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  Decalcification
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decalcificationDental caries usually appear first as a chalky white spot on the enamel, which indicates the decalcification process. If proper oral hygiene is not maintained, the lesion may become stained and take on a dark appearance. In pit and fissure caries, the area of decalcification at the surface is normally small, and the white spot is less noticeable than in smooth surface caries. If the area still has active decay, the explorer may "stick" in the affected area.

 



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