Research demonstrates a direct relationship between smoking and Streptococcus mutans biofilm formation that raises the risk for dental caries.
Understanding condition-specific caries risk factors can help clinicians identify successful prevention strategies. By Elise Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH
Risk assessment, therapeutic and restorative therapies, establishment of a dental home, and interprofessional care are key to mitigating the negative effects of tooth decay.
While the exact cause of American Indian and Native Alaskan children's high prevalence and increased severity of caries is not well understood, possible solutions have been proposed.