The updated guideline emphasizes the mutual cooperation of laypeople and dental professionals in preventing dental decay. Caries control in everyday life includes brushing teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, observing regular eating patterns, using water for quenching thirst and preventing early colonization of mutans streptococci. If caries lesions still develop, they should be arrested with the assistance of a dental health professional. She/he should identify the risk factors and help the patient to tackle them. Professional prophylaxis, recommendation to use xylitol products and application of topical fluorides and/or dental sealants may be used for supporting the enhanced self-care.
Hannu Hausen (Chair)