Dear Doctor Magazine - Issue 12 - (Page 36)
cosmeTIc & resToraTIve denTIsTry
How To Assess Your Risk
by V. Kim Kutsch, DMD & Douglas A. Young, DDS, MBA, MS
Don’t wait for cavities to occur and then have them fixed — Stop them before they start.
n a previous introductory article on dental caries (tooth decay), we discussed both the causes of the disease process along with new strategies to promote health (“Tooth Decay – The World’s Oldest & Most Widespread Disease,” Volume 2, Issue 3). Now we’ll discuss Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) – the latest way to minimize risk and prevent decay. Modern dentistry is moving towards an approach to tooth decay management that is evidence-based — meaning it is based on years of systematic, accumulated, and valid scientific research. In other words, using current science, your dental treatment is tailored to your actual risk rather than a “one size fits all” approach. The previous method of “drilling and filling” to treat decay does not change the conditions that lead to the disease in the first place, so that the risk for further infection still remains. What follows below are facts you should know to change the conditions that lead to decay!
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