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About CAMBRA

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Caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA) is an evidence-based approach to preventing and managing dental caries (cavities) at the earliest stages. It has two primary components:

  1. Assess an individual’s risk factors and protective factors for caries; and
  2. Manage the risk factors using both behavioral approaches and chemical treatments that optimize protective factors.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that the CAMBRA approach can:

  • Prevent a lifetime of oral pain and discomfort
  • Save patients thousands of dollars in dental bills over their lifetimes
  • Be a powerful practice builder for dentists at a time when the US health care system and the general public are increasingly focused on the concept of preventive care

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