Independent-Study/Web Course

Latest & Greatest in Oral Health Products

Course issued:  2/2017; expires 2/2019
This course qualifies the enrollee for 3.5 CE credit hours and the cost is $75.
To register:

Course Description
Do whitening toothpastes do ANYTHING? Can a licorice lozenge prevent cavities? ? Can I whiten my teeth with mouthwash? How can I get some relief from this dry mouth and the bad breath that goes with it? Patients ask you questions about home use dental products more frequently than they ask about any other oral health subject. They need your professional guidance now more than ever in making the best choices based on their unique set of circumstances. Ms. Baker will compare manufacturer claims and objective clinical data concerning chemotherapeutic products for gingivitis, remineralization and calculus reduction. Both mechanical and chemical products for halitosis treatment will be listed and evaluated. Toothpastes claiming everything from superior mineralization to “4 shades whiter” will be listed in detailed tables to be used as a chairside reference when questions arise. The safety and effectiveness of controversial ingredients such as antioxidants, polyphenols, xylitol, ozone, coenzyme Q-10, melaleuca, and stabilized chlorine dioxide will be reviewed. Product selection strategies based on patient-specific risks and benefits will be emphasized for every product category. An extensive and very current handout that will help you design optimal homecare regimens based on patient specific factors accompanies this entertaining yet comprehensive summary of product information.

After attending this course and reviewing the handouts, the participant should be able to:

  • Recommend a mouth rinse based on patient factors such as xerostomia and caries risk,
  • Select a dentifrice for a specific patient based on type of fluoride, gingivitis or calculus reduction, abrasiveness, cleaning ability, and safety with chronic use
  • Choose the most effective mechanical and chemical treatments for halitosis
  • Select an “alternative” homecare product based on effective ingredients and reasonable manufacturer claims.


Karen BakerKaren Baker, RPh, MS, Pharm, Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, The University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Professor Baker has been on the Dental College faculty at The University of Iowa for 31 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy. Professor Baker has given over 900 programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacology and therapeutic organizations. Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the United States. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in pre-doctoral and graduate-level courses at The University of Iowa.


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