||The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will sponsor a Consensus Development Conference on Diagnosis and Management of Dental Caries Throughout Life on March 26-28, 2001.
Although great strides have been made in dental health in recent decades, dental caries, or tooth decay, remains common in the United States. Caries result when certain species of bacteria in the mouth establish a sticky colony called a biofilm or dental plaque, on the teeth. The bacteria generate acids that dissolve minerals in tooth enamel, resulting in the formation of opaque white or brown spots beneath the surface of the enamel.
For more information, visit the NIH Consensus Program Web site at