Katie To, DDS

What's Your Number?

“You have a cavity!” You find yourself puzzled and staring into space when your dentist delivers this news. Why? Because in the morning, at lunch, snacks in between and at bed time you are brushing and flossing! How can this be, Doctor? If you have never heard of oral flora, allow us to get to the “root” of your question! Your mouth is comprised of many surfaces, each coated with a plethora of natural bacteria. Some of these bacteria have been implicated in oral diseases such as cavities and periodontitis, which are the most common bacterial infections among us.

What this means to you is that you can brush and floss, brush and floss, and still wind up with a cavity. Seems a little unfair! Well, we understand your frustration. What if we told you that there was a way to know for sure if you have the bacteria in your mouth that produces cavities regardless of your perfect oral hygiene? Dr. Katie has recently obtained a special device that will allow us to test the amount of cavity causing bacteria in your mouth. Introducing the Pro CariScreen Testing Meter! This device was designed to measure a patient’s susceptibility to getting cavities by identifying the bacterial load of the patient’s dental plaque using ATP Bioluminescence Technology. What are all those fancy words you ask? In other words, it calculates the number of active bacteria in your mouth. With a quick swab of your mouth, we can determine what range between 0 to 9,999 you measure.

So, what’s your number? If you are among the many who carry this cavity causing bacteria, we can develop a home regimen that will help reduce your cavity risk. Cavities can be painful and expensive to take care of, so come into today and be the healthiest patient you can be!