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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
Oct
4

The Prescriptive Phase: Sodium Hypochlorite as a Therapeutic Strategy

written by CariFree

In a previous blog we discussed the first prescriptive phase of caries management: Repair. Discussing remineralization, prevention and restoration. Today we are going to begin the discussion of therapeutic strategies Dr. Kutsch employs with his patients. His list includes: Therapeutic Strategies Antimicrobial Xylitol pH strategies Fluoride Nano-HA     Today we will begin with Antimicrobials.   […]

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Category: Education
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
26

Research Shows Cavity-Causing Bacteria Transfer from Non-Relative Child to Child

written by CariFree

Research taking place at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biology and School of Dentistry is showing the transmission of S. mutans not only occurs from mother to child, but from child-to-child (non-relatives) as well. Sharing spoons and toys in the daycare center or nursery at church may be the reason “72 percent of children […]

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Apr
5

These Images of the Oral Microbiome Will Blow You Away

written by CariFree

Images from a recent study are like the Hubble images of the microbiome. Detailed fluorescent images look more like undersea or outer space than intraoral. However, with new technology, scientists from Forsyth Institute have given us insight into the interaction between bacteria in the oral biofilm like we have never seen. Primary researcher Dr. Gary […]

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Category: Education
Mar
29

Dental Caries Treatment with Antimicrobials

written by CariFree

Dental Caries and Antimicrobials John D. Featherstone, Kim Kutsch, DMD   Dental caries is a dysbiotic biofilm disease that is characterized by prolonged periods of low pH in the mouth that results in net mineral loss from the teeth. There are many documented risk factors that play a role in this disease. These risk factors include […]

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Category: Education
Jun
16

Dental Insurance and CAMBRA Part 1: The Myth of Wellness

written by CariFree

There are many misconceptions about dental insurance. The first and most important is the idea that “dental insurance” is “insurance” at all. When individuals purchase “insurance”, the purpose is primarily to protect themselves from an unlikely event or situation that would cost a significant amount of money—for example, the loss of a house in a fire, […]

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Category: Education
Mar
31

The Science of ATP (CariScreen) Testing

written by CariFree

ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate and is the energy molecule in all living cells. In the mouth, ATP provides the opportunity to measure bacterial load and biofilm activity levels as they relate to health. ATP bioluminescence testing is the method for rapidly measuring the quantity of microorganisms through the detection of adenosine triphosphate. ATP is […]

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Category: Education
Feb
24

6 Truths About Decay – A Free Patient Resource

written by CariFree

  Here is a great resource to share with your patients that can help them better understand tooth decay. Feel free to copy this and share with your patients via social media or print it out for in-office reading!   6 Cavity Myths Busted! For years myths about the cause of cavities have been held […]

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Category: Education