Caries risk/susceptibility assessment: its value in minimum intervention oral healthcare.
Br Dent J. 2017 Aug 11;223(3):191-197
Authors: Doméjean S, Banerjee A, Featherstone JDB
This narrative review describes the intimate connection between minimum intervention (MI) oral healthcare and caries risk/susceptibility assessment (CRA). Indeed CRA is the corner stone of an MI care plan, allowing the determination of the appropriate interventions (non-invasive as well as invasive [restorative]) and recall consultation strategies. Various CRA protocols/models have been developed to assist the oral healthcare practitioner/team in a logical systematic approach to synthesising information about a disease that has a multifactorial aetiology. Despite the criticisms toward the lack of clear-cut validation of the proposed protocols/models, CRA still has great potential to enhance patient care by allowing the oral healthcare practitioner/team and the patient to understand the specific reasons for their caries activity and to tailor their care plans and recall intervals accordingly.
PMID: 28798458 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]