The CariScreen Caries Susceptibility Test is a simple 1-minute chair-side bacterial test for assessing patients’ caries risk. The patent pending CariScreen uses ATP bioluminescence to identify oral bacterial load and has been proven to correlate with patients’ risk for decay.
The test is quick and painless. You simply take a swab sample of the plaque from your patients’ teeth, which when combined with special bioluminescence reagents within the swab, will create a reaction which is then measured with the meter. The CariScreen will give a score between 0 and 9,999. A score under 1,500 is considered relatively healthy, while above that shows considerable risk for decay. This technology not only allows you to measure your patients’ risk for decay today, but also helps measure their progress as they follow the recommended protocols for reducing risk.
Oral Biofilm Activity, Culture Testing and Caries Experience in School Children
K B Hallett, P K O’Rourke; Royal Children’s Hospital, QLD Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, Australia, 2009
ATP Bioluminescence: Quantitative Assessment of Plaque Bacteria Surrounding Orthodontic Appliances
R Sauerwein, P Pellegrini, T Finlayson, J Kimmell, I Kasimi, D Covell Jr, T Maier, CA Machida, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, USA
Plaque Retention by Self-Ligating vs Elastomeric Orthodontic Brackets: Quantitative Comparison of Oral Bacteria and Detection with Adenosine Triphosphate-Driven Bioluminescence
P Pellegrini, R Sauerwein, T Finlayson, J McLeod, D Covell Jr, T Maier, CA Machida; American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, April 2009
“I have so many patients that report brushing and flossing and they still get cavities. The CariScreen test finally allows me to easily identify another aspect of the cavity process and to treat it. I have some patients that, in the past , have had a cavity at every check-up that are finally getting to hear those important words after an exam, "You don't have any cavities.” ”PRO | CariScreen Testing Meter
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