This new program represents a departure from the approach of merely addressing the problem of cavities after they occur. Now our focus can be on identifying and reducing the risk factors to help prevent them from occurring in the first place.
Boise, ID (PRWEB) June 11, 2013
Dental decay is the number one chronic disease affecting American youth, surpassing both obesity and asthma. For Dr. Ryan Speirs, those statistics are no longer daunting. He has taken the top caries research in the world and implemented a cavity prevention program developed by CariFree that is shown to decrease incidents of tooth decay by up to 74 percent. The system is known as CAMBRA or Caries Management by Risk Assessment. Dr. Speirs says, “Many patients who are prone to cavities fear that news of being told they have yet another cavity when they visit the dentist. This new program represents a departure from the approach of merely addressing the problem of cavities after they occur. Now our focus can be on identifying and reducing the risk factors to help prevent them from occurring in the first place.”
CAMBRA is rooted in a medical model of risk assessment. It requires the dental professional to assess each and every patient’s risk factors for the disease and then develop a personalized treatment plan to systematically lower their risk. The CariFree diagnostic tools leverage biofilm testing (to determine the levels of cavity-causing bacteria in the patient’s mouth) as well as a risk assessment questionnaire to determine the overall statistical probability a patient will develop new cavities over the next 12 months. Never before has such predictive information been available. Patients can then measurably lower their risk for decay by utilizing professional products and behavior modification.
Patients can expect the entire process to take a few minutes in their appointment. They will answer targeted questions regarding their current habits (eating and drinking, medication use, chronic health issues etc.) as well as undergo a quick, painless swab of their lower teeth (to determine if they have an excess of cavity causing bacteria). “Patients are surprised how simple this test is - a three second swab and results in 15 seconds!” says Susanne Jamison, RDH who works with Dr. Speirs. Then, based on the information gathered, the dental team will counsel the patient on an appropriate course of action to lower their risk. If professional products are recommended, the practitioner will provide the patient with a professional kit of product specifically designed to counteract their risk factors.
Science has proven that this disease cannot be stopped by the drill and fill approach. True cure requires a medical approach and a comprehensive assessment of each patient. Dr. Speirs and his team have taken a bold and caring step for their patients and community.
For more information on the CariFree system, go to http://www.carifree.com. Call now and make your screening appointment at 208-345-2325.
About Dr. Speirs:
A Montana native, Dr. Speirs grew up learning the meaning of hard work by working on his family’s 2,000 acre cattle ranch. He attended Brigham Young University where he received his degree in Accounting and later attended the Case School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio where he earned his DMD.
Dr. Speirs completed hundreds of hours of courses in postgraduate dentistry. He is dedicated to the newest advancements in family and cosmetic dentistry and keeps up-to-date with the latest technologies. He is frequently among thefirst dentists to perfect and use the newer, more advanced techniques and equipment.
Dr. Speirs also has extensive training including the advanced use of digital imaging which enables his patients to preview their smile prior to the start of treatment and the use of sophisticated digital x-ray and intra-oral imaging.
Dr. Speirs is a standing member of the American Dental Association and the Idaho State Dental Association. He also studies with the Academy of General Dentists and is involved locally with various civic organizations.