Dr. Robert Gallegos launches ground-breaking cavity prevention program that can lower decay rates by 74%

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Doctor introduces new way to fight tooth decay

Decay can cause more than just one problem, so it’s imperative we catch it in the early stages to prevent as much damage as possible.

Dental decay is the number 1 chronic disease affecting American youth; surpassing both obesity and asthma. For Dr. Robert Gallegos of Middleburg, Virginia and his 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. “Decay can cause more than just one problem, so it’s imperative we catch it in the early stages to prevent as much damage as possible.”

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). Then based on the information gathered, their dental team will counsel them on an appropriate course of action to lower their risk. If professional products are recommended, the practitioner will provide the patient with a professional kit of product specifically designed to counteract their risk factors.

The CariFree products contain all 5 essential therapeutic agents proven to treat dental caries. Depending on the patients’ diagnosis, the proper level of therapy will be prescribed. Science has proven that this disease cannot be stopped by the drill and fill approach. The true cure requires a medical approach and a comprehensive assessment of each patient. The Middleburg Smiles Team have taken a bold and caring step for their patients and their community.

For more information on the CariFree system go to http://www.carifree.com. To make your appointment with Dr. Gallegos and his team call 540-687-6363 or send an email to info(at)middleburgsmiles(dot)com.

About the office:
Known as the Horse and Hunt Capitol of the World, we proudly call Middleburg our home. Our logo gives a nod to the tradition of fox hunting and steeplechase in our area and demonstrates our admiration for the fox's swift and precise movement and the beauty and finesse of the horse.

Many of our patients travel here to enjoy the quaintness of Middleburg while experiencing the personal attention and retreat-like amenities we provide. Our goal is to serve discerning patients in a comfortable, relaxed environment where the focus is on you and your priorities. From the moment you enter, you will feel welcomed, cared for, and respected. And our commitment is to provide the absolute best dentistry designed to look good, feel comfortable and last a long time.

To accomplish this we have devoted ourselves to hours of continuing clinical education to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry. We are dedicated to constantly improving our communication skills to better understand your concerns and help you through the decision-making process. And we employ technology that helps us accomplish our purpose. Just a few of these technological tools include computerized charting for accuracy and efficiency, an intra-oral camera that helps you to easily see conditions in your mouth, digital x-rays which use up to 90% less radiation while helping to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment and the use of telescopic loupes for high powered visualization which allow us to perform the most accurate dentistry available.

We would be honored for you to call Middleburg Smiles your dental home. We encourage you to take a trip to our scenic area and experience our unique, patient-focused practice for yourself.

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