Faculty and Research


Caries Prevention, Detection and Management

Dr. Douglas Young

Dental caries (or tooth decay) is a bacterial disease process, one that will not be eliminated by tooth repair alone. Caries is the most prevalent disease among children and the primary reason for most restorative dental visits by both children and adults.

A risk-based approach to managing caries targets those in greatest jeopardy for contracting the disease. It also identifies what risk factors are involved, so that corrective action can be taken to treat current disease and prevent it in the future. My research evaluates methods and oral products for their effectiveness in managing and reducing dental caries. We also evaluate the cost-effectiveness of such treatments.

Dr. Douglas Young, dayoung@pacific.edu, 415.749.3308