Harvey Dental Launches New Cavity-Fighting Program for the Waupaca Community

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Harvey Dental now offers patients a new model for health and prevention

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The process of decay formation has been widely misunderstood by the general public, and treatment recommendations oversimplified

According to the CDC, dental caries (cavities) are at epidemic levels in the United States and although it is largely preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 5-17 years (4 times more common than asthma).

Frustration for both patients and dental professionals regarding this disease is at an all-time high. Dr. Harvey and his team were tired of drilling and filling patients' decay only to find them back in the chair months later with both recurrent decay and new areas of mineral loss. Dr. Harvey knew it was time for something different. Dr. Harvey and his team are now proud to offer a brand new kind of cavity prevention program. Developed by CariFree, a caries research company, the products are proven to remove cavity-causing bacteria in the biofilm.

The process of decay formation has been widely misunderstood by the general public, and treatment recommendations oversimplified. Many have heard the same "brush, floss and avoid sugar" prescription for years, and despite their best attempts, still develop the disease. Dental caries is a transmissible bacterial infection of the teeth, and while home care and diet are key players in its development, the key factor affecting a patient's health or disease comes down to the pH or the oral environment.

Prolonged period of low pH in the mouth provide the biologic oral environment that selects for growth of cavity-causing bacteria. Because the bacteria in an infected mouth produce an abundance of acid, the healthy bacteria are no longer able to survive. This is what ultimately leads to net mineral loss and breakdown of the tooth structure.

With new information about the complexity of dental caries, the old model of brush, floss and avoid sugar is no longer relevant. The CariFree program in the office of Dr. Gregory Harvey and his team is the new model for oral health and prevention.

For more information on the CariFree program, go to http://www.carifree.com . To make your appointment with Dr. Harvey and his team, call (715) 258-3838.

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