Learning Objectives

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.