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 18557 - Dental Caries: Advances in Detection and Disease Management $20.00   
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Note: Due to the malfunction of the wireless mic, this session is missing the last 18 minutes of a 2 hour 21 minute session.

Speaker: Ms. Doreen Smeltzer, RDH, M.A.Ed., DENTSPLY Professional Midwest Region
About the speaker: Oral hygiene degree, University of Pittsburg School of Dental Medicine; Master's degree in adult education, National Louis University; Midwest clinical educator, DENTSPLY Professional.


Dental caries is a chronic infectious disease affecting children and adults. This course will address trends in caries epidemiology, describe new diagnostic technologies and discuss minimally invasive approaches to managing this disease. With earlier detection, the clinician will be able to redirect management from a restorative (surgical) approach to a medical (preventative/therapeutic) approach.

Learning objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize trends in epidemiology
  • Identify indicators for an increased risk of dental caries
  • Compare sensitivity, specificity and reliability of caries detection techniques
  • Differentiate the modes of action of various agents used to arrest or reverse the demineralization process
  • Implement a caries management by risk assessment approach into clinical practice


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