Rotting teeth, dental decay, cavities – they all mean “dental caries". It is caused by bacteria fermenting on sugar and producing acid that erodes tooth structure. If food is left on teeth for a prolonged time, bacteria will “eat” on it and produce byproducts(i.e. acid) that cause your tooth to “rot”. The 3 steps in preventing caries: 1.) minimize sugar intake, 2.) good oral hygiene practice(brush and floss), and 3.) regular 6-month check-ups with your dentist.
Proximal caries (also known as tooth decay).