Local Doctors Initiate Program to Transform Their Community by Creating a Caries Free Zone

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Dr. Stephen Dankworth & Dr. Kimberly Corrigan-Dankworth of La Costa Dental Excellence lead their community to a healthier future.

La Costa Dental Excellence

Carifree has helped my patients in more ways I thought possible. Carifree is going to change dentistry.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dental caries (cavities) is an epidemic in the United States; and although it is largely preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 5 to 17 years -- 4 times more common than asthma. Dr. Dankworth and Dr. Corrigan of Carlsbad decided it was time to offer their patients something different. Instead of offering the tired 'brush and floss' advice, their patients can look forward to a program built on a new model of health: the Caries Free Zone.

"It is time for something new," says Dr. Dankworth. "We have been telling the same story of cavities for years, and it is obviously not working. Here at La Costa Dental Excellence, we have decided to elevate the conversation with our patients. Patients are smart and there is no reason to oversimplify this complex biofilm disease any longer." With the launching of a Caries Free Zone in office, Dr. Corrigan and Dankworth will not only change the content of the conversation about dental decay, but also change the approach they take with patients. The process now includes a comprehensive risk assessment where the patient is a mutual expert during the caries risk conversation. Comer states, "It is not always diet or hygiene related, and we need to start discussing other risk factors like medication, saliva flow, presence of oral appliances, and current bacterial challenge." Stacey Espe RDH says, "When a patient knows how and why they are experiencing decay, we can form a true partnership and plan how we are going to reduce their risk."

Comer explains, "The ultimate goal is to bring each and every patient into a low to moderate risk category and keep them there long term. If we can do that, we can start to create a truly cavity free patient base. To kick start the project, Corrigan and Dankworth will be hosting a CariFree Day on November 12, 2013. Throughout the day La Costa Dental Excellence will offer free 15 minute cavity risk assessments. Call 760-633-3033 to reserve a time that works for you.

According to Comer: "All of our patients that follow through with our new program will be initiated into our Caries Free Zone and represent the future of oral health in our practice and community. This disease is absolutely preventable, and it is time for us to take the lead in reframing how we co-manage the treatment and ultimately, prevention of dental caries." According to Stacey Espe RDH: “Carifree has helped my patients in more ways I thought possible. Carifree is going to change dentistry.”

To call now and make your appointment with La Costa Dental Excellence, call 760-633-3033.

About your Carlsbad cosmetic and general dentist:

La Costa Dental Excellence is committed to delivering state-of-the-art treatment with your comfort in mind. Our dentists, Dr. Stephen Dankworth and Dr. Kimberly Corrigan-Dankworth, put their extensive technical skills and artistry to work for the benefit of each of their patients. Whether you seek general dentistry, dental treatments with sedation, or dental implant placement, our cosmetic practice in Carlsbad, California can provide you with a healthy, attractive smile.

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