Local Pediatric Dentist Initiates Program to Transform Her Community by Creating a Caries-Free Zone

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Dr. Melissa Burruezo of Pediatric Dental Arts leads her community to a healthier future

Pediatric Dental Arts

When a patient knows how and why they are experiencing decay we can form a true partnership and plan how we are going to reduce their risk

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. Melissa Burruezo of Bedminster, NJ decided it was time to offer her patients something different. Instead of offering the tired 'brush and floss' advice, her 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. Burruezo. "We have been telling the same story of cavities for years, and it is obviously not working. Here at Pediatric Dental Arts, 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. Burruezo wants to not only change the conversation about dental decay, but also change the way they have that conversation with patients.

The process includes a comprehensive risk assessment where the patient is a mutual expert during the caries risk conversation. "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. When a patient knows how and why they are experiencing decay we can form a true partnership and plan how we are going to reduce their risk," says Brenda McNevin, RDH.

Dr. Burruezo goes on: "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."

For more information on the CariFree system go to http://www.carifree.com.
To call now and make your appointment with Dr. Burruezo and her team call 908.470.1700 or visit their website at http://www.pediatricdentalarts.com

About Pediatric Dental Arts:
The goal of our pediatric dental team is simple...we want your child to not only have the most pleasant experience ever, but to also have healthy teeth and gums that last a lifetime!

We make every effort to gain a child's trust and confidence and do everything possible to make him or her feel comfortable and relaxed with the dental experience. We also offer a controlled, quiet, and friendly environment for children with special needs.

Most importantly, we provide the parent with the tools to help his or her child maintain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.

When you visit our office, you will be delighted with the attention that we give to make sure that your child feels special, welcomed, at ease, and enjoys each and every visit.

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