Caries – The ultimate environmental catastrophe – Breaking the cycle of blame and shame


Caries – The Ultimate environmental catastrophe
Breaking the cycle of blame and shame
2.0 Self-Study CEUs

Anne Guignon, RDH, MPH, CSP
AGD PACE Subject codes: 010, 430, 730



Caries and erosive tooth wear are global public health problems that create pain and discomfort, impact nutritional intake, affect self-esteem, and are co-morbidities for a wide range of systemic diseases and disorders. Numerous research studies demonstrate both conditions are pH mediated. Insufficient buffering capacity also impact heavily oral disease development.

The economic burden of treating damaged tooth structure is an additional consideration. Low cost, efficient salivary testing is easy and provides both clinicians and patients with accurate baseline data that helps create an accurate picture about why conditions occur. Salivary testing is a tool that creates engagement, monitors subtle changes over time, and tracks progress between professional appointments.

Clinicians can now create custom strategies that includes salivary stimulation, raising oral pH levels, adding valuable calcium sources, and effective biofilm disruption activities. This course guides dental professionals away from the blame and shame game and into a new era of patient partnership and success.

  • Learn about the prevalence of caries and erosion
  • Review salivary risk factors – pH and buffering
  • Understand how pH and buffering impact caries and erosion
  • Develop a strategy for in office salivary testing
  • Improve salivary health using arginine, xylitol, and calcium
  • Devise a plan for ongoing salivary monitoring
  • Explore the role of biofilm reduction in disease control


Recorded: August 25, 2021

Expires: August 25, 2023

Speaker: Anne N. Guignon, RDH, MPH, CSP

2 CEU | Electronically Mediated I Online | Lecture | Home Study

Cost: $27.00


This on-demand course is self-study and not considered live in most state’s State Dental Practice Acts. Please refer to your state’s practice act for specific requirements.

System Requirements

  • PC, Mac, Laptop, and other mobile devices with standard web browser capability.
  • Newest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, MSEdge, Safari, or Opera internet browsers.
  • Internet connection with 500+Kbps

This course is non-refundable.


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