As dentists, we fight two major issues: cavities and gum disease. Today we are going to talk about how we help you fight cavities and how susceptible you are to cavities.
Everyone is different, especially when it comes to their oral anatomy. Because of this, we all have different risk factors when it comes to oral issues such as cavities. In order to determine how likely you are to get cavities, we so what is called a "caries risk assessment."
This assessment ranks you either low, moderate, high, or extreme risk for cavities, and depending on your risk rate; we can help you devise a plan to help you prevent getting cavities.
This assessment is a new protocol developed in 2016 that dictates when you come in for your regular visits, or if you are a new patient, we assess you, so we know your baseline risk.
If you have never had a cavity, your x-rays look good, and you practice excellent dental hygiene, then you are most likely low risk for cavities.
If you have had a few fillings and we can see the potential for new cavities during the exam, and in the x-ray, you are moderate risk.
If you have had multiple fillings, you are missing a tooth, have had root canal or infections, you have diabetes, you are over the age of 70, you will be at high to extreme risk.
The good news is that we can develop of plan for you depending on your cavity risk baseline. Usually, for moderate and up, we recommend a nightly prescribed fluoride toothpaste, which is covered under your insurance, if you have it. We also recommend a fluoride mouthwash rinse for 20 seconds every morning for one week per month.
In addition, we will also recommend that you visit us for regular cleanings more frequently, every three months, so that we can keep your teeth clean and reduce your risk of cavities.
Whether you are a new patient or an existing patient, we will assess your risk for cavities and help you create a plan to keep those cavities away! Contact us today to schedule your assessment and keep your teeth happy and healthy!