Learn how to implement CAMBRA at CDA Presents

Dentists interested in implementing Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) strategies into their practice will have some training available to them at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim.

Jean L. Creasey, DDS, will lead a lecture titled Preventing Your Way to Success ... Implementing CAMBRA in Private Practice on Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

CAMBRA is a research-based, systematic approach to integrate caries risk assessment as a centerpiece of the dental practice. CAMBRA aims to diagnose and prevent caries through the process of assessing a patient’s risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of a regular dental checkup.

Creasey, who is a general dentist in private practice in Nevada City, will discuss CAMBRA’s role in her practice and how preventive dentistry improves patient recruitment, retention and satisfaction.

“By learning to read the ‘signs of risk’  in each unique patient, my prevention strategies have become more focused and intentional. By customizing prevention plans, I can conserve my energies for the cases that need them most,” said Creasey, who has served CDA both at the local and state level and currently serves on the ADA Council on Dental Practice.

Creasey also will show dentists how their entire dental team can support CAMBRA implementation and successfully motivate patients toward better oral health behaviors. She will do this by presenting cases that illustrate how this approach has led to better care, lower stress for dentists and increased success in her practice.

“Patients truly seem to appreciate a dentist who acts more in the role of an ‘oral health coach’ instead of as a ‘dental dictator,’” Creasey said.

Attendees of the lecture will learn the scientific basis behind the “caries balance” concept, what tools are needed to implement CAMBRA into the practice and the techniques for motivating patients with “prevention coaching.”

“Dentists will hopefully leave the lecture with a clear sense of how to implement risk assessment into their practices and feel re-energized about helping patients achieve their best oral health possible,” Creasey said.

The CDA Foundation has a long history of supporting CAMBRA. The CDA Foundation currently is partnering with the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry to complete a practice-based research study, and is recruiting dentists to participate. Significant funding for this three-year study is coming from the DentaQuest Institute. The CDA Foundation has also hosted a CAMBRA Symposium in San Francisco. The symposium gathered a wide range of stakeholders within dentistry. Representatives from universities, third-party payers, private and public practice and philanthropy were among the speakers.

Those interested in receiving a full CAMBRA project overview for more information can contact Rolande Tellier Loftus, program director, at Rolande@tellierassociates.com or Peter Rechmann, DDS, PhD, at RechmannP@dentistry.ucsf.edu.

For more information on CAMBRA and the efforts of the CDA Foundation, visit cdafoundation.org/CAMBRA.

For more information and to register for the CDA Presents course, visit cdapresents.com.