Local Doctor Initiates Program to Transform His Community by Creating a Caries Free Zone

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Dr. Joseph Whitehouse of Castro Valley leads his community to a healthier future.

Dr. Whitehouse

Stop suffering from decay-treat the disease and avoid fillings.

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. Joseph Whitehouse decided it was time to offer his patients something different. Instead of offering the tired 'brush and floss' advice, his 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. Whitehouse. "We have been telling the same story of cavities for years, and it is obviously not working. At this office, 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. Whitehouse will not only change the content of the conversation about dental decay, but also change the approach he takes with patients. The process now includes a comprehensive risk assessment where the patient is a mutual expert during the caries risk conversation. Whitehouse 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."

Mike Sujo, RDH goes on: "Our patients have come to totally appreciate the science that can help control a disease that has caused them dental problems."

Dr. Whitehouse 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. 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."

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Whitehouse and his team, call 510-881-1924.

About Dr. Joseph Whitehouse:

The office of Dr Joseph Whitehouse embraces the latest scientific approach to dental care. The approach to all care is minimally invasive high tech scientifically driven. The team is totally focused on supporting the patient in getting the outcome that will meet the patient's dental goals. Patients will experience the highest professionalism is a beautiful garden setting.

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