The global increase in dental caries. A pending public health crisis

Robert A. Bagramian, Franklin Garcia-Godoy, Anthony R. Volpe

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A current review of the available epidemiological data from many countries clearly indicates that there is a marked increase in the prevalence of dental caries. This global increase in dental caries prevalence affects children as well as adults, primary as well as permanent teeth, and coronal as well as root surfaces. This increase in dental caries signals a pending public health crisis. Although there are differences of opinion regarding the cause of this global dental caries increase, the remedy is well known: a return to the public health strategies that were so successful in the past, a renewed campaign for water fluoridation, topical fluoride application, the use of fluoride rinses, a return to school oral health educational programs, an emphasis on proper tooth brushing with a fluoride dentifrice, as well as flossing, a proper diet and regular dental office visits. If these remedies are not initiated, there could be a serious negative impact upon the future oral health (and systemic health) of the global community, as well as a strain on the dental profession along with a major increase in the cost of dental services. (Am J Dent 2009;22:3-8).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of dentistry
Volume22
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009

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Dental Caries
Tooth
Public Health
Oral Health
Fluorides
Topical Fluorides
Dentifrices
Dental Offices
Fluoridation
Office Visits
School Health Services
Diet
Costs and Cost Analysis

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The global increase in dental caries. A pending public health crisis. / Bagramian, Robert A.; Garcia-Godoy, Franklin; Volpe, Anthony R.

In: American journal of dentistry, Vol. 22, No. 1, 01.02.2009, p. 3-8.

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Bagramian, Robert A. ; Garcia-Godoy, Franklin ; Volpe, Anthony R. / The global increase in dental caries. A pending public health crisis. In: American journal of dentistry. 2009 ; Vol. 22, No. 1. pp. 3-8.
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