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Each month, the clinical update is published online and in the Victorian Dentist. There are 11 clinical updates per year, corresponding with the distribution of the Victorian Dentist from February to December. This service is available to ADAVB and ADATas members only. Members can log in to view and answer the clinical update questions. If you answer at least nine out of 10 questions correctly, you will receive one hour of scientific CPD.

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Carious lesion management in children and adolescents by Australian dentists

Keys, T, Burrow MF, Rajan S, Rompre P, Domejean S, Muller-Bolla M, Manton DJ.
Australian Dental Journal; 64:282-292. doi: 10.1111/adj.12710

Introduction

Minimal intervention (MI) dentistry is an important part of dental caries management. Its philosophy is to address the underlying disease contributing factors. Children treated according to this philosophy benefit due to a reduction in exposure to invasive procedures and in the number of restored surfaces. High-quality restorations are still required to restore function, form and aesthetics to aid with plaque control and protect the pulp-dentine complex. Preserving surface integrity is important in the ability to remineralise carious lesions in enamel. This will extend the lifespan of the dentition.

There have been two previous studies related to approximal carious lesion management that were limited to state level. The national approach of this current study may help guide public policy, education and teaching in Australia and allow for comparisons with international studies. The aim of this study was to investigate the management of dental carious lesions in children and adolescents by Australian dentists via a questionnaire.

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