What Constitutes Dental Caries? Histopathology of Carious Enamel and Dentin Related to the Action of Cariogenic Biofilms

@article{Kidd2004WhatCD,
  title={What Constitutes Dental Caries? Histopathology of Carious Enamel and Dentin Related to the Action of Cariogenic Biofilms},
  author={Edwina A. M. Kidd and Ole Fejerskov},
  journal={Journal of Dental Research},
  year={2004},
  volume={83},
  pages={35 - 38}
}
Substantial pH fluctuations within the biofilm on the tooth surface are a ubiquitous and natural phenomenon, taking place at any time during the day and night. The result may be recordable in the dental tissues at only a chemical and/or ultrastructural level (subclinical level). Alternatively, a net loss of mineral leading to dissolution of dental hard tissues may result in a caries lesion that can be seen clinically. Thus, the appearance of the lesion may vary from an initial loss of mineral… 

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