QUIZ: Learn about good dental health
The best way to prevent dry socket is to avoid needing a pulled tooth. The best way to keep your teeth healthy it to practice good oral hygiene.
Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, creating holes in the teeth called cavities, or dental caries.