It is a never ending battle that we fight in central Leeds in order to keep our teeth in our mouths and at the heart of every single issue in the mouth lies plaque, for these fires off all manner of problems in the mouth, one of them being tooth decay. Plaque develops from bacteria that hasn’t been removed from the mouth correctly and then soon starts to form acids on the surfaces of the teeth (among other things). Soon this acid will start to eat into the enamel and then spots will start to appear. This may cause some discomfort in the form of toothache, but if it is caught at this point, the dentist can solve the problem with a filling. If however, the problem is ignored and the acid manages to infect the pulp and roots inside the tooth, you are into serious tooth decay. This is a big crisis; do nothing and you will lose the tooth and risk gum disease and further decay in other teeth and a probable tooth abscess. The only way you can save the tooth is by having a root canal which involves clearing everything from inside the tooth, filling it and the topping it with a crown. Even then, the longevity of the tooth has been vastly reduced because of this. The best way to avoid tooth decay is to prevent it from happening in the first place- only by having a good oral hygiene program that is backed up by visits to the dentist can you avoid the peril of tooth decay.