What chemicals cause tooth decay?

Bacteria and sugar. Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth.
Lactic acid. The bacteria convert the sugars we eat into lactic acid and causing tooth decay.

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What causes tooth decay?

Sugar. Bacteria in your mouth cling to your tooth & if fed by sugar they produce acids that erode your tooth & result in decay ( a cavity). Read more...
Certain Bacteria. You need the combination of of a few things. 1) bacteria in your mouth. The better you can control the bacteria count the less likey you are to get decay. 2) carbohydrate. The bacteria use and produce acid as a by-product. Sugar is worst 3) a susceptible tooth surface. Smooth sufaces and self cleansing areas of the mouth are less prone to cavities...Sealants can fill in groves and pits 4) time. Read more...
Combination. Tooth decay comes from a combination of food debris left on and in between teeth and bacteria that use the food debris and create acids that damage tooth enamel and dentin. Read more...
Bacteria and sugar. Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth. Read more...

How do sweet things cause tooth decay?

Bacteria. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria living in your mouth. The bacteria use carbohydrates (sugars) to produce acids which breakdown the surface of the tooth. This breakdown is tooth decay. Keep in mind, it is not how much sweet things you eat but how often you eat them that affect tooth decay. Read more...
Bacteria. Not only sweets but everything we eat causes cavities. What causes cavities are more the frequency of eating and frequency you clean your teeth. Cavities are formed as bacteria in our mouth feed on food left behind and production of acids that softens the tooth structure. Read more...
Sweet things. Are generally sugar rich -- candies, toffees, cakes, sodas, energy drinks, sweet tea ... The more exposure the sugars have with the teeth, the more likely you are to develop cavities. Everything in moderation and maintain good oral hygiene (not the national average of a 28 second toothbriushing) brush at least 2 minutes am and pm, waterpik or floss and see your dds regularly. Read more...

What are the main causes of tooth decay?

Acid. Acid, produced by bacteria, causes the breakdown of the mineral matrix that enamel is composed of. Acids from specific foods/drinks will also contribute to the problem, as will acid reflux. Read more...
Bacteria and sugar. Decay germs eat sugar. They digest it and secrete acid. This acid disolves tooth structure and we call that decay. So, don't eat the sugar and clean really well and the decay rate drops. Read more...
Bacteria and sugar. Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth. Read more...

Can a tooth decay cause medical problems in your?

Absolutely. There are a whole host of medical problems that can arise from allowing dental issues to go untreated. Everything from an increased risk of heart disease, difficulty controlling blood sugar levels, and of course the possibility of infection. Don't let dental problems go untreated! Read more...
Yes. Tooth decay is a medical problem. Our teeth and mouth are not separate from the rest of our body. Read more...

What foods can I eat that will not cause tooth decay?

Foods without Sugar. Sugar is one of the main causes of tooth decay. Avoiding sugar or at least limiting its consumption will help. Also, taking good care of your teeth and having help from a dentist will help. Read more...
Food. your attention to your hygiene is as important to your dental health as what you eat.. Read more...
The Good Guys. Here is the list: sugary candies, refined carbohydrates, carbonated soft drinks, fruit juice and acidic foods, just to name few. Ask your dentist for cavities prevention diet. Read more...

Does tooth decay cause other types of medical problems?

Untreated...yes! Active decay on your teeth, left untreated can lead not only to pain & loss of the teeth, but also gum disease/infection. This increase in bacteria poses systemic risk you your overall health. Recent studies illustrate the heart-mouth connection; an unhealthy mouth can lead to an unhealthy body. Unlike a cut on your finger, dental decay does not heal itself. See your dentist to repair decay. Read more...
Yes. Untreated decay can cause dental infection and abscess which can in turn get into your blood stream and more complications. Read more...
Absolutely. Decay (infection) requires treatment. Tooth decay, and gum disease, are not self-healing problems. You need professional help dealing with the infections that can be associated with abscess, swelling, pain, increased risk of cardiac problems, low birth weight premature babies, stroke risk, and according to a recent small study done in turkey, erectile dysfunction. Read more...
It can. decay is a bacterial process and decay could allow the oral bacteria to get out of balance causing pain, abscess, strep throat etc. Read more...

Why do biofilms cause tooth decay?

Bacteria. Biofilms are collections of bacteria. If they are sitting on your teeth in the form of plaque, they are busy converting the sugar in your food to erosive acid. Read more...
Home for bacteria. Biofilms are a sticky coating that adheres to the teeth in which bacteria live and grow. The bacteria produce acids which are the primary cause of tooth decay. Read more...
Plaque. Biofilms usually refer to bacterial accumulation in water lines. Biofilms such as bacterial plaque on teeth will cause many problems. An accumulation of bad bacteria anywhere in your body is a bad thing. Strep mutans accumulating on your teeth allow them to secrete acids that degrade your tooth enamel and ultimately create decay. Read more...

Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time?

Yes. Sugar based drinks, whether in sodas or juice, interact with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid byproducts. This results in the breaking down of tooth structure known as decay. Sipping sugary drinks throughout the day is much worse than drinking it all at once. Diet sodas have sugar substitutes which do not break down to the same acids as regular sodas but still have other types of acids. Read more...
Water good soda bad! Even though sugary foods that stick to teeth cause decay more quickly, sugary drinks will cause plenty of damage. In addition, the high acidity of sodas and juices can cause erosion of tooth structure and severe damage to teeth. Read more...
Absolutely. I know this to be a fact both in the literature and on a regular basis in my office. When seeing generalized erosions and numerous cavities, especially on previously caries free patients, after questioning them about new eating habits, "soda" often pops up as the culprit. It's a matter of exposure time, so drinking a lot of soda during the day especially a little at time is the biggest problem. Read more...

Can tooth decay cause loss of taste? Had it extracted and can taste much better?

Change in taste. Decay, debris, bacteria, acid, and toxins can all alter your sense of taste, and smell. Glad you're doing better now. Read more...
Sinus infection? If this involves an upper tooth, the infection can get into the sinuses leading to a loss of smell and taste. Read more...