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How would you explain the mechanism responsible for the formation of dental caries?

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In brief: Acid destroys enamel

Dental caries is the result of bacteria settling onto teeth and metabolizing the foods you eat.
The end product of that metabolism is acid that demineralizes your tooth structure. If the process continues, the enamel becomes so weak that it falls apart and becomes a cavity, often underneath a very think layer of "intact enamel. The tooth can look fine from the outside, but there's a hole under.

In brief: Acid destroys enamel

Dental caries is the result of bacteria settling onto teeth and metabolizing the foods you eat.
The end product of that metabolism is acid that demineralizes your tooth structure. If the process continues, the enamel becomes so weak that it falls apart and becomes a cavity, often underneath a very think layer of "intact enamel. The tooth can look fine from the outside, but there's a hole under.
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice

In brief: 3 factors

Tooth decay needs three factors to occur. A tooth, bacteria, and food particles.
Bacteria breakdown the food producing acid. The acid can then breakdown the tooth structure. Eliminating one of these three entities helps prevent decay. Obviously eliminating good teeth is not feasible, so good oral hygiene will eliminate food particles that the bacteria can attack. A dentist can help you with this.

In brief: 3 factors

Tooth decay needs three factors to occur. A tooth, bacteria, and food particles.
Bacteria breakdown the food producing acid. The acid can then breakdown the tooth structure. Eliminating one of these three entities helps prevent decay. Obviously eliminating good teeth is not feasible, so good oral hygiene will eliminate food particles that the bacteria can attack. A dentist can help you with this.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
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