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A-Z Fundamentals of Dentifrice: Oral Health Benefits in a Tube

Feb 26, 2024



This course will focus on the most common dentifrice ingredients and the oral health benefits they provide. Upon completion of the course, participants will understand not only the fundamentals of dentifrice ingredients, but also key regulatory aspects of the dentifrice market and the role of the ADA Seal program in credentialing consumer dentifrices.

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

  • Help dental professionals talk to their patients from a position of knowledge about the variety of fluoride dentifrices available in the current marketplace.
  • Understand the history and development of modern-day dentifrices.
  • Understand the evolution and combination of different benefits in the dentifrice marketplace.
  • 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 of common dentifrice actives.
  • List common therapeutic benefits vs cosmetic benefits.
  • Compare nerve desensitizing and dentin tubule occluding agents and describe the agents Mechanism of Action to treat dentinal hypersensitivity.
  • Help the dental professional understand the connection between modern lifestyle (diet), new emerging issues such as dental erosion and appropriate therapies to help them guide their patients.
  • Name the dentifrice ingredients used to control calculus, stain and bad breath; explain how these agents function.
  • Describe the role of non-therapeutic dentifrice ingredients used to improve esthetics and stability.
  • Explain compatibility concerns manufacturers face when formulating a dentifrice.