Dentist in DeWitt
Michael F. Miller, DMD
4311 E. Genesee Street
DeWitt, NY 13214
New Patients: (315) 947-0928
Existing Patients: (315) 446-8050

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, known formally as dental caries, has been a serious health problem for thousands of years. It was once thought that tooth decay was the handiwork of a tooth worm that gnawed holes into the white, highly mineralized enamel. But scientific study has provided the understanding that certain oral bacteria discharge mineral-eroding acid onto the enamel, starting the gradual process of decay. Over the last several decades, dental researchers have made tremendous progress in defining and learning to thwart the decay process. This work has involved the three-pronged strategy of discovery, innovation, and prevention - and produced one of the major public health success stories of the 20th century.

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