Surveillance for dental caries, dental sealants, tooth retention, edentulism, and enamel fluorosis--United States, 1988-1994 and 1999-2002.

  title={Surveillance for dental caries, dental sealants, tooth retention, edentulism, and enamel fluorosis--United States, 1988-1994 and 1999-2002.},
  author={Eugenio D. Beltr{\'a}n-Aguilar and Laurie K Barker and Mar{\'i}a Teresa Canto and Bruce A. Dye and Barbara F Gooch and Susan O. Griffin and Jeffrey Hyman and Freder Jaramillo and Albert Kingman and Ruth E. Nowjack-Raymer and Robert H Selwitz and T C Jackson Wu},
  journal={Morbidity and mortality weekly report. Surveillance summaries},
  volume={54 3},
PROBLEM/CONDITION Dental caries is a common chronic disease that causes pain and disability across all age groups. If left untreated, dental caries can lead to pain and infection, tooth loss, and edentulism (total tooth loss). Dental sealants are effective in preventing dental caries in the occlusal (chewing) and other pitted and fissured surfaces of the teeth. Enamel fluorosis is a hypomineralization of enamel related to fluoride exposure during tooth formation (first 6 years for most… CONTINUE READING
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