Author(s): NASEEM SHAH
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Dental caries is an infectious microbiological disease of
the teeth that results in localized dissolution and destruction
of the calcified tissues. It is the second most common cause
of tooth loss and is found universally, irrespective of age,
sex, caste, creed or geographic location. It is considered to
be a disease of civilized society, related to lifestyle factors,
but heredity also plays a role. In the late stages, it causes
severe pain, is expensive to treat and leads to loss of precious
man-hours. However, it is preventable to a certain extent.
The prevalence of dental caries in India is 50%–60%.
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This article was published in NCHM Burden of Disease in India
and referenced in Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health