cavity formation in teeth caused by bacteria that attach to teeth and form acids in the presence of sucrose, other sugars, and refined starches; tooth decay.
- Also called caries.
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How to use dental caries in a sentence
dental caries, or decay, is at first largely a chemical process and affects the tooth proper.How to Live | Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
dental caries—tooth decay—is a disease hitherto almost universal from birth to death.Civics and Health | William H. Allen
dental caries and gingival infection may lead to local hemorrhage, even where the nutritional conditions are normal.Scurvy Past and Present | Alfred Fabian Hess