Dental and Medical Problems

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Dental and Medical Problems

2017, vol. 54, nr 4, October-December, p. 403–408

doi: 10.17219/dmp/75872

Publication type: review article

Language: English

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Root caries: A geriatric challenge

Próchnica korzenia – problem gerostomatologiczny

Shiji Dinakaran1,A,B,C,D,E,F, Anupama S. Gopinathan1,B,D,E

1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Government Dental College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India


Root caries is an important problem of concern for the elderly population in many countries. Due to its rapidly progressing nature and occurrence in areas of limited visibility, these lesions often go unnoticed unless they become symptomatic. Multiple systemic diseases, poor oral hygiene coupled with reduced manual dexterity of this age group add to the severity of the challenge. Limitations of available biomaterials along with reduced accessibility and isolation make the restoration of such dental lesions a clinical challenge also for dentists. Routine dental checkups and regular monitoring of risk factors can significantly reduce the occurrence of such caries to a major extent. This article reviews the contemporary literature concerning the clinical features, etiology, risk factors and prevention of root caries. The main topic of the work is the electronic search of literature related to root caries; it was carried out in MEDLINE PubMed database using MeSH terms “root caries”, “etiology”, “prevention”.

Key words

risk factors, prevention, restoration, root caries

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czynniki ryzyka, zapobieganie, odbudowa, próchnica korzeni

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