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assignment Level : Introductive
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This course will provide the scientific basis for caries (dental decay) risk assessment and practice interventions. You will immediately be able to apply “caries management by risk assessment” into your clinical setting or into your personal health care.

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Syllabus

Week 1:
  • Understand what dental caries is
  • Understand the concept of the caries balance
  • Know the three principal pathological factors of caries formation
  • Understand that multiple bacterial species are responsible for dental caries
  • Understand the role of frequent ingestion of fermentable carbohydrates in dental caries
  • Recognize hyposalivation, how this occurs, and its importance in caries progression
Week 2:
  • Refine the concept of the caries balance 
  • Know and understand the multiple caries protective components in saliva
  • Understand demineralization and the role of fluoride
  • Understand remineralization and the role of fluoride 
Week 3:
  • Understand remineralization and the role of fluoride 
  • Understand how fluoride interacts with cariogenic bacteria 
  • Know the three main mechanisms of action of fluoride 
  • Know about fluoride toothpastes and fluoride mouthrinses
Week 4:
  • Know about fluoride products for the dental office and for home use by prescription 
  • Know why high concentration fluoride products are used for high caries risk individuals 
  • Know the antibacterial products currently available for caries control 
  • Understand the root caries process including similarities and differences with coronal caries
Week 5: 
  • Understand the distinction among disease indicators, pathological (biological risk) factors, and protective factors
  • Know that the CAMBRA risk assessment method is validated in clinical use in thousands of patients for 6 years through adult
  • Know the bacterial assessment methods
  • Understand the sequence for the entire CAMBRA method 
Week 6:
  • Know how to assess caries risk for an individual as low, moderate, high, or extreme 
  • Know the currently recommended chemical therapy for patients at low, moderate, high, or extreme risk 
  • To study numerous examples of risk assessment and therapy and how to build this into the treatment plan 
  • Understand the differences between risk assessment for young children, older children, and adults 
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Instructors

  • John Featherstone - School of Dentistry
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University of California, San Francisco

The University of California, San Francisco, is dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. UC San Francisco is the only campus in the University of California system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. UCSF's innovative, collaborative approaches for health care, research and education span disciplines across the health sciences and make it a world leader in scientific discovery and its translation into improved health.

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