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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‚Äôs 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
Jan
3

How to Work with Stubborn Patient Behaviors and Get Positive Results

written by CariFree

We know counseling patients can be challenging. Today we offer a few reasons why it can be so hard, and a few strategies that work to help patients really make change. One of the greatest forces working against us (and our patients) is called proactive interference. Old habits are a significant force keeping us from […]

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Category: Education
Dec
20

Wellness Coaching: Part 1

written by CariFree

  Behavior change is tricky. Telling patients or showing them HOW to do something will not actually make them change. So, I went through a 2-year course on wellness coaching. Wellness Coaching helps the patient understand why they have a problem and empowers them to do something about it. Wellness Coaching helps the patient develop […]

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Category: Education
Dec
13

What is Saliva’s Role?

written by CariFree

Saliva is nature’s most effective protective strategy for your mouth. Resting saliva has a pH of about 6.75 and stimulated saliva has a pH of 8.0. When we begin to look at things that threaten this protection there are several that come to mind.       1. Medication Induced Xerostomia 70% of Americans take […]

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Category: Education
Dec
6

How Does Diet Influence Caries Risk: Part 2

written by CariFree

Of course sugar consumption plays a large role in our patients caries risk. However even practicing 30+ years, I am still surprised to find new places sugar is showing up in my patients’ diets.   Sports drinks, friend or foe? Over the years people have begun to understand the link between sugary soda and poor […]

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Category: Education