M.C.M. van Gemert-Schriks, J.P. van Amerongen

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    Within modern dentistry, a change from invasive to non-invasive strategies
    for the treatment of dental caries seems to be apparent. The foundation of
    non-invasive care is old, but is now interpreted differently as a result of new
    insights. Caries is a dynamic and multi-factorial process that takes place in
    the biofilm. There is a growing awareness that dental professionals are better
    off concentrating on controlling the causes of the disease than merely fighting
    the symptoms. The most important component seems to be the mechanical
    cleaning with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Operative care is only
    necessary when mechanical cleaning fails to control the caries and when the
    process proceeds into the dentin or when mechanical cleaning has become
    impossible due to cavitation. However, a suitable treatment strategy, which
    takes into consideration the dynamic nature of the caries process, can only
    be indicated when one has a clear picture of both the caries activity and the
    specific caries risk of the individual patient.
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)167-171
    JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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