Caries Susceptibility test
At the Integrative Centre for
Dental & Natural Health we use the CariScreen™
system which is the latest development in the
fight against dental caries or decay as it is
more commonly known.
You brush, floss, limit sugary foods and
regularly visit your dentist, yet you might still
be at risk of cavities. Why? Cavities are a
symptom of tooth decay caused by a bacterial
infection that is now known to be a biofilm
What is biofilm disease?
Oral biofilm is a very thin, highly sophisticated
film that coats the teeth and harbours bacteria.
Twenty-five years of scientific research has
shown that there can be several destructive
bacteria that live and grow in the normal healthy
oral biofilm. When these bacteria reach high
levels, they cause a bacterial infection known as
biofilm disease. Tooth decay and cavities are
symptoms of a diseased oral biofilm. Brushing,
flossing and professional cleaning are all
important factors in maintaining good oral
health, however they alone do not prevent biofilm
disease from occurring.
studies also show that the bacterial infection
from a diseased oral biofilm can be passed within
the household, so its important that all
members of the family are screened regularly and
treated if needed.
a oral bacterial infection is left untreated,
progressive steps of decay can
.cavities form, which can
lead to crowns, bridges, root canal treatment and
may ultimately end up with tooth loss.
CariScreen™ one minute test is safe, quick
and painless. We will swab two of your teeth and
then place the swab into the CariScreen™
meter to determine the level of decay-causing
bacteria in your oral biofilm. The test measure a
specific bacterial compound called ATP. The
higher the level of ATP* in the sample, the
higher your risk of dental caries ( decay ).
customized oral hygiene protocol can be
implemented to significantly reduce ATP levels in
the microbial flora of your mouth.
ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) bioluminescence
technology is universally recognized as a
valuable tool for measuring the presence of
microbes. This technology is commonly used in
medical, sanitation and food preparation
industries for providing a means to quickly
determine bacterial levels