Tooth Decay (Caries or Cavities)

Tooth Decay (Caries or Cavities)

What is tooth decay (caries or cavities)?

Tooth decay is the disease known as caries or cavities -- a highly preventable disease caused by bacteria with many contributing factors.

Who is at risk for tooth decay?

The answer is that everyone who has a mouth is at risk for tooth decay. We all host bacteria in our mouths which makes everyone a potential target for cavities. Risk factors that put a person at a higher risk for tooth decay include:

Preventing tooth decay

Preventing tooth decay and cavities involves five simple steps:

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