Learning Objectives

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

  • Classify carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and the role they play in the oral cavity.
  • Identify the function of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals and symptoms of excesses or deficiencies.
  • Recognize specific nutrient requirements during the human life cycle.
  • Understand the Healthy Eating Plates and current dietary trends.
  • Identify the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Recognize the relationship between nutritional deficiencies and oral disease.
  • Assess nutritional aspects of dental caries, its causes, and prevention.
  • Guide the patient to clarify and understand his or her own diet-dental relationship.
  • Apply basic nutritional concepts to help patients with nutritional problems.