distal caries

dis·tal car·ies

loss of structure on the tooth surface that is directed away from the median plane of the dental arch.

dis·tal ca·ries

(distal karēz)
Loss of structure on tooth surface directed away from median plane of dental arch.
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2004] found that the presence of distal caries in second primary molars increased the risk of developing mesial surface caries in the proximal first permanent molars.
The authors concluded that caries developing on the mesial surface of mandibular first permanent molars is primarily due to distal caries in second primary molars, whereas in the maxillary teeth, other factors together with distal caries in the second primary molars, should be considered.
A quadrant was excluded if the radiograph was of poor quality, or the FMP or the primary second molar was missing, or if there was distal caries in the primary molar.
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