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Cavities, caries, tooth decay
Cavities are one of the most commonly seen problems in the dental field. Only about one percent of adults in Germany have never experienced a cavity. Cavities are caused by bacteria collecting on the surface of the tooth, where they convert sugar into acids that gradually destroy the tooth.
This process should be detected and eliminated as early as possible to avoid serious consequences including tooth death.
Cavities are often seen even in patients who practice good dental hygiene. However, when a patient with good oral hygiene develops a severe cavity, a differential diagnosis should be performed. This can be a sign of gastrointestinal problems or tissue acidosis.
Japanese researchers have found that dental cavities and other dental infections can exacerbate the skin condition known as neurodermatitis (K. Igawa, K. Nishioka and H. Yokozeki, 2007).