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CAMBRA is Here!
CAMBRA is an acronym for Caries Management By Risk Assessment – This is a preventative form of dentistry in which patients are categorized by their relative risk for developing dental caries, based on risk factors including diet, oral hygiene, fluoride regiment and past oral health history.
According to the CDC, dental caries (cavities) is an epidemic in the United States. Though it’s largely preventable, dental caries remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 5-17 years—4 times more common than asthma (42% versus 9.5%). In the United States, while children are largely affected by this disease, cavities do not discriminate against age. Adults are at risk as well.
- 28% of children aged 2-5 have already had cavities in their baby teeth
- 50% of children have had a cavity by the age of 11
- 68% (2/3rds) of 19-year-olds have had cavities in their permanent teeth
- 16% of children aged 6-19 years have untreated cavities
- 23% of adults aged 20-64 have untreated cavities
- 85% of all adults will have cavities in their lifetime
- More than 60% of adults will lose a permanent tooth to cavities
As a dental professional, these statistics don’t surprise me. They’re disappointing and upsetting, but not unbelievable. I see it first-hand every day. New patients and return patients, children and adults, good hygiene and poor hygiene – cavities may be present in each one.
Possibly the most frustrating scenario arises when I have a patient that has impeccable hygiene with no signs of gum disease, brushes 2-3 times per day and flosses daily, returns every 6 months for a professional cleaning, and I have to tell them they have new cavities. It’s heartbreaking, for both of us. How can a patient that does everything right still get cavities?
At Dental BLU, we pride ourselves on teaching excellent hygiene practices. We have conversations with all of our patients about proper hygiene techniques at each professional cleaning, as well as prescribe hygiene adjuncts that can address specific needs. And while we treat cavities daily, it is just as important to us to educate you on your individual cavity risk, and provide you with access to science-based resources and products to prevent cavities.
Sometimes, just knowing your level of risk is enough to help you avoid the risk. This is certainly a possibility with cavities. Knowing that you have a high risk of cavities can help you make better decisions about your oral care. Luckily, our understanding of what causes cavities and what risk factors seem to matter most in cavity formation has grown, giving us more and better information about avoiding cavities.
At Dental BLU, we can help you properly measure your risk of cavities and develop a preventive plan, but there are some simple questions you can answer at home to raise your cavity risk awareness.
So, are you at high risk for cavities?
Have you recently had a cavity filled?
Do you suffer from dry mouth?
Do you snack frequently or drink non-water beverages throughout the day?
Do you have white spots on your teeth?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you are likely at high risk for cavities. It’s time to schedule an appointment with the doctors or hygienists at Dental BLU for your personal risk assessment and to obtain your individual risk of cavities. We can help you not just repair your cavities, but we can now provide you with access to CariFree products that are only available through us, your dental professionals.
CariFree elevated-pH products are created from science-based research to prevent cavities at their source and eliminate the disease process so cavities are never able to form. Make your appointment at Dental BLU today to determine your individual risk for developing cavities and ask us how CariFree products can help you.
I have some exciting news to share about our office and wanted you to be the first to hear. I have decided to give our office a name that reflects my mission statement. "Creating healthy, beautiful smiles...one patient at a time."
I want to assure you that nothing but the name of our practice is changing. As the owner of the practice, I will continue to provide the highest level of care to all our patients with the support of Dr. Arlinghaus and our always wonderful team.
Over the next few months you will start seeing the name of our practice transitioning to DENTALBLU. I chose this name to give our practice an identity that would stand out from the crowd and reflect how we care for our patients. "DENTAL" helps define the office as a practice. "BLU" reflects our mission statement.
B stands for "beautiful" and our commitment to our patients to help them achieve their most radiant smiles.
L stands for "lifelong" and our mission to help our patients maintain optimal oral health for their lifetime.
U stands for "unique smiles" and communicates our belief that every patient is unique and they deserve individual care that meets their personal needs.
I believe our name is a great way for us to share with our community the way we approach care for our patients.
As a patient, you will see very little change in your interaction with our office. Our website can be accessed via www.drdepp.com or www.dentalblu.com. Over the next few months our building sign and letterhead will also be updated. Should you have any questions, please let us know.
Lastly, I want to take a moment to say "thank you" for allowing me and my staff to care for you. After 20 years of practice, I find the time I get to spend with my patients to be the most rewarding part of my career.
Dr. Ansley H. Depp
Welcome to Our Blog!
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Highland Heights area, we're excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatment, practical dental health advice and updates from Ansley H. Depp, DMD and her staff.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful in understanding a little bit more about taking care of your dental health.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to comment!