At dentalcarecom the trusted resource for dental professionals current concepts in preventive dentistry continuing education brought to you by course authors o caries risk assessment prevention step one transmission and establishment of cariogenic bacteria dental caries o understand the caries process and caries. 1 j am acad gold foil oper 1967 sep10259 73 current concepts regarding the etiology and prevention of dental caries bixler d pmid. Concepts of dental caries and their consequences for understanding the disease in this paper the definition of dental caries is discussed and the related problems concerning causality are addressed dental caries reflects symptoms of ongoing and past disease not the disease itself focusing on prevention strategies journal of . This policy statement is an effort to assist the primary care pediatric practitioner in addressing issues of dental caries and general oral health the statement begins by building a knowledge base regarding the caries process that can serve as a foundation for understanding prevention and intervention strategies. Patients who are diagnosed as a low caries risk would be caries free after a current examination no new caries in the last three years use a fluoridated toothpaste and ingest fluoridated water the decision to use a professionally applied topical fluoride should be based on a recent clinical examination as well as scientific evidence
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