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Technically called Dental Caries, tooth decay is a preventible disease. While usually not a danger to your life, dental caries can negatively impact your quality of life.
When your teeth are consistently exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids may form, from bacterial function, that begin to eat away at tooth enamel and dentin. Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, soft drinks, and even fruit juices feed the microbes in the plaque on your teeth. The waste products of their function damage the mineral structure of your teeth, resulting in tooth decay. Because of sugar levels constantly in the saliva, patients with Diabetes are prone to the especially destructive decay below the gum line.