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DE0071: Hot Topics in Public Health: Is Caries Transmissible?

Date: 1/25/2012 - 1/25/2012 Course Status: Completed
Facility: Conference call Location: Nashville, TN
Instructor: Timothy Ricks Director: Timothy Ricks
Level: Basic Audience: Assistants, Dentists, Hygienists
Quota: 5 - 100 students Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 1.00 (Total CDE); 1.00 (DANB Clinical); 1.00 (AGD - 258)
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The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider
The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

This session is part of a regular series of CE courses offered to the staff of the Nashville Area.

Dental caries is a disease with multiple biological and socio-cultural determinants. The statement endorsed by the 53rd World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization states, “High relative risk of oral disease relates to socio-cultural determinants such as poor living conditions; low education; lack of traditions, beliefs and culture in support of oral health.” The statement goes on to list several risk factors for dental caries including biological, environmental, behavioral, and health infrastructure determinants.

The purpose of this course is to review peer reviewed literature published in the last 10 years related to one of the biological determinants, i.e. streptococcus mutans transmission and its role in dental caries relative to the other socio-cultural determinants.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Explain streptococcus mutans [SM] acquisition by both vertical and horizontal transmission.
2. Describe the effectiveness of caries prevention by reducing SM.
3. Explain the importance of SM acquisition relative to other caries determinants.

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

Concerns or complaints about this course may be directed to IHS CDE Coordinator or to ADA CERP (



Tuition Payment Information:

Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.

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