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Tooth decay is often one of the most common ailments that affect an individual’s teeth. Tooth decay occurs when damage to your tooth enamel takes place. It is important to do everything you can to protect your teeth from the tooth-damaging effects of substances such as plaque.

Plaque is the thin layer of bacteria that builds up a longer teeth and gums. If left untreated, plaque can seriously damage your tooth enamel by transforming substances such as sugar into harmful acids that can eat through it. Only with effective oral health care options such as brushing and flossing daily can you effectively treat plaque. However, if plaque goes untreated, it can turn into tartar which requires the aid of dental professionals to effectively remove it.

Tooth decay can also be caused by acidic foods. Foods and drinks with a low pH are more acidic and more likely to cause dental erosion. If dental erosion occurs to the point that a hole is formed in your tooth enamel, a cavity will occur. Cavities require additional treatment such as dental fillings to be effectively removed.

If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your possible tooth decay treatments with Dr. H Arthur Nelson and our team at Nelson and Associates Frisco, please call 972-712-9919 to set up a visit to our dentist office in Frisco, Texas. We look forward to seeing you soon!