Updating Your Knowledge of Dental Caries: Causes, Concerns, and Considerations

CE Credits
1 hour

What causes dental caries? And how can a greater understanding of the disease help providers offer preventive, person-centered care that leads to better overall health?

In this webinar, a collaboration between CareQuest Institute, Kansas City University, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), our expert panel will take a deep dive into the etiology of dental caries, including the role of host factors, saliva, diet, and oral hygiene. They will also cover the epidemiology of caries, the contributory causes of the disease, and the concept of the caries balance.

This is the first in a series of summer webinars on understanding, assessing, and managing caries — we welcome you to attend one, two, or all three as your schedule allows!

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the newest findings on the epidemiology of caries disease.
  • Discuss the impact of saliva, diet, oral biofilms, and pH in the caries process.
  • Identify the etiology of dental caries, including the impact of host factors, saliva, diet, and oral hygiene in caries balance.
  • Recognize the key biological concepts and the histopathology of caries disease.

Moderator & Presenter

Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc, Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Integrated Learning, College of Dental Medicine, Kansas City University


Marcelle Nascimento, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor and Program Director of the Dental Clinical Research Unit Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of Florida

Bruce A. Dye, DDS, MPH, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation Chair in Oral Health Equity; Professor and Chair, Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health School of Dental Medicine

This webinar will be recorded.




CareQuest Institute for Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. CareQuest Institute for Oral Health designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.
This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

All participating instructors in this program have disclosed that they do not have the following financial arrangement or affiliation with the listed persons or entity(ies) offering financial support, products, and/or services mentioned or related to the content of this program/activity.