tooth decay


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n.
decay in teeth caused by bacteria that form acids in the presence of sucrose, other sugars, and refined starches.
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tooth decay

Plaque (film of sugar and bacteria) weakens the protective enamel of teeth. Bacterial action then attacks the tooth structure, leading to cavities and even tooth loss.
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Noun1.tooth decay - soft decayed area in a toothtooth decay - 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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