Protecting Your Smile
High-Tech Diagnosis: CAMBRA
Here’s a better approach: Determine which patients are more at risk, and help them with more proactive preventive care.
Based on in-depth research, the tooth decay process can best be understood as an ever-changing balance between destructive and protective factors in your mouth. If the destructive factors outweigh the protective factors, then tooth decay (scientifically known as caries) and will develop. If the situation can be reversed, then caries development can be arrested.
Dr. Snow uses Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA), a sophisticated medical model that uses clear, quantitative data—such as salivary flow, bacterial levels, and oral pH—to reveal your risk of developing dental decay.
Based on your specific risk level—low, medium, or high—Dr. Snow can then develop a personalized prevention plan and educate you about steps you can take to prevent cavities. This progressive model ultimately allows him to use more gentle, minimally-invasive procedures to repair the damage of decay or even to resolve the problem by stopping it from developing in the first place.