Oral Health Products for Home Use: What Should I Recommend?
Karen Baker, MSPharm
TUITION – price includes lunch:
CREDITS: 7 hours
* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
Is it safe to use whitening toothpaste every day? Does it make any difference which ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste I use? Which herbal mouthrinse reduces gum disease? How can I get some relief from this dry mouth and the bad breath that goes with it? Patients ask you questions about home use dental products more frequently than they ask about any other oral health subject. They need your professional guidance now more than ever in making the best choices based on their unique set of circumstances. Ms. Baker will compare manufacturer claims and objective clinical data concerning chemotherapeutic products for gingivitis and calculus reduction. Toothpastes claiming everything from superior mineralization to “5 shades whiter” will be listed in detailed tables to be used as a chairside reference when questions arise. The safety and effectiveness of controversial ingredients such as baking soda, peroxides, Coenzyme Q-10, melaleuca, and stabilized chlorine dioxide will be reviewed. Both OTC and prescription home use fluoride rinses will be rated based on relative caries and gingivitis reductions. New strategies for xerostomia including patient handouts will be provided. The safety and effectiveness of over-the-counter whiteners will be compared to dental office dispensed and chairside products. An extensive and very current handout that will help you design optimal homecare regimens for specific patients accompanies this entertaining, yet comprehensive evaluation of homecare dental product information.
After attending this course and reviewing the handout, the participant should be able to:
- Select a dentifrice for a specific patient based on type of fluoride, gingivitis or calculus reduction, abrasiveness, cleaning ability, and safety with chronic use,
- Choose the most effective chemical treatments for halitosis,
- Evaluate mouthwashes based on pH, alcohol content, and therapeutic effect,
- Manage a patient with drug-induced xerostomia and/or mucositis,
- Explain important differences among bleaching product characteristics including concentration of ingredients, viscosity, speed, ease of use, and cost per arch, and
- Recommend a specific powered toothbrush based on patient characteristics and cost.
KAREN BAKER has been on the Dental College faculty at the University of Iowa for 32 years and she occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy. She has given over 900 programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics organizations. Ms. Baker is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry. Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the United States. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in pre-doctoral and graduate-level courses at the University of Iowa.
The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.
University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.