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Clinical interventions for caries management through minimal intervention procedures in young children: an updated evidence-based review

  • Arturo Garrocho-Rangel1
  • Paola Navarro-Padilla1
  • Daniela Guzmán-Uribe1
  • Gabriela Torre-Delgadillo1
  • Socorro Ruiz-Rodríguez1
  • Amaury Pozos-Guillén1,*,

1Pediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Program, Faculty of Dentistry, San Luis Potosí University, 78290 San Luis Potosí, SLP, Mexico

DOI: 10.22514/jocpd.2023.076 Vol.47,Issue 6,November 2023 pp.1-10

Submitted: 27 February 2023 Accepted: 06 March 2023

Published: 03 November 2023

*Corresponding Author(s): Amaury Pozos-Guillén E-mail:


This review aimed to summarize the preventive, non-restorative and restorative minimal intervention dentistry (MID) interventions for managing dental caries during the primary dentition stage, after selecting the highest quality evidence. A comprehensive literature search for relevant studies was performed in PubMed (MEDLINE), Embase, Cochrane Library and Google Scholar, published between 2007 and 2022. Only clinical randomized controlled trials, clinical guidelines with literature review, systematic reviews and meta-analyses conducted in the primary dentition were included. One hundred fifty-three MID-associated references were found, and 63 of them were considered for the present review. Of these, 24 were clinical randomized controlled trials, 21 were systematic reviews, 3 umbrella reviews and 11 practice guidelines with a literature review. The retrieved evidence was divided into (and discussed) three general caries management strategies: (i) carious lesion diagnosis and individual risk assessment; (ii) preventive measurements and non-cavitated lesions management; and (iii) cavitated lesions management. MID is an attractive alternative management that promotes prevention rather than intervention to achieve a long-lasting oral health in young children through easy and cost-benefit preventive, non-invasive, minimally invasive or conservative invasive restorative measures. This philosophy of management is suitable for treating young children, considered friendlier and less anxiety-provoking than traditional methods.


Minimally intervention dentistry; Young children; Conservative caries management

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Arturo Garrocho-Rangel,Paola Navarro-Padilla,Daniela Guzmán-Uribe,Gabriela Torre-Delgadillo,Socorro Ruiz-Rodríguez,Amaury Pozos-Guillén. Clinical interventions for caries management through minimal intervention procedures in young children: an updated evidence-based review. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2023. 47(6);1-10.


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