primary dental caries

primary dental caries

dental caries developing in a tooth that was previously unaffected. Compare secondary dental caries.
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When white spot lesion detection as well as early identification of non-cavitated lesions are included in the clinical diagnostic process, the prevention of primary dental caries and a timely non-operative treatment become possible, thus effectively averting the progression towards cavitated lesions and allowing a short-term control of the disease, with long-term effects.
Traditionally, oral health care professionals have used a sharp explorer to detect primary dental caries.