Dental caries continues to be the most common transmissible bacterial disease in the world, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic location, or any other parameters. Many courses focus on minimally invasive dentistry, including the use of silver diamine fluoride and bioactive restorative materials, which are huge advancements in the preservation and restoration of tooth structure. As dental professionals, it is imperative that we help our patients preserve their healthy natural teeth from one of the most insidious diseases of all time. This course will focus on the primary factors that lead to dental caries disease and will discuss a variety of interventions the dental practitioner can share with patients to prevent and potentially reverse dental caries.
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional will be able to:
- Recognize the history and extent of dental caries disease
- Describe the role of pH, saliva, biofilm, diet, and genetics in the dental caries disease process
- Clarify the role of the Stephan Curve in caries-risk education
- Develop self-care recommendations based on the current science of the dental caries disease process
About the Author
Kathryn Gilliam, BA, RDH, MAAOSH, HIAOMT, educates and empowers dental professionals to transform their identities as oral wellness practitioners who impact the health of their patients. A proponent of incorporating the latest scientific research into practical clinical protocols, Kathryn coaches dental professionals to elevate their standard of care with proven strategies for optimal patient care and outstanding practice growth. She founded two coaching companies, PerioLinks and Empowered Hygiene, before joining Inspired Hygiene as a lead clinical coach.
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