When it comes to Caries Risk Assessment, many doctors complain of the complexity. While the disease is complex, after years and years of work, Dr. Kutsch has developed super-simple diagnostic guidelines:
LOW CARIES RISK CDT D0601 (Only green answers)
No Risk Factors / Healthy
MODERATE CARIES RISK CDT D0602 (At least 1 yellow answer)
+ Risk Factors
HIGH CARIES RISK CDT D0603 (At least 1 red answer)
+ Disease Indicators
Let’s look at a real example of diagnosing a patient.
This patient works the night shift and reported drinking a lot of energy drinks, her home care could be better, and she had a high bacterial count.
She has multiple red answers, therefore falls into the extreme risk category (DO603)