Article: Volume 47 Number 10 Page 849 - November 2020

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Paediatric dentistry:  A practical guide to caries prevention in children

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Abstract: Caries is one of the most common diseases in the world and it is mostly preventable. Caries can have a large impact on a child’s physical, social and mental health. There are a number of clinical interventions available to prevent caries and this article provides a summary of the general guidelines and tips on their implementation in relation to caries prevention in children.

Clinical relevance: This article highlights the importance of caries prevention and the relevant interventions, especially in the context of limited access to health services. These guidelines can be beneficial for all dental health professionals.

Author notes: Mishaal Rashid, BDS, Amy Ellis, BDS, DCT2, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chris Deery, BDS, MSc, PhD, FDS RCS Eng, FDS RCS Edin (Paed Dent), FHEA, Dean/ Professor of Paediatric Dentistry, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, UK.

Objective: To summarise current guidance on caries prevention in children and to discuss the resources available to effectively prevent this disease.