Dental caries: A new protocol for an age-old disease

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. (3 credits)

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:

  1. Recognize the history and extent of dental caries disease
  2. Describe the role of pH, saliva, biofilm, diet, and genetics in the dental caries disease process
  3. Clarify the role of the Stephan Curve in caries-risk education
  4. 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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Quick Access Code: 22195

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate
  • CE credit(s): 3

    Course Type: Written

    Published Date: September 2023

    This continuing education (CE) activity was developed by Endeavor Business Media with no commercial support.

    This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, from novice to skilled.

    Educational methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.

    Provider disclosure: Endeavor Business Media neither has a leadership position nor a commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in this educational activity. No manufacturer or third party had any input in the development of the course content.

    Requirements for successful completion: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity, you must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation, and obtain an exam score of 70% or higher.

    CE planner disclosure: Laura Winfield, Endeavor Business Media dental group CE coordinator, neither has a leadership nor commercial interest with the products or services discussed in this educational activity. Ms. Winfield can be reached at

    Educational disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.

    Image authenticity statement: The images in this educational activity have not been altered.

    Scientific integrity statement: Information shared in this CE course is developed from clinical research and represents the most current information available from evidence-based dentistry.

    Known benefits and limitations of the data: The information presented in this educational activity is derived from the data and information contained in the reference section.

    Registration: The cost of this CE course is $39.00 for 3 CE credits.

    Cancellation and refund policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by contacting Endeavor Business Media in writing.

    Provider information:

    Dental Board of California: Provider RP5933. Course registration number CA code: 03-5933-22195. Expires August 2026. “This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.”


    Endeavor Business Media is a nationally approved PACE program provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
    Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
    11/1/2022 to 10/31/2024.
    Provider ID# 320452
    AGD code: 010


    Endeavor Business Media is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHPNW (January 1, 2022–December 31, 2024). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. Licensee should maintain this document in the event of an audit. AADH code: AADHEBM-173-2-2024-3


    Endeavor Business Media is an ADA CERP–recognized provider.

    ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of dental continuing education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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