Agree or disagree? Caries Management by Risk Assessment is a nice idea, but the reality is that most patients and practitioners would rather fill cavities than work to prevent them.
The CDA Foundation and the UCSF School of Dentistry are attempting to alter the way dentists prevent caries through a practice-based clinical trial, and volunteers are needed. “This is a very exciting opportunity to participate in clinical research in your own practice and contribute to the evidence supporting CAMBRA,” said CDA Foundation Chair Don Rollofson, DMD. The [...]
Big changes are coming for dental practices performing CAries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA). After extensive review by the American Dental Association and the CDT (Current Dental Terminology) Code Committee, 3 new CAMBRA codes will be introduced in the 2014 codebook!
The systemic theory of dental caries. Southward K. Gen Dent. 2011 Sep-Oct;59(5):367-73; quiz 374-5 This is a very interesting theoretical article. The question it looks at is does dental caries occur locally in the tooth from an external acid dissolution (outside-in), or does it occur as a result of internal inflammation (inside-out)? The internal inflammation being [...]
(Ecclesiastes 1:9) This is the first part of a two part series by Dr. Wathan This bit of ancient wisdom certainly applies to preventive dentistry. Going back 5500 years ago, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Africans, Mid-Easterners, and Asians recognized that the daily accumulations on teeth could result in both tooth and gum troubles. The “chewing [...]
Note: if you experienced an error leaving a comment earlier, it has now been fixed. Thanks for your patience! Did everybody catch Bader’s new study published this month in JADA? It has generated more emails with questions than any study in the past couple of years. Click here to read the study My take [...]
Are you one of the millions of people who no matter the brand of toothpaste or mouthwash you use, you still get bad news at the dentist? Do you feel like solving the problem is too complex and have accepted the dreaded fact that drilling and filling will be part of your life forever? You [...]
The holidays are here again. Time for Aunt Sue’s pumpkin pie, Grandma Christy’s pecan pie, Cousin Lucy’s sugar cookies, and on down the list. This time only comes around once a year, so it has to be enjoyed, right? The holidays are a time of enjoyment and indulging a little never hurt anyone; however, there [...]
Sugar is an organic compound, but the white refined substance you are used to seeing is a compound known as sucrose. Sugarcane plants or sugar beets are where we get most of the sugar that we eat. It is a simple carbohydrate that does not contain the nutrients of more complex carbohydrates such as those [...]
Let’s face it: People often put off going to the dentist. Adults know better than that. But kids don’t. With the CDC estimating that more than 19% of children aged 2-19 have untreated cavities, it’s important to get your child clients to their semi-annual visits from a young age. Why? The CDC reports that “Tooth [...]