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Dental caries (tooth decay) are the localised damage to the calcified structure of the tooth. Tooth decay is the major cause of tooth loss for people under age forty. Caused by dental plaques that proliferate in food residue on the tooth's surface, it is the most widespread and common disorder in humans.
Mucolytic enzymes and immunoglobulins in the saliva are the natural defences against dental caries. Use of fluoride products (such as fluoridated mouthwash, water and toothpaste) combined with daily tooth care are the recommended methods for aiding in cavity prevention.
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