Patient Engagement about Fluoride and Fluoridation

Originally presented on August 14, 2018

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.

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