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2023 Speaker Series

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Treating Caries Chemically:
Minimally Invasive, Maximally Effective

7L CE | AGD 010 Basic Sciences

with Douglas A. Young, DDS, EdD, MS, MBA

Friday, May 19, 2023
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Universities at Shady Grove
9630 Gudelsky Drive | Rockville
Building 4 | Teaching Theatre

Lunch is provided

Course Description:

Clinical practice today uses scientifically sound evidence-based approaches. There is a noticeable shift to the caries treatment paradigm by better preventing and managing caries as a disease at the patient level. Person-centered care is an approach where the individual in your dental chair is treated as a person rather than a patient; where their personal preferences and shared decisions drive clinical treatment options. In the morning, we will address current trends in caries risk management at the patient level utilizing an evidence-based, person-centered methodology.

Dental caries is a site-specific disease in which the microbiology and chemistry will differ depending on location and local environment. In the afternoon, we will review the current ADA caries classification system to address these different sites and include a mechanism to track all stages of a caries lesion. New terminology, treatment thresholds, and use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF), glass ionomer cement (GIC) restoratives, and the silver modified atraumatic restorative treatment (SMART) will be presented. Only then will the clinician be able to use minimally invasive restorative approaches to managing this disease chemically at the tooth level. Actual clinical cases will be used to illustrate these concepts. The presentation provides an excellent update relevant to clinical applications for the dentist, dental therapist, hygienist, assistant, and front office.

Course Objectives:

Participants in this course will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  1. Properly perform a caries risk assessment and propose evidence-based treatment options to the patient

  2. Have a thorough understanding of biological, chemical and mechanical aspects of caries disease

  3. Use a person-centered care approach using motivational interviewing and shared decision making

  4. Properly classify all stages of caries lesions based on location, extent, and activity

  5. Understand when to treat chemotherapeutically and when to treat surgically

  6. Be aware of the use of glass ionomer and silver diamine fluoride to treat a caries lesion chemically

About the Speaker:

Dr. Douglas Young is a Professor Emeritus at the University of the Pacific where he is an active and ardent educator in the field of minimally invasive dentistry and cariology. He was one of the founders of the CAMBRA Coalition, American Dental Education Association Cariology Section, and the American Academy of Cariology (AAC).  Dr. Young has served on the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs and is currently a cariology consultant for the ADA. He has presented at congresses and universities around the world and published in numerous peer-reviewed dental journals and textbooks on caries management using minimal invasive dentistry, silver fluoride, and glass ionomer restoratives.

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