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Article: Volume 42 Number 10 Page 905 - December 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 905-910

Paediatric dentistry:  Materials for Paediatric Dentistry Part 1: Background to the Treatment of Carious Primary Teeth

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Abstract: Dental caries is a disease that affects many people, including children, and presents numerous challenges to healthcare providers. As clinicians it is important that we consider the advantages and disadvantages of treating carious primary teeth, and make an informed decision about when it is appropriate or not. This paper describes the background to the treatment of carious primary teeth, looking at the differences between primary and permanent teeth, and the relevance of this. It also suggests points to consider when looking at restoration survival studies, as the ability to appraise the literature critically is important for us all in this ‘evidence-based’ age.

Clinical relevance: Our early life experiences have the ability to shape our future attitudes and behaviour. Children with carious teeth require careful management so that pain and suffering is minimized, and positive attitudes towards dentistry are fostered.

Author notes: Natalie Jenkins, BChD, MSc, Community Dental Officer, Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust, Swadlincote Dental Clinic, Swadlincote Health Centre, Civic Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0AE, UK.

Objective: To describe the background to the treatment of carious primary teeth.