Caries Diagnosis: A Comprehensive Exercise

  • Soraya Coelho Leal
  • Eliana Mitsue Takeshita
  • Renata O. Guaré
  • Michele B. Diniz


Different aspects should be taken into account when setting up a dental care plan than merely counting the number of (non-)cavitated carious lesions, like many clinicians usually do. In this chapter, the importance of the socioeconomic status of the families and cultural aspects in the decision-making process is highlighted. Moreover, the validity of using caries risk assessment models for predicting new carious lesions in children is discussed. Also, instruments for detecting, diagnosing, and assessing dental caries and the definition of (severe) early childhood caries are presented. The correct understanding of these concepts is of paramount importance for deciding which are the best treatment options for individual cases, as different demands require different solutions.


Dental caries Child Diagnosis Caries detection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soraya Coelho Leal
    • 1
  • Eliana Mitsue Takeshita
    • 1
  • Renata O. Guaré
    • 2
  • Michele B. Diniz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Health ScienceUniversity of BrasiliaBrasiliaBrazil
  2. 2.Pediatric DentistryCruzeiro do Sul UniversitySão PauloBrazil

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