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Aug
9

To Floss or Not to Floss: That is the question!

written by CariFree

By: Dr. V. Kim Kutsch, DMD Dental floss made from silk thread first became a commercial product in 1882, and has probably been a controversial topic since that first introduction. The dental profession routinely recommends patients floss daily and dental hygienists daily instruct patients on flossing technique as a standard of care. Despite the profession’s […]

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Category: Education, Opinion
Jul
19

How do you handle anti-fluoride patients?

written by CariFree

Why do people hate fluoride so much? As a kid, fluoride was the gold standard in preventing tooth decay and cavities. You had your fluoridated water, fluoride rinse, and bubble gum flavored treatment at the dentist. For the most part, it’s still just as prevalent today, with the exception of the ever-growing segment of the […]

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Category: Opinion
Jun
21

Is There Really Such Thing as a Sweet Tooth?

written by CariFree

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with a young patient, always in the chair with decay and they (or their parent) constantly give the excuse: “Doc, she just has a sweet tooth!” or “Doc, I just don’t like vegetables!” Albeit an oversimplification, these patients may have a genetic variation that in fact has […]

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Category: Education, Opinion
Jun
7

Continuing the Conversation- Dr. Doug Young on the ADA CCS

written by CariFree

Last week Dr. Kim Kutsch weighed in on the recent ADA Caries Classification System updates. It generated excellent conversation. Dr. Doug Young of UCSF made some excellent points we wanted to share.   Dear Kim and others. At the end of the introduction on page 2 of the ADA CCS paper i clearly states “The […]

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Category: Education, Opinion
Jun
1

Dr. Kutsch Weighs in on the ADA Caries Classification System (CCS)

written by CariFree

Dental caries is a multifactorial disease of the teeth from bacterial biofilm origin characterized by prolonged periods of low pH resulting in net mineral loss.1 A growing trend to treat dental caries from an early preventive and nonsurgical approach has made the GV Black cavity classification system obsolete, as that system only described surgical procedures. […]

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Category: Education, Opinion
Nov
3

Dental Erosion: A New Perspective

written by CariFree

  By Dr. Kim Kutsch, DMD   Dental erosion is a major health concern that puts the dentition at biomechanical risk. Two recent studies brought up dental erosion from a perspective we don’t often think about. Prolonged periods of low pH in the mouth can result in net mineral loss. If this pH challenge is […]

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Oct
20

10 Tips on CAMBRA for Beginners

written by CariFree

  By Dr. V Kim Kutsch   Treat people better Every day I go into my office and try to do something to show that I treat people better; better than the guy down the road and better than I treated people yesterday or last year.  As doctors we have the power and privilege to help patients […]

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Category: Education, Opinion
Oct
13

Will CAMBRA Put Dentists Out of Business?

written by CariFree

By Dr. V Kim Kutsch When I first started practicing Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) in 2001, I did so because I was frustrated that I was doing everything I had been taught in dental school and my patients were continuing to get decay. I was okay seeing new patients come into my practice […]

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Category: Education, Opinion
Sep
29

Why High Rent Means More Cavities

written by CariFree

Why High Rents Mean More Cavities By Satinder Haer   Rent prices in the U.S. hit all-time highs this year, putting extra pressure on renters’ finances and causing them to forgo other expenses to afford their housing. Rents remained high throughout the housing market bubble, crash and recovery, but prices continue to climb – creating […]

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Category: Opinion
Aug
11

Oral Piercings and Dental Risk

written by CariFree

  Oral piercings, globally, go back thousands of years. Usually denoting a stage in a youth’s development or a religious or tribe affiliation. Today, piercings are fairly common and are extremely diverse in placement. From the basic tongue piercing (dorsoventral) of 1 barbell through the center of the tongue to more elaborate dorsolateral, or the myriad […]

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Category: Education, Opinion