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An Update on Demineralization/Remineralization

Mark E. Jensen, MS, DDS, PhD; Robert V. Faller, BS

Continuing Dental Education Units:  3 hours
Intended Audience:  Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Date Course Online:  Jul 15, 2005
Last Revision Date:  Nov 27, 2013
Course Expiration Date:  Nov 26, 2016

Introduction
Introduction

This course was one of the first courses available on dentalcare.com.  The course has been updated without changing the original content, which is still valid.  The update includes information on new technologies emerging for caries detection and evaluation as well as information on the evidence-based approach for dentistry in the area of demineralization and remineralization.  This primarily includes the use of fluorides with information and resources on how to approach evidence-based dentistry for clinical practice.  This course begins with an historical perspective on caries as a concern in the 1940's as a major public health problem and moves to the clinical practice today...from cure to prevention.  An up-to-date understanding of the caries process in both enamel and root caries are detailed through the discussion of demineralization/ remineralization.  This course has been widely used by clinical staff (dental assistants, hygienists, and dentists in clinical practice) as well as students from all over the world.  This course is not meant to be a comprehensive cariology course but rather an introduction to the concepts of demineralization and remineralization and how they can and should be incorporated into clinical practice.  Upon completion of this course, participants will understand the continued need for fluoride to help protect against the ongoing challenge to tooth structure, secondary lesions and root caries.  Participants will also appreciate the need to examine the literature and evidence when applying clinical preventive techniques for caries prevention.

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Disclaimer:  Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.


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Mark E. Jensen
Mark E. Jensen, MS, DDS, PhD
Mark E.
Mark E. Jensen, MS, DDS, PhD

Dr. Jensen received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota and completed a General Practice Residency at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well.  He then completed a 3-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cariology and also a Ph.D. in oral biology from the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Jensen established the Center for Clinical Studies at the University of Iowa and has published extensively and lectured internationally.  He is a lifetime Diplomat of the American College of Forensic Examiners, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, board certified by the American Board of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the Academy of Dental Materials.  Dr. Jensen was in private practice and conducted clinical research in Minnesota from 1990 until 2005.  He has practiced general dentistry in Mississippi since 2006.  Since 2009 he has been practicing general dentistry as an independent contractor for Louisiana Dental Center in Slidell Louisiana.

 

Email: jensendds@bellsouth.net

Robert V. Faller
Robert V. Faller, BS
Robert V.
Robert V. Faller, BS

Robert Faller retired from P&G after more than 31 years in the Oral Care Research field, where he focused on caries and enamel related research as P&G’s chief cariologist.  He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in Temple University’s Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry.  He is editor of Volume 17 – Monographs in Oral Science: Assessment of Oral Health – Diagnostic Techniques and Validation Criteria, and has over 130 publications and published abstracts on fluoride, caries, dental erosion, and various oral care technologies, along with 4 patents issued and additional patents pending.

Email: robert.faller@yourencore.com

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. Jensen has done consulting work for P&G.
  • Robert V. Faller is a retired employee of P&G.
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