Dental caries

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Dental caries are very common but can lead to serious morbidity. 


Dental caries are areas of focal enamel and dentin deminerlisation. There are multiple theories in their pathogenesis but contributing factors include a combination of diet, anatomy, oral cavity microbiome and time 1,2.

Dental caries can be described in many ways but the two most basic are1:

  • occlusional: affecting the chewing surface
  • approximal: occur between teeth


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Article information

rID: 52069
System: Head & Neck
Section: Pathology
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Dental cavities
  • Dental cavity

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