Dental Caries Progression Among U.S. Marine Corps Personnel Following Operational Deployment
Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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Introduction Dental caries remains a major problem in the US military. Incipientlesions progress slowly, taking 3-4 years to progress from the enamel surfaceinto dentin. For lesions in dentin, measurable radiographic progression occurswithin 1-3 years. Although anecdotal evidence suggests that military personnelexhibit increased caries activity during operational deployments, no studies havespecifically evaluated caries incidence or lesion progression among deployedpersonnel.Objectives To assess 1 the overall incidence of new dental caries lesions,and 2 the frequency of caries progression among US Marine Corps personnelfollowing operational deployment.