Meaning of caries in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɛːriːz/

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mass noun
  • Decay and crumbling of a tooth or bone.

    ‘Untreated caries in primary teeth may lead to caries in permanent teeth and a possible loss of arch space.’
    • ‘There's quite a lot of literature that goes back even to the '40s on the association of the consumption of dairy products with low experience of tooth decay or dental caries.’
    • ‘Dental caries or sugar-bacterial tooth decay is largely preventable.’
    • ‘Institutionalised elderly people are more likely to have fewer teeth but more gross caries and root caries than other elderly groups.’
    • ‘The most common chronic disease of childhood is early childhood caries (dental caries in children younger than six years).’
    • ‘Fluoride hardens the tooth enamel, helping to ward off the most common childhood oral disease, dental caries, or cavities.’
    • ‘Plastic coatings placed by a dental professional in the pits and fissures of the permanent teeth can help reduce caries.’
    • ‘Teeth are damaged by caries, wear, failed restorations, trauma, and congenital and developmental defects.’
    • ‘For example the Dental School at the University of Queensland is a leader in elucidating the causes and solutions for dental decay, caries.’
    • ‘It increases the fluoride content of the enamel of newly erupted teeth, thereby increasing the resistance of these teeth to caries.’
    • ‘Water fluoridation was associated with an increased proportion of children without caries and a reduction in the number of teeth affected by caries.’
    • ‘There also will be worse staining of the teeth and some risk of tooth loss from caries because of the sugar in chewing tobacco.’
    • ‘Reversible pulpitis is mild inflammation of the tooth pulp caused by caries encroaching on the pulp.’
    • ‘Since processed maize is highly cariogenic, dental caries and resulting tooth loss increase with the adoption of maize agriculture.’
    • ‘Any situational factors should be corrected, and dental malocclusion and caries should be treated.’
    • ‘Dental caries or tooth decay remains the single most common disease of childhood that is neither self-limiting nor amenable to short term medical treatment and yet is preventable.’
    • ‘Systemic fluoride is one of the most effective tools in the prevention of dental decay and has been shown to reduce caries in young children by 40 to 50 percent.’
    • ‘No research assesses the effectiveness of a primary care physician-supplied parental counseling intervention in preventing dental caries.’
    • ‘In other research, scientists will test the theory that there are natural antibodies in epithelial cells lining the mouth that protect against dental caries.’
    • ‘Dental caries develop and may progress rapidly.’
    rot, rotting, corrosion, corroding, decomposition


Late 16th century from Latin.