Dental Caries and Caries Epidemiology

  • Jo E. FrenckenEmail author


In focusing on dental caries and caries epidemiology, this chapter introduces and discusses up-to-date terminology for improved communication on dental caries among dentists around the world. It introduces the Caries Assessment Spectrum and Treatment (CAST) instrument as a suitable and validated comprehensive epidemiological carious lesion assessment instrument. Lastly, it presents carious lesion prevalence and severity figures for various age groups in a time-lag perspective.


Caries epidemiology Caries assessment criteria Caries prevalence Caries Assessment Spectrum and Treatment (CAST) ICDAS 



I would like to thank all colleagues who, through their research, have assisted me in writing this Chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Oral Function and Prosthetic DentistryRadboud University Medical CentreNijmegenThe Netherlands

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