Did you know that a cavity is what is left after tooth decay is removed? Or that the incidence of tooth decay is second only to the common cold? Decay is the most common cause of tooth loss in younger people. Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Both are caused by the presence of bacteria. Thanks to preventive, minimally invasive dentistry, the gentle, caring staff of Dr. Philipp can help you.