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FACT SHEET: ABOUT DENTAL CARIES | From one of the Best Dental Doctors in Hyderabad

 

What is dental caries? (All the information provided after researching from the Best Dental Doctors in Hyderabad)
 Dental caries is the technical term used by healthcare and dental professionals to describe
the disease more commonly known as tooth decay.
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 Dental caries is the localised destruction of a susceptible tooth surface by the action over a
long time period of acidic by-products from the breakdown of sugars in a person’s diet.1-2
 Research shows3-5 that dental caries occurs across a series of stages, or a ‘continuum’ of
disease. The three main stages – using the ICCMSTM system now advocated across Europe6-10
– are known as:
o Initial-stage: (ICDAS Codes 1 and 2) – characterised by the first clinically non-
cavitated visual changes in enamel seen by a dental professional on clean dry teeth –
and any equivalent lesions seen on dental x-ray films. These lesions can be
controlled and potentially reversed with changes to diet and personal dental hygiene
practices, supplemented by fluorides.
o Moderate-stage: (ICDAS Codes 3 and 4) – characterised clinically by either a localised
enamel breakdown (without clinical visual signs of dentinal involvement) or an
underlying dark shadow from dentine – and the equivalent lesions seen on dental x-
ray films. Some of these lesions can be controlled by more intensive preventive
treatments and homecare, whilst others may require tooth-preserving fillings.
o Extensive-stage: (ICDAS Codes 5 and 6) – characterised by a distinct cavity with
visible dentine or an extensive distinct cavity with visible dentin involving more than
half of the tooth surface – and the equivalent lesions seen on dental x-ray films.
These lesions are likely to require tooth-preserving fillings as well as preventive
control of the underlying disease causing factors.
 Relentless progression through the stages of the continuum is NOT inevitable. The initial
stages of the disease can be stopped and may be reversible.

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