A Look at the Process of Dental Caries — And How to Prevent It
Tooth decay — or dental caries — is an infectious disease process that causes damage to the structure of teeth. Cavities (hollowed out spaces or holes) are the most notable consequences of dental caries.
Left untreated, caries leads to pain, tooth loss — or, in rare cases, death. In this most extreme case, infection can advance to the “cavernous sinus,” an air cell behind the eye, from which it can then enter the brain. Tooth decay amounts to more than just the inconvenience of “drilling and filling”: it has the power to change a person’s diet, speech, quality of life and overall well-being.
This article — the first in a series about one of the world’s oldest and most widespread diseases — will explore the most current information about tooth decay. This and subsequent articles will provide you with all the information you need to know about tooth decay, its causes and its relationship to sugars and acids, detection, prevention, treatment and more. In future articles we’ll also discuss new diagnostic and detection methods, the role of fluoride in the prevention of dental caries, and the latest in other prevention and treatment options…. Read more – Read Full Article in our library…
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