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Dr. Burruezo initiates a program to transform  her community by creating a Caries Free Zone.



Dr. Melissa Burruezo of  Pediatric Dental Arts leads her community to a healthier future.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dental caries (cavities) is an epidemic in the 

United States; and although it is largely preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease of children 

aged 5 to 17 years -- 4 times more common than asthma.  Dr. Melissa Burruezo  of Bedminster, NJ decided it was 

time to offer her patients something different.  Instead of offering the tired 'brush and floss' advice, her patients 

can look forward to a program built on a new model of health; the Caries Free Zone.  


"It is time for something new" says Dr. Burruezo.  "We have been telling the same story of cavities for years, 

and it is obviously not working. Here at Pediatric Dental arts, we  have decided to elevate the conversation with 

our patients.  Patients are smart and there is no reason to oversimplify this complex biofilm disease any longer."  

With the launching of a Caries Free Zone in office Dr. Burruezo  wants to not only change the conversation about 

dental decay, but also change the way they have that conversation with patients.  


The process includes a comprehensive risk assessment where the patient is a mutual expert during the 

caries risk conversation.  "It is not always diet or hygiene related, and we need to start discussing other 

risk factors like medication, saliva flow, presence of oral appliances, and current bacterial challenge.

"  When a patient knows how and why they are experiencing decay we can form a true partnership and plan 

how we are going to reduce their risk" says Dr. Burruezo.  


The ultimate goal is to bring each and every patient into a low to moderate risk category and keep them there

 long term.  If we can do that, we can start to create a truly cavity free patient base.  All of our patients that follow 

through with our new program will be initiated into our Caries Free Zone and represent the future of oral health 

in our practice and community.  This disease is absolutely preventable, and it is time for us to take the lead in 

reframing how we co-manage the treatment and ultimately, prevention of dental caries.  


For more information on the CariFree system go to  

To call now and make your appointment with Dr. Burruezo and her team call 908.470.1700 

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