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Illustrations: How A Tooth Decays

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Illustrations: How A Tooth Decays
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Healthy Tooth

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Enamel is the hard outer crystal-like layer. Dentin is the softer layer beneath the enamel. The pulp chamber
contains nerves and blood vessels and is considered the living part of the tooth.
White Spots

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Bacteria that are exposed to sugars or carbohydrates can make acid, which attacks the crystal-like
substance in the tooth's outer surface. This process is known as demineralization. The first sign of this is a
chalky white spot. At this stage, the decay process can be reversed. Using fluorides at home and in the
dental office can help the tooth repair itself.
Enamel Decay

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The pulp becomes infected. The decay reaches into the dentin where it can spread and undermine the enamel. Enamel starts to break down. 25-07-2010 .. it will reach the tooth's pulp. Inc. *Illustrations created by Simple Steps designer Lynda Buchhalter ©2002-2005 Aetna. Pulp Involvement If decay is left untreated.com/patienteducation/Illustrations-How-A-Tooth-Dec.colgateprofessional. Demineralization continues.Illustrations: How A Tooth Decays Page 2 of 3 4. The cavity has to be cleaned and restored by a dentist. which contains nerves and blood vessels. All rights reserved. http://www. the tooth can no longer repair itself. Once the enamel surface is broken. An abscess (swelling) or a fistula (opening to the surface of the gum) can form in the soft tissues.. Dentin Decay 5.

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