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What are the difference between dental caries and decay?
11 doctors weighed in

4 doctors agree
In brief: They're the same.
Dental caries is the more technical term for tooth decay.

In brief: They're the same.
Dental caries is the more technical term for tooth decay.
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Same thing
For all intents and purposes, same thing.
Like calling the tissues around your teeth gums or gingiva.

In brief: Same thing
For all intents and purposes, same thing.
Like calling the tissues around your teeth gums or gingiva.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Nothing
They are one and the same.

In brief: Nothing
They are one and the same.
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: None
They are one and the same.

In brief: None
They are one and the same.
Dr. James Marx
Dr. James Marx
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