From WebRef.org
Revision as of 11:40, 27 September 2019 by Webref (talk | contribs) (Created page with "A disease affecting the hard tissues of the teeth resulting in progressive decay. Bacteria that accumulate in a dense mass known as plaque on the surface of the teeth ferment...")

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search

A disease affecting the hard tissues of the teeth resulting in progressive decay. Bacteria that accumulate in a dense mass known as plaque on the surface of the teeth ferment dietary carbohydrates (see fermentation) to form acids that de-mineralise the hard tissues underneath. Hence, cariogenicity refers to the capacity of a food or drink to lead to caries in those who consume it. Periodontal disease is a related bacterial infection that affects the softer supporting tissues of the teeth.
Source: Biotechnology Glossary