Tooth decay is a disease process caused by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria produce acid; if left undisturbed, the acid will damage your tooth. This may lead to a small hole in your tooth (a cavity), and if left untreated, it could cause pain, infection, and eventual tooth loss. All people can get tooth decay. Typically, children and older adults have the most significant tooth decay.
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If you are concerned that you may have caries (tooth decay), please schedule an appointment for a free screening exam at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine at (303) 724-6900.