The Canary System is a caries detection system which is now available in the US and Canada. It has created a new way of detecting, monitoring and communicating with patients about one of the most common oral diseases oral health providers treat – dental caries. The Canary System not only detects caries but provides the patient and the dentist with a report that is available either in print or on-line. During the examination The Canary System voice gives the patient and provider instant feedback on the status of the tooth surface being examined. Simple, clear concise measurements with a system that is measuring tooth structure changes means the patient can begin to understand the effects of caries and the dental team can easily educate the patient on ways to improve their oral health care and ultimately decrease their Canary Number.