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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
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