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, 56 (2), 85-8

[Influence of Tooth Crowding on the Prevalence of Dental Caries. A Literature Review]

[Article in Polish]
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[Influence of Tooth Crowding on the Prevalence of Dental Caries. A Literature Review]

[Article in Polish]
Liliana Szyszka-Sommerfeld et al. Ann Acad Med Stetin.

Abstract

Dental caries is a disease of the mineralized tissues of teeth. It usually has a chronic course and is caused by external factors which can be modified. Current opinions about the contribution of malocclusions to the etiology of dental caries are conflicting. Some researchers believe that malocclusions like crowded teeth cause improper contacts between neighboring teeth and make effective oral hygiene more difficult. The difficulty in cleaning crowded teeth is believed to increase plaque accumulation and consequently predisposes the tooth to the development of dental caries and periodontal disease. Others claim that malocclusion has a minimal influence on the development of dental caries and periodontal disease. Ideal oral hygiene is of basic importance for plaque elimination which is the harmful factor in caries and in this way is decisive for the health of mineral and soft tissues to a much greater extent than lack of malocclusion. However, if a person with malocclusion is more susceptible to dental caries, oral hygiene cannot be the decisive factor.

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