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Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is when acids in your mouth dissolve the outer layers of your teeth and bacteria are allowed to grow into the tooth structure.

Your mouth is full of bacteria, which combine with small food particles and saliva to form a film known as plaque. As the bacteria consume food within your mouth, they produce acid. By preventing the plaque build up by good oral hygiene, this process can be avoided. The use of Fluoride in toothpastes and mouthwashes has also dramatically help reduce decay prevalence.

Tooth decay is one of the most widespread health problems in the UK. More than half (55%) of adults in the UK have one or more decayed teeth.

Tooth decay is one of the most preventable health conditions. The difficulty is that early tooth decay is often symptom free. Regular dental check-up appointments will allow your dentist to identify problems developing at an early stage, where a fix is relatively simple.