Bothell, Washington (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
Dental decay is the number one chronic disease affecting American youth, surpassing both obesity and asthma. For Dr. Crisafulli of Crisafulli Dental those statistics are no longer daunting. She has 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. “I finally found a solution to dental decay that works,” says Dr. Crisafulli, a dentist in Bothell for 20 years.
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). “ Swabbing the teeth is easy and fast. I love this system because we have seen patients have fewer cavities so it is very rewarding,” says Helene Clancy, Registered Hygienist at Crisafulli Dental. If professional products are recommended the practitioner will provide the patient with a professional kit of product specifically designed to counteract their risk factors.
Science has proven that this disease cannot be stopped by the drill and fill approach. True cure requires a medical approach and a comprehensive assessment of each patient. Crisafulli Dental has taken a bold and caring step for their patients and community.
For more information on the CariFree system, go to http://www.carifree.com. Call now and make your screening appointment at (425) 483-5838.
About Dr. Crisafulli:
Dr. Crisafulli graduated from Emory University Dental School in 1985. After starting out in the Public Health Service, Dr. Crisafulli came to Seattle and now, Crisafulli Dental celebrates its 21st year in 2013. Dr. Crisafulli is a mentor for the Kois Center, a teaching facility for dentists. There are only 224 Kois mentors in the world. Dr. Crisafulli also received her Mastership, a lifelong professional achievement that only 1% of general dentists earn. The office mission is to enhance people’s lives by reducing their risk for disease. All team members are committed to professional education, volunteering through dentistry, and keeping abreast of new technologies. Every year, the staff has Dentists with a Heart Day where they donate a full day of free dentistry for the people of the community.