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How would you explain the mechanism responsible for the formation of dental cavities by resident microorganisms?

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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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In brief: Bacterial acids.

Bacteria on the tooth surface are living organisms.
They eat and excrete. Their excretions are acids which remove the calcium from the tooth. This leaves behind the collagen fibers, or proteins, which the bacteria can now "eat" and viola- you've got a hole in your tooth!

In brief: Bacterial acids.

Bacteria on the tooth surface are living organisms.
They eat and excrete. Their excretions are acids which remove the calcium from the tooth. This leaves behind the collagen fibers, or proteins, which the bacteria can now "eat" and viola- you've got a hole in your tooth!
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dental decay is an "infection". It's a function of plaque/bacterial build up on the teeth, production of acid by the bacteria and erosion of the protective layers of the teeth.

In brief: Demineralization

The acids excreted by the bacteria dissolve the mineral matrix of the enamel which causes it to soften, resulting in decay.

In brief: Demineralization

The acids excreted by the bacteria dissolve the mineral matrix of the enamel which causes it to soften, resulting in decay.
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