Vitamins, Minerals, and the Oral Cavity, 2nd Edition - L0762


About Course #L0762

Release Date: January 21, 2011

Review Date: June 14, 2019

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

The importance of a balanced, nutritious diet to the health of the human body is widely recognized. However, significant numbers of people do not have properly balanced diets and many compensate for this deficiency by ingesting supplemental vitamins and minerals. Most of the common pronouncements with regard to the health benefits of vitamins and minerals address systemic health, but despite its importance to oral health, the relationship of dietary intake and vitamins to the health of the oral cavity is rarely discussed. To fully grasp the role of vitamins in the health of the oral cavity, it is necessary to understand the nature and characteristics of vitamins and minerals and their actions within the body. This basic-level course seeks to remedy this information deficiency and provide dentists, hygienists, and assistants with information on the effect vitamins and minerals have on oral health.

AGD Subject Code: 150

Course Objectives

  • Differentiate between water-soluble and lipid-soluble vitamins.
  • List the required minerals and their absorption requirements.
  • Discuss the role of vitamins and minerals in oral health.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, MSc, PhD, FRSC, is professor emeritus, University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore, Maryland, where he also served as director of biomaterials research in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has written more than 400 scientific papers and 16 books, and contributed chapters to 15 monographs on dental biomaterials and materials science.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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