New Test Predicts Caries Risk in Seconds

The CariScreen device is helping dentist to predict the risk of caries for the first time.

The CariScreen device is helping dentist to predict the risk of caries for the first time.

Dental caries is one of the most common dental health problems; in places such as Wales, just over 40% of children have some form of tooth decay. Despite the problem being so common, in the past there hasn’t been an easy test that dentists could use to determine the risk of a patient developing caries in the future.

That’s all set to change, as a new device called CariScreen has been developed which will let dentists screen patients for cavity-causing bacterias. All that is required is a simple swab of the patient’s lower teeth, and the device can determine the patient’s risk of developing cavities within the next 12 months, enabling dentists to provide preventative care and advice.

Traditionally, the only care that dentists could provide was to treat caries after they’d already appeared. The CariScreen device, developed by CariFree, marks the first that that it might be possible for a dentist to help prevent cavities before they even occur!

You can check out more information about CariScreen in the video below: