Dental caries - A complete changeover (Part I)

J Conserv Dent. 2009 Apr;12(2):46-54. doi: 10.4103/0972-0707.55617.


In spite of a knowledge explosion in cariology science, dental caries still remains a misunderstood phenomenon by the clinicians. In order to effectively use the wide range of preventive and management strategies, it is imperative to look beyond those black and white spots that manifest on the tooth surfaces. This paper focuses on the revised versions of the etiopathogenesis and definition of dental caries disease in the present century.

Keywords: Dental caries; Lactobacilli; S. mutans; biofilm; cariogenic; demineralization; dental plaque; ecological plaque hypothesis; oral fluid; remineralization; sucrose.