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Tooth decay is often one of the most common dental issues that we face, and it occurs when your tooth enamel experiences damage. We encourage you to prevent tooth decay by protecting your teeth from the risk factors of tooth decay, such as plaque.

Plaque is the thin bacterial layer that accumulates on your teeth and gums and, if left untreated, seriously harms the tooth enamel by mingling with sugar and producing harmful acids that erode the teeth. The most effective way to treat plaque is through consistent oral health care habits such as brushing and flossing every day. However, if untreated plaque will eventually turn into tartar, a hardened and stubborn substance that can only be removed by dental professionals.

Another cause of tooth decay is acidic foods and drinks. Substances that contain a low pH are very acidic and can cause dental erosion, even to the point that a visible hole forms in your tooth enamel and creates a cavity. Additional treatment such as a dental filling is required to remove and treat a cavity.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Susan J. Cleereman, to discuss your options for tooth decay treatments, please call 734-282-2019 today to visit our dental office in Wyandotte, Michigan. Our team at [practie_name] hopes to hear from you soon!