Dental caries, commonly called cavities, are breakdowns or holes in your enamel that are caused by bacteria that lingers too long on your teeth. Caries must be treated right away in order to prevent more serious damage from occurring. Your risk for developing caries depends on a number of factors, such as diet, oral hygiene and smoking habits. Our knowledgeable prosthodontist, Dr. EDward M. Amet, performs caries risk assessments in Overland Park, Kansas, in order to maintain and promote optimal oral health. Call 913-534-8801 to set up your appointment at Reconstructive and Implant Dental Center!
To learn more about caries risk assessment, please read the following article:
Caries Risk Assessment: Becoming the Standard of Care?
V. Kim Kutsch, DMD
May/June 2008 Issue — Expires April 30th, 2013
Abstract: Caries risk assessment is a philosophical approach to dental caries that involves examining the specific risk factors responsible for the disease process in each individual and applying measured treatment strategies directed to correct or modify those risk factors. In this sense, caries risk assessment encompasses diagnosing and treating the cause of the symptoms, not just the endless surgical repair of the signs and symptoms of the disease. Patients are diagnosed as low, moderate, high, or extreme risk for caries; their risk factors are identified and their caries activity level is assessed. This article will discuss the concept of caries risk assessment and how new research is impacting the thought and science behind the theories of caries formation.
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