Cavity Risk Assessment in Kids Improves Their Treatment


Researchers at the University of California San Francisco found the 17-item Caries Management by Risk Assessment, or CAMBRA, protocol helps dentists identify patients at higher risk to treat the causes of cavities before they become a health issue.

Preventive dental care often comes down to brushing and flossing, with dentists generally employed to find and treat cavities, but a recent study suggests more predictive treatment plans may help reduce cavities and other dental issues.

Monitoring and controlling the cause of caries and tooth decay can help prevent their occurrence, with UCSF researchers finding the CAMBRA system helps dentists predict the patients at higher risk based on diet, frequency of snacking, access to fluoridated water and socioeconomic status, among other environmental and behavioral life factors linked to cavities.

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