What is caries?

Dental caries (tooth decay) is a disease caused by acids on the enamel surface of teeth that currently affects 60-90% of schoolchildren and the vast majority of adults. At its origin, caries appears as a small patch of softened (demineralised) enamel on the tooth surface. Oftentimes, the first stage is hidden in the grooves or between teeth, making it harder to detect.

Once it progresses, the softer, more sensitive part of the tooth (beneath the dentine layer) begins to deteriorate rapidly. This weakened surface then collapses forming what is commonly known as a cavity, eventually destroying the structure of the tooth.

Caries can also affect the roots of teeth exposed by gum recession, but this is more common in older adults than in children.

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