Bacterial Diseases

Bacterial Diseases

Bacterial Diseases provides readers an overview of a broad variety of bacterial infections. Chapters cover the description of specific disease and its causative agent, followed by information about ...
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Bacterial Tooth Decay: Streptococcus mutans is the Major Cause

Pp. 11-13 (3)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811473760120010005

Author(s): Muhammad Imran Qadir, Shaiza Ali

Abstract

Tooth decay is actually the destruction of the hard tissues of the tooth. This is caused by the acid attack due to the fermentation of carbohydrates due to bacterial attack by the bacterial species which colonize the mouth. Streptococcus mutans is the major cause of tooth decay. It occurs in different percentages in children of different ages. It is characterized by difficulty while eating, chewing, and even smiling. Clinical, radiographic, and technology-based methods are mainly used for the diagnosis of tooth decay.

Keywords:

Bacterial Fermentation, Dental Decay, Streptococcus mutans.