The current approach to dental caries focuses on modifying and correcting factors to favor oral health. Caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA) is an evidence-based approach to preventing or treating dental caries at the earliest stages. Caries protective factors are biologic or therapeutic measures that can be used to prevent or arrest the pathologic challenges posed by the caries risk factors. Best practices dictate that once the clinician has identified the patient’s caries risk (low, moderate, high or extreme), a therapeutic and/or preventive plan should be implemented. Motivating patients to adhere to recommendations from their dental professionals is also an important aspect in achieving successful outcomes in caries management. Along with fluoride and silver diamine fluoride, new products are available to assist clinicians with noninvasive management strategies.
This CE webinar informs dental professionals about improved caries prevention strategies, based on scientific evidence for Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA). It provides suggestions for the practical implementation of these concepts into clinical practice. Clinical protocols will be shared that have been developed by experts in the field of cariology, dental practice, academic research and successful practitioners of CAMBRA.
On completion of this CE webinar the reader will be able to do the following: • Analyze the principles of caries management by risk assessment • Recognize the value of performing a caries risk assessment on patients • Describe and differentiate between clinical protocols used to manage dental caries • Identify dental products available for patient interventions using CAMBRA principles
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