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What did we cover in this week?

Well done — first week complete. We hope you enjoyed it and found it useful. Over the next two weeks, we will consider the management of dental trauma and some tips for behaviour management. We’ll also be looking at the assessment of child patients.

What are the take-home messages from this week?

Caries prevention has a pretty good evidence base. We know fluoride works and have a range of delivery methods. Make sure fluoride is the starting point for any prevention you give.

Recommended approaches for caries management now usually recommend sealing caries in, particularly where lesions are close to the pulp. This can be difficult advice to follow, particularly for those of us who were trained many years ago! But — the evidence base is growing and remains in favour of this approach.

Treatment planning must be for the long term. It’s tempting just to focus on the problem at hand. But what is the long term goal? What sort of dentition do you want this patient to have when they are 20? or 30?

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