Dental caries is another term for cavities or tooth decay. Dental caries is one of the most prevalent dental problems in the modern world. However, it is also a simple issue to prevent. Over time, bacteria in the mouth break down food deposits left on the teeth. This process produces acid, which can erode the hard substances from which the teeth are made. Over time, holes or cavities develop.
Dental caries is most likely to form on two specific spots, each of which has a different name. The first, occlusal caries, forms on the uppermost part of the teeth because food comes into contact with this part most frequently. Interproximal caries forms in the spaces between the teeth, as food debris can easily get stuck there.
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