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Mar
21

Bacterial Activity in Active Carious Lesion vs Sound Surfaces

written by CariFree

When we take a look at the way a patient’s biofilm impacts their caries risk, we are learning more and more every day. We know that patients with either too much plaque or an overly-active biofilm are at higher risk, but what do we know about individual species of bacteria and how they play a […]

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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
Aug
23

Epilepsy Medication and Dental Caries Risk

written by CariFree

A recent study finds children who suffer from Epilepsy and take liquid oral medication long-term are at higher risk for dental caries.  Using a Caries Risk Assessment form that asks the question about medication use and ‘other health issues’ could help identify these children and allow an opportunity to provide protective intervention and or offer […]

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Category: Education
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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Jun
28

Study Shows Alarming Consumption of Acidic Sports Drinks by Youth

written by CariFree

A recent study demonstrates once again the popularity of acidic sports drinks and their detriment to the oral health of kids in Britain. The study highlights the low pH of these drinks: “Many sports drinks have a pH below 5.5, the critical pH for the demineralization of enamel, leading to erosion.”(1,2)    The study warns […]

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Category: Education
May
24

Does Recognizing the ‘Usual Suspects’ Really Help you Treat Decay?

written by CariFree

We had an excellent question about how pattern recognition can help you treat decay. If you haven’t read the original article, start here.   A reader posed an excellent question to Dr. Kutsch and it is worth repeating and answering here.   Q: Kenneth Armstrong Kim I hope you read my comment and hopefully answer some […]

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Category: Education
May
3

Can We Manage a Behavioral Issue with Restorations?

written by CariFree

In a recent webinar Dr. Kutsch discussed whether or not dental caries is a disease of choice. Choice by the patient to continue to neglect their dentist’s advice and a choice by the dental profession to manage caries with only restorative care. As a profession are dental professionals really being honest about their beliefs? Is dental caries a disease or simply holes in […]

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Category: Education
Mar
15

How do real patients respond to CariFree?

written by CariFree

We talk to a lot of dental professionals — a LOT. If they are new to our systems and products, one of the biggest hesitations they share is they don’t know how their patients will respond to the idea of CAMBRA. We thought we would take a moment to share some common concerns and some […]

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Jan
12

Why There Can’t Be a “Silver Bullet” Solution for Dental Caries

written by CariFree

By V. Kim Kutsch   There is no doubt about it, we love a quick fix. If there were a magic bullet solution for curing the population from dental caries, trust me, I would be the first to sing it’s praises. The problem is that there just CAN’T be a silver bullet for this disease […]

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Category: Education
Dec
1

Stop blaming sugar for your decay; THIS is what’s actually causing it

written by CariFree

By V. Kim Kutsch   One of the primary misconceptions about the decay process is that folks seem to confuse what is actually causing, or selecting for demineralization. The term is selection pressure:   Selection pressure can be regarded as a force that causes a particular organism to evolve in a certain direction. It is not […]

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Category: Education