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No-drill dentistry approach shows effectiveness against tooth decay

8th December 2015

Tooth decay can be stopped, reversed and prevented without the need for the traditional fill-and-drill approach, according to a new study.

The University of Sydney research has underlined the potential benefits of a no-drill approach to dentistry, suggesting that the need for fillings can be cut by 30 to 50 percent through preventative oral care.

According to results from the seven-year study, the drill-free approach involves applying high-concentration fluoride varnish to the sites of early decay, paying greater attention to brushing, minimising consumption of between-meal snacks and sugary beverages, and risk-specific monitoring.

The researchers went on to suggest that teeth need only be drilled and filled where an actual cavity is already evident.

Associate professor Wendell Evans of the University of Sydney said: "This research signals the need for a major shift in the way tooth decay is managed by dentists."

The findings challenge the understanding that tooth decay is a rapidly progressive phenomenon that requires immediate removal to prevent a tooth surface from breaking up into cavities.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801807678-ADNFCR

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