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Feb
7

Science Update Series: Saliva, Dental Caries and Periodontal Disease

written by CariFree

It was an interesting year in Dental Caries research. For this update series we started with about 100 articles, and pared it down to 50 that we believe broaden our knowledge and will help us better diagnose and treat our patients. Over the next several weeks we will walk through the research, feel free to […]

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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
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
Dec
13

What is Saliva’s Role?

written by CariFree

Saliva is nature’s most effective protective strategy for your mouth. Resting saliva has a pH of about 6.75 and stimulated saliva has a pH of 8.0. When we begin to look at things that threaten this protection there are several that come to mind.       1. Medication Induced Xerostomia 70% of Americans take […]

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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
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
Apr
19

Medications That Cause Dry Mouth

written by CariFree

Dry mouth is an under recognized but common side effect of thousands of over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and dietary supplements. Due to the dramatic effect low saliva flow or poor saliva quality has on the oral health of patients, particularly increasing caries risk, the American Dental Association (ADA) commissioned a letter in April 2011 to […]

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Category: Education
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
27

10 More Tips on CAMBRA Plus 2 FREE Resources

written by CariFree

By Dr. V Kim Kutsch     Last week I outlined 10 Things to Know About CAMBRA, which is especially helpful if you are just starting out. This week I expand on those with ten more things you should know.   Ten more things You should include other fluoride products (on top of a varnish) in […]

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Category: Education
Apr
28

What does medication have to do with dental caries?

written by CariFree

Have you ever received a sideways look from a patient when asking about the medications they take? Like, perhaps it is none-of-your-darn-business? Well, it is your-darn-business as thousands of over the counter and prescription drugs have a side effect that is detrimental to your patient’s oral health: dry mouth. Dry mouth contributes to many oral […]

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Category: Education