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CAMBRA – Santa Teresa Dental Introduces New Carious Management Protocol

Posted under Why Choose Morgan Hill Dentist on August 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Santa Teresa Dental is introducing an evidence-based disease management protocol called Caries Management by Risk Assessment, a.k.a. CAMBRA. With the use of CAMBRA, there is scientific evidence that early damage to teeth from dental caries (cavities) may be reversed. The manifestations of cavities as a disease can perhaps be prevented altogether. CAMBRA procedures provide a framework for management of caries by risk assessment for the benefit and improved dental health of the patient. The CAMBRA questionnaire takes only a couple minutes to fill out but provides critical information to evaluate your risk for developing cavities.

Although the overall prevalence and severity of dental caries have been notably reduced in several Western countries over the past couple of decades, dental caries continue to be a major health issue in the United States.

Because dental infections are common and usually non-life-threatening in nature, the significance of dental caries in overall health has historically been minimized until recently. Traditionally, the term “prevention” has become a common language term that has been construed to simply mean “brush and floss” and “don’t eat sugar.”

Rather than treating all patients exactly the same, with the CAMBRA method the clinician identifies the cause of disease by assessing risk factors for each individual patient. Risk factors may include bacteria type and count, absence of healthy saliva, and poor dietary habits. Based on the evidence presented, the clinician then corrects the problems by managing the risk factors through the use of specific treatment recommendations such as sealants, antibacterials, fluoride, and dietary adjustments.

We are hoping that with the use of CAMBRA, we can be more proactive in cavity management.  We also use CAMBRA to determine the frequency of dental radiographs that is right for you.  This is just another example of how the doctors and hygienists of Santa Teresa Dental take your oral health seriously.  The following is a sample of what the CAMBRA survey might look like.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  We look forward to your next dental visit!