Dermatology
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1.What is tooth Decay (Caries or Cavities)?

Tooth decay (destruction of tooth enamel) is the disease known as caries or cavities. Tooth decay is one of the most common disorders, second only to the common cold, and is a highly preventable disease caused by many factors. It can occur when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches), such as milk, soda, raisins, candy, cake, fruit juices, cereals, and bread, are left on the teeth. Bacteria that normally live in the mouth change these foods, producing acids. The combination of bacteria, food, acid, and saliva form a substance called plaque that sticks to the teeth. As a result, over time, tooth enamel is destroyed, causing cavities.