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Issue: Volume 21, Issue 1
Release Date: 20 Jun 2019

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Non-Restorative Cavity Treatment: Should This be the Treatment of Choice? Reflections of a Teacher in Paediatric Dentistry

Non-Restorative Cavity Treatment (NRCT) is not favoured by many paediatric dentists. However, perhaps it should be the treatment of choice rather than confronting child and parents with a restorative, symptomatic, often less child-friendly approach. Does the child have a right to a viable biological treatment option, because solving a biological problem, basically caused by neglect, with technical solutions is ethically not defensible in all cases? Restorations simply mask the caries activity. What matters is the oral health and the well-being of the child. How can this best be served?

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