layer beneath the enamel, and creates a hole.

If your tooth is not filled quickly the cavity goes deeper and reaches the soft pulp layer, which contains blood vessels and nerves.

A cavity this deep can become infected and is often painful. - bigsiteofamazingfacts.com; simplestepsdental.com; healthmantra.com

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