Current Oral Health Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 117–123 | Cite as

Root Caries Management: Evidence and Consensus Based Report

  • Yasuko MomoiEmail author
  • Akihiko Shimizu
  • Mikako Hayashi
  • Satoshi Imazato
  • Masako Unemori
  • Yuichi Kitasako
  • Shisei Kubo
  • Rena Takahashi
  • Syozi Nakashima
  • Toru Nikaido
  • Masayoshi Fukushima
  • Morioki Fujitani
  • Chinami Yamaki
  • Kenichi Sugai
Cariology (J Tagami, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Cariology


Root caries are becoming an increasingly common clinical problem, especially as aged-society. This report is based on the clinical practice guideline which offers a practical expert review of managing root caries with the best scientific evidence and the general consensus of expert clinicians. Root caries should be managed differently from coronal caries, and a shift of its strategy from “early-detection and early-treatment” to “early-detection and long-term management” is called for. Once the restorative treatment is chosen, it is often more advantageous to use glass-ionomer than resin composite. In addition, as we face a super-aged society now, in today’s dentistry setting, silver diammine fluoride (SDF) with high demineralization inhibitory effect is being re-evaluated as the “rescue material” (material for emergency cases) for root caries.


Root caries Clinical guideline Clinical questions Non-invasive treatment Remineralization Fluoride 


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Yasuko Momoi, Akihiko Shimizu, Mikako Hayashi, Satoshi Imazato, Masako Unemori, Yuichi Kitasako, Shisei Kubo, Rena Takahashi, Syozi Nakashima, Toru Nikaido, Masayoshi Fukushima, Morioki Fujitani, Chinami Yamaki, and Kenichi Sugai declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasuko Momoi
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Akihiko Shimizu
    • 1
  • Mikako Hayashi
    • 1
  • Satoshi Imazato
    • 1
  • Masako Unemori
    • 1
  • Yuichi Kitasako
    • 1
  • Shisei Kubo
    • 1
  • Rena Takahashi
    • 1
  • Syozi Nakashima
    • 1
  • Toru Nikaido
    • 1
  • Masayoshi Fukushima
    • 1
  • Morioki Fujitani
    • 1
  • Chinami Yamaki
    • 1
  • Kenichi Sugai
    • 1
  1. 1.The Expert Working Group for Clinical Practice Guideline on Dental CariesThe Japanese Society of Conservative DentistryTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Operative DentistryTsurumi University School of Dental MedicineYokohamaJapan

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