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Dental Caries (Tooth Decay)

The decay of a tooth, in which it becomes softened, discolored, and/or porous. NIH - National Cancer Institute

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Titanium tetrafluoride and dental caries: a systematic review

Bibliographic details: Alves RD, Souza TM, Lima KC.  Titanium tetrafluoride and dental caries: a systematic review. Journal of Applied Oral Science 2005; 13(4): 325-328 Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-77572005000400002

Topical fluoride for the prevention of dental caries in children: a sytematic review

Bibliographic details: Huang J, Chen Z, Guo Y.  Topical fluoride for the prevention of dental caries in children: a sytematic review. Chinese Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine 2012; 12(7): 848-854 Available from: http://www.cjebm.org.cn/en/oa/DArticle.aspx?type=view&id=2012070018

Dental caries prevention: the physician's role in child oral health systematic evidence review

Bibliographic details: Bader J D, Rozier G, Harris R, Lohr K N.  Dental caries prevention: the physician's role in child oral health systematic evidence review. Rockville, MD, USA: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Systematic Evidence Review; 29. 2004 Available from: http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/serfiles.htm

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Summaries for consumers

Dental caries: Do fluoride tooth products prevent tooth decay in children and young people?

Fluoride tooth products, especially toothpaste, protect children against plaque and tooth decay.

Dental caries: Do tooth sealants help in children and young people?

Using sealants on the molars (back teeth) can clearly reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Dental caries: Which fluoride dental products provide the best protection against tooth decay?

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste every day protects children and young people from tooth decay just as effectively as fluoride mouthwashes and gels applied directly to the teeth.

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More about Dental Caries

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Also called: Cavities, Dental cavities, Holes in the teeth

Other terms to know:
Dental Enamel

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