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Article: Volume 42 Number 2 Page 154 - March 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 154-159

Paediatric dentistry:  Why, What and How: Caries Control for Erupting Molars

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Abstract: This article aims to update the practitioner on the various techniques and interventions available to prevent or control caries during this high-risk period. The evidence to support provision of toothbrushing advice, placement of fissure sealants and fluoride varnish application is considered, along with more novel methods. An evidence-based protocol is suggested to help the practitioner determine when further intervention is required and what action to undertake.

Clinical relevance: This article aims to reinforce the need for rigorous caries prevention in an erupting permanent molar and provides an update on the evidence behind a range of clinical techniques used for this purpose.

Author notes: Helen J Rogers, BDS, MFDS, Senior House Officer in Paediatric Dentistry, Annie G Morgan, BDS, MFDS, FDS (Paeds), Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Haris Batley, BDS, MJDF, Senior House Officer in Paediatric Dentistry, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, 76 Wellesley Road, Sheffield, S10 2SZ and Chris Deery, BDS, MSc, FDS (Paeds), PhD, Professor/Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Unit of Oral Health and Development, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, Claremont Crescent, Sheffield, S10 2TA, UK.

Objective: To understand the evidence base for caries control in an erupting permanent molar.