Course Description:

Recent research has significantly expanded our knowledge on caries risk factors, diagnostics, prevention and management. Considerations in selecting an appropriate protocol for individual patients include the patients’ age, caries risk level, exposure to fluoride, and current recommendation on professionally-applied topical fluorides. This presentation addresses recent learnings on the caries process, traditional and nontraditional risk factors. Following this, evidence-based therapies for primary and secondary caries prevention are discussed. Therapies include in-office and home fluorides, polyols, antimicrobials and innovative options that have been introduced.

The overall goal of this presentation is to provide participants with information on caries prevention and management. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  • List and describe caries risk factors
  • Review caries risk assessment
  • Review the evidence on the efficacy and safety of anti-caries agents
  • Describe suitable preventive therapies for patient cases
collins_fiona Dr. Fiona M. Collins is a graduate of the University of Glasgow – Dental School, Scotland and holds an MBA and MA from Boston University. She is a published author in the areas of dental caries and prevention, dentifrices and biofilm; infection control regulations, OSHA requirements, and CDC recommendations; patient compliance; and tobacco cessation.

She has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics and given presentations in North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. During her career, Fiona has lived and worked in five countries.

Dr. Collins is a faculty member at OSAP CORE Boot Camp meetings, the continuing education editor for Dental Learning, editor of the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s ‘Dental World’ newsletter and a consultant. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Organization for Asepsis, Safety and Prevention (OSAP), ADA Standards Committee working groups, and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.