Seeing the Future: How a Revolutionary New Bacterial Screening Device Can Predict a Patient’s Future for Tooth Decay

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Dr. Stanley M. Levenson and his team take a bold new approach to their patient’s health

Dr. Levenson

it is essential to understand the risk factors...to better predict how well and long our dentistry will last

Tooth decay is an epidemic in American children with 50% of 5th graders showing active signs of the disease. The World Health Organization says that worldwide 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have cavities. What are the long-term effects of this transmissible infection?

Research is showing a strong connection between the oral bacterial imbalance and serious systemic issues like heart disease. So why is this disease so rampant, yet it is also 100% preventable? Answer: there has been no way to properly screen patients for their risk, or susceptibility to the infection before the cavity forms.

Dr. Levenson and his team were not satisfied with the excessive and avoidable statistics and knew they could do better. In an effort to provide the absolute best care modern science can offer they are now proud to provide the only in-office, chair-side caries susceptibility screening test on the market.

Developed by CariFree, a caries research company, the CariScreen test measures the levels of cavity-causing bacteria in the biofilm in seconds. Hygienist Mary Ball says: "The measurement of tooth decay risk is simple, painless, and very quick." With this instant diagnostic, Dr. Levenson can stop the process and remedy the problem before decay sets in; something that has never been possible until now.

Dr. Levenson says: “I strongly believe that it is essential to understand the risk factors associated with tooth decay and control those factors to better predict how well and long our dentistry will last in our patient's mouths."

Never before has such predictive information been available to patients or practitioners. Dr. Levenson can also tell his patients what the statistical likelihood is that they will develop new decay in the next year.

For decades the only approach to managing dental caries was to work backwards: drilling out decayed areas of the tooth and patching the cavity. The traditional approach did not tell the patient exactly why they had the disease or what specific things they could do to get better. The drill and fill model, as Dr. Doug Young DDS, MS, MBA (leading expert on dental caries) states, is like “Building a deck on a house while it is burning down.”

While national statistics on decay rates continue to climb, Dr. Levenson and his team are determined, with the implementation of the CariFree CariScreen test, to stop this devastating disease in its tracks. Patients who see Dr. Levenson can expect the best assessment, diagnosis and therapy recommendations at their next appointment.

For more information or to set up your screening, call 508-753-3105.

About Dr. Levenson:
Dr. Stanley M. Levenson believes that a healthy, beautiful smile is important to
everyone. His passion for dentistry shows in his diverse service menu and commitment
to providing comprehensive care. He is concerned about his patients oral health and its impact their total health.

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