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No. 2 Dec. 18, 1998- Jan. 18, 1999
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The different facets of caries
by: Dr. Gary Molina, DMD
   Caries (which comes from Latin, meaning "dry rot") is the term for the slow disintegration of "biologic hard tissue" due to bacterial action. By stating "biologic hard tissue" as the victim, caries can actually happen in bones. If it specifically involves the tooth, it is proper to termed it dental caries, or what we normally call tooth decay.
   Now, taking aside a large cave-in on your tooth, which is so obvious so as not to mistaken it as other things than a tooth decay, have you ever wondered what is that black line running through the grooves of your molar teeth? Or perhaps, even a chalky white spot on a tooth surface, that no matter how you remove it with everything you have in hand, it still lingers there?
developed a tooth decay in its early stage.
Tooth decay comes in different forms, relative to its location on the tooth surface. Smooth surface caries are mostly found between contact pints of teeth wherein it is mostly inaccessible for ordinary cleaning, like tooth brushing. Since contact points of teeth are very inaccessible, caries formed here are usually not addressed at once. Patients who have irregular visits to the dentist come to the clinic already complaining of tooth sensitivity, foul odor due to food impaction on the are, and even tooth ache. A chalky white spot and a brown spot on a smooth surface of the tooth is an early stage of caries formation. They can't be removed by Oral Prophylactic Procedure. A dental restorative procedure is 
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Fig.1-1. A primary set of dentition showing various forms of caries at different stages.
Fig.1-2. Pit and fissure caries extending to the buccal groove. Fig.1-3. Pit and Fissure caries.
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Fig.1-4. Cervical caries

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Fig.1-5. A large proximal caries.
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   You felt no toothache though, but beware! They are not things to be ignored. they are not just debris that can be taken out by Oral Prophylaxis Procedures. Your teeth have  apt to be done. The carious portion of the 
apt to be done. The carious portion of the tooth is burred out and a permanent filling is placed on the cavity.

No. 2 Dec. 18, 1998- Jan. 18, 1999
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