Darrington, WA (PRWEB) May 17, 2013
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. Ryan Johnstun 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. Never before has such predictive information been available to patients or practitioners. Dr. Johnstun can also tell his patients what the statistical likelihood is that they will develop new decay in the next year.
Dr. Johnstun says: "When I started practicing dentistry I was stunned at the numbers of patients I saw that constantly had cavities. For some patients it takes more than just brushing and flossing to prevent decay, and implementing CAMBRA into our office has let us treat this disease in these patients and really prevent problems for them. It saves them time, money, and irreplaceable tooth structure."
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. Johnstun 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. Johnstun can expect the best assessment, diagnosis and therapy recommendations at their next appointment.
For more information or to set up your screening, call (360) 436-1008.
About Dr. Johnstun:
Learning never ends for Dr. Ryan Johnstun, even after earning his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in 2003. He immediately began an accelerated Dental Program at the University of the Pacific Dental School in California. In 2006, he graduated from the program with honors. From there, Dr. Johnstun began his practice at Darrington Family Dental.
Dr. Johnstun continues his pursuit of new knowledge through different means. He regularly attends seminars on the current trends and innovation in dentistry. As an Arlington dentist, he is an active member of the Snohomish County Dental Society and the Washington State Dental Association. He is also a member of a study club, which meets monthly for advanced dental education. He sets aside two days each month to practice with a mentoring dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Prager, from Bellingham, Washington.
Dr. Johnstun, our dentist in Arlington, strongly believes in constantly growing his knowledge in Arlington dental services. He does this through courses, lectures, reading, and interaction with other dental professionals. By doing this, he believes he can achieve his ultimate goal which is to offer better care for all his patients.