Tooth decay (often referred to as cavities) is the most common chronic disease of children and adolescents. In fact, it's four times more common than asthma in adolescent-age children. Also, many adults have tooth decay (e.g., with 9 out of 10 over the age of 20 having some degree of tooth-root decay).
This risk assessment tool is designed to help you and your dentist identify factors that might increase your risk for cavities. Take the quiz by clicking on the link below and share the results with your dentist at your next dental check-up.
Please note that this tool serves to provide a guideline as to your risk for cavities. It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis and discuss your oral health.
"Guideline on Caries-risk Assessment and Management for Infants, Children, and Adolescents," American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Council on Clinical Affairs. Adopted 2002; revised 2014.
"Assessing patients' caries risk." Journal of the American Dental Association. Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD; Domenick T. Zero, DDS, MS. September 2006, Vol. 137, pgs. 1231-1239.
The American Dental Association Caries Classification System for Clinical Practice: A report of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs, Douglas A. Young, Brian B. Nový, Gregory G. Zeller, Robert Hale, Thomas C. Hart, Edmond L. Truelove, and others. The Journal of the American Dental Association, Vol. 146, Issue 2, p. 79-86 Published in issue: February 2015.
This tool is for informational purposes only and intended to promote consumer health. It does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for proper dental care provided by a dentist.
Cigna assumes no responsibility for any circumstances arising out of the use, misuse, interpretation, or application of any information supplied in this document. Always consult with your doctor or dentist for appropriate examinations, treatment, testing, and care recommendations.