Seeing The Future: How A Revolutionary New Bacterial Screening Device Can Predict A Patient’s Future For Tooth Decay

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Dr. Siny Thomas and his team implement the CariScreen test and take a bold new approach to their patients' health.

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The health and wellness of my patients is always first and foremost in my mind

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. Thomas 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. Thomas can stop the process and remedy the problem before decay sets in; something that has never been possible until now. According to Dr. Thomas: “The health and wellness of my patients is always first and foremost in my mind. The CariScreen test allows me a real time assessment of the bacterial activity in a patient’s mouth and I can use that information when making both restorative and long term oral health recommendations. It makes me a better doctor.”
Never before has such predictive information been available to patients or practitioners. Dr. Thomas can also tell his patients what the statistical likelihood is that they will develop new decay in the next year. Kristine RDH, a hygienist that works with Dr. Thomas says, “The test is so easy to take and provides important information about the patients risk for decay in the future. It also lets us know how well their current home care program is working for them and if it is keeping decay causing bacteria levels down.”

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. Thomas and his team from Sugarland, Texas are determined, with the implementation of the CariFree CariScreen test, to stop this devastating disease in its tracks. Patients who see Dr.Thomas can expect the best assessment, diagnosis and therapy recommendations at their next appointment. For more information or to set up your screening, call 281-240-2400 or visit

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