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Tooth decay is a very common dental issue that most patients face at least once in their lifetime. It develops as a result of your tooth enamel experiencing damage. You can take steps to prevent tooth decay by knowing the oral substances that can cause it and reducing them in your smile.

One such cause is plaque, the thin layer of bacteria that your teeth and gums accumulate. When this bacteria mingles with sugar, it creates harmful acids that can seriously harm the tooth enamel and erode your teeth. You can remove plaque and keep your teeth healthy by practicing consistent, daily oral health care habits such as brushing and flossing. Plaque that is ignored will become a hardened and dangerous substance known as tartar, which needs to be treated by dental professionals.

Acidic foods and drinks can also cause tooth decay because they contain a low pH that can cause dental erosion, forming a visible hole in the tooth enamel that leads to a cavity. In this cause, you may need treatment such as a dental filling to protect the tooth from tooth decay.

We invite you to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Peter Lo Destro, if you have any questions about options for tooth decay treatments in Yorkville and Aurora, Illinois. Call our Yorkville office at 630-553-3222 or our Aurora office at 630-898-3100 today to arrange your visit to Peter Lo Destro DDS PC.