Development of an index for the prevalence of root caries
Interestingly, root caries
were present in only 13% of teeth, despite the high prevalence of periodontitis.
48) For adults, where root caries
is a concern, a high-fluoride toothpaste may be an option.
occur when these bacteria invade the tooth root below the gum line.
Consequently, the root caries
may have missed detection in the participants that is very difficult in the absence of radiographs.
Therefore, since dentine is more susceptible to caries than enamel, (1,2) the concern about prevention of root caries
Scenario #2: Long-term care resident, well-educated female in her 70s, evidence of cognitive decline, full dentition, poor oral hygiene, high caries risk, root caries
eventually amputating most teeth despite efforts to restore.
The third study evaluated the effects of probiotics and fluoride on root caries
in 4 groups of elderly adults.
lesions were defined as soft, progressive, destructive lesions, either totally confined to the root surface or involving undermining of enamel at the cemento-enamel junction but clinically indicating the lesion initiated on the root surface (Katz, 1980).
Exposed root surfaces are more likely to develop root sensitivity and root caries
He added that root caries
is a growing problem in older adults as the incidence of lesions increases due to root exposure.
Evidence did not adequately support use of 10 to 40% CHX varnish for prevention of coronal caries in children or root caries