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  1. cavity, caries, dental caries, tooth decaynoun

    soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth

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  1. dental cariesnoun

    tooth decay; a disease of the teeth resulting in damage to tooth structure.

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  1. Dental caries

    Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or a cavity, is an infection, bacterial in origin, that causes demineralization and destruction of the hard tissues, usually by production of acid by bacterial fermentation of the food debris accumulated on the tooth surface. If demineralization exceeds saliva and other remineralization factors such as from calcium and fluoridated toothpastes, these hard tissues progressively break down, producing dental caries. The bacteria most responsible for dental cavities are the mutans streptococci, most prominently Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus, and lactobacilli. If left untreated, the disease can lead to pain, tooth loss and infection. Today, caries remain one of the most common diseases throughout the world. Cariology is the study of dental caries. The presentation of caries is highly variable. However the risk factors and stages of development are similar. Initially it may appear as a small chalky area, which may eventually develop into a large cavitation. Sometimes caries may be directly visible. However other methods of detection such as X-rays are used for less visible areas of teeth and to judge the extent of destruction. Lasers for detecting caries allow detection without ionizing radiation and are now used for detection of interproximal decay. Disclosing solutions are also used during tooth restoration to minimize the chance of recurrence.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Dental Caries

    Localized destruction of the tooth surface initiated by decalcification of the enamel followed by enzymatic lysis of organic structures and leading to cavity formation. If left unchecked, the cavity may penetrate the enamel and dentin and reach the pulp. The three most prominent theories used to explain the etiology of the disease are that acids produced by bacteria lead to decalcification; that micro-organisms destroy the enamel protein; or that keratolytic micro-organisms produce chelates that lead to decalcification.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dental caries in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dental caries in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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