Smiles For Tomorrow
Patterns of Decay

Course Author(s): American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Chicago, IL

Patterns of Decay

Three basic patterns of decay will be reviewed in this section. These patterns are:

  • Early Childhood Caries
  • Pit and Fissure Caries
  • Smooth Surface Caries
  • Caries and Infection

Left untreated, caries can lead to pain, abscess formation, and even life-threatening, consequences.