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FREE WEBINAR: Prevent and Protect Oral Health for a Lifetime

WHEN: Wednesday January 27th, 2021

TIME: 7:00pm


THE SPEAKER: Dr. Mariana Leon

Mariana is an Education Manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. Having earned her Dental Hygiene diploma from Maisonneuve College in Montreal, in addition to obtaining a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from San Martin University in Peru in 2001, she has accumulated over 15 years of clinical experience as both a dental hygienist and a dentist.


Dental caries is preventable, yet it continues to be the most common chronic disease in children. The price paid for dental caries is not only measured in the money spent on restorative procedures, it is also measured in the effects it has on overall health and well-being. During the early 1900s, the focus of dentistry changed from extract to restore. With the knowledge and tools available in this century, it is time to shift from restore to prevention. Management of the caries-prone patient requires a multifaceted approach – caries risk assessment, in office care, patient education, and at-home regimens. This approach has been in the forefront for treating the at risk population. Fluoride therapies play an important role in the in-office and at-home fluoride treatment programs in the prevention and management of dental decay. It is an accepted but often under-utilized therapy. This program will provide the participant with an overview of caries development, the incidence and prevalence of dental decay in various populations, and the role of in-office and at home fluoride therapies in the management of patients who are at risk for caries development. An overview of Caries Risk Assessment and the 2018 ADA clinical practice guidelines will also be presented.


1. Integrate PCC (Patient Centered Care) principles in chair side connections to help clients become open to investing in their oral health through effective self-care practices.

2. Demonstrate motivational interviewing to elicit the clients desire to change.

3. Understand how the P4 approach to health care can help clients adopt good preventive oral care measures as part of their everyday health.

4. Present the therapeutic outcomes of the available formulations of dentifrice and mouthrinses to determine the most appropriate recommendation based upon specific client needs. 5. Develop and implement an effective in-office and at-home fluoride treatment protocol, based on appropriate client risk for caries development.



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