Primary Preventive Dentistry

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Thoroughly revised and updated, the sixth edition of Primary Preventive Dentistry continues to emphasize the clinical application of preventive procedures in controlling plaque disease. This book begins with the discussion of the basics of prevention, shifts to the methods used in prevention and finally applies the preventive methods in different dental environments. Included is the latest information on nutrition, school-based dental health clinics (SBHC) and health promotion. Updated references, including Internet resources, keep readers up to date and informed about the rapidly changing practice of dentistry. Features: bull; bull; Companion Website - www.prenhall.com/harris - provides interactive self-assessment with instant feedback. bull; Increased emphasis on school programs due to the rising number of school based health clinics (SBHC) that are developed to care for children. bull; Discussion of remineralization of incipient carieshighlights this new preventive strategy for clients seeking to maintain intact teeth for their lifetime. bull; Discussion of risk assessment emphasizes the necessity of assessing a patientrs"s course of treatment, whether it is to be preventive or restorative.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Primary Preventive Dentistry.
2. The Development and Structure of Dental Plaque (A Bacterial Biofilm), Calculus, and Other Tooth-Adherent Organic Materials.
3. The Developing Carious Lesion.
4. The Role of Dental Plaque in the Etiology and Progress of Periodontal Disease.
5. Toothbrushes and Toothbrushing Methods.
6. Dentifrices, Mouth Rinses, and Chewing Gums.
7. Supplemental Oral Health Self-Care.
8. Water Fluoridation.
9. Topical Fluoride Therapy.
10. Pit-and-Fissure Sealants.
11. Oral Biologic Defenses in Tooth Demineralization and Remineralization.
12. Caries Activity Testing.
13. Periodontal Disease Prevention.
14. Sugar and Other Sweeteners.
15. Nutrition, Diet, and Oral Conditions.
16. Understanding Human Motivation.
17. Dental Public Health Programs.
18. Preventive Oral Health in Early Childhood.
19. Oral Health Promotion in Schools.
20. Preventive Oral Health Care for Compromised Individuals.
21. Geriatric Dental Care.
22. Primary Preventive Dentistry in a Hospital Setting.
23. Rationale, Guidelines, and Procedures for Prevention of the Plaque Diseases.


This is the sixth edition of the text,Primary Preventive Dentistry.The successive editions since 1982 have provided an excellent example of the fact that the useful lifetime of much knowledge is finite. At the time of the first edition even such dental essentials as mechanical and chemical plaque control, access to dental care and dental insurance were only being slowly accepted. Now, a new wave of dental visionaries is coming on the world stage to speak with confidence about future vaccines, genetic engineering and therapeutic stem cells. These are exceedingly important basic science subjects to all health professions and are only now creeping into the general dental lexicon and application. Like in past editions, the information in the text and supporting references has been greatly upgraded, although every effort has been made to retain original citations from past landmark research. An increased emphasis has been given to school programs because of the increasing number of school based health clinics (SBHC) that are being developed to care for children. Risk assessment is highlighted in the text as a necessity for determining at the time of an initial/annual clinical examination whether a patient's treatment is to be preventive or restorative. Remineralization of incipient caries, an old idea, but a relatively new weapon in the dentists' arsenal, offers a new preventive strategy for those seeking to maintain intact teeth for a lifetime. Throughout this approximate last quarter-century of metamorphosis, the format of the book has remained constant. It is written in a style that is user-friendly, whether the user is a dental or dental-hygienist student, a dental assistant, a private- or public-health practitioner, a health educator, or a school nurse. The book and suggested learning strategies have been successfully used for class-paced study; they have been used for remedial programs; and they have been used for remote self-paced learning as well as for scheduled continuing education courses. Each chapter commences with a series of objectives--subject matter that the authors consider essential. Key words and concepts areitalicizedin each chapter to help focus on information deemed important. Throughout the text, there are embedded clusters of true-and-false questions, as well as answers and fill-in-the-blank questions at the end of the chapter. These are included for student self-evaluation. Following the class presentation of the subject matter it is recommended that about an hour-or-so should be spent outside the classroom to review the chapter. As each question is encountered for which the answer is not completely understood, a check mark should be made before reading on. At the end of the chapter, the marked questions should be again reviewed and the answers learned at the 100% level--not just memorized. Prentice Hall has, with this sixth edition, established a website for the book that permits a student to take a "mock examination" at the end of each chapter. A personal or institutional computer is a requisite for Prentice Hall to respond to new true-or-false, essay, and to fill-in-the-blank type of questions. The true-or-false questions will be computer marked and returned immediately to the students e-mail address. The essay and fill-in-the blank questions will not be marked because of the variety of possible correct answers submitted, but will be immediately returned to the student along with the "school answers" for comparison. This exchange between the student and the Prentice Hall website is strictly between two computers.No student records will be kept at the website.The goal of the program is to provide the learner with a means of self-evaluation of his/her level of attainment. Student participation in this voluntary, non-jeopardizing, website program can result in a huge step towards achieving long-term mastery learning. The questions

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