An Australian University study over a prolonged period found that prevention is nearly always better than cure!
The need for fillings could be reduced by up to 50%.
Professor Wendell Evans from the University of Sydney advocates a Caries Management System (CMS):
procedures which cover the assessment of decay risk, the correct use of X-rays,
and treating early decay before it develops into an actual cavity.
The CMS has 4 main elements:
1. Use of high concentration fluoride where there is evidence of early decay.
2. Teaching better tooth brushing skills
3. Educating patients about the dangers of “snacking” and high sugar drinks.
4. Monitoring patients at most risk.