Preparing Teeth for a Clinical Examination

  • Christopher LongbottomEmail author
  • Andrea Ferreira Zandona


When conducting a clinical examination, it is important to optimize the conditions, removing biofilm and using focused drying. All exposed teeth surfaces in the oral cavity are susceptible to dental caries, however susceptibility among the different surfaces and teeth differ. Understanding the most common patterns of dental caries susceptibility is important not only for caries detection but for caries risk assessment and caries management.


Clinical examination Prophylaxis Air syringe Tooth separation Tooth surface caries susceptibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Longbottom
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrea Ferreira Zandona
    • 2
  1. 1.King’s College London Dental InstituteLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Comprehensive CareTufts University School of Dental MedicineBostonUSA

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