volume 21, issue 2, P471-502 2007
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2007.03.006
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Walter Loesche

Abstract: Both dental decay and periodontal disease are diagnosable and treatable bacterial infections. They are distinctly different infections, with dental decay occurring on the supragingival surfaces of the teeth and periodontal infections occurring in the gingival tissue approximating the subgingival plaque. The bacteria involved and the pathophysiology of these infections are distinctly different.