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Mar
21

Bacterial Activity in Active Carious Lesion vs Sound Surfaces

written by CariFree

When we take a look at the way a patient’s biofilm impacts their caries risk, we are learning more and more every day. We know that patients with either too much plaque or an overly-active biofilm are at higher risk, but what do we know about individual species of bacteria and how they play a […]

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Category: Education
Mar
14

Sugar Consumption Recommendations Based on Low-Quality Evidence?

written by CariFree

This study we found interesting. It determined the recommendations given to the public from governmental agencies and various medical communities on sugar intake did not meet the criteria for trustworthy recommendations and are based on low-quality evidence.  Now, that does not mean that recommending limiting sugar intake is wrong, simply that the recommendations being provided […]

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Category: Education
Mar
8

Does Breast Feeding Increase Dental Caries Risk in Children?

written by CariFree

Have you ever been asked if breastfeeding increases a child’s risk of decay? This study (of 63 papers) points out that up to 12 months breastfeeding does not contribute to decay risk, but might actually offer some protection for the child. It makes sense that nature would not set the child up for decay, but […]

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Category: Education
Mar
1

Low BMI and Dental Caries Risk

written by CariFree

There have been a number of studies conducted over the past 10 years looking at the correlation between Dental Caries risk and high BMI. These studies (basically) conclude that high BMI correlates to higher Caries Risk; in general children with high BMI consume more carbohydrate and sugar than their normal BMI counterparts. What is interesting […]

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Category: Education
Feb
21

The Social Side of Dental Caries Prevention

written by CariFree

Recent research coming from Boston University suggests our traditional one-on-one behavioral interventions with patients may not be the best for long-term preventive behaviors. In fact, researcher Brenda Heaton, an assistant professor of health policy and health services research at Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine offers information that may change the way information […]

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Category: Education
Feb
14

What is that black stain?

written by CariFree

Actinomyces/Black Stain Have you ever had a young patient come to your office with strange black staining? Something we see from time to time are children who present with superficial black stains on the teeth. Parents will always ask what causes it, and usually we discuss things like water and vitamins, but often we throw […]

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Category: Education
Feb
7

Science Update Series: Saliva, Dental Caries and Periodontal Disease

written by CariFree

It was an interesting year in Dental Caries research. For this update series we started with about 100 articles, and pared it down to 50 that we believe broaden our knowledge and will help us better diagnose and treat our patients. Over the next several weeks we will walk through the research, feel free to […]

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Category: Education
Jan
24

Don’t Miss Dr. Kutsch’s Science Update TODAY! Free Webinar

written by CariFree

  Tonight Dr. Kim Kutsch offers an update on the science of dental caries. Sign up for this free event by clicking the link below.   REGISTER HERE       In other news…   We had an excellent question by a reader on last week’s post Q & A With Dr. Kim Kutsch: Saliva […]

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Category: Education
Jan
17

Q&A With Dr. Kim Kutsch: Saliva and Brushing

written by CariFree

Here are some questions posed recently to Dr. Kutsch and his responses:   Q: What is your baseline approach to a saliva compromised patient? For the patient with reduced salivary flow, which may be a result of age and or medication use, my approach is to make sure they understand the importance of keeping the […]

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Category: Education
Jan
11

Finding Balance: Dr. Kutsch’s Caries Protocols for Low, Moderate and High Risk Patients

written by CariFree

My approach to talking to patients about their dental health has changed dramatically over time. I have moved away from telling patients what they ‘have’ to letting them know ‘what I find’. It has made all the difference in the world. Specifically, when discussing caries risk, I have adopted the scripted statements and questions below: […]

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Category: Education