Tooth decay can occur when acidis produced fromplaque, which builds up on your teeth.

If plaque is allowed to build up, it can lead to further problems, such as dental caries(holes in the teeth), Gingivitis and periodontitis or dental abscesses , which are collections of pus at the end of the teeth or in the gums.

Thistopic covers:


Seeinga dentist


Cost of NHS treatment


Protectingyour child's teeth

How plaque causes tooth decay

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 28 Nov 2016