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How do you explain the mechanism responsible for the formation of dental caries by resident microorganisms?

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In brief: Demineralization

Dental caries is the result of bacteria settling onto teeth and metabolizing the foods you eat.
The end product of that metabolism is acid. When the ph falls below 5.5, the tooth is demineralized. If the process continues unchecked, the tooth structure becomes so weak that it falls apart and becomes a cavity. Above 5.5 if fluoride, calcium and phosphate are in the saliva, it can be remineralized.

In brief: Demineralization

Dental caries is the result of bacteria settling onto teeth and metabolizing the foods you eat.
The end product of that metabolism is acid. When the ph falls below 5.5, the tooth is demineralized. If the process continues unchecked, the tooth structure becomes so weak that it falls apart and becomes a cavity. Above 5.5 if fluoride, calcium and phosphate are in the saliva, it can be remineralized.
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Simple

Tooth + bacteria + energy source (sugar) --> acid and toxin production --> destruction of tooth structure.
Remove any one of the three and there is no decay.

In brief: Simple

Tooth + bacteria + energy source (sugar) --> acid and toxin production --> destruction of tooth structure.
Remove any one of the three and there is no decay.
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Civilization

Has to do with the refined high sugar diet that comes along with advances in civilization.
The resident bacteria layer, each layer contributing to the activity of the next layer. Sugars are passed up the bacterial chain, and are converted into acids. The acids demineralize the teeth, allowing entrance of other bacteria that in turn break down more tooth material. See your Dentist regularly.

In brief: Civilization

Has to do with the refined high sugar diet that comes along with advances in civilization.
The resident bacteria layer, each layer contributing to the activity of the next layer. Sugars are passed up the bacterial chain, and are converted into acids. The acids demineralize the teeth, allowing entrance of other bacteria that in turn break down more tooth material. See your Dentist regularly.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Acid production

Some of the bacteria normally present in the mouth ferment sugars to produce acid that dissolves the minerals in teeth, hence caries.

In brief: Acid production

Some of the bacteria normally present in the mouth ferment sugars to produce acid that dissolves the minerals in teeth, hence caries.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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In brief: Demineralization

Acids produced by resident bacteria demineralize the enamel matrix, causing decay of the tooth.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_caries

In brief: Demineralization

Acids produced by resident bacteria demineralize the enamel matrix, causing decay of the tooth.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_caries
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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