Local Dentist is Debunking Cavity Myths and Now Offers a True Solution for Tooth Decay

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Dr. Karyn Halpern now offers CariFree, a real solution to her patient’s cavities.

Dr. Karyn Halpern

There are many myths about cavities. Most believe cavities are caused by too much sugar, bad genes, or rotten luck. Unfortunately, these commonly held beliefs have led to a misinformed and cavity-ridden public. Globally, tooth decay is at pandemic levels. It is evident that most patients do not know what is causing their tooth decay or how to properly prevent it.

Dr. Halpern, realizes the knowledge gap among the general public regarding the disease, its effects and how to stop it.

Educated at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and practicing for 11 years, Dr. Karyn Halpern, now offers her patients something far different from the typical "brush, floss and don't eat sugar" prescription. In an effort to both reeducate and better treat patients, Dr. Halpern is now implementing a caries (cavity) risk assessment program developed by CariFree that is shown to decrease incidence of tooth decay by up to 74%. The system is based on a medical model of risk assessment called CAMBRA or Caries Management by Risk Assessment. The CariFree system requires the dental professional to assess each and every patient’s risk factors for the dental caries disease (medication use, snacking habits, bacterial levels etc.) and then develop a personalized treatment plan to systematically lower their risk. Dr. Halpern, can tell a patient exactly what is causing their disease as well as what their statistical likelihood is of developing more or new tooth decay over the next 12 months.

Dental caries is a multifactoral disease caused by an imbalanced oral environment. It is a disease best assessed, diagnosed and managed by identifying disease indicators and risk factors, and examining the balance between pathogenic and protective factors. Each patient is different and requires a complete assessment in order to determine why they are experiencing tooth decay. This process provides both patients and practitioners with a specific probability for future decay for that individual. Patients that are found to be at risk can then be presented with early intervention advice, educational materials, and prescription /professional products.

The facts about tooth decay are in; no longer does the public need to suffer from a painful yet preventable disease. Dr. Halpern knows the CariFree system will tell each patient the truth about their decay and how to stop it.

For more information on the CariFree system, go to http://www.carifree.com. To call now and make your appointment with Dr. Halpern and her team, call 631-928-1300.

About Dr. Karyn Halpern:
Dr. Halpern finds dentistry exceptionally rewarding. She loves to make a difference in her patients’ lives. Whether curing a painful toothache, enhancing one’s appearance and confidence with cosmetic dental procedures, restoring the ability to chew comfortably with dental implants, or replacing teeth that are congenitally missing.

Dr. Halpern grew up on Long Island, New York. She attended Binghamton University, New York, for undergraduate studies and majored in Biology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in only three years time and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Dr. Halpern graduated with a dual degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, earning both a Doctorate in Dental Medicine and a Masters Degree in Higher Education. Here, she was awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship for her academic achievements. She then completed a General Practice Residency in 2003 at New York Presbyterian-Cornell Weill Medical Center in Manhattan.

Dr. Halpern has remained dedicated to continuing her education, having completed advanced training in placing dental implants, esthetics and restorative dentistry. She has earned the New York State Dental Association continuing education award, which honors commitment and dedication to keeping abreast of the latest developments in dentistry.

Dr. Halpern is an active member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, and the Suffolk County Dental Society.

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