NIH Consensus Panel Will Weigh Evidence on Best Ways to Prevent, Detect, and Treat Tooth Decay
- What are the best methods for detecting early and advanced dental caries (validity and feasibility of traditional methods; validity and feasibility of emerging methods)?
- What are the best indicators for an increased risk of dental caries?
- What are the best methods available for the primary prevention of dental caries initiation throughout life?
- What are the best treatments available for reversing or arresting the progression of early dental caries?
- How should clinical decisions regarding prevention and/or treatment be affected by detection methods and risk assessment?
- What are promising new research directions for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental caries?
The panel will present its draft statement to the public for comment at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Following this public comment session, the panel will release its revised consensus statement at a news conference at 1:00 p.m. and take questions from the media.
The consensus statement is the report of an independent panel and is not a policy statement of the NIH or the Federal Government.
The primary sponsors of this meeting are the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research. Cosponsors include the National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Additional information about this conference, including the meeting agenda, local area hotels, and directions to NIH, is available at the NIH Consensus Development Program Web site at http://consensus.nih.gov.
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