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VOLUME 7 , ISSUE 2 ( July-December, 2022 ) > List of Articles


Root Caries: Etiopathogenesis and Management

Jogikalmat Krithikadatta, Aruna Krishnan

Keywords : Biofilm, Etiology, Management, Prevention, Root caries, Root decay

Citation Information : Krithikadatta J, Krishnan A. Root Caries: Etiopathogenesis and Management. J Oper Dent Endod 2022; 7 (2):38-43.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10047-0124

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 03-02-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Root caries is a type of dental decay that affects the roots of teeth. Unlike traditional dental caries, which typically affect the enamel and dentin of the tooth, root caries occurs when the roots of teeth become exposed due to receding gums or other factors. This can leave the softer, more vulnerable root tissue exposed to bacteria and acid, leading to decay and eventual tooth loss if left untreated. Root caries is a common problem for older adults, as well as people with certain medical conditions or medications that can affect oral health. Treatment for root caries typically involves removing the decayed tissue and restoring the tooth with a filling or crown. However, prevention is the best approach, and good oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and regular dental checkups can all help to reduce the risk of developing root caries. In recent years, researchers have also been exploring new approaches to preventing and treating root caries, such as using fluoride varnishes or other topical treatments to strengthen the tooth enamel and reduce the risk of decay. With proper care and attention, it is possible to prevent and manage root caries, helping to maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout life.

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