DT Explaining Dental Conditions and Procedures to Patients
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $49.00


In this course, common dental conditions and emergencies and the procedures and techniques that are used to treat them are identified and clearly explained. Both the dentist and the dental staff will learn how to explain these important concepts and lessons in understandable terms. The final section clearly explains how to teach patients how to care for their teeth and gums. The course serves as training for staff and an important refresher for dentists.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Explain dental conditions
  2. Explain dental emergencies
  3. Explain treatment procedures and techniques
  4. Coach patients on oral hygiene
  5. Explain oral health tips to patients


While dentists are responsible for everything that happens in the practice, and with their patients, they may share the role of “patient educator” with staff members. Even if staff is not directly involved in patient care, they need a basic understanding of common dental conditions and procedures regularly encountered in the office. They may be asked to help prepare patients for treatment both physically and emotionally, so they will need to be able to answer their questions and concerns with authority and confidence. Dentists may also benefit from a refresher course on how to explain dental conditions and procedures in simple, understandable language

  1. Dental Conditions
    1. Early Childhood Caries
    2. Dental Caries
    3. Periodontal Disease
    4. Bruxism
    5. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
    6. Sensitive Teeth
    7. Oral Cancer
    8. Smoking Cessation
  2. Dental Emergencies
    1. Cracked Teeth
    2. Crown and Root Fractures
    3. Avulsion
  3. Treatment: Procedures and Techniques 
    1. Preventive
    2. Diagnostic
    3. Cosmetic/Restorative Procedures
  4. Oral Hygiene and Other Tips for Patients
    1. The Basics of Brushing and Flossing
    2. Teaching Flossing
    3. Fluoride in Drinking Water
    4. Oral Piercings
    5. ADA Seal of Acceptance

  1. Fast-Track Training: The Basics for Dental Staff. Chicago: American Dental Association; 2007. 
  2. http://www.aae.org/patients/patientinfo/savenaturalteeth/avulsed.htm
  3. Association Report issued in December 2006
  4. www.ada.org/public/media/presskits/fluoridation/epa_flouoridation_letter_on_thesis.pdf 
  5. www.ada.org/ada/seal/index.asp

American Dental Association 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.