Teeth decay, also known as dental cavity or dental caries can affect patients of all ages. Any sugar left on your teeth from foods and drinks consumed is turned into acid by bacterial processes. The acid then wears away at your teeth in a process known as demineralization. Demineralization breaks down the hard tissues of your teeth, resulting in teeth decay. In advanced stages of teeth decay, there will be visible pits and holes in your teeth. You may experience toothaches and discomfort. If you are already suffering from gum disease, you are more vulnerable to teeth decay because more of your teeth are exposed to plaque and tarter. Some people are genetically more inclined to experience teeth decay. If you are on certain medications, use alcohol or tobacco, you may be more vulnerable to teeth decay. Teeth decay is a serious matter that can result in the severe damage and loss of your natural teeth. Your dentist in Chelmsford is able to catch teeth decay at the earliest stages. If caught quickly enough, you may need nothing more than a fluoride treatment to reverse the symptoms of teeth decay. However, more severe cases will require fillings, crowns, or extraction of the teeth and a root canal. If you suspect that you are suffering from teeth decay, consult your dentist as quickly as possible to prevent costly and invasive treatment. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.