Course Description:

Since they were first incorporated into dental products for prevention, much has changed in the world of fluoride.

This presentation first reviews the early beginnings and basic principles of fluorides, providing a guide for the types of fluorides available and efficacy. In addition, fluorosis is addressed from a global perspective. Following this, the presentation focuses in on frequently used arguments and analyzes references cited in support of anti-fluroide messaging. Support for fluoride is also addressed in this context, together with a patient-centered discussion and patient information.

The overall goal of this presentation is to provide information on fluorides and supportive information for patient-centered discussion. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
  • Review the genesis of fluorides and currently available options for fluoride prophylaxis
  • Describe the mechanism by which fluorosis occurs
  • Review the negative messaging related to fluoride
  • Describe the patient-centered discussion on fluoride
collins_fionaFiona has presented on dental caries and prevention, xerostomia, infection control, biofilm, sensitivity, tobacco cessation, dental materials, tooth whitening, and patient compliance. During her presentations, Fiona provides practical, science-based and thought-provoking information, involving the audience with an interactive approach. Her speaking experience has taken her throughout North America, as well as to Europe, the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. She has also participated as a faculty member at OSAP Boot Camps. Her writing experience has included CE articles, white papers, abstracts and newsletters. She is also a trainer and consultant, an editor for Dental Learning, and editor of the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s Dental World.

Dr. Collins is a member of the American Dental Association, ADA Standards working groups, American Association of Dental Research, Chicago Dental Society, and OSAP. She is the ADA representative to AAMI, and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. During her career, Fiona has lived and worked in five countries, and has held positions in clinical practice, education and industry. Dr. Collins graduated as a general dentist from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and holds an MBA and an MA from Boston University in the United States.