Fluoride and Fluoridation: Benefits and Concerns, 2nd Edition - L0763


About Course #L0763

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: June 14, 2019

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Fluoridation of public drinking water and fluoride-bearing topical dental treatments are familiar, widely accepted practices aimed at preventing dental caries. Fluoride treatment for children and adolescents is a covered benefit under most dental insurance policies. However, fluoride also offers benefits for adult patients, particularly patients older than age 60, when susceptibility to caries increases. This course discusses dental caries risk and the various types of topical fluoride, fluoride dentifrices, community water fluoridation, and age-related fluoride treatments used to reduce or prevent caries.

This basic-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with the most up-to-date information on fluoride and fluoridation, including its perceived benefits and documented efficacy. Concerns about the connections between systemic fluoride and certain disease processes are discussed as well as the importance of educating patients on the important role of fluoride.

AGD Subject Code: 017

Course Objectives

  • Discuss fluoride's role in addressing dental caries.
  • Identify the different modes of fluoride administration.
  • Describe the mechanism of action and benefits of fluoride.
  • Recognize safety concerns with fluoride.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

A.J. Barnert, BS, RDH, MA, MFT, holds a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Southern California and a master of arts degree in marriage, family and child counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, California. Ms. Barnert is a registered dental hygienist and certified children's social worker. In addition to maintaining a private social work practice, Ms. Barnert has been affiliated with Counseling4Kids and Wilshire Valley Therapy. She works as a dental hygienist at a family dental practice in Woodland Hills, California. Her community involvements include developing dental health programs for underserved children in public schools and working with children in the foster care system. She is a member of both the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Family Study Center Alumni Association. As a public speaker, she has presented workshops on interventions to help the bereaved and published on divorce as an opportunity for growth on interventions to help the bereaved and published on divorce as an opportunity for growth.

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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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.