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what is the difference between dental caries and tooth decay?

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Dr. John Hoffmann
37 years experience Plastic Surgery
They are the same: Caries and cavities are different names for the same problem.
Answered on Nov 30, 2016
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Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
38 years experience Dentistry
Dental caries is the more technical name for tooth decay and cavities.
Jul 13, 2012
Dr. Matt Fulmer
14 years experience Dentistry
They are the same : Dental caries is what is commonly referred to as dental decay. They are one in the same.
Answered on Jul 28, 2012
Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Syn answered
37 years experience Dentistry
They are the same: Dental caries and dental decay describe the complex reaction of dental bacteria on teeth that results in the localized acid erosion and destruction of tooth enamel.
Answered on Nov 30, 2016
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Dr. James Wright
32 years experience Dentistry
Synonyms: A definition of dental caries can include the term tooth decay or a cavity... They are the different words for the same thing. Cavities, tooth decay and dental caries are all words to describe what happens when bacteria invades and erodes dental enamel.
Answered on May 1, 2015
Dr. Monica Scheurer
26 years experience Dentistry
Same thing: It is the same thing. Merely, two different terms we use to describe the same process.
Answered on Nov 30, 2016

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