Just like your family doctor, your dentist may work with dental specialists to provide you with the best care possible.Learn more »
Prevent problems early. Your child's first dental visit should occur by age one or within six months of when you see the first tooth.Learn more »
Dental care during pregnancy is not only safe, regular dental visits support your health and your baby's.Learn more »
Most dental disease is preventable—starting with these five steps to take at home.Learn more »
Clenching or grinding your teeth (often at night) may be the reason and can also cause damage to your teeth and jaw.Learn more »
Your dentist may recommend a number of treatment options to replace missing teeth, such as a denture.Learn more »
Tooth decay is caused by plaque bacteria in the mouth. Decay occurs when the bacteria in the mouth feed on carbohydrates (sugars and starches) in certain foods to create an acid. This acid eats away at the tooth enamel (the outer surface of the tooth) causing pitted areas and holes.
Without effectively removing the plaque bacteria it can build up and increase the likelihood of developing decay. Decay cannot be reversed yet it can be prevented.