What is CAMBRA?
CAMBRA (CAries Management By Risk Assessment) is leading a paradigm shift to move beyond the outdated focus on “remove decay and restore”, the proverbial “drill and fill” mindset. CAMBRA provides a scientific, reliable procedure to identify caries risk and prevent further caries.
The CAMBRA assessment of disease indicators, risk and protective factors standardizes and simplifies caries risk assessment. Based on research and treatment of thousands of patients at UCSF Dental School, MyCAMBRA assesses and determines the patient’s caries risk level and suggests preventive treatment measures:
- Low Risk: Cariogenic bacteria are in check and the patient is healthy. Promote daily maintenance to keep caries risk low.
- Moderate Risk: Elevated caries risk is present and requires preventive treatment to avoid a frustrating cycle of drill and fill.
- High Risk: Intense, focused preventive treatment is required to reduce cariogenic bacteria and lower the caries risk. Chance of new cavities is high.
- Extremely High Risk: Caries is a serious health problem. Aggressive preventive treatment is required to halt the disease and preserve existing teeth.
MyCAMBRA presents the assessment results graphically, with easy to understand treatment instructions. The interactive Risk Meter connects the benefit of each component in the Action Plan to reducing caries risk. MyCAMBRA is a tool to promote dialog with the patient that will move them to better health.
Assessment Made Easy
Integrate Caries Risk Assessment and Caries Management into your practice easily and efficiently.
Treatment Action Plan
Deliver a custom Action Plan targeted to your patient’s caries risk level. Build patient understanding with the interactive Risk Meter to present the benefits of specific treatment suggestions.
Email the Caries Risk Assessment to yourself and the Action Plan to your patient using encrypted PDF to preserve patient privacy.
Promoting Treatment Compliance
Every dentist knows that even the best self-care plan is ineffective if the patient doesn’t follow it. MyCAMBRA gives you tools to present the message of caries and bacteria in a memorable and motivating way. MyCAMBRA includes characters, images and video from Attack of the S. Mutans!, a cognitive science-based program developed with funding from the National Institute for Dental Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Take the pieces you want to share with your patient to help emphasize the bacterial causes of caries, or promote better self-care strategies.UCSF School of Dentistry
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