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Gum disease if you dont remove bacteria where the gum joins the tooth it builds up and the gums become inflamed and bleed when you brush says sadowsky once bacteria are in the gums they begin to affect bone the bone erodes teeth loosen and soon theyre lost. Tooth decay is caused by plaque buildup on your teeth plaque forms when sugars in your mouth attract bacteria plaque is very acidic and causes the enamel of your teeth to erode away this is the first part of cavity formation as a. Tooth decay gum disease what is tooth decay tooth decay occurs when germs in plaque turn the sugars found in food and drinks into acid which attacks the teeth if this happens often the plaque acid can make a hole in the tooth tooth decay tooth decay affects people of all ages and it can start at a very young age what is gum disease. The decay or cavity extends below the gum line since the area below your gums is harder to clean they become home for bacteria and the tooth decay begins people with restorations need to practice good oral hygiene and make sure that they clean the margins of the restorations and check if there are tooth breaks down the filling or near to it . Tooth decay seven ways to stop rotting teeth and prevent gum disease tooth decay may not be at the forefront of many peoples minds but if plaque is allowed to build up on teeth painful