V. Kim Kutsch, DMD
V. Kim Kutsch, DMD
Caries Risk Assessment: Dental Caries GPS for GPs
Dental caries (tooth decay) is a complex biofilm disease that affects the teeth. In spite of all surgical attempts to treat it, dental caries remains the most common childhood disease in industrialized countries, affects people of all ages, and disease rates are going up. As a biofilm disease, drilling and filling of cavities, does little or nothing to treat the cause of the disease. Of the estimated 800 bacteria that normally inhabit the human mouth, over 35 have now been demonstrated to play a role in this biofilm disease. Dental caries is not a pathogen specific disease, but rather a pH specific disease. Recent studies have demonstrated that the selection pressure for this disease is an acidic pH in the biofilm. The program consists of a review of the biofilm scientific literature, the current dental caries disease model, caries risk assessment and diagnosis, demin-remineralization chemistry, protocols for treating caries patients. Further discussions will include practical implementation of a new simple system based on the risk assessment model into the clinical practice setting to be efficient, effective, predictable and profitable.
At the conclusion of this course the attendees will be able to:
- Describe the new biofilm disease model for dental caries
- Understand caries risk assessment and it’s role in private practice
- Understand simple demineralization/remineralization chemistry
- Implement a simple risk assessment system into their practice
Dr. Kutsch received his undergraduate degree from Westminster College in Utah and then completed his DMD at University of Oregon School of Dentistry in 1979. He is an inventor holding numerous patents in dentistry, product consultant, internationally recognized speaker, is past president of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and the WCMID. He also has served on the board of directors for the WCLI and the AACD. As an author, Dr. Kutsch has published dozens of articles and abstracts on minimally invasive dentistry, caries risk assessment, digital radiography and other technologies in both dental and medical journals and contributed to several textbooks. He also acts as a reviewer for several journals. Dr. Kutsch also serves as CEO of Oral Biotech, as a clinician he is a graduate and mentor in the prestigious Kois Center and maintains a private practice in Albany Oregon.