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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
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
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
Nov
22

What About Behavioral Strategies?

written by CariFree

We have covered our therapeutic strategies, so now we wanted to move into the behavioral strategies. There are two types of behaviors, modifiable (home care and diet) and non-modifiable (medication use and special needs). One of the greatest behaviors we encourage in our patients is of course tooth brushing, but what does the research actually […]

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Category: Education
Oct
25

The Prescriptive Phase: pH as Therapeutic Strategy

written by CariFree

Why is pH important? We know that long periods of low pH select for acid producing bacteria. Thus, the makeup of the biofilm can shift as a result of the pH of the oral cavity. Additionally, ‘good’ bacteria, if given the right environment (low pH) start behaving like ‘bad’ acid producing bacteria. pH is important […]

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Category: Education
Sep
13

The Prescriptive Phase: 3 Reparative Strategies for Dental Caries

written by CariFree

Last week we introduced Dr. Kutch’s simple caries risk diagnosis guidelines. Today we look at how he approaches the prescriptive phase, and we break down the first strategy: reparative.   The 3 Prescriptive phases include: Reparative (remineralization, restoration) Therapeutic (antimicrobial therapy, metabolic strategies and pH strategies) Behavioral (homecare, diet, medications, special needs)   Today we will […]

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Category: Education
Aug
30

5 Proven Benefits of CAMBRA

written by CariFree

Caries risk assessment has been around for a while. However, new findings of the true benefits continue to surface. Here are 5 ways caries risk assessment is beneficial to the practitioner and the patient.   5  Proven Benefits of CAMBRA   1. Caries Risk Assessment is predictive We can tell the patient with confidence what […]

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Category: Education
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
Jul
12

UCSF Study Demonstrates CAMBRA Predicts Future Patient Outcomes

written by CariFree

A study published this month in JDR by researchers from UCSF demonstrates the importance of CAMBRA and Caries Risk Assessment protocols for predicting the future of tooth decay in patients. In a recent press release about the findings, researcher B.W. Chaffee stated: “Risk assessment is predictive – it tells you what kinds of outcomes are going […]

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Category: Education
May
10

Pattern Recognition: A Pragmatic Approach to Treating Dental Caries

written by CariFree

Last week we asked if treating a behavioral disease with restorative materials was a logical approach. If you missed it, check it out here. This week, we wanted to quickly break down how an experienced dentist determines how to approach a patient’s disease. Caries Management by Risk Assessment is the standard for most of us […]

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Category: Education