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How Whitening Works

COURSE NUMBER: 657

Donald J. White, PhD; Beth Jordan, RDH, MS

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)

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The growing array of tooth whitening product options with varying efficacy, safety, cost, and differences in application methods and settings elicit patient queries. Understanding tooth color etiology, the relative strengths and limitation...

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Overview

The growing array of tooth whitening product options with varying efficacy, safety, cost, and differences in application methods and settings elicit patient queries. Understanding tooth color etiology, the relative strengths and limitations of treatment options, and patient goals is important for effective guidance. This course discusses mechanisms that influence efficacy and tolerability of whitening products including concentration, dose and contact time as well as strengths and limitations of different whitening delivery systems.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistants, Dental Assistant Students

  • Date Course Online:

    Jul 12, 2022

  • Last Revision Date:

    NA

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Jul 11, 2025

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    780

Learning Objectives

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


  • Articulate the various factors associated with the appearance of color of teeth.
  • Explain the different origins of tooth stains.
  • Differentiate between extrinsic and intrinsic colored tooth stains.
  • Explain approaches to tooth whitening.
  • Describe different types of oxidative tooth whiteners and how they work, including how peroxide oxidizes stains.
  • Describe why peroxides are safe for use in patients including toxicology, soft tissue safety, and hard tissue safety.
  • Describe the origins of dental hypersensitivity associated with oxidative whitening.
  • Describe and critically assess different delivery vehicles for whiteners.
  • Understand approaches in clinical testing and various indices to measure tooth whitening.
  • Describe three of the newest introductions in oxidative whitening available to patients.

Disclaimers

  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.

Author(s)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Beth Jordan is a current employee of Procter & Gamble.
  • Donald J. White, Phd is a retired employee of Procter & Gamble.
Donald J. White

Donald J. White

PhD

Dr. Donald White was a Research Fellow at the Procter & Gamble Company Health Care Research Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Dr. White received his BS in Chemistry and PhD in Physical Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffal...

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Beth Jordan

Beth Jordan

RDH, MS

Submission Information

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Submission For credit transfers to appear in your AGD account in real time, make sure to add your AGD membership number in the field provided on the “Share Your Test Score” page.


CE Broker For all states that use CE Broker for licensure, “proof of completions” are electronically reported the first of every month. If a course was taken in November, the “proof of completion” will be submitted the beginning of December.

Recognition

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Approved PACE Program Provider

THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY


Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.

Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.


8/1/2021 to 7/31/2027

Provider ID# 211886