Dental Caries pp 249-274 | Cite as

Prevention of Caries by Control of Dental Plaque

  • L. M. Silverstone
  • N. W. Johnson
  • J. M. Hardie
  • R. A. D. Williams
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Abstract

It is clear from the evidence reviewed in previous chapters that dental caries is initiated by microorganisms which colonise the tooth surface in the form of dental plaque. Thus, one obvious way of attempting to prevent caries is by directing prophylactic measures against these microorganisms. Theoretically, perhaps the most straightforward approach would be to eliminate all plaque deposits from the teeth, and several methods have been tried in order to achieve this objective. If complete plaque removal can be achieved and the teeth maintained in plaque-free condition, caries should not occur. From a practical viewpoint, if this approach is adopted, it does not particularly matter whether caries is regarded as a specific infectious disease or a nonspecific condition which occurs as one of the sequelae of the metabolism of mixed populations of bacteria in certain sites1.

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Further Reading

  1. Bowen, W. H., Genco, R. J. and O’Brien, T. C. (Eds) (1976). Immunological Aspects of Dental Caries: A special supplement of Immunology Abstracts, Information Retrieval Inc., Washington DC and LondonGoogle Scholar
  2. Frandsen, A. (Ed.) (1976). Preventive Dentistry in Practice, Munksgaard, CopenhagenGoogle Scholar
  3. Immunological aspects of dental caries (1976). Journal of Dental Research, 55 (special issue C)Google Scholar
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  5. McGhee, J. R., Mestecky, J. and Babb, J. L. (Eds) (1978). Secretory immunity and infection, in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol. 107, Plenum Press, New York and LondonGoogle Scholar
  6. Newbrun, E. (1978). Cariology, Williams & Wilkins Co., BaltimoreGoogle Scholar

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  • L. M. Silverstone
  • N. W. Johnson
  • J. M. Hardie
  • R. A. D. Williams

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