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Local Dentist is Saving Lives with His Cutting-Edge Approach to Dental Caries

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 22, 2013

Dr. Jonathan Engel and his team are not the typical dental office. They not only see themselves as oral health specialists, but as whole- body wellness practitioners. Dr. Engel says, “At Southern California Dental Health Associates we take prevention seriously. It is our goal to actually help save you money by getting you all the tools that you need to fight dental disease. The old adage that the mouth and the body are separate is obsolete and the healthier your mouth is the better off the rest of your body may be."

Dr. Engel and his team know that 90% of systemic conditions are linked to symptoms in the mouth. The mouth is a crucial part of any diagnostic process for physicians and dentists when it comes to overall wellness. If symptoms such as bleeding gums, fungal infections, decay, inflammation or missing teeth present in the mouth, it could be a warning sign that a patient is at risk for things like heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis.

Because of the responsibility to patient’s health, Dr. Engel and his team have adopted practices that help them simultaneously manage a patient’s risk for oral imbalance while cluing them in to possible systemic risk. The newest tool being used at the office is a caries (cavity) risk assessment program developed by CariFree that is shown to decrease incidents of tooth decay by up to 74%. The system is based on a medical model of risk assessment called CAMBRA or Caries Management by Risk Assessment.

The CariFree system requires the dental professional to assess each and every patient’s risk factors for the dental caries disease and then develop a personalized treatment plan to systematically lower their risk. The CariFree diagnostic tools leverage biofilm testing (to determine the levels of cavity-causing bacteria in the patient’s mouth) as well as a risk assessment questionnaire. Based on the assessment Dr. Engel can tell a patient what their statistical likelihood is of developing tooth decay over the next 12 months. Never before has such predictive information been available. Patients can then measurably lower their risk for decay by utilizing professional products and behavior modification.

Dr. Engel can also offer an OralDNA bacterial test that determines the bacterial load is in your mouth and can show if a patient is at higher risk of breakdown due to gum disease. Dr. Engel can also use PerioProtect, a system that delivers hydrogen peroxide (at a very low concentration) deep into the area between the teeth and the gum tissue where the bacteria that cause gum disease live.

When a patients risk for decay and other oral health issues are lowered, the risk of diseases like heart disease and diabetes are mitigated. In addition, keeping a close eye on changes in the mouth with these assessment tools makes early detection a priority. Dr. Engel and his team provide a patient centered approach to dentistry that will direct each patient to his or her most healthy self. They aspire to be your comprehensive health and wellness experts that live by the same high standards that you do for your family. Dr. Engel states: "The Southern California Dental Health team understands the high standards you require when making choices in the care of your family. Our valued long-term patient family lives by a quality lifestyle where prevention dictates their healthcare choices. For this reason, we created our signature prevention program, Smiles Protection Plus, with your needs in mind. As our compassionate team provides you with a comfortable and personalized experience, our primary goal is to monitor your oral health and identify problems early and treat them well before more extensive care is needed. Our Smiles Protection Plus program goal is to keep you out of the dentist's chair and thriving in your life with a bright healthy smile!"

For more information on the CariFree system, go to To call now and make your appointment with Dr. Engel and his team call 323-934-3341.

About Dr. Engel: Dr. Engel is a distinguished member of the American Association of Oral Systemic Health and was awarded “Clinician of the Year” for the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry.

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