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Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública

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TASCON, Jorge. Atraumatic restorative treatment to control dental caries: history, characteristics, and contributions of the technique. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2005, vol.17, n.2, pp.110-115. ISSN 1680-5348.

This paper presents relevant scientific information on the history, characteristics, and contributions of atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) for use in preventing and controlling dental caries. Within the area of oral public health, ART has been for years an economical, effective method for preventing and controlling caries in vulnerable populations. Among other things, ART reduces the stress and anxiety in patients that conventional restoration methods produce. This technique promises major benefits for Latin America. However, given its limitations with dental cavities on two or more surfaces, it is recommended that more research on this approach be encouraged, with the aim of improving the technique’s effectiveness based on its characteristics, indications, and technical merits.

Keywords : Public health dentistry; community dentistry; preventive dentistry; dental caries; glass ionomer cements; dental restoration; temporary.

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