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Jan
11

Finding Balance: Dr. Kutsch’s Caries Protocols for Low, Moderate and High Risk Patients

written by CariFree

My approach to talking to patients about their dental health has changed dramatically over time. I have moved away from telling patients what they ‘have’ to letting them know ‘what I find’. It has made all the difference in the world. Specifically, when discussing caries risk, I have adopted the scripted statements and questions below: […]

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Category: Education
Nov
8

Silver Diamine Fluoride: An Important Tool

written by CariFree

We have discussed therapeutic treatment options over the last few weeks, but what about Silver diamine Fluoride? Where does it fit in the picture? Is Silver Antibacterial? We know that the Silver ion is a good antimicrobial. It inhibits the bacterial DNA replication process and interferes with cell membranes. It has been shown to be […]

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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
Sep
20

Patient Success Story: Lauren W.

written by CariFree

Check out this encouraging message we received on Facebook from CariFree patient Lauren.   “Hi guys! So if you ever need a spokeswoman or a real story of success from CariFree, I am your poster child. It started in November with a failed crown (came out by the post) and somehow spiraled down a path of […]

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Mar
8

Restoration Strategies and the Risk of Recurring Decay

written by CariFree

Last week we discussed whether anticaries treatment or restoration of lesions should come first. If you missed it, check it out here.   The restorative material of choice becomes the next issue. For high/extreme risk patients, placing expensive final restorative materials such as crowns, veneers, or final composites at the time of initially removing the […]

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Category: Education
Feb
9

What Would Dr. Kutsch Do? (WWDKD)

written by CariFree

Last week we discussed the need to approach dental caries as a personal disease that requires a precision medicine approach. I was asked how I would treat the sample patients differently that were shown in the blog last week, so I would like to do that now.     It is imperative to understand that the […]

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Category: Education