Dental caries , responsible factors

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Dental caries is the most common disease of the human race. It is a demineralization of the tooth as a result of the action of organic acids derived from the metabolism of carbohydrates by the bacterial flora. A classification of the factors involved in the onset of dental caries includes: primary factors that interact together, such as the diet, the tooth and the bacteria, together with the time factor; there are additional secondary factors, such as the position of the tooth, its composition, a salivary factor, age, systemic causes and race; and tertiary factors, such as social class, education, knowledge and habits (8)(16).

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