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New cavity prevention approach ‘can help reduce tooth decay’

26th January 2018

Researchers have devised a scientifically-supported new cavity prevention approach that can effectively reduce the chances of tooth decay.

A University of California – San Francisco study aimed to evaluate the benefits of this new approach – which includes a tooth decay risk assessment, aggressive preventive measures and conservative restorations – in a real-world population.

The CAMBRA method sees dentists assessing patients' dental and medical histories before conducting a clinical exam to assess caries at an early stage, while determining risk factors. This allows them to provide a treatment plan that typically incorporates fluoride-assisted remineralisation, minimally invasive restorations to conserve tooth structure, and regular follow-ups.

In a two-year study involving 460 patients, it was shown that a significantly greater percentage of high-risk participants were classified at lower risk after receiving CAMBRA treatment.

Lead author Dr Peter Rechmann, professor of preventive and restorative dental sciences at the University of California – San Francisco School of Dentistry, said: "More research is needed to see if the products and treatment administered to this group function in the way we speculate, and if so, they might be made easily available to dental patients. Doing so can change the whole picture of caries control."

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