The formation of a cavity, also known as dental caries, is a very basic process.

  • First, plaque forms on teeth by the absorption of salivary glycoproteins.
  • Secondly, bacteria selectively appear on the plaque surface.
  • Thirdly, bacteria grow and mature in the dental plaque. Once this happens, they begin to produce an acid.  This acid changes the pH of the environment, resulting in a cavity or hole to form in a tooth.  Once this occurs, the protective layer of tooth structure is compromised, allowing for higher levels of plaque and bacteria to flourish.  A cavity will continue to enlarge until it is completely removed and replaced with a restoration.

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