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A History and Update of Fluoride Dentifrices

COURSE NUMBER: 94

James S. Wefel, PhD; Robert V. Faller, BS

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)

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This course is a review and update of cosmetic and therapeutic dentifrices, their impact on market shares and the development of multi-benefit dentifrice technologies.


The first therapeutic dentifrice contained fluoride and entered into th...

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Overview

This course is a review and update of cosmetic and therapeutic dentifrices, their impact on market shares and the development of multi-benefit dentifrice technologies.


The first therapeutic dentifrice contained fluoride and entered into the US market in the mid 1950s. The public was not convinced of the importance of such a product until the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance was awarded to a product in the early 1960s. Both public and market pressures have resulted in a continued development of new and improved products which not only have therapeutic value but also cosmetic value. These developments have led to the use of various fluoride agents, abrasives, and additives, as well as the introduction of new technologies into dentifrices. Although some products are designed to provide single benefits, such as caries protection, other products are designed to deliver multiple benefits, such as caries and plaque reduction, or caries protection coupled with alleviation of hypersensitivity. One of the more recent benefits to be delivered from some fluoride dentifrices is protection against dental erosion, an emerging oral care issue that can be addressed with the proper therapeutic approach. There have also been 2-step dentifrice systems introduced to deliver elevated levels of efficacy (e.g., whitening, gingivitis reduction). It is clear that dentifrices have gone through an incredible evolution over the past several decades, providing many options to help patients prevent and treat oral diseases and conditions.

  • Intended Audience:

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

  • Date Course Online:

    Dec. 18, 2006

  • Last Revision Date:

    Jul. 9, 2020

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Jan. 31, 2024

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    11

Learning Objectives

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


  • Understand the history and development of modern day dentifrices.
  • Discuss the changes from dentifrices that delivered only cosmetic benefits to those that focused on therapeutic benefits; and then back to products that deliver a combination of both.
  • Discuss changes in ingredients and actives, and describe new technologies.
  • Help dental professionals talk to their patients from a position of knowledge about the variety of fluoride dentifrices available in the current marketplace.
  • Help the dental professional understand the connection between modern lifestyle (diet), new emerging issues such as dental erosion and appropriate therapies to help them guide their patients.

Disclaimers

  • 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.

Author(s)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. Wefel did consulting work for P&G.    
    
  • Mr. Faller is a retired employee of P&G.
    
James S. Wefel

James S. Wefel

PhD

The staff at P&G expresses our condolences regarding the loss of Dr. Wefel on September 1, 2012. He was a major contributor to the field of cariology and prevention, leaving both a legacy of knowledge as well as mentorship to many young scie...

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Robert V. Faller

Robert V. Faller

BS

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8/1/2021 to 7/31/2027


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