Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Identify bacteria most often associated with dental caries.
  • Understand the caries process and caries prediction theories.
  • Explain the general approach of caries risk assessment.
  • Determine the cause of each pathology.
  • Identify the typical visual cues and clinical significances for each pathology.
  • Describe treatment for each pathology.
  • Explain the process of plaque formation.
  • Discuss manual and powered toothbrushes.
  • Describe the various toothbrushing techniques.
  • Identify the correct toothbrushing technique for the individual patient.
  • Describe the two flossing methods.
  • Identify which patients require auxiliary aids.
  • Identify multiple sources of fluoride.
  • Determine on an individual basis if a patient needs a professional fluoride application.
  • Differentiate between pre-eruptive and post-eruptive fluoride.
  • Identify the types of professional fluoride and their application.
  • Discuss root surface caries treatment options.
  • Identify foods that are considered cariogenic.
  • Identify foods that are considered to be non-or low-acidogenic.
  • Discuss how energy drinks, sports drinks and soda affect the oral cavity.
  • Identify the criteria for selecting teeth for sealant placement.
  • Identify the types of sealant material.
  • List the requirements for successful sealant retention.
  • Describe the sealant procedure.
  • Identify sports that should use mouthguards.
  • Identify which types of jaw fractures are more common.
  • Identify which type of crown and root fractures are more common.
  • Describe the treatment necessary when an emergency occurs with primary teeth.
  • Describe the treatment necessary when an emergency occurs with permanent teeth.
  • List the types of soft tissue dental injuries that can occur with sports.
  • Identify the types of mouthguards available.