The updated guideline emphasizes the cooperation of laypeople and dental professionals in preventing dental decay. Caries control in everyday life is most important. It includes brushing teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, following regular eating patterns, using water for quenching thirst and preventing early colonization of mutans streptococci. If caries lesions still develop, risk factors should be identified and tackled by individually tailored preventive program including monitoring its efficacy. Patient commitment, diet counselling, use of xylitol products, enhanced self-care and fluoride use, sealants, resin-infiltration and shortened recall intervals may be included in the preventive program.
Vuokko Anttonen (Chair)