The researches concluded that it is necessary to make changes to existing methods of combating tooth decay.
Scientists at the University of Sydney have found that the development of caries can be stopped without dental intervention.
This is stated in an article published in the journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.
“ The results of the study prove that there is a need to make changes in ways to combat caries, because, as it turns out, preventive measures have more effective results than traditional medical practice “ – said Professor Wendell Evans, the head of the scientists group.
Previously, it was assumed that when a carries was found, it should be removed immediately, otherwise it will quickly progress.
However, research has shown that it takes 4 to 8 years to develop caries from enamel to the inner layer of the tooth (dentin).
This is a sufficient period to detect and prevent further carios lesions.
A study of seven years proved that regular dental care not only significantly reduces the risk of caries, but can completely stop its development.
Scientists emphasize that in order to prevent the destruction of carious teeth, it is necessary to reduce the consumption of sugar and to pay increased attention to home cleaning of the teeth.
In addition, scientists advised dentists to use fluoride varnishes in the treatment of patients.
The monitoring programm conducted by the National Board of Health and Medical Research Australia, confirmed that the risk of caries and the need for filling is reduced by 30-50% among patients who adhere to these rules.