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CAMBRA – Caries Management By Risk Assesment

Synonyms: CARIES = CAVITIES = DECAY

A paradigm shift in dental practice occurred nearly 10 years ago when the California Dental Association Foundation, in partnership with the UCSF School of Dentistry, published evidence based studies in the Journal of the California Dental Association that caries could be prevented and managed through risk assessment. This concept of preventing future caries based on the particular patient risk is now the standard of care adopted by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Similar to how your physician assesses your risk for future heart disease based on measuring your current blood pressure, blood cholesterol, family history of heart disease, and your life style habits such as: smoking, diet, exercise routine, etc., CAMBRA assesses your risk level for future caries based on your current dental condition and manages your risk to prevent caries disease in the future by designing a preventive dental health program that fits your risk level.

Essentially we want to shift the balance from “Caries making factors” to “Caries neutral and Caries preventing factors”