Meaning of cariogenic in English:



  • Causing tooth decay.

    ‘Since processed maize is highly cariogenic, dental caries and resulting tooth loss increase with the adoption of maize agriculture.’
    • ‘Sugars located within the cellular structure of food (such as fructose in whole fruit) are thought to be less cariogenic than sugars intentionally introduced into foods.’
    • ‘Some formulas, especially soy-based formulas that contain sucrose, can be cariogenic.’
    • ‘Those foods containing refined carbohydrates that are fine enough to remain on the teeth by sticking to the fissures on the tooth surface are termed cariogenic (capable of causing cavities).’
    • ‘While any food that contains sugar or starch can cause dental caries, studies show chocolate may be less cariogenic than many foods.’



/ˌkɛːrɪə(ʊ)ˈdʒɛnɪk/ /ˌkarɪə(ʊ)ˈdʒɛnɪk/