The prevention of dental caries - it is a lot more than fluoride
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Room: MIRO (PV7)
Chair(s): Jaime Sanchez-Calderon (Spain)
- > To describe the process of dental caries
- > To outline the role of behaviour in dental caries risk
- > To identify the importance of fluoride, calcium and phosphate in demineralization and remineralization
Dental caries is a behaviourally driven, socially determined bacterial disease. For decades prevention has concentrated primarily on fluoride, the action of which is limited by the presence of bioavailable calcium and phosphate. Several products containing calcium and phosphate are available and these will be discussed. Surprisingly, the primary cause of dental caries, a cariogenic diet, has often been ignored or barely mentioned, as modifying the diet involves behaviour modification, a difficult proposition in many children and parents.