CAMBRA: Best Practices in Dental Caries Management
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, new products are available to assist
clinicians with noninvasive management strategies.