Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the need for epidemiological studies.
  • Apply the results of oral epidemiology studies to clinical practice.
  • Be familiar with the prevalence, incidence, and trends of dental caries in the United States.
  • Describe the value of the DMF index in measuring oral disease.
  • Use the DMF index to measure the prevalence of dental caries.
  • Understand the results of the NHANES surveys that are related to dental caries.
  • Identify the factors that may or may not affect the DMF scores in adults.
  • Calculate a DMFT, DMFS, dmft or dmfs index score from a patient tooth charting.