Tacoma, Washington (PRWEB) January 16, 2014
Dental decay is the number one chronic disease affecting American youth, surpassing both obesity and asthma. For Dr. Tess and her team, those statistics are no longer daunting. They have 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%. The system is known as CAMBRA or Caries Management by Risk Assessment. "By identifying the risk factors, and actually altering the pathology and pH of ones mouth, we can stop this insidious disease in its tracks," states Alexa Wendling, Dental Hygienist for Pearly Whites Laser Dentistry.
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). "The swab test is quick and pain free- just a little swipe to collect a bacterial sample. Using the CAMBRA system, we can customize a treatment program for each patient," Alexa reports. 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. Tess was a beta tester for the CariFree products and remains enthused about the system: “We utilize state of the art techniques, materials, and products to provide the best options for improving and maintaining the health and wellness of our patients. Providing them with the best is always first and foremost in our practice. The CariFree system aids in this by providing a balanced oral environment, which allows us to manage and treat disease states- making us a better healthcare team!"
For more information on the CariFree system, go to http://www.carifree.com. Call now and make your screening appointment with Dr. Tess and her team: 253-761-4041
About Pearly Whites Laser Dentistry:
At Pearly Whites Laser Dentistry, we want your dental experience to be a relaxing and positive one. We get to know each patient individually to tailor your service to your needs! Every person is different, so every treatment should be, too! We offer a wide array of services, all utilizing Lasers in everyday Minimally Invasive Dentistry. Our professional staff has the experience necessary to provide the highest quality care for you and your family.