radiation caries


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ra·di·a·tion car·ies

caries of the cervical regions of the teeth, incisal edges, and cusp tips secondary to xerostomia induced by radiation therapy to the head and neck.

ra·di·a·tion car·ies

(rā'dē-ā'shŭn kar'ēz)
Decay of the cervical regions of the teeth, incisal edges, and cusp tips due to decreased saliva production (xerostomia) induced by radiation therapy to the head and neck.

ra·di·a·tion car·ies

(rā'dē-ā'shŭn kar'ēz)
Caries of cervical regions of teeth, incisal edges, and cusp tips due to xerostomia induced by radiation therapy.
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Radiation doses of 30-50 Gy, which corresponded with the 15th-25th day of radiotherapy (excluding weekends), could be the key doses and time points over which measures for preventing radiation caries should be applied.
The use of fluoride and chlorhexidine for the prevention of radiation caries. J Am Dent Assoc 1985;104:164-70.
(9) If changes in either the quality or quantity of saliva persist, the patient is at risk for radiation caries. Patients should understand that the risk of radiation caries begins three months before the end of therapy and does not go away when therapy is complete; therefore, it is crucial for the patient to have optimum home care, continue fluoride use and maintain regular dental visits.