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Information about Caries prevention

Published on October 2, 2016

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1. Dr.MadhuBilla II MDS CARIES PREVENTION Dr.Madhu Billa 2nd year PG SIBAR Institute Of Dental Sciences

2. CONTENTS • Introduction • Need for prevention • Aims of prevention • Levels of prevention • Methods to control caries o Nutritional o Chemical o Mechanical • Pit and fissure sealants • Caries vaccines • Lasers in caries prevention • Conclusion

3. • Dental caries is an irreversible microbial disease of the calcified tissues of the teeth, characterized by demineralization of the inorganic portion and destruction of the organic substance of the tooth , which often leads to cavitation” (Shafers) • Prevention refers to act of stopping something from happening or arising (Oxford Dictionary)

4. • Primary goal of caries prevention program should be to reduce the number of cariogenic bacteria.

5. AIMS OF PREVENTION • Limiting pathogen growth and metabolism • Limitation of caries activity • Early detection of incipient caries • Identification of high risk patients Essentials of Preventive and Community dentistry. Soben Peter. 2nd edition

6. NEED FOR PREVENTION • caries may cause severe pain • Symptomatic treatment is intensive • Caries Results in dysfunctional speech • Compromises nutrition • The cost of treatment is high Essentials of Preventive and Community dentistry. Soben Peter. 2nd edition

7. LEVELS OF PREVENTION • There are three levels of prevention of dental caries. 1. Primary prevention – is defined as “actions taken prior to the onset of the disease, which removes the possibility that the disease will ever occur.” 2. Secondary prevention - is defined as “actions which halt the progress of a disease at its incipient stage and prevents complications.”

8. 3. Tertiary prevention- is defined as “ all measures available to reduce or limit impairments & disabilities, minimizing suffering caused by existing departures from good health & to promote the patients adjustments to the irremediable condition.” Essentials of Preventive and Community dentistry. Soben Peter. 2nd edition

9. PREVENTIVE SERVICES HEALTH PROMOTION SPECIFIC PROMOTION EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND PROMPT TREATMENT DISABILITY LIMITATION REHABILITATION CARE TO BE TAKEN BY THE PATIENT Diet planning Demand for preventive services Periodic visits to the dental office Appropriate use of fluorides Ingestion of fluoridated water Use of fluoridated dentifrice Oral hygiene practices Self examination and referral Utilization of dental services Utilization of dental services Utilization of dental services SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DENTAL PROFESSIONAL Patient education Plaque control program Diet counseling Recall and reinforcement Caries activity tests Topical application of fluorides Topical fluoride supplements/rinses Pit and fissure sealants Complete examination Prompt treatment of incipient lesions Preventive resin restorations Simple restorative procedures Pulp capping Complete restorative dentistry Pulpotomy RCT Extraction Fixed and removal prothodontics Minor tooth movements Implants LEVELS OF PREVENTION PRIMARY PREVENTION SECONDARY PREVENTION TERTIARY PREVENTION LEVELS OF PREVENTION

10. Methods Of Caries Prevention 1.Nutritional measures. 2.Chemical measures. 3.Mechanical measures.

11. NUTRITIONAL MEASURES • Nutrition: The sum processes concerned in the growth, maintenance and repair of living body as a whole or its constituent parts. (Oxford Dental Dictionary) • Science of food and its relationships to health. It is concerned primarily with the part played by the nutrients in body growth, development and maintenance. (WHO 1971)

12. • "Diet refers to the customary allowance of food and drink taken by any person from day to day. • Thus, the diet may exert an effect on caries locally in the mouth by reacting with the enamel surface and by serving as a substrate for cariogenic microorganisms." (Newbrun, E. Cariology. Third ed. 1989).

13. Effect Of Nutrition On Dental Caries • Systemic effect: - Depends on their content of nutrients and includes their influence on general health, growth and development ability of the tissues to repair and resistance to diseases. • Local effect: - Consists of what food can do to the tissues or their environment because of their presence in such an environment . - It result from the interaction between food residues and oral bacteria leading to plaque formation. - Their metabolites in turn effect the soft and hard oral tissues

14. DIETARY ANALYSIS Objectives of a dietary analysis includes- o To obtain an overall picture of the types of food in the patient diet, food preference and quantity of food eaten. o Correction of diet imbalances that could effect the patient's general health & also reflected in his oral health. o Modification of dietary habits, particularly the ingestion of sucrose containing foods in forms, amounts and circumstances that promote caries formation.

15. • To record for study and future comparison of the types and frequency of use of potential cariogenic food. • To provide a basis for making individual recommendation for changes in diet, important to the health of the oral mucosa and the prevention of dental caries.

16. Diet analysis program consists of: • The interview, where diet diary forms are introduced with a brief discussion of the purpose of diet counseling. • A 24 hour diet record is prepared to get an idea of food being consumed. • A six days diet diary is advised to be prepared by the patient.

17. Diet diary of the patient for a week

18. • Sugar factors are isolated. • Patient is educated about the role of sugar in the decay process & the consumption of acceptable substitutes . • Practical limitations to immediate success are recognized. • Provision for a continuous positive reinforcement are planned.

19. Continuous production of acid by plaque bacteria and Insufficient time for the saliva to neutralize the acid. Persistent acidic environment favoring the development of dental caries. Consequences of frequent snacking

20. First appointment: In a 15 to 20 minutes appointment the diet diary forms are introduced with a brief discussion of the purpose of diet counseling. Patient is explained – 1.That we are looking for possible dietary causes of the caries to reduce the risk of future caries by dietary means. 2.What beneficial outcome could be available for him in better oral health and possibly improved health in general. DIETARY COUNSELLING

21. PATIENT EDUCATION: • The cariogenic potential of a patient's diet is evaluated by determining the total number of exposures to sucrose- containing foods during 6 consecutive days. • Exposure is defined as eating the food at one time and is not related to the amount of food sucrose ingested. • Total time of exposure to acid = (total exposure X 20minutes)

22. Stephan’s curve  This time is based on Stephan's curve that the pH of the plaque drops and remains below a critical level at which enamel decalcification can occur for an average of 20 minutes after the introduction of sucrose into the mouth.

23. Dietary Changes o From the summary of exposures to fermentable carbohydrates the dietary changes that are better for dental health are determined. o Substitutes should be reasonable, which are acceptable to the dentists in terms of lesser cariogenicitv as well as to the patient as far as taste and preferences are concerned. o Substitution can be : - Use sugared food during meal time . - Food consumption followed by appropriate oral hygiene measures.

24. • To reduce the frequency of snacks, sufficient amount of food should be taken during breakfast, lunch and dinner at regular intervals. • If hungry in between meals, healthy snacking is advised. • Sweets or beverages - eat or drink them right after meal. • To quench thirst - plain water is preferred to sweet beverages.

25. RECALL VISITS • During the next months at regular intervals, the dentist should evaluate the patient's progress and provide psychological reinforcement. • Evaluations are made by means of: -The patient' s response to questionnaires. -New diet diaries.

26. Reinforcement is provided by- • praising the patient's efforts • improvements made in the diet as well as in the test results and the absence of new caries lesions. Emphasis should be placed on- • making the patient fully aware of the benefits derived from the program • benefits are the product of the patient's own efforts.

27. SUGAR SUBSTITUTES • Are less cariogenic or non-cariogenic. • Sweeteners stimulate the flow of saliva • Have a smaller role or no effect on bacterial glycolysis. • Plaque ph raises with sweeteners, it mobilizes the calcium and phosphates for remineralization of the tooth surface • In children consuming sucrose containing snacks more frequently, it is ideal to replace the sucrose by sugar substitutes.

28. Sweeteners are of two types: (I) Non-caloric Sweeteners (Ii) Caloric Sweeteners.

29. NON CALORIC SWEETNERS • Provide no energy but provide intense sweet taste. • Are not metabolized to acids. • Disadv: Instability and lack of volume. • Ex - saccharin and aspartate.

30. CALORIC SWEETNERS • Include 1. Sugars—e.g. fructose, glucose, lactose. 2. Sugar alcohols —e.g. lycasin, sorbitol, Xylitol • Used in- sugar free chewing gums, medicines, food products, and toothpaste. • xylitol is the most popular and widely used at present.

31. Sugar Alcohols Xylitol. o is non-acidogenic. o is a sugar alcohol having an acceptable sweetening taste. o approved as a sweetener in more than 45 countries. o used mainly in chewing gums, ice creams, jams, cookies and soft drinks. Xylitol:C5

32. • Allows remineralization of initial enamel lesions. (Turku study). • Incorporated in chewing-gum, its action is increased due to the stimulation of salivary secretion. • Synergic action with fluoride. o Disadvantages- - Toxicity studies have shown it increases urinary bladder calculi formation, epithelial hyperplasia & neoplasia of the bladder. - laxative effect at high conc.

33. 2. Sorbitol • Is a low cariogenic sugar substitute used mainly as sweetener in chewing gums, soft drinks, cookies and jams. • Not as sweet as sucrose. • Sweets made of it cannot be stored for long.

34. 3. Coupling sugar. • Are very effective sugar substitutes and anticariogenic & exactly resembles sucrose • Widely used in a variety of snacks. • Disadv- is too expensive. 4. Saccharin. • Is non-caloric, and less cariogenic. • Leaves some bitter aftertaste. • Is highly intense sweetener


36. Chemical methods 1) Substances which alter the surface of tooth structure a. Fluoride. b. Iodides. c. Bis-biguanides. d. Silver nitrate. e. Zinc chloride and potassium ferrocyanide. 2) Substances which interfere with carbohydrate degradation through enzymatic reaction/alterations a. Vitamin K. b. Sarcoside.

37. 3)Substance which interfere with bacterial growth and metabolism a. Urea and ammonium compounds b. Chlorophyll c. Nitrofurans

38. Substances which alter the surface of tooth structure Iodine: • Miller (1980) reported the intraoral use of iodine solution as an antibacterial mouth rinse. • Bactericidal effectiveness is not time dependent i.e. it kills microorganisms immediately once contact with the organisms is established. • Disadv:- -Metallic taste. -Tendency to stain silicate or composite restoration. -Allergic potential.

39. • Commercially available forms - a) Chlorhexidine b) Alexidine • They are effective antiplaque agents and thus potential anticaries agents. • Topical antiseptics characterized by molecular structure having both hydrophobic and hydrophilic constituents and possess a net positive charge at physiologic pH. Bis-biguanides:

40. Mode of action: • Ionic adsorption of negatively charged bacterial surface • Interaction with and damage to permeability barrier of cytoplasmic membrane • Penetration into cells and subsequent penetration of cytoplasmic constituents and culmination in membrane leakage and cell death. Disadv • Bitter taste • Brownish discoloration of soft & hard tissue. • Painful desquamation of mucosa.

41. Silver Nitrate: • It was used clinically for many years to prevent or arrest dental caries. • Earlier workers believed that silver 'plugged' the enamel, either the organic invasion pathways such as the enamel lamellae or the inorganic pathways, combining with the soluble inorganic portion of enamel to form less soluble combination. • But studies by Klein & Knutson indicated it had no significant difference in the appearance of new lesion.

42. • Gottleib proposed they act by effectively impregnating the enamel and seal off caries invasion pathways. • But clinical results did not substantiate the theories proposed. Zinc Chloride and Potassium Ferrocyanide

43. Substances Which Interfere With Carbohydrate Degradation Through Enzymatic Reaction/Alterations Vitamin K- • 2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone was suggested by Fosdick as a anticaries agent. • Invitro studies have found it prevents acid formation in incubated mixtures of glucose & saliva.

44. Substance which interfere with bacterial growth and metabolism 1.Urea & ammonia compounds- -Decrease oral bacteria count & increase the salivary pH to over 8 for more than an hour after an quinine-ammonia mouthwash. (Wach et al) -Urea upon degradation by urease yields ammonia which neutralizes acids & interferes with bacterial growth. (Stephan et al) - Though some studies have shown some reduction in dental caries but magnitude of reduction has not been so great that their widespread use can be advocated.

45. Chlorophyll: • Bacteriostatic against lactobacilli, streptococci & micrococci. (Griffith et al). • Sodium copper chlorophyllin prevents or reduces pH fall of in carbohydrate- saliva mixtures in vivo. (Shaffer et al). • Short term clinical studies have suggested their use in reducing mouth odors & allaying gingivitis but anticariogenic properties are still inconclusive.

46. Nitrofurans o Are derivatives of furfural. o exert a bacteriostatic and bactericidal action in many Gram positive and Gram negative organisms. o Even in low concentrations, acid production in saliva from caries active persons was prevented. (Driezen et al 1951) o Data from studies, indicate that they significantly reduces dental caries experience and that this substance may have potential use as an anticariogenic agent.

47. ANTIBIOTICS 1. PENICILLIN : • Tested as an anticariogenic compound, because of its antibiotic property. • Reduction from an average of 72000 colony count to an average of 300 was found after use of the dentifrice containing 1000 units of Penicillin per gram, for 5 weeks. • However the wisdom of using this material for such a purpose has been further questioned because of the possibility of development of penicillin resistant pathogenic microorganisms and sensitization, as well as development of allergic reactions.

48. PROBIOTICS • Probiotics (derived from the Greek pro bios, for life) are defined by the World Health Organization as live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host • Probiotics are nonmodified human isolates from healthy individuals and most of them belong to the lactobacilli and bifidobacteria groups which are naturally present in the intestinal flora Treatment Protocols: NonfluorideManagement ofthe Caries Disease Process and Available Diagnostics (DCNA2009)

49. MECHANISM OF ACTION 1. Probiotic bacteria compete for nutrients and binding sites in the biofilm. 2. When attached, probiotic bacteria can produce bacteriocins (eg, hydrogen peroxide and reuterin) that hamper and inhibit growth of a variety of bacteria. 3. Probiotic bacteria stimulate the specific and nonspecific immune response through activation of T cells and production of cytokines that mediates the inflammatory process. Treatment Protocols: NonfluorideManagement ofthe Caries Disease Process and Available Diagnostics (DCNA2009)

50. 2. ERYTHOMYCIN • 35% decrease in plaque formation after a seven day test period of rinsing, then swallowing the agent 4 times a day (LOBENE et al). Was found with erythromycin • Disadvantage : causes diarrhea as a side effect. 3. KANAMYCIN -reduces plaque weight & improves oral health if applied topically. -Reduces S.mutans & S.sanguis population

51. 4. TETRACYCLINE • decrease plaque scores when used as an 0.5 per cent mouthwash three times a day for five days in place of mechanical oral hygiene (Loe et al).

52. 5 Vancomycin • Temporarily suppress streptococcus mutans when applied to the teeth of children as a 15 percent gel on five successive days. • Diminution in s. mutans was found following testing with 1 percent vancomycin paste. • Statistically significant reduction in dental caries experience in fissures but not on smooth surfaces in the experimental groups (depaola et al).

53. FLUORIDES • Ranks 13th among the elements in the order of their abundance. • Most electronegative element Highly reactive

54. FORMS OF FLUORIDE • Inorganic Fluoride a.Ionic Fluoride b.Nonionic Fluoride • Organic Fluoride

55. ANTICARIES MECHANISM OF FLUORIDES Anticaries mechanism can be broadly grouped into 1.Increased enamel resistance 2.Increased rate of maturation 3.Remineralization of incipient lesion 4.Antimicrobial activity




59. WATER FLUORIDATION Water fluoridation is defined as controlled adjustment of the concentration of fluoride in a communal water supply so as to achieve maximum caries reduction and a clinically insignificant level of fluorosis (SOBEN PETER) Water fluoridation is one of the most effective, practical, and economical public health measure for prevention of dental caries. • Reduction in prevalence of dental caries in  primary teeth range from 40%-50%  permanent teeth was between 50%-60%

60. FLUORIDE COMPOUNDS USED IN WATER FLUORIDATION • Fluorspar • Sodium fluoride • Silicofluorides • Sodium silicofluoride • Hydroflurosilicic acid • Ammonium silicofluoride

61. BENEFITS OF WATER FLUORIDATION • Reduction in caries rate by 50%-70% • 75% reduction in first permanent molar loss • There is a reduction in progression and development of dental caries in fluoridated area • Reduction in the number of surface attacked by dental caries • Prevents malocclusion due to prevention of early loss of contact points due to proximal caries

62. LIMITATIONS • Can be implemented only in areas which have central pipe water system • It interferes with personal choice • Initial cost for installing fluoridation plant is high

63. DEFLUORIDATION • Defluoridation is downward adjustment of fluoride ion concentration in a public drinking water supply so that the level of fluoride is maintained at the normal physiological limit of 1 ppm to prevent dental caries with minimum possibility of causing dental flourosis. • Methods of defluoridation a. based on ion exchange or adsorption b. based on addition of chemicals to water

64. • Based on ion exchange materials used include synthetic tricalcium phosphate, hydroxyapatite, magnesia, activated alumina, activated carbon. • Based on addition of chemicals materials used includes lime either alone or with magnesium salts or aluminium salts.

65. NALGONDA TECHNIQUE • Was developed by NEERI • It is a simple and economical process • Highly effective for removal of fluoride from 1.5-2mg F- /l to desired level • Method could be used for defluoridation of domestic and community water supply • Uses readily available chemicals – sodium aluminate or lime, bleaching powder and filter alum

66. SALT FLUORIDATION • As a dietary vehicle for ensuring adequate ingestion of fluoride domestic salt comes second • Was introduced by Wespi in Switzerland in 1955 • Most popular in Spain, Hungary and Columbia • Recommended concentration is 250µg of fluoride/g salt

67. Advantages • Economical • Practical • Caries reduction about 40 % Disadvantages • Consumption of salt till 4-5 yrs after birth is negligible, hence no benefit for younger children. • Not useful in case of medically compromised patients (hypertension and renal failure)

68. MILK FLUORIDATION • It is the addition of a measured quantity of fluoride to bottled milk packet • Mainly recommended for growing children • Substantial caries reduction noticed when milk consumption begins before the eruption of permanent teeth • Rationale for adding fluoride to milk is that this procedure targets fluoride directly to children

69. Concentration • 2.2mg of NaF added to 1/4litre of milk • Later milk bottles of 250 ml, containing 0.625mg of fluoride was introduced Caries reduction is about 60%

70. Limitations • Since children from lower socioeconomic groups tend to drink less amount of milk or no milk at all, hence they would be benefited least. • Any benefits cease, as an individual grows older and if he or she drinks less milk. • Expensive. • Parent co-operation is important.

71. School water fluoridation o Recommended -for communities with no central water supply or fluoride deficient water supply. o Reduces dental caries by 40%. o Primary effects are systemic but also has a topical effects. o Caries reduction – 57% in teeth erupted after exposure to school water fluoridation. 31% if the teeth have already erupted. o For maximum benefit, children should attend the school regularly and stay their till they complete the higher secondary school. • Recommended conc.- 4.5 ppm.

72. Reasons for recommending high conc. : 1. Students receive only small part of the daily intake of water when they are in school. 2. Students may not attend the school throughout the year. 3. Frequency of drinking water in school by children is variable. 4. Children attend the school only for a few hours.

73. Advantages 1) Target population—school children. 2) Caries experience is high during the developmental period (among children). 3) Quite economical Disadvantages 1) Need for cooperation from school authorities. 2) All children may not attend the school all days.

74. FLUORIDE SUPPLEMENTS • When community water fluoridation is not feasible or where there is political opposition preventing its implementation, fluoride supplements offer an alternate source of systemic fluoride • Can be given in the form of fluoride tablets, fluoride drops and lozenges • The cariostatic effect ranges from 30 to 70% depending-on dosage and degree of compliance.


76. TOPICAL FLUORIDES Topical fluoride therapy refers to the use of systems containing relatively large conc. of fluoride applied locally or topically to the erupted tooth surfaces to prevent formation of dental caries

77. The various topical fluorides used are • Sodium fluoride • Stannous fluoride • Acidulated phosphate fluoride • Fluoride varnish

78. SODIUM FLUORIDE • developed by Knutson so technique of use also called Knutson’s technique • Conc: 2% of NaF • pH :7 • Prepared by dissolving 2gm of NaF in 100 ml of distilled water • A full series of 4 treatments recommended at the ages of 3, 7, 10, 13years, coinciding with the eruption of different groups of primary and permanent teeth

79. Method of application • Oral prophylaxis is done in first visit. • Each quadrant is isolated • 2% NaF is then applied to the tooth surface with cotton applicators and kept wet for about 4 minutes. The procedure is repeated for the remaining quadrants. • After the treatment, the patient is instructed to avoid eating, drinking or rinsing for 30 minutes. This is to prolong the availability of "F" ion to react with tooth surface. • 2nd, 3rd and 4th applications are given at weekly intervals

80. Mechanism of action  Ca10(PO4)6(OH)+F 10 CaF2+6PO4 +20H-  As a result of this reaction, the principal compound formed is CaF2 and this is due to high concentration of "F" (9000 ppm) in 2% NaF.  This results in the phenomenon called "choking off phenomenon“ — once a thick layer of CaF2 forms, it interferes with further uptake of "F-" ions'.  Hence, NaF is applied once left to dry for 4 minutes.  Later CaF2 dissolves slowly in oral fluids and CaF2 breaks down into Ca+ and ion. This fluoride is in free ionic form.  CaF => Ca++ + F-  This " F- " is highly reactive and reacts with HA to form fluoridated hydroxyapatite.

81. Disadvantages • The patient must make 4 visits to the dentist within a relatively short time (weekly intervals for four weeks). • The expected caries reduction is not satisfactory (20-25%)

82. STANNOUS FLUORIDE • Developed by Muhler • Annual or biannual application • pH is 2.4-2.8. • Available in gel and solution forms • It has to be freshly prepared before use each time as has a very short shelf-life • It is chemically highly unstable. • Prepared by dissolving 0.8 gm or 1 gm of SnF2 powder is in 10 ml of distilled water to get 8% or 10%

83. Mechanism of Action Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 + 19SnF2 10CaF2 + 6Sn3F3P04 + SnO.H2O • Compared with that of NaF, the reaction of SnF2 with enamel is unique in that both the cations (stannous) and anions (fluoride) react chemically with enamel components. • Formations of stannous fluorophosphates, prevent at least temporarily the phosphate loss which is typical of NaF applications. • The CaF2 so formed, further reacts with Hydroxyapatite forms fluoridated Hydroxy Apatite (FHA). • The tin hydroxy phosphate gets dissolved in oral fluids and is responsible for metallic taste. • The Sn3F3P04 makes the tooth structure more stable and less susceptible to acid dissolution

84. Advantages •Applied every 6 or 12 months. •Very potent and effective topical fluoride preparation •Very useful for spot application among patients with nursing bottle caries and rampant caries. •Stable stannous fluoride gel is available and is the recommended and ideal preparation in case radiation caries (cervical) among patients undergoing radiation therapy for head and neck cancers. •Expected caries reduction is 25-35%.

85. Disadvantages •Chemically more unstable (cannot be stored hence, requires instant preparation just prior to the application (takes more chair side time). •Pigmentation of teeth after application of SnF2 and brown discoloration can occur on demineralised enamel and anterior restorations. •Metallic taste (astringent taste)—children do not like the taste. •When brought in contact with gingiva, during application it causes blanching and burning sensation due to astringent property. •It is not economical.

86. ACIDULATED PHOSPHATE FLUORIDE (APF) • APF was introduced by Brudevold and co-workers. • Developed in an effort to achieve greater amounts of fluoridated hydroxyapatite and lesser amounts of calcium fluoride formation. • Composition: 1.23% of NaF buffered to a pH of 3-4 in phosphoric acid. • Prepared by dissolving 2gm of NaF in 100ml of 0.1 M phosphoric acid. To this 50% HF is added to adjust pH at 3 and F- conc to 1.23% • Semiannual or annual application.

87. Mechanism of action Ca10(P04)6 + NaF CaHP04.2H20 CaHP04.2H20 + F- Ca5 (P04)3F + HP04 When APF is applied on the teeth, initially leads to dehydration and shrinkage in the volume of HA crystals and formation of dicalcium phosphate di hydrate (DCPD). This DCPD is highly reactive with "F" and leads to the formation of Fluorapatite "FA"

88. Advantages • Semiannual or annual application. • Chemically stable and can be stored for ready use. • Does not produce staining of enamel. • Available in different flavours. • Expected caries reduction is about 30 to 40% (better than NaF and SnF2). • Can be recommended for home use by self-application.

89. FLUORIDE VARNISH • Fluoride has been incorporated in varnishes since they have the ability to adhere to enamel for long period, and it is hypothesized that it will slowly release fluoride to the teeth. • The retentive and possible slow release of fluoride from these products -increase the exposure time of the fluoride by several days, without increasing chairside time, - allow fluoride to be more permanently bound to the teeth.

90. INDICATIONS: - Exposed roots and root caries - Erupting teeth - White spot lesions - Margins of restorations - Carious anterior tooth in young children

91. Types: • Duraphat: 22.6 mg F/ml. 5% NaF in Colophonium base—available in 10 ml tube. 1% difluorisilane in polyurethane base (1 mg/ml) • Fluorprotector pH lower than Duraphat and is available in box with 20 vials—each vial contains 0.4 ml of solution. • Duraflour : 22.6 mg/ml. 5% NaF in.alcoholic suspension of natural resins. Addition of sweetening agent—xylitol. • Cavity shield: 5% NaF in resinous base.

92. Technique Oral prophylaxis. Isolation – •of quadrant using cotton rolls. •set in the presence of moisture, so meticulous drying of teeth is not critical. Application- • using disposable brush or cotton applicator. •The entire surface of the teeth must be treated. • Avoid getting varnish on the soft tissue. Sets in few seconds leaving a fluoride rich layer adjacent to the tooth surface.

93. • The entire process takes 3-4 minutes. • Duraphat and Duraflour set to a yellowish-brown layer causing a temporary change in tooth colour. • Parents and patients should be instructed that this discolouration is temporary and will vanish once toothbrushing is commenced. • Patient should avoid brushing for the rest of the day

94. FLUORIDE DENTIFRICES • Considered as a major reason for decline in dental caries in many parts of the world • Most widely used method of topical application of fluoride • Most widely used fluoride in dentifrices is sodium monofluorophosphate • Mechanism of action: Dentifrices serve as a constant source of supply of fluoride in the oral environment hence accelerate the remineralisation process.

95. FLUORIDE MOUTHRINSES • Found to be an effective tool in prevention of dental caries in areas where water fluoridation is not possible/not been implemented • Dosage Once daily-0.02%of NaF 0.05% of NaF Once weekly-0.2%NaF 0.5% of NaF

96. Indications • Caries prone children over the age of 6 yrs • Patients with orthodontic appliance • Patients with erosions and root caries • Patients with dentine hypersensitivity Contraindications • Children under 6 yrs of age who are not capable of rinsing adequately (when reflex control of swallowing absent)

97. Fluorosis • Fluorosis is a disease caused by deposition of fluorides in the hard and soft tissues of the body. • It is not merely caused by excess intake of fluoride but there are many other attributes and variables which determine the onset of fluorosis in human population. • Characterized by discoloration of teeth and skeletal crippling disorders.

98. DENTAL FLUOROSIS • occurs by excessive intake of fluoride during tooth development. • Once the crowns of the teeth are formed no further fluorosis can be induced by additional intake of fluoride • Occurs symmetrically within the dental arches. • Clinical features are characterized by lusterless opaque white patches in enamel which may become mottled, striated and/or pitted

99. Fluorosis in India • Rajasthan and Gujarat in North India and Andhra in South India are worst affected. • Throughout India fluorosis is essentially Hydrofluorosis except in parts of Gujarat and U.P. where industrial fluorosis is also seen.

100. FLUORIDE LEVEL FLUORIDE IN DRINKING WATER EFFECTS 0.7-1.2 Depending upon the temp of the area Prevents dental caries. No dental/skeletal fluorosis 1.5-3.0 Consumption of water for a period of 5-10 yrs or more Milder form of dental fluorosis 3.0-8.0 Consumption of water for a period over 15-20 yrs Severe form of dental fluorosis and milder form of skeletal fluorosis 8.0 ppm or more Consumption of water for a period of 5-10 yrs or more Severe form of dental and skeletal fluorosis EFFECT OF FLUORIDES

101. DEANS FLOUROSIS INDEX(1938) DEANS SCORE CRITERIA 0 Normal enamel 0.5 Questionable mottling :normal translucency is varied by a few white flecks 1 Very mild mottling :small opaque paper white areas are scattered over the teeth ,involving less that 25% of surface 2 Mild mottling: white opaque areas are extensive ,but do not extend more than 50% of surface 3 Moderate mottling: all enamel surfaces are effected and those subjected to attrition show wear. Brown stains are a frequent disfiguring feature 4 Severe mottling: all enamel are affected and hypoplasia is so marked that tooth form may be altered. Major diagnostic feature is discrete or confluent pitting

102. Mild Dental fluorosis Moderate Dental fluorosis Severe Dental fluorosis

103. FLUORIDE TOXICITY • Fluoride is often called as a double edged sword - inadequate intake is associated with dental caries; excessive intake leads to dental ,skeletal fluorosis which has no cure. • Toxic effects of fluoride can be classified as a. Acute b. Chronic

104. ACUTE TOXICITY • Results from rapid excessive ingestion of fluoride at one time • Speed and severity of the response depends on the amount of fluoride ingested and the weight and age of the individual • Could be fatal if not treated within 2-4 hrs

105. • Certainly Lethal Dose (CLD) is 32 to 64mg of fluoride per kg of body weight. i.e approx 2.5-5gm in case of children and 5-10gm one single dose in case of adults. • Safely tolerated dose 8-16 mg of fluoride per kg of body weight. • Acute poisoning causes death by blocking normal cellular metabolism. • Death usually occurs due to either cardiac failure or respiratory paralysis.

106. Emergency treatment for fluoride over dose Fluoride ion per mg/kg Treatment Less than 5.0 mg/kg Give calcium orally(milk) to relieve GI symptoms. Observe for a few hours. Induced vomiting not necessary. More than 5.0 mg/kg Empty stomach by induced vomiting with emetic. For patients with depressed gag reflex caused by age(<6 months old), downs syndrome, or severe mental retardation, induced vomiting is contraindicated and endotracheal intubations should be performed before gastric lavage. Give orally soluble calcium in any form (milk ,5%calcium gluconate, or calcium lactate solution). Admit to hospital and observe for a few hours.

107. More than 15 mg/kg Admit to hospital immediately Induce vomiting. Begin cardiac monitoring and be prepared for cardiac arrhythmia. observe for peaking t-waves and prolonged q-t intervals. Slowly administer intravenously 10 ml of 10% calcium gluconate solution. Additional doses may be given if clinical signs of tetany, or q-t interval prolongation develops, electrolytes, especially calcium and potassium, should be monitored using diuretics if necessary. Adequate urine out put should be maintained using diuretics if necessary General supportive measures for shock.

108. CHRONIC TOXICITY • Results from long term ingestion of small amounts of fluoride. • Effect of chronic fluoride toxicity- severe dental fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis. • Fluorosis is an endemic disease in geographic areas where content of fluoride ion exceeds 2ppm.

109. Effect Dosage Duration Dental fluorosis 2 time optional Until 5 years of (excluding third molars) Skeletal fluorosis 10-25 mg/day 10-20years Kidney damage 5-10 mg/day 6-12months

110. TOOTHBRUSHES • The bristle toothbrush appeared about the year 1600 in China • First patented in America in 1857 • Toothbrushes vary in size and design as well as in length, hardness, and arrangement of the bristles. MECHANICAL METHODS

111. TOOTHBRUSH DIMENSIONS(ADA specifications) Total length: 6.0-7.5 inches Length of brushing plane: 1-1.25 inches Width of brushing plane: 5/16-3/8 inch Filament height: 7/16 inch Filament diameter Soft: .007 inch Medium: .012 inch Hard: .014 inch

112. POWER TOOTHBRUSH •Better effectiveness in removing plaque and reducing gingivitis than manual brushes is still not proven. • Enhance patient motivation. • Use less brushing force. •Head: Detachable and replaceable. •Size: ¼ to 1/2 inch wide by ¾ inch long.

113. MECHANISM OF ACTION • Mechanical contact between bristle and tooth. • Low frequency acoustic energy generating fluid movement, cleans slightly away from the bristle tips. • Vibrations interfere with bacterial adherence to oral surfaces. • Hydrodynamic shear forces disrupt plaque a short distance from the bristle tips.

114. Precautions • Avoid excessive force on restorations. • Avoid pressure with abrasive dentifrice on exposed cementum or dentin. Recommendations •Encourage ones who prefer to use powered toothbrushes to do so. •Poor brushers, children .

115. TOOTHBRUSHING METHODS Categorized primarily a/c the pattern of motion- • Roll -The Roll Method or Modified Stillmans Technique • Vibratory- Charters Technique, Bass Technique • Circular- Fones Technique • Vertical-Leonards technique • Horizontal- Scrub Technique (CARRANZA 9TH EDITION)

116. -Place head of the brush parallel to the occlusal plane. -Establish a 450 angle between bristles and long axis of the head. -Place bristles in the gingival sulcus as well as partially into the embrasure. -Move back and forth with vibratory motion 20 strokes per segment. (CARRANZA 9TH EDITION) -1 to 15 secs per area. (SOBEN PETER 2ND EDITION) ADV- Easy to master. - Concentrates cleaning in areas where plaque accumulates. -For any patient with or without periodontal involvement. BASS TECHNIQUE

117. DENTAL FOLSS • Dental floss is best indicated for plaque and debris removal from embrasure where the papilla fills the interproximal space, and the teeth are in contact • Objectives -removes plaque and debris from interproximal embrasure and around implants -aids in identifying overhanging restorations -may be used as a vehicle for application of chemotherapeutic agents in interproximal and subgingival areas

118. Types of dental floss • Unwaxed floss: Thinnest type. Separates during use to cover larger surface area • Waxed floss: Used in tight proximal contacts and overhanging restorations • Dental tape: Wider and flatter than conventional floss.

119. • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) floss Coated with teflon material. Resistant to fraying. • Braided nylon floss, G-floss and tapered G-floss Cleaning dental implants. • Tufted floss Variable diameter.

120. METHOD • Take a floss 12-18 inches long. • Wrap around the right middle finger 2-3 times and then around left middle finger. • Fulcrum on the cheek or in the mouth. • Pass through contact using a gentle seesaw motion. • Pass floss below the gingival margin. • Wrap it tightly around the tooth in a “C” shape. • Move the floss up and down, 3 or 4 strokes. • Remove floss using a seesaw motion.

121. WOODEN TOOTHPICKS Used in cases of • Concave proximal surfaces. • Furcation areas. • Class II and III embrasure spaces. • Also used to introduce fluoride and chlorhexidine into proximal areas.

122. Method of use • Insert toothpick into an angled plastic holder and break off the longer end. • Moisten the end with saliva. • Place the tip at the gingival margin, at 90o to the long axis of the tooth and trace it around the tooth • If possible, point the tip at less than a 45 degree angle into the sulcus, around the tooth surfaces and in root concavities. • Stop inserting once resistance is felt. • Concave proximal surfaces are cleaned using an up and down motion. • Clean exposed furcation areas by moving the toothpick in and out.

123. TYPE I embrasure TYPE II embrasure TYPE III embrasure

124. DISADVANTAGES OF TOOTHPICKS • Causes breakdown of tooth • Causes increased interproximal spaces

125. Enameloplasty • It is removal of a shallow, enamel developmental fissure or pit to create a smooth ,saucer–shaped surface that is self cleansing or easily cleaned. INDICATIONS- Fissure depth less than ¼ to 1/3 the thickness of the enamel. Procedure Developmental faults are removed with the side of a flame shaped diamond stone, leaving a smooth surface. Sturdevant V edition

126. PIT AND FISSURE SEALANTS A fissure sealant is a material applied to occlusal surfaces of the teeth in order to obliterate the occlusal fissures and remove the sheltered environment in which caries may thrive (Gordon 1962). - Non invasive - Preventive - Seals deep narrow grooves

127. • Pit: It is defined as a small pinpoint depression located at the junction of developmental grooves or at terminals of those grooves. The central pit describes a landmark in the central fossae of the molars where developmental grooves join (Ash, 1993). • Fissure: It is defined as deep clefts between adjoining cusps.. These defects occur on occlusal surfaces of the molars and premolars, with tortuous configurations that are difficult to assess from the surfaces. (Orbans, 1990)

128. Milestones of pit and fissure sealants • 1895, Wilson reported the placement of a dental cement in pit & fissures to prevent caries. • Hyatt(1923) Proposed technique called prophylactic odontotomy. Technique consisted of filling the fissures with silver or copper oxyphosphate cement as soon as the teeth erupted into the oral cavity. Later when fully erupted, preparing a small occlusal cavity and filling it with amalgam. • Bodecker (1929) -Proposed a technique called fissure eradication. Involved mechanical eradication of fissures in order to transform deep, retentive fissures into cleansable areas

129. o Bunocore (1955) - Advocated the filling of pit and fissure with bonded resin. o Mid1960's First materials used experimentally as sealants were based on cynoacrylates but they were never marketed. o Bowen (1965) - Reported BIS-GMA material development. The basis of BIS-GMA resin is the reaction product of bisphenol A and glycidyl-methacrylate

130. Indications of pit & fissure sealants • Presence of deep occlusal pit and fissures of newly erupted teeth (molars and premolars). • Presence of lingual pits or palatal pits in relation to upper lateral incisors and molars. • Presence of incipient lesion in the pit and fissure system. • Children and young people with medical, physical or intellectual impairment with high caries risk. • Children and young people with signs of higher caries activity and coming from non-fluoride area.

131. Contraindications • Presence of shallow pit and fissures of molars and premolars. • An open occlusal caries lesion with extension into dentin. • Presence of large occlusal restoration. • Presence of proximal caries extending on to occlusal surface. • Partially erupted tooth where in isolation is a problem. • Uncooperative patient (getting adequate dry field is a problem).

132. Types of fissure system U type almost the same width from top to bottom (12-15%) V type-wide at top and gradually narrowing towards the bottom. (30-35%) IK type, extremely narrow slit with a larger space at bottom.(24-26%) I type with a extremely narrow slit.(18-20%) Inverted Y. (5-10%) FISSURE SYSTEM

133. TYPES OF PIT AND FISSURE SEALANTS A. Generations of sealants: i. First generation sealants- ultraviolet light cure ii. Second generation - chemically cured (autopolymerized), iii. Third generation - visible light cure. iv. Fourth generation- contain fluorides

134. B. Three different kinds of materials have been used as occlusal sealants: 1. Resin based sealants- -Polyurethanes -Cyanoacrylates -Bisphenol a glycidylmethacrylate(BIS-GMA) 2. Glass ionomer sealants 3. Fluoride containing sealants

135. C. Type of fissure sealant 1.Filled and unfilled 2.Light cured and chemically (self) cured 3.Clear and tinted

136. • Polyurethanes - were among the first to be commercially marketed. -but proved to be too soft and totally disintegrated in the mouth after 2 or 3 months • Cyanoacrylates - they too disintegrated after a slightly longer time. -their use has been discontinued on account of low shelf-life and high instability. • Bisphenol a glycidyl methylaerylate (BIS-GMA) -is a mixture of Bis-GMA and methyl methacrylate. -In 1972 Nuva-Seal was the first successful commercial sealant to be placed on the market. Since then more effective second and third- generation sealants have become available.

137. Resin Based Sealants • are bonded to underlying enamel by use of acid-etch technique. • form a tight seal, which prevents leakage of nutrients to the microflora in deeper parts of the fissure. • may be either pure resin, composites or compomers, and their polymerisation may be initiated chemically or by lightcomparative • In studies of longer duration(>5yrs), greater longevity was reported for the chemically cured sealants .

138. • Work exceptionally well, and serve their function for many years when placed properly. • Clinical limitation  difficulty of handling in a moist environment.  Unless complete isolation of the tooth has been achieved, salivary contamination will result in failure of the sealant. • Many studies have confirmed that resin-based sealants have greater retention than glass ionomer sealants, but these studies were all conducted under conditions of good isolation and moisture control.

139. Glass ionomer Sealants CLINICAL ADVANTAGES • is their ability to bond chemically to dentin and enamel without the use of the acid-etch technique which makes them less vulnerable to moisture. • active fluoride release into the surrounding enamel. DISADVANTAGES • poor retention, over periods, as short as 6 to 12 months.

140. • However, several studies have found that GIC's exert a cariostatic effect even after they had disappeared macroscopically. This effect might be based on remnants of the cement in the fissure as well as increased levels of fluorides on the enamel surface. • used as an alternative to resin sealants, especially where resin sealants are contraindicated.

141. Clinical situations in which glass ionomer may serve as a good sealant include- treatment of children whose primary molars have deeply pitted or fissured surfaces  isolation may be difficult treatment of permanent first or second molars that have not fully emerged  situations where a “transitional” sealant may be considered before placement of a “permanent” resin sealant

142. Fluoride-releasing sealants • Incidence and severity of secondary caries are reduced or minimized around fluoride-releasing materials . • Fluoride uptake may provide an additional anticariogenic effect if the fluoride released from its matrix is incorporated into the adjacent enamel. • However, further long-term clinical trials are necessary to determine that the clinical longevity of the sealant retention is not adversely affected by the presence of incorporated fluoride


144. CARIES VACCINE 'Vaccine' is an immunobiological substance designed to produce specific protection against the given disease. It stimulates the production of protective antibody and other immune mechanisms. HISTORY o First developed by Williams 1944 using a homologus lactobacillus vaccine. o Bowen in 1976 demonstrated monkeys immunized by whole live cells of S.mutans developed lesser caries. o Underwood and Miller published in 1881 bacteria are involved in the pathogenesis of dental caries was clearly expressed in a paper .

145. PROSPECTIVE FOR VACCINATION • Which Type of S. mutans is most important? - S. mutans (containing strains of serotypes c, e, and f), and possibly S. sobrinus (serotypes d and g) is more imp in promoting dental caries. - The others, S. cricetus (serotype a), S. rattus (serotype b), S. ferus (serotype c) and S. macacae (serotype c) are only very rarely or never isolated from human dental plaque.

146. • The salivary immunoglobulin may act as a specific agglutinin interacting with the bacterial surface receptors and inhibiting colonization and subsequent caries formation. • They inactivate surface glucosyltransferase, which would then reduce the synthesis of extra cellular glucans resulting in reducing plaque formation. • The salivary glands produce secretory IgA antibodies by direct immunization of the gut associated lymphoid tissue, they prevent S. mutans from adhering to the enamel surface or they may prevent formation of dextran by inhibiting the activity of glucosyltransferase MECHANIISM OF ACGTION OF CARIES VACCINE

147. • The gingival crevicular mechanism involves all the humoral and cellular components of the systemic immune system, which may exert its function at the tooth surface. • After subcutaneous immunization with S. mutans, the organism is phagocytosed and undergoes antigenic processing by macrophages.

148. Effective molecular targets for vaccine development The subcellular component which are currently being seriously proposed as vaccines are (a) Glucosyltransferases (GTF) (b) Wall associated proteins. (c) Adhesins. (d) Glucan- binding protein.

149. Glucosyltransferase (GTF):- • Group of the extracellular enzymes involved in synthesis of polymer (glucans) from sucrose. • Genes responsible for glucan synthesis in S. mutans are gtfB, gtfC, and gtfD • Inactivation of the gtfD gene has also resulted in a mutant with lower cariogenicity on smooth surfaces • Passive administration of antibody to GTF in diet can also protect rats from experimental dental caries. • Thus, presence of antibody to glucosyltransferase in oral cavity prior to infection can significantly influence the disease outcome, presumably by interference with one or more of the functional activities of the enzyme

150. Wall Associated Proteins Two purified proteins from the surface of S. mutans serotype c are currently being suggested for use as dental caries vaccines- 1. Antigen I/II or B described by Lehner and his colleagues, 2. Antigen A - a small molecular weight cell wall protein The antibody to the Wall associated proteins should prevent dental caries by blocking both the colonization of the tooth and the build- up of dental plaque by S. mutans Expression of Streptococcus mutans Wall-Associated Protein A Gene in Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells: Prospect for a Dental Caries DNA Vaccine DCB 2001

151. Adhesins • Adhesins are the receptors which allow S.mutans to bind with pellicle. • Adhesins from two principal human pathogens, Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus have been purified. • Numerous immunization approaches have shown that active immunization (with intact antigen) or passive immunization can protect subjects from dental caries

152. Glucan-binding Proteins (GBP) • The ability of mutans streptococci to bind to glucan is presumed to be mediated by cell wall-associated GBP. • S. mutans secretes at least three distinct proteins with glucan-binding activity. • Protection can be achieved by either subcutaneous injection of GBP in the salivary gland region or by mucosal application by the intranasal route. • Saliva samples from young children often contain IgA antibody to GBP, indicating that initial infection with S. mutans can lead to natural induction of immunity to this protein.

153. • Challacombe et al. (1978) stated that IgG antibodies from serum reach the oral cavity through the gingival crevicular fluid. • Seward (1971) stated that when the teeth erupted the local inflammation is common and during this time serum antibodies may stimulate opsonization and phagocytosis of bacterial cell.

154. Hajishengallis and Michalek- Oral Microbiol Immunol 1999 Contains structural elements of either adhesins or GTF or GBP. Also called attenuated expression vectors. Helpful in targeting vaccine to appropriate lymphoid tissue for mucosal response. Chemical conjugation of functionally associated peptide components with bacterial polyssacharides. TYPES OF VACCINES SUB UNIT VACCINE RECOMBINANT VACCINE CONJUGATE VACCINE

155. -Added to the value of including multiple targets within the vaccine is that conjugation of protein with polysaccharide enhances the immunogenicity polysaccharide entity. - Subcutaneous injection with conjugate-induced systemic IgM and IgG antibody responses to both peptide and polysaccharide, which could be boosted upon subsequent injection. Hajishengallis and Michalek- Oral Microbiol Immunol 1999

156. ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION OF VACCINE • Both oral vaccine and passive immunization have been suggested as being possibly safer, than injected vaccine with its resultant high levels of circulating antibodies • Subcutaneous administration of S. mutans was used successfully in monkeys and elicited predominantly serum IgG, IgM, and IgA antibodies. The antibodies find their way into the oral cavity via gingival crevicular fluid and are protective against dental caries. ROUTES OF ADMINISTRATION: 1. ORAL 2. INTRA NASAL 3. TONSILLAR 4. MINOR SALIVARY GLAND 5. RECTAL

157. Antibody responses • Three main types of antibody response are: (I) circulating antibody induced by systemic injection predominantly of IgG class) which enters the oral cavity by way of gingival crevice. (ii) a secretory IgA Antibody which is produced by salivary glands. (iii) local synthesis of IgG antibody in the gingiva has also been recently reported. Hajishengallis and Michalek- Oral Microbiol Immunol 1999

158. Concerns regarding use of caries vaccine o Heart cross-reactive antigens HCRA have been identified in S. mutans , which when injected in animals may damage to the heart. Streptococcus mutans antibodies, possibly reacts with, the myosin component of the heart tissues . o The precise timing and number of injections which might ultimately be required in children has not yet been determined. o Apart from logistic consideration of availability of patients and coordination with other vaccine programmes, fundamental details of the level and longevity of immune responses in humans are not yet known.

159. Nasal vaccine-newer approach • Unlike traditional vaccines, which are injected directly into the bloodstream, the nasal spray vaccine works by way of the mucosal immune system—an antibody-producing “factory” that resides in the body’s mucosal surfaces, such as the lining of the respiratory, digestive, and urogenital tracts. • By introducing the vaccine into the mucosal cells lining the nasal passages,( Michalek and Childers et al) hope to trigger an immune response that will spread throughout the body’s other mucosal sites, including the mouth.

160. Caries Vaccine o Infants, representing the primary target population for a caries vaccine, become mucosally immunocompetent and secrete salivary immunoglobulin A antibodies during the first weeks after birth, o Whereas mutans streptococci colonize the tooth surfaces at a discrete time period that extends around 26 months of life. o Therefore, immunization when infants are about one year old may establish effective immunity against an ensuing colonization attempts by mutans streptococci. Hajishengallis and Michalek- Oral Microbiol Immunol 1999

161. Lasers in caries prevention

162. Introduction • 'Laser' is an acronym for 'light amplification by the stimulation emission of radiation'. Its theoretical basis was postulated by Albert Einstein. • First tooth exposed to laser light was in 1960. • Laser light in dentistry is a unique, non-ionizing form of electromagnetic radiation that can be employed as a controlled source of tissue stimulation, cutting or ablation, depending on specific parameters of wavelength, power and target tissue.

163. Laser use in dentistry • Although Maiman had exposed an extracted tooth to his ruby laser in 1960, the possibilities for laser use in dentistry did not occur until 1989, with the production of the American Dental Laser for commercial use. • This laser, using an active medium of Nd:YAG, emitted pulsed light and was developed and marketed by Dr Terry Myers, an American dentist. • Though low-powered and due to its emission wavelength, inappropriate for use on dental hard tissue, the availability of a dedicated laser for oral use gained popularity amongst dentists.

164. • In 1989, experimental work by Keller and Hibst using a pulsed erbium YAG (2,940 nm) laser, demonstrated its effectiveness in cutting enamel, dentine and bone. • This laser became commercially available in the UK in 1995 and, shortly followed by a similar Er,Cr:YSGG (erbium chromium: yttrium scandium gallium garnet) laser in 1997, amounted to a laser armamentarium that would address the surgical needs of clinical dentistry in general practice

165. Advantages o Appreciated by patients as they are more comfortable than drilling. o With water-cooling appears to have less side effects such as vibration, heat, sound or iatrogenic damages of adjacent teeth. o Laser irradiation causes minimal damage to surrounding tissues, minimal thermal changes of dental hard tissue composition, and creates favorable surface characteristics (e.g. reduced smear layer, smooth surface, and little debris).

166. LASERS IN CARIES PREVENTION o Yamamoto and Oaya used as YAG laser at energy densities of 10 to 20 J/cm2 and demonstrated that the lased enamel surface was more resistant to in vitro demineralization than non lased enamel. o Stern and Sognnaes demonstrated in vivo that enamel subjected to 10 to 15 J/cm2 showed a greater resistance to dental caries than the controls. o Stern concluded that energy levels below 250 J/cm2 did not permanently alter the pulp but necrosis could occur when energy level, reached 1800 J/cm2 or higher. o Lobene and Colleagues, observed that C02 laser irradiation to tooth enamel caused small amounts of hydroxyapatite to be converted to more insoluble calcium orthophosphate apatite. This paved the way for widespread use laser in prevention of caries.

167. LASERS IN CARIES PREVENTION • In 1985 Terry Myers used Nd:YAG laser for debridement of incipient caries. When a topical fluoride treatment was performed after argon laser conditioning of enamel, an even more dramatic reduction in enamel acid demineralization was observed • Studies have demonstrated the potential of laser pre-treatment of enamel or tooth roots to inhibit subsequent acid-induced dissolution or artificial caries-like challenge in the laboratory (Westerman et al, 1994). • Nelson, 1987 demonstrated the potential caries-inhibitory effects of pulsed carbon dioxide laser irradiation of enamel at low frequencies. • Inhibition of subsequent demineralization of enamel of up to 50% with the laser conditions they used, and reported that these effects were wavelength-dependent.

168. EFFECTS OF LASERS ON ENAMEL • Treatment with lasers can reduce the rate of subsurface demineralization in enamel • It may be due to combination of reduced enamel permeability with a reduced solubility promoted by melting, fusion, and recrystallization of enamel crystallites, which could seal the enamel surface • Studies showed the reduction of enamel solubility could be due to changes in the ultrastructure of enamel, such as the reduction of water and carbonate contents, the increase in the hydroxyl ion contents, formation of pyrophosphates, and the decomposition of proteins

169. Use of individual lasers • Nd:YAG laser is indicated for use in superficial pigmented caries removal. • Erbium family(Er:YAG , Er:YSGG) of lasers are the lasers of choice & most efficient for enamel, dentin & caries removal. • They have shown to reduce the bacterial population & produce a analgesic effect on the tissues. • Lasers can also be used for sealant placement- to clean, sterilize ,clearly visualize & even etch the enamel grooves.

170. Different types of lasers and their wavelengths The frequent wavelengths used in studies for caries prevention are: • Nd:YAG (λ = 1.64 µm) • Er:YAG (λ = 1.94 µm) • Er,Cr:YSGG (λ = 1.79 µm) • Argon (λ = 488–514 nm) • CO2 (λ = 9.6 and 10.6 µm)

171. Carbon Dioxide Lasers • The CO2 laser was demonstrated to be the most successful laser for increasing enamel’s acid resistance due to the higher absorption in phosphate radicals of hydroxyapatite. • Depending on the fluence applied, wavelengths of 9.3, 9.6, 10.3, and 10.6 µm promote melting of the enamel surface, which can be achieved at a temperature of 1200°C. • The 10.6-µm laser line is the strongest one, and most of the commercially available • The role of CO2 lasers in dental caries prevention has been explored since the 1960s, and continuous wave mode and pulsed lasers are used. • The combination of CO2 laser irradiation with several types of fluoride application showed important results and it was suggested that laser irradiation can reduce initial enamel demineralization, inhibit subsequent lesion progression, and enhance fluoride adsorption.

172. Effectiveness of lasers in caries prevention • Laser treatment particularly in combination with topical fluoride application (NaF, APF), increase resistance against caries, desensitization of hypersensitive dentine (Er:YAG) and improve marginal seal under composite resin (Nd:YAG). • C02-laser = Caries inhibition up to 82.7% • Er:YAG-laser = Reduction in surface lesion depth (root surfaces 39%, primary enamel surfaces 56%) • Nd:YAG-laser (with Duraphat) = Caries inhibition (pits and fissures 43%, smooth surfaces 80%).

173. Conclusion • Dental caries is a disease that usually can be successfully prevented or controlled • It is an important task for the dental team to teach individuals to take correct actions to minimize the risk for the disease. • It is also possible to identify and evaluate factors of importance for cavity formation. • By targeted actions, such risk factors can usually be changed, resulting in a reduced risk for caries. • In clinical practice, more emphasis is paid presently on treatment rather than prevention. A lot of time, energy and manpower can be saved if more attention is paid to prevention. • Research in new evidence based – methods in prevention would help us in reducing the morbidity associated with dental caries.

174. References • Sturdevent’s Art

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