866.928.4445

Subscribe

News

Feb
21

The Social Side of Dental Caries Prevention

written by CariFree

Recent research coming from Boston University suggests our traditional one-on-one behavioral interventions with patients may not be the best for long-term preventive behaviors. In fact, researcher Brenda Heaton, an assistant professor of health policy and health services research at Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine offers information that may change the way information […]

Read More About - The Social Side of Dental Caries Prevention »

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 […]

Read More About - Silver Diamine Fluoride: An Important Tool »

Category: Education
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 […]

Read More About - Study Shows Alarming Consumption of Acidic Sports Drinks by Youth »

Category: Education
Feb
16

Caries Risk for Children Ages 0-5

written by CariFree

Early childhood caries has increased significantly in children, particularly those aged 2–5 years.[1] The disease progression in this age group has been the subject of numerous recent headline media reports. Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as a primary method of intervention and education. Many parents and […]

Read More About - Caries Risk for Children Ages 0-5 »

Category: Education
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 […]

Read More About - Why There Can’t Be a “Silver Bullet” Solution for Dental Caries »

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 […]

Read More About - Stop blaming sugar for your decay; THIS is what’s actually causing it »

Category: Education
Nov
24

How I Treated This Extreme Risk Patient

written by CariFree

By V. Kim Kutsch   I am often asked exactly how I treat my patients. This patient is a true case of success and I wanted to share how we went about getting her healthy. Notice: it is a process. This doesn’t happen over night. However, the time spent is well worth the outcome in […]

Read More About - How I Treated This Extreme Risk Patient »

Category: Education
Jun
23

Dental Insurance and CAMBRA Part II: The Myth of ‘Covered Procedures’

written by CariFree

We discussed the first myth about dental insurance last week; if you have not read it yet, we encourage you to start there.   The next most prominent misconception regarding dental insurance occurs when patients believe that their dental benefit covers all of their necessary oral health care needs, and anything that is not covered by their benefit is […]

Read More About - Dental Insurance and CAMBRA Part II: The Myth of ‘Covered Procedures’ »

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 […]

Read More About - What does medication have to do with dental caries? »

Category: Education
Mar
31

The Science of ATP (CariScreen) Testing

written by CariFree

ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate and is the energy molecule in all living cells. In the mouth, ATP provides the opportunity to measure bacterial load and biofilm activity levels as they relate to health. ATP bioluminescence testing is the method for rapidly measuring the quantity of microorganisms through the detection of adenosine triphosphate. ATP is […]

Read More About - The Science of ATP (CariScreen) Testing »

Category: Education