An Update on Demineralization/ Remineralization
COURSE NUMBER: 73
Robert V. Faller, BS
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...
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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 1940s 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.
Demineralization/Remineralization begins with an historical perspective on caries. Caries was identified as a major public health problem in the 1940s. At that time, caries was the single greatest reason for rejecting draftees from enlisting in the military services in the United States in World War II. From that historical view, this course 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. Changes in approach using an "evidence-based dentistry" view of demineralization/remineralization are an integral part of this course.
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Date Course Online:
Jul 15, 2005
Last Revision Date:
Jan 29, 2021
Course Expiration Date:
Jan 28, 2024
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Explain the process of demineralization/remineralization.
- Discuss the role of calcium and phosphate in the remineralization process.
- State where caries occurs first within the enamel structure.
- Compare and contrast enamel and root surface caries.
- Compare and contrast the remineralization process on permanent and primary teeth.
- Discuss elements in clinical examination vital to detection of (a) enamel caries and (b) root surface caries.
- Explain the current approach to evaluating the evidence in answering clinical questions regarding fluorides and caries prevention.
- Provide a scientific, literature-based rationale for the effectiveness of fluoride products in preventing dental caries.
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- 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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