Special Issue "Dental Caries across the Adulthood Lifespan: Research and Clinical Practice"

A special issue of Dentistry Journal (ISSN 2304-6767). This special issue belongs to the section "Restorative Dentistry and Traumatology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Camila A. Zamperini
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Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, 801 South Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
Interests: dentistry; dental biofilm; dentin caries; dental materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is exciting and challenging how cariology has significantly evolved in the last decades. Recent research advances (including “omics” techniques) have enabled a better understanding of the complexity of dental biofilms (dental plaque) and their importance regarding balance in the etiopathology of dental caries. As result, dental caries is nowadays understood as a behavior-mediated biofilm disease. In parallel, the developments in materials and technologies (such as adhesive dentistry and digital dentistry) have also contributed to establishing the novel concepts of cariology and minimally invasive dentistry. “Personalized dental caries prevention and management”, “surgical and non-surgical management” of cavitated and non-cavitated lesions, “selective removal of caries tissues”, “motivational communication”, “biofilm modulation”, “dietary counseling”, and “interprofessional approaches” are pillars that support the most current principles of cariology. However, how to translate and implement all of those concepts into our daily clinical practice remains a challenge. Specifically, very demanding areas include the use of more accurate tools to identify specific preventive and therapeutic needs. An example would be the use of caries risk assessment systems that truly “personalize” individual’s risk and their changes or fluctuations throughout patient’s adulthood lifespan. Very importantly, personalized dental caries management in geriatric and special needs populations also deserve further attention. In the research field, very little is known about the interaction of cariogenic biofilms with the organic components of dental tissues, or about the role of the immune system in dental caries progression. Although significant advances have been made, we still have challenges to overcome from both research and clinical perspectives. We would like to invite you to contribute to this topic by submitting your original in vitro, in vivo, and clinical research studies, letters, or critical/narrative reviews. Our hope is that this Special Issue will support us in implementing evidence-based changes into our daily clinical practice as well as introducing us to new caries-related research strategies and possibilities.

Dr. Camila A. Zamperini
Guest Editor

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  • dental caries
  • root caries
  • biofilms
  • saliva
  • cariogenic diets
  • tooth remineralization
  • fluorides
  • cariostatic agents
  • dental materials

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Effect of Turmeric Concentrations on the Rate of Growth of Oral Bacteria—An In-Vitro Study
Dent. J. 2021, 9(3), 26; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9030026 - 01 Mar 2021
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Background and Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of varying concentrations of a turmeric solution on the growth rates of oral bacteria sampled from dental students. Methods: Bacterial cultures were grown overnight in aerobic conditions from plaque samples [...] Read more.
Background and Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of varying concentrations of a turmeric solution on the growth rates of oral bacteria sampled from dental students. Methods: Bacterial cultures were grown overnight in aerobic conditions from plaque samples obtained from five test subjects. With the exception of the control, samples were exposed to different treatments; including chlorhexidine gluconate 2 mg/mL, prepared turmeric solution (TS) mouthwash: TS 0.25 mL (7.375 mg/mL), TS 0.5 mL (14.75 mg/mL), and TS 1 mL (29.50 mg/mL). Growth rate of the bacterial cultures were assessed by monitoring changes in optical density readings at 600 nm at hourly intervals for a six-hour period. The data were plotted and the exponential trend was used to calculate individual rates of growth. Data was analyzed using a one-way ANOVA with the significance confirmed using the Tukey-HSD test. Results: Growth observed in the bacteria exposed to the turmeric solution, was significantly greater (p < 0.05) when compared with the bacteria exposed to the medium alone. There was a significant difference found between the bacterial growth rate of the 1 mL turmeric solution against the growth rate of the bacteria in the 0.25 and 0.5 mL turmeric solutions. Conclusion: Comparison of growth rates of oral bacteria suggested that turmeric solutions of concentrations between 7.357 and 29.5 mg/mL (0.25–1 mL) were unlikely to exhibit bacteriostatic or bactericidal properties, and, conversely, increased bacterial growth. Considering this result, it is unlikely that turmeric mouthwash made from store-bought turmeric would have any antibacterial effects against oral bacteria, and may even promote bacterial growth. Full article
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