CE 517 Dental erosion, fluoride, stannous fluoride, caries, saliva

Managing Dental Erosion: Current Understanding and Future Directions


Donald J White, PhD; Nicola West, BDS, FDSRCS, PhD FDS (Rest Dent); Warden Noble, DDS, MS, MSEd

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)


The purpose of the Managing Dental Erosion: Current Understanding and Future Directions course is to provide information on the dental erosion process, highlight key similarities and differences between dental erosion and caries, provide ef...

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The purpose of the Managing Dental Erosion: Current Understanding and Future Directions course is to provide information on the dental erosion process, highlight key similarities and differences between dental erosion and caries, provide effective strategies to help educate patients who are at risk for developing dental erosion, and manage patients who are already experiencing the condition to minimize its effects.

The dental research community has made great strides in preventive dentistry over the past several decades, with breakthroughs such as the introduction of fluoride and tartar control dentifrices, enhanced sensitivity reduction approaches and fluoride varnishes. In spite of these advances, dental erosion has become a major new challenge for dental professionals. First identified as an emerging issue approximately 25 years ago, the prevalence of dental erosion has increased dramatically in children, adolescents and adults ever since. This is of particular concern since the enamel and dentin loss associated with this multifactorial condition is irreversible.

Confusion exists, however, regarding the differences between dental erosion and dental caries. Although there are some similarities between these two unique processes, there are critical differences related to the etiological factors, the long-term effects, and the best ways to help manage these issues for each patient.

Over the past several years, we have learned a great deal about dental erosion. Fortunately, we have also learned about important strategies to help prevent it. This course provides you with the most current learnings on dental erosion, including research on the efficacy of fluoride sources to help prevent its initiation and progression.

  • Intended Audience:

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

  • Date Course Online:

    Apr 4, 2017

  • Last Revision Date:

    Oct 8, 2020

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Oct 7, 2023

  • Cost:


  • Method:


  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    10, 730, 430

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss trends related to the prevalence of dental erosion.
  • Understand similarities and differences between dental erosion and caries.
  • Explain the etiology of dental erosion to patients.
  • Discuss the long-term effects of dental erosion.
  • Explain strategies for diagnosing and managing patients at risk for dental erosion.


  • 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.


To Mr. Robert V. Faller for assistance developing the course.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. White is an employee of Procter & Gamble.
  • Dr. Noble and Dr. West have done consulting work and given scientific lectures on behalf of P&G.
Donald J. White

Donald J White


Dr. Donald White was a Research Fellow at the Procter & Gamble Company Health Care Research Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Dr. White received his BS in Chemistry and PhD in Physical Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffal...

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Nicola West

Nicola West

BDS, FDSRCS, PhD FDS (Rest Dent)

Warden H. Noble

Warden Noble




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