Predicting the Risk of Developing Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay, dental caries or the better-known term, tooth cavity is the most common chronic disease in the world. It is a chronic disease because once one is diagnosed with tooth decay, that person will be likely to suffer from that condition for a long period of time. Chronic diseases are often lifetime diseases that require one to make changes in their daily life to help control them. Nearly half of all Americans experience tooth decay by the time they are in their teens. That is certainly far more common than any other chronic disease such as asthma or diabetes. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable. The better news is that even when one is diagnosed with tooth decay, the condition can be managed and even cured! The best way to do this is to of course do all one can to prevent tooth decay at the first place! Tooth decay is caused by specific cavity-causing bacteria that stick well to teeth and produce acid. We can now test for the level of this disease using a new technology that measures the bacterial activity in the mouth! We will be using this new approach at our Park Slope office starting November for all our new patients! Parents will also be welcomed to be tested! While there is an ADA code for this procedure, most insurances do not provide reimbursement for this service. The cost can vary from $40-50 per patient. At our offices, we will be providing a discounted fee for having the entire family tested.