primary caries

pri·mar·y car·ies

initial lesions produced by direct extension from an external surface.

primary caries

pri·mar·y ca·ries

(prīmar-ē karēz)
Initial lesions produced by direct extension from an external surface.
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Regarding the scope of practice, although there are many states with dental practice acts that limit what non-dental oral health care providers can do, no medical practice act precludes a physician from doing primary caries prevention (gross oral examination, paper-and-pencil caries risk assessment, application of fluoride varnish, educating the caregiver about caries etiology and the caregiver's role in prevention, referring those who need care to a dentist and informing the caregiver about the importance of the child's having a dental home by age 1).
He has developed training materials for primary care medical providers to include primary caries prevention during well-child care and is instrumental in ongoing efforts to achieve Medicaid reimbursement nationwide for these providers to apply fluoride varnish.