Category: Tooth decay (Caries)

Tooth decay (caries) is the destruction of a tooth. It happens because a sticky film of bacteria (plaque) constantly forms on your teeth.

When you eat or drink foods containing sugars or starches (carbohydrates), the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack the tooth. This causes the tooth to break down forming a cavity.

Once the process has begun a cavity is not the inevitable result as treatment can prevent of reverse the process.

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SDCEP Dental Companion

The Dental Companion, by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP), delivers easy mobile access to SDCEP’s evidence-based guidance via Google Play, iTunes or the web.

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Recommendations on the use of fluoride toothpaste and fluoride supplements in Scotland 2017.

This document had been developed by the Scottish Consultants in Dental Public Health Group  (SCDPH) in consultation with the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP).  The document provides a short summary of  existing guidance  in this area. and is subject to review in 2020. Download a copy of the document .

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Oral Health Promotion-general dental practice NICE guidelines [NG30]

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This guideline covers how general dental practice teams can convey advice about oral hygiene and the use of fluoride. It also covers diet, smoking, smokeless tobacco and alcohol intake. The recommendations cover: oral health advice given by dentists and dental care professionals how dentists and dental care professionals can adopt a patient-centred approach Go to…

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Dental Recall (CG 19)

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The NICE dental recall clinical guideline helps clinicians assign recall intervals between oral health reviews that are appropriate to the needs of individual patients. Formats: Guideline landing page Web format Quick reference guide (PDF) NICE Guideline (PDF) Full Guideline The recommendations apply to patients of all ages (both dentate and edentulous) receiving primary care from…

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Oral health assessment and review

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This guidance document aims to facilitate the move from a restorative approach to patient care to a preventive and long-term approach that is risk-based and meets the specific needs of individual patients. It also aims to encourage the involvement of patients in managing their own oral health. A  ‘ Guidance in Brief ‘ document incorporates…

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Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children

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“Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children” is designed to assist and support Primary Care practitioners and their teams in improving and maintaining the oral health of their child patients from birth up to the age of 16. Based on information distilled from a range of sources, the guidance provides advice on: the assessment…

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International Caries Detection & Assessment System (ICDAS)

ICDAS  is a recently developed International Caries Detection and Assessment System based on best available evidence for detecting early and later stage caries severity.  Use of ICDAS  should lead to the acquisition of better quality information which could then be used to inform decisions about appropriate diagnosis, prognosis, and clinical management of dental caries at…

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British Dental Health Foundation

The British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) is an independent charity (not for profit) dedicated to improving oral health and well-being around the world. The BDHF was established in 1971  and two of its high profile campaigns are:- Mouth Cancer Action Month National Smile Month The founding fathers of the British Dental Health Foundation wished to…

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Childsmile is a national programme designed to improve the oral health of children in Scotland and reduce inequalities both in dental health and access to dental services. The programme is funded by the  Scottish Government has a number of elements:- A core programme Nursery and Schools programme Practice programme The programme initially developed from two…

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Scottish Prisons’ Dental Health Survey 2002

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The aim of the survey was to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the dental health of the Scottish prison population. The fieldwork was carried out in April/May 2002. The Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee carried out data cleaning & statistical analysis. Download a copy of the report

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