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progressive decay of a bone or a tooth
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a pathological process involving the gradual destruction of bony tissue or teeth.

Caries of bony tissue is caused by degeneration or infection of bone or periosteum that results in necrosis of portions of bone followed by absorption or disengagement of the dead tissues and formation of a bone ulcer. Caries may also be accompanied by specific inflammatory processes (for example, tuberculosis or syphilis). The mechanism of development and clinical symptoms of caries vary with the cause, location of the focus, and so forth. In acute inflammations (for example, osteomyelitis), when a focus of suppuration arises in bone and sometimes spreads to the surrounding tissues, caries is manifested by systemic intoxication, and bone destruction progresses rapidly. In chronic and especially specific processes, caries develops slowly without severely pronounced symptoms. Treatment consists in medication (antibiotics, sulfanilamides) and specific treatment (anti-syphilitic, antituberculotic). Surgery is frequently effective.

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Bone decay.
Tooth decay. Also known as dental caries.
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[19]Going RE: Sealant effect on incipient caries, enamel maturation, and future caries susceptibility.
Similar retention figures have been reported in posterior teeth with sound occlusal surfaces and surfaces with sticky fissures indicative of incipient caries [Handelman et al., 1987].
There is also reason to believe that this could be an effective way to treat incipient caries, but in general there is a lack of evidence with respect to the efficacy of F in caries prevention in children younger than 3 years of age [Stephen, 1999; Ismail et al., 2008].