implementing medical model of caries management to better serve pediatric patients
In the past, the dental profession has adhered to a rigid tenet: remove decay from a tooth and then restore, a mindset that has been known as "drill and fill." Today, dental caries is recognized as an infectious disease that affects children and adults throughout life. The philosophy of Caries Management By Risk Assessment, or CAMBRA®, represented a paradigm shift in the diagnose and treatment of dental caries. Unfortunately, many of the suggestions of CAMBRA have been overly complicated and confusing for clinicians. The risk of caries, however, is usually related to just a few common factors, and these factors result in common patterns of disease. So the aim is to make CAMBRA more easily adaptable for the privately practicing professional.