Learning Objectives

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

  • Be familiar with the history of fluoride in caries control.
  • Discuss how fluoride is processed by the body.
  • Describe how fluoride concentration varies in different parts of the tooth.
  • Identify the multiple ways in which fluoride provides protection from caries.
  • Explain the dental health consequences of too much fluoride exposure.
  • Discuss the primary methods of systemic and topical fluoride delivery.
  • Understand when professional forms of fluoride delivery may be necessary.