Seeing the Future: How a Revolutionary New Bacterial Screening Device can Predict a Patient’s Future for Tooth Decay

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Joseph R. Gatti, D.D.S., P.A. of Lawrence Kansas provides his dental patients with novel cavity detecting technology.

Dr. Gatti

It is great to have a logical, systematic method to help our patients prevent tooth destruction and loss

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. Gatti 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. With this instant diagnostic, Dr. Gatti can stop the process and remedy the problem before decay sets in; something that has never been possible until now. According to Dr. Gatti: “It is great to have a logical, systematic method to help our patients prevent tooth destruction and loss."

Never before has such predictive information been available to patients or practitioners. Dr. Gatti can also tell his patients what the statistical likelihood is that they will develop new decay in the next year."The test is so quick and easy to do and provides us with such important information about decay risk for the individuals we are helping. Marsha A. Jones, R.D.H says: "The CariScreen is a valuable tool in helping our clients achieve a high level of oral health."

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. Gatti and his Lawrence Kansas team are determined, with the implementation of the CariFree CariScreen test, to stop this devastating disease in its tracks. Patients who see Dr. Gatti can expect the best assessment, diagnosis and therapy recommendations at their next appointment. For more information or to set up your screening, call (785) 749-2943 or visit: http://www.gattidds.com/

More about The Advanced Dental Studio:

The Advanced Dental Studio, unique in its appearance, is designed to provide our clients with a feeling of great comfort. The uniqueness goes well beyond the architecture, state of the art technology and years of commitment to continuing education. We have created an environment in which we can deliver fine dentistry, such as single visit porcelain crowns and onlays, beautiful porcelain veneers that can dramatically affect your smile, as well as traditional fillings and crowns in a calm, comfortable and highly personal manner. There may only be four of us at the Studio, however this highly qualified and compassionate team has well over 100 years of experience between us. There is rarely a dental situation that presents itself that we have not dealt with many times before.

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