Until recently, there has never been a way to test patients for their risk of severe tooth decay if infected with a cavity. The staff at Prairie Village Dentists in Kansas were tired of knowing they could prevent their patient’s tooth decay- if only they could predict it. Now they can. They’ve developed the first chair-side susceptibility screening test on the market.
The test was developed by the Prairie Village staff and CariFree, a caries research company, and is called the CariScreen Test. It allows dentists to measure the level of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouths of patients, in only a matter of seconds.
Previously, the only method for treating tooth decay was to wait until it happens and then repair teeth, but most people who experience it once are likely to again because of the buildup of bad bacteria in the mouth. With this new technology, patients can discover before they get a cavity if they’re at high risk of developing one. This way, preventative measures can be taken to improve oral care.
While national averages of tooth decay are still on the rise, with this new technology, that number may finally start decreasing.
To prevent your teeth from decay and cavities, practice these good oral health habits:
- Brush twice a day with a toothbrush suited to your oral needs
- Floss at least once a day and be sure to get between every tooth
- Use mouthwash after flossing to get rid of laying particles or bacteria
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups