Previstat® - Advanced Cavity Prevention
The traditional model of stressing good oral hygiene has been challenged not only with recent findings in the scientific literature but the national averages of tooth decay are increasing. In fact 30% of children are at risk of developing serious tooth decay regardless how well and often they brush and floss.
Our Previstat preventive program protects more than just your child's teeth. Studies are showing that cavity free children are more likely to grow to their ideal weight and height. Emerging research is also linking good dental health with a decreased risk of stroke and heart disease later in life.
Tooth decay is now the most common chronic childhood disease in Canada-five times more common than asthma. Research is identifying that sugar consumption is increasing. Almost one third of all toddlers between the ages of 2 to 5 are presenting with cavities and that this group will be more vulnerable to future problems as they grow up. Today 75% of all teenagers present with cavities.
Researchers have identified that tooth decay is actually a disease called caries caused by a specific bacterium identified as S. mutans. If your child is infected with S. mutans they will develop tooth decay regardless of brushing. Children that are cavity free only have a small percentage of their plaque consisting of S. mutans-usually less than 1 percent. Children with cavities can have up to 30% of their plaque consisting of S. mutans.
Caries as it turns out is not only infectious but is transmissible. Children are not born with these cavity causing bacteria but instead get infected typically by their mothers or primary care giver. Children whose mothers have high S.mutans counts present with a 9 times greater chance of having cavities. In another study 88% of 2 year old children infected with S. mutans developed tooth decay by age 4.
The traditional drill-and-fill treatment while repairing teeth did not address this infection. A new approach called Previstat uses a risk assessment model to identify high risk groups. Utilizing bacterial testing and innovative preventive treatments children can be screened for caries and receive custom tailored treatments to prevent tooth decay. Previstat involves two phases. The first involves assessing a child’s unique risk to caries. Based on establishing a low, medium or high risk; recommendations are made to initiate the second phase which is tooth-preserving treatment interventions that employ the pinnacle of preventive dentistry.
The future of dentistry is in prevention, not in building more effective factory line clinics that mass produce fillings in multi-chaired treatment bays.
“ Previstat and other caries risk assessment programs may very well change the direction of dentistry” says founder Dr Ernest Cholakis. Indeed children who grow up cavity free are more resistant to diabetes and heart disease later in life. All of sudden parents are realizing that dental health is affecting the total health of their children and something as common as cavities is now gaining the recognition it deserves. It means that cavity free teeth and healthier gums signal a healthier and longer life!