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What can happen if my dental caries are not treated?

Dental caries, or tooth decay, destroys tooth enamel. Recession of the gums away from the teeth, combined with an increased incidence of periodontal (gum) disease, can expose tooth roots to plaque, making them more sensitive and susceptible to tooth-root decay. This can lead to tooth loss, pain and more serious problems.

Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist regularly can help prevent dental caries.

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