Clinical Dental Plaque Fermentation and Its Role in Caries Risk Assessment

Abstract

In contemporary dental practice, the role of dental plaque fermentation in the dental caries disease process is well understood, but difficult to assay for and to demonstrate to patients as an educational and motivational tool. This paper provides an overview of the current concepts of dental plaque fermentation with reference to the health/unhealthy biofilm concept of dental plaque. It explains the basis for chairside tests for plaque fermentation, and identifies measures which can be targeted to address production of harmful organic acids by dental plaque.

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@inproceedings{Walsh2006ClinicalDP, title={Clinical Dental Plaque Fermentation and Its Role in Caries Risk Assessment}, author={Laurence James Walsh}, year={2006} }