Fundamentals of Dentifrice: Oral Health Benefits in a Tube |


Paula M Koenigs, PhD; Robert V. Faller, BS

Credit Hours:

3 Hour(s)


The course will focus on the most common dentifrice ingredients and the oral health benefits they provide. Upon completion of the course, participants will understand not only the fundamentals of dentifrice ingredients, but also key regulat...

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The course will focus on the most common dentifrice ingredients and the oral health benefits they provide. Upon completion of the course, participants will understand not only the fundamentals of dentifrice ingredients, but also key regulatory aspects of the dentifrice market and the role of professional societies in credentialing consumer dentifrices.

The majority of patients use dentifrice in their daily hygiene routine. As such, it is a cost-effective and convenient vehicle to deliver ingredients that provide therapeutic benefits, cosmetic benefits, or both. Classification of dentifrice ingredients into these key benefit categories affects how products are regulated as well as the types of claims that can be made about a product. Products providing therapeutic benefits are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The first therapeutic ingredient to be included in dentifrices was fluoride. Since this first therapeutic advancement in the dentifrice market, many other ingredients have been formulated into dentifrices to provide other benefits, such as plaque and gingivitis reduction, enamel protection, antihypersensitivity benefits, extrinsic whitening, calculus protection and reducing halitosis (bad breath). These ingredients and their mechanisms of action are described in detail in this course, along with ingredients that provide stability and esthetic benefits to a dentifrice formulation.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dental Assistant Students, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dentists

  • Date Course Online:

    Jan 16, 2013

  • Last Revision Date:

    Jun 28, 2020

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Jun 27, 2023

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Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the FDA Monograph system.
  • Compare the Monograph system with a New Drug Application (NDA).
  • Differentiate between claims for therapeutic and cosmetic benefits.
  • Describe the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance program.
  • Explain fluoride’s mechanism of action and understand key differences in common fluorides actives.
  • List common antiplaque/antigingivitis ingredients in dentifrices and describe their mechanisms of action.
  • Compare nerve desensitizing and dentin tubule occluding agents and describe how these agents act to treat dentinal hypersensitivity.
  • Name the dentifrice ingredients used to control calculus, stain and bad breath; explain how these agents function.
  • Understand the evolution and combination of different benefits in the dentifrice marketplace.
  • Describe the role of dentifrice ingredients used to improve esthetics and stability.
  • Explain compatibility concerns manufacturers face when formulating a dentifrice.


  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Paula M. Koenigs was a full-time employee of P&G.
  • Robert V. Faller is a retired employee of P&G.
Paula M. Koenigs

Paula M Koenigs


The P&G community is saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. Paula Koenigs, on November 28, 2016. She was an outstanding scientist who touched many lives around the world with her passion for research and training. We will miss...

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Robert V. Faller

Robert V. Faller




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