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INVITED REVIEW
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-16

International Caries Detection and Assessment System: A new paradigm in detection of dental caries


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College and Hospital, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha - 442 004, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere - 577004, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
K M Shivakumar
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College and Hospital, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha - 442 004, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0707.53335

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A new emphasis on caries measurement and management is required for the dental community. The dental professionals need new approaches in caries detection, its assessment, and management. The future of research, practice, and education in Cariology requires the development of an integrated definition of dental caries, and uniform systems for measuring the caries process. Keeping this in view, the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) has presented a new paradigm for the measurement of dental caries, which was developed from the systematic reviews of literature on the clinical caries detection system and other sources. The ICDAS can serve as a basis and benchmark for clinical and epidemiological research and inform dental undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Cariology. The ICDAS system was developed to bring forward the current understanding of the process of initiation and progression of dental caries to the fields of epidemiological and clinical research.


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