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A Case of Severe Caries and Demineralisation in a Patient Wearing an Essix-Type Retainer

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This case report presents a patient who developed significant caries and demineralisation due to consumption of large quantities of cariogenic drinks while he was wearing an Essix retainer. The risks to dental health during orthodontic retention and the responsibilities of general dental practitioners, orthodontists and patients are highlighted.
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Keywords: ADOLESCENT; CARIES; DEMINERALISATION; ORTHODONTIC; RETENTION

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Senior House Officer in Restorative Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds, UK 2: Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds, UK

Publication date: April 1, 2008

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  • Primary Dental Care is the research journal of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), and the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated wholly to research in primary care dentistry. The aim of the journal is to promote academic and research aspects of primary dental care by publishing relevant peer-reviewed papers. In addition, reviews, reports of clinical cases, book reviews, opinions, summaries and abstracts of scientific meetings and news items are included.
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