85 Non-fluoride Approaches to Caries Prevention

Friday, March 23, 2012: 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Session Type: Symposium
1.5 CE hours
Theme: My research does not fit any of these themes.
Sponsored by: Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research, Cariology Research, Evidence-based Dentistry Network, Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology
Description: The caries preventive effects of fluoride, both systematically and topically administered,  are well known and widely enjoyed in the US. Nevertheless, caries continues to be a problem in both children and adults.  While there is room for improvements in the provision of fluorides, other approaches to caries prevention, not based on fluoride, may offer supplemental or alternative caries prevention benefits. This symposium presents up-to-date information on four of these approaches, xylitol, chlorhexidine, casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate  (CPP_ACP), and ozone,  all of which are currently available in the US and/or Canada. The first of four presentations is the initial report of the results of the three-year Xylitol for Adult Caries Trial (X-ACT) of xylitol lozenges for caries active adults. The second presentation is a report of the results of the recently completed Prevention of Adult Caries Study (PACS) of chlorhexidine varnish, also for caries active adults.  The third presentation is the first presentation of the results of a trial of ozone in caries active adolescents and adults. The final presentation is a critical summary and state-of-the science assessment of recent trials and systematic reviews of CCP-ACP.
Learning Objectives:
Gain knowledge of most current evidence for effectiveness of non-fluoride based caries prevention methods
Results of the X-ACT Xylitol Trial
J. BADER, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Results of the PACS Chlorhexidine Trial
A. PAPAS, School of Dental Med, Tufts University, Boston, MA
Results of a Trial of Ozone in the Prevention of Dental Caries
D. ZERO, Preventive and Community Dentistry, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Critical Assessment of the Current Evidence for CCP-ACP
A.V. RITTER, Dept. of Operative Dentistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
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