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The systemic theory of dental caries.

  title={The systemic theory of dental caries.},
  author={Ken Southward},
  journal={General dentistry},
  volume={59 5},
          367-73; quiz 374-5
  • Ken Southward
  • Published 2011
  • Medicine
  • General dentistry
  • There is growing awareness of oral/systemic links, especially with regard to periodontal disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, among others. The process of dental caries has similar links. Bacterial and other acids in the oral environment can erode enamel and potentially initiate an inflammatory response in the dentin. The body's own matrix metalloproteinases, mostly from within the dentin, become activated, resulting in the caries process. A simplified explanation of the oxidative… CONTINUE READING
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