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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 266-270

RETHINKING PREVENTION: Achieving Optimal Oral Health for Children Through Better Understanding of Dental Caries, Caries Risk Assessment Tool (cat) and Through Strategic Interventions

Department of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Hospital & Research Centre, Bommanahalli, Hosur Road Bangalore-560068, India

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Good oral health in childhood has long lasting beneficial effect for the rest of an individual life, with increasing evidence of general health benefits as well. Dental caries experience is an evolving phenomenon. Better understanding the fundamental nature of caries, the role of risk assessment tool and the implications of these concepts for clinical care and population-based programmes is essential for developing and applying strategic approaches aimed at minimizing the impact of caries and promoting optimal oral health throughout childhood. This paper provides an overview for understanding fundamental nature of Dental Caries, Caries Risk Assessment Tool and efforts to minimize its consequences in light of available scientific evidence through Strategic Intervention.

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