Oral Hygiene Recommendations in the Age of Dr. Google: An Evidence-Based Approach for Dental Professionals

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Oral Hygiene Recommendations in the Age of Dr. Google: An Evidence-Based Approach for Dental Professionals

Faculty: Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS

Expiration Date: February 29, 2024

Credits: 3

Fee: $59.00

AGD Code(s): 490

From charcoal toothpaste to oil pulling to “Flossgate,” recent controversies regarding ideal oral hygiene in the lay media have left many of our patients with questions about the best way to take care of their teeth at home. While dental associations, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Surgeon General agree on the importance of proper self-delivered oral hygiene, there continues to be confusion in the lay media and the public with regard to the role of patient-administered oral hygiene for the prevention of oral diseases. Current recommendations include brushing for two minutes twice daily and cleaning between teeth to maintain a healthy mouth and smile. Furthermore, customization of oral hygiene recommendations for patients based upon their risk profiles allows for optimal outcomes for disease prevention. It is well established that there are over 700 identified species of bacteria and up to 1,500 putative pathologic microorganisms found in dental plaque biofilms. Many of these organisms as well as other factors, including bacterial nutrients, food debris, molecules that facilitate bacterial adhesion and invasion and other extrinsic factors in the environment, and the body’s own immune response, contribute to diseases of the teeth and gingival tissues. This course will review current recommendations for oral home care, discuss strategies to deliver person-centered oral hygiene instructions for patients based upon risks for oral diseases, and review the current evidence regarding oral hygiene practices and/or products.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  1. Understand the risks and benefits of controversial oral hygiene practices and/or products
  2. List the optimal strategies and rationale for oral hygiene, including toothbrushing, interdental cleaning, and use of dentifrices and mouth rinses
  3. Develop home-care recommendations that focus on evidence-based strategies for oral health and emphasize individualized patient care recommendations based upon patient needs
  4. Discuss the importance of preventive strategies for oral diseases, including maintaining good oral hygiene in order to promote oral and overall well-being with a wide range of patients and interdisciplinary colleagues

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