Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the FDA Monograph system.
  • Compare the Monograph system with a New Drug Application (NDA).
  • Differentiate between claims for therapeutic and cosmetic benefits.
  • Describe the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance program.
  • Explain fluoride’s mechanism of action and understand key differences in common fluorides.
  • List common antiplaque/antigingivitis ingredients in dentifrices and describe their mechanisms of action.
  • Compare nerve desensitizing and dentin tubule occluding agents and describe how these agents act to treat dentinal hypersensitivity.
  • Name the dentifrice ingredients used to control calculus, stain and bad breath; explain how these agents function.
  • Understand the evolution and combination of different benefits in the dentifrice marketplace.
  • Describe the role of dentifrice ingredients used to improve esthetics and stability.
  • Explain compatibility concerns manufacturers face when formulating a dentifrice.