Lege Artis Medicinae

[Prevention of tooth decay in children]

OCTOBER 30, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(16)

[Dental caries is a widespread disease in our country. National epidemiological studies show that the intensity of dental caries in children and adolescents doubles every 10 years. International experience has shown that dental disease can be prevented with an appropriate complex prevention programme. Dental health professionals internationally consider the use of fluorides, the promotion of dietary habits that are less damaging to the dentition and good oral hygiene as three basic pillars of primary prevention. ]

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