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Dental Practice Education Research Unit

The University of Adelaide Australia

Root Caries                                                          

Root surfaces are prone to root caries due to gingival recession that is accompanied by ageing, previous periodontal infections or toothbrushing-related trauma accumulated over the years. Nearly one in fifteen and one in eleven Australian and New Zealand adults, respectively, present with root caries while older adults aged 75+ years in both countries have the highest prevalence of root caries. The practitioner information sheet on this special topic discusses, diagnosis of root caries, risk indicators for root caries as well as prevention and treatment of root caries. The relevant information for patients including what root caries is, how it is diagnosed and what can be done to control and prevent it, is provided in the patient pamphlet.

Multiple copies of patient pamphlet are available for ordering.


View documents by clicking the below links.

Information for Dental Practitioners
Information for Patients