Have you ever had someone tell you they just have “bad teeth”? It is a term thrown around like “bad genes” or “slow metabolism” to encompass the unfortunate occurrence of too many cavities and gum disease even when you are doing your best to maintain excellent oral hygiene.

So is there any scientific basis behind this?

Turns out there is. This is a relatively new treatment and assessment we do at All Smiles, based on the fact that some people have unhealthy biofilm in their mouth and on their teeth that cause cavities and plaque to form. Without getting into the nitty gritty science behind this, certain people really do have a better chance of getting plaque and cavities because of the bad biofilm in their mouth. We are now able to do what is called a caries risk assessment. This calculates your risk for cavities and plaque based on the type of bacteria in your mouth with a simple q-tip swab. The test also determines the acidity of your saliva. Higher acidity in your saliva causes cavities. The caries risk assessment is a preventative strategy to help curb some of these painful side effects from the biofilm (basically plaque). If you are calculated to have a higher risk, you are able to use some special products in your daily hygiene routine to help prevent cavities and plaque from forming at such a high rate.

Call us at 410-876-2096 for a free consult and any questions you may have on the caries risk assessment. We hope you’ll take advantage of this new preventative measure against cavities and plaque.