Minimally Invasive Approaches for Caries Management
Dental caries is the most common noncommunicable disease that affects millions of adults and children. It is a multifactorial and dynamic disease that results from the imbalance between demineralization and remineralization of the dental tissues. Patient centered and personalized treatment planning is crucial to regain oral microecological balance and control caries progression. The utilization of minimally invasive approaches that preclude or delay the need for traditional restorative treatment has started gaining momentum in recent years. Effective medical management of dental caries requires individual risk assessment and early intervention. This lecture focuses on some of these minimally invasive approaches, including fluoride varnish, silver diamine fluoride, resin sealants, and atraumatic restorative treatment, in the context of their clinical efficacy, indications for use and limitations, and factors determining their efficacy.
Dr Duangthip is a Senior Clinical Practitioner and Undergraduate Program Director in Cariology, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong. She was an invited speaker in several international conferences. She published more than 60 peer-reviewed journals with Scopus H-index 18 and more than 1,100 citations. Her research interest focuses on caries management, fluoride treatment and community dental care. Currently, she is an Associate Editor in BMC Oral Health and Assistant Specialty Chief Editor in Frontiers in Oral Health.
Dr Duangthip is a Vice President of the Pediatric Oral Health Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and Vice President of Society of Preventive Dentistry of Hong Kong. Recently, she won the Knowledge Exchange (KE) Excellent Award of the University of Hong Kong in 2021.