Patient Engagement about Fluoride and Fluoridation

Originally presented on August 14, 2018

Speakers:
Meg Atwood, RDH, MPS
Orange County Community College, Professor of Dental Hygiene

Melinda Clark, MD, FAAP
Albany Medical Center, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

The purpose of this webinar is to enhance the capacity of dental & medical health care providers to provide quality patient education and awareness regarding evidence-based fluoride interventions to reduce tooth decay.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, learners will expand their knowledge and competence on how to increase dental and medical providers’ ability to provide quality patient education on evidence-based interventions to reduce tooth decay.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify evidence-based guidance on the use of fluorides for caries prevention
  • Define misinformation from patients regarding fluorides
  • Recognize how to have effective conversations with patients about fluorides for caries prevention
  • Recognize various roles that health professionals can play in educating their patients and communities about fluoride and caries prevention

Target Audience
Primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists, and dental hygienists as well as other medical and dental professionals

NOTE: On slide 31, the scale displayed on both line charts are incorrect. For the top chart, the demarcation at the beginning and end of the yellow segment should read 0.7 and 1.2, respectively. For the bottom chart the demarcation highlighted yellow should read 0.7. The corrected version of this slide can be found on page 8 of the presentation handout which can be assessed by clicking “Handouts” above.


To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test & Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

Please select "General CEU" after the post-test to receive a certificate that you may then submit to the New York State Dental Foundation to receive ADA CERP credit.


The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. 

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.


Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until August 31, 2021.


The New York State Dental Foundation is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The New York State Dental Foundation designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits.