Dental: Caries Management by Risk Assessment: CAMBRA in Dental Practice, 2nd Edition

19.95
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About the Course

In recent years, the traditional surgical model of dental care has been increasingly replaced with a more medically based model called caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA). Instead of merely treating dental caries with restorations, CAMBRA seeks to identify and treat the causes of the disease and minimize the destructive effects on the hard tissues of the oral cavity. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of caries management and applies the concepts of CAMBRA. This basic-level course describes the multifactorial nature of caries, the factors that affect caries risk, and the specific risk levels of individuals. The importance of saliva testing and the risks, alternatives, and benefits of using glass ionomers as dental sealants are also discussed. The learner will be introduced to different protocols in order to treat caries using the medical model. The knowledge gained in this course can be employed daily in private practice and will help dental practitioners become better equipped to halt the progression of caries with as little hard tissue damage as possible, thereby benefiting their patients. Because professionals in the modern dental office work as a team, this course is appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. By working together and utilizing this new concept of caries management, these professionals can help prevent many instances of dental caries.

Course Objectives
  1. Discuss the evolution of caries management and the philosophies of minimal intervention dentistry, minimally invasive dentistry, and caries management by risk assessment in the practice of dentistry.
  2. Discuss the factors affecting caries risk.
  3. Explain the importance of saliva testing.
  4. Identify different protocols to treat caries using the medical model.
  5. Discuss the risks, alternatives, and benefits of using glass ionomers as dental sealants.

About the Authors
Amy Nieves, RDH, graduated from Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, in 1999 and launched www.amyrdh.com to serve as an online resource for dental hygiene students, clinical hygienists, educators, and other dental professionals. From 2000 to 2007, Ms. Nieves was a regular contributor to the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Oral Hygiene with her monthly column, “Hygiene Solutions.” Her articles have appeared in various dental hygiene publications. In 2004, she co-authored The Purple Guide: Developing Your Clinical Dental Hygiene Career with Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH. Ms. Nieves was the southern Michigan specialist for GC America, Inc., from 2007 to 2010 and has also been the eastern Pennsylvania clinical specialist for OralDNA.

Elena Francisco, RDH, RDHAP, MSDH, received her bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University and her master’s degree in dental hygiene education from Idaho State University. She is currently an adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene at Carrington College in Sacramento, California. Prior to joining the faculty at Carrington College, Ms. Francisco was a clinical instructor in dental hygiene at the University of the Pacific Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry. A licensed registered dental hygienist in alternative practice, Ms. Francisco has co-authored several journal articles on dental hygienists’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice behaviors regarding caries risk assessment and management.

AGD Subject Code: 250


Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the course expiration date.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Elite ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
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Caries Management by Risk Assessment: CAMBRA in Dental Practice, 2nd Edition

19.95
About the Course

In recent years, the traditional surgical model of dental care has been increasingly replaced with a more medically based model called caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA). Instead of merely treating dental caries with restorations, CAMBRA seeks to identify and treat the causes of the disease and minimize the destructive effects on the hard tissues of the oral cavity. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of caries management and applies the concepts of CAMBRA. This basic-level course describes the multifactorial nature of caries, the factors that affect caries risk, and the specific risk levels of individuals. The importance of saliva testing and the risks, alternatives, and benefits of using glass ionomers as dental sealants are also discussed. The learner will be introduced to different protocols in order to treat caries using the medical model. The knowledge gained in this course can be employed daily in private practice and will help dental practitioners become better equipped to halt the progression of caries with as little hard tissue damage as possible, thereby benefiting their patients. Because professionals in the modern dental office work as a team, this course is appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. By working together and utilizing this new concept of caries management, these professionals can help prevent many instances of dental caries.

Course Objectives
  1. Discuss the evolution of caries management and the philosophies of minimal intervention dentistry, minimally invasive dentistry, and caries management by risk assessment in the practice of dentistry.
  2. Discuss the factors affecting caries risk.
  3. Explain the importance of saliva testing.
  4. Identify different protocols to treat caries using the medical model.
  5. Discuss the risks, alternatives, and benefits of using glass ionomers as dental sealants.

About the Authors
Amy Nieves, RDH, graduated from Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, in 1999 and launched www.amyrdh.com to serve as an online resource for dental hygiene students, clinical hygienists, educators, and other dental professionals. From 2000 to 2007, Ms. Nieves was a regular contributor to the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Oral Hygiene with her monthly column, “Hygiene Solutions.” Her articles have appeared in various dental hygiene publications. In 2004, she co-authored The Purple Guide: Developing Your Clinical Dental Hygiene Career with Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH. Ms. Nieves was the southern Michigan specialist for GC America, Inc., from 2007 to 2010 and has also been the eastern Pennsylvania clinical specialist for OralDNA.

Elena Francisco, RDH, RDHAP, MSDH, received her bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University and her master’s degree in dental hygiene education from Idaho State University. She is currently an adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene at Carrington College in Sacramento, California. Prior to joining the faculty at Carrington College, Ms. Francisco was a clinical instructor in dental hygiene at the University of the Pacific Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry. A licensed registered dental hygienist in alternative practice, Ms. Francisco has co-authored several journal articles on dental hygienists’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice behaviors regarding caries risk assessment and management.

AGD Subject Code: 250


Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the course expiration date.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Elite ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.