Advertisement

Definitions

  • Marie-Charlotte D. N. J. M. HuysmansEmail author
Chapter

Abstract

In the past decades, there has been a gradual change in the way caries diagnosis has been viewed and the chosen emphasis on certain aspects of the disease and the diagnostic process. Caries has been recognized as a condition or disease already for centuries, but in everyday dental practice, in a world where caries was ubiquitous and usually rapidly progressive, the emphasis lay on detecting the advanced lesions and treating them operatively. More recently, in most developed countries, caries progression has been significantly reduced by the use of fluoride in tooth paste and sometimes in water, and more attention is given to the early stages of lesion progression, to prevention and management, and to the aspect of disease activity. This has subtly changed the language we use in describing the disease and its key features.

References

  1. 1.
    Black GV. A work on operative dentistry. Vol. 1. The pathology of the hard tissues of the teeth. 4th ed. Chicago: Medicodental Publishing Company; 1920.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Selwitz RH, Ismail AI, Pitts NB. Dental caries. Lancet. 2007;369:51–9.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Longbottom CL, Huysmans MC, Pitts NB, Fontana M. Glossary of key terms. Monogr Oral Sci. 2009;21:209–16.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Fejerskov O, Kidd E. Dental caries. 2nd ed. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell; 2008.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Fejerskov O, Nyvad B, Kidd E. Dental caries. 3rd ed. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell; 2015.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Schulte AG, Pitts NB, Huysmans MCDNJM, et al. European core curriculum in cariology for undergraduate dental students. Eur J Dent Educ. 2011;15:9–17.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DentistryRadboud University Medical CenterNijmegenNetherlands

Personalised recommendations