dental caries

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dental caries

n.
1. The formation of cavities in the teeth by the action of bacteria; tooth decay.
2. (used with a pl. verb) Cavities in the teeth formed by such action.
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den′tal car′ies


n.
decay in teeth caused by bacteria that form acids in the presence of sucrose, other sugars, and refined starches.
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Noun1.dental caries - soft decayed area in a toothdental caries - soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth
decay - the process of gradually becoming inferior
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In this sense, it is recognized that in the etiology of dental caries the streptococcal bacteria of the mutans group play an important role, as the major cariogenic agents, although caries is not manifested in all surfaces colonized by these.
A balanced diet poor in sugar or cariogenic agents and frequent teeth fluorination are the techniques to strengthen enamel traces.