There are three stages of cavity formation. The first involves plaque, which is created by the bacteria in your mouth when you consume foods and drinks that contain sugar and produce acids.
Repeated cycles of acid attacks from frequent consumption of foods or drinks containing sugar and starches, weaken the hard surface of the teeth. This process is responsible for the loss of minerals from tooth enamel. In fact, a sign of early decay is seen when a white spot appears where minerals have been lost.
Plaque and acids wear away at the enamel creating tiny openings that represent the first stage of cavities. If plaque isn’t removed, the cavity continues to form into the second stage, when acid and bacteria attack the next layer of the tooth, a softer substance called dentin.
The final stage of cavity formation results in the destruction of the inner tooth material known as pulp. At this advanced stage, the pulp becomes irritated, and the bone that supports the tooth may begin to decay. When the decay reaches this point, you will experience sensitivity, toothache, and pain upon biting.
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