Oman Dental College, Muscat, Oman
Title: PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE: THE CHANGING TRENDS IN ORAL HEALTH CARE
Biography: Viresh Chopra
Dental caries has been recognized as an infectious disease; hence it becomes important for everyone to understand the underlying causes of dental caries and intervene at the right time to prevent this disease. As in earlier times, Restoration of a carious lesion is no longer considered as a cure. Perhaps the mostvaluable return on diligent preventive care is avoiding simple tooth decay from grwoing into a worse problem. Left untreated, it can either extend into a gum diseae, painful conditions or tooth extraction which can inturn lead to other dental problems.As clinicians it is our duty to recognize patients with active caries or signs of this disease and provide appropriate preventive and treatment measures. Progress of a carious lesion leads to more painful conditions which require more intensive treatment like Root canal Treament. Dental Caries preventive methods include sealent application, antimicrobial agents and many more. Caries control methods are more invasive and include cutting of tooth structure for restoring the decayed part of the tooth, It also includes pulpal therapy and restoration of badly broken teeth in cases where caries progression has not been controlled. With time changes and advancements have taken place in terms of Demtal Materials, Concepts and technologies. Knowledge of these advancements not only help the clinicians in curing the disease but also helps us to recognize patients at high rish and prevent the disease in them. It is the duty of the academic teams of various institutions around the world to develop quality diagnostic tools and better preventive and control measures so as to control and prevent this infetious disease.