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

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Dr. Ammar Idlibi of Kids Dental Care leads his community to a healthier future.

Dr. Ammar Idlibi

...it is time for us to take the lead in reframing how we co-manage the treatment and ultimately, prevention of dental caries.

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. Ammar Idlibi of Kids Dental Care 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. Idlibi. "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. Ammar Idlibi 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. Idlibi 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."

Dr. Idlibi 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. Ammar Idlibi and his team, call 860-583-3333.

About Dr. Ammar Idlibi:
Dr. Ammar Idlibi received his dental degree from the University of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine which is one of the most prestigious dental schools in the country. He completed a two year post-graduate program in pediatric dentistry at Tufts University school of Dental Medicine and received his certificate of specialty in Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts in 1992. The program that Dr. Ammar attended at Tufts University is one of the strongest specialty training programs in the U.S. with special emphasis on behavior management and early treatment of malocclusion (orthodontics).

After completing the Pediatric Dentistry program at Tufts, he also spent three years of fellowship at the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine. During his fellowship years, he participated in teaching dental students and pediatric residents in addition to direct patient care at Griffin Hospital and Burgdorf Dental Clinic in Hartford, CT. He has also completed numerous continuing education courses in Orthodontics and has extensive experience in early treatment of malocclusion, bio-progressive therapy and full orthodontic treatment for adolescents.

He then became Board Certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 1994 and was re-certified by the same Board in 2004 (only one-third of the country’s pediatric Dentists are successful in getting Board certified). He is now a Fellow and an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Ammar has operating room privileges at Connecticut Children Medical Center, the Hospital of Central Connecticut, and Bristol Hospital where he treated many young children with extensive dental needs under general anesthesia.

He is also the official Pediatric Dentist for the YMCA Camp Chase and participates in many community service activities for children’s oral health.

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