Dental caries represents a destructive condition of the hard dental tissue. The occurrence and advance of carious lesions is a complex phenomenon, involving the interaction of the microbial factor (the action of bacteria upon the tooth) with the factors related to the host, alimentary regime, time factor.
For an as correct as possible appreciation of the cariogenic risk of an individual, several tests, based on different (microbiological, clinical, epidemiological) principles, are usually recommended .
Also, especially important is to check up the existence of a possible statistical association between the prevalence of dental caries and the results of the salivary tests performed on the experimental group .
- dental caries prevalence
- salivary indices
- salivary tests