Colgate Oral Health Network

New Clinical Guidelines for Caries Management

Recent Canadian reports suggest that the prevalence of ECC may be approximately 40–50%,can be significantly higher in economically disadvantaged, First Nations, and immigrant populations.

Pediatric dental rehabilitation is the most common reason for children to have ambulatory hospital day surgery in Canada and accounts for 31% of all hospital day cases nationally. From 2010 to 2014, GA was required in hospital for 57 249 children under 6 years of age treated for dental caries (about 12.1 in 1000).6 Total hospital costs were calculated to be $21.18 million annually.

This course will review the new Clinical Practice Guidelines on Non restorative treatment for carious lesions published by the ADA  and understand the development of a carious lesions and the limits between preventive actions and treatment of cavities, the guidelines includes different approaches and recommendations according to the surface location , differentiate between coronal caries with the diverse surface locations ( occlusal, facial and lingual)  vs root caries included in adults

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the caries development process and appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Utilizing caries risk assessment techniques, assign patients to the correct caries risk level.
  • Develop and implement an effective in-office and at-home fluoride treatment protocol, based on caries risk assessments.