CE Hours: 1.5

Seq# 66 - The Role of Nano-hydroxyapatite Technologies in Dentistry

This session will be recorded and available through IADR CE On Demand after the meeting for Continuing Education Credit.  

Although fluoride interventions have shown the most consistent benefit in preventing caries development and decreasing the progression of early lesions, caries can still develop in high risk individuals. This justifies the search for other strategies that could work either better than or synergistically with fluoride. An increasing number of reports have shown that nano-hydroxyapatite (nanoHAP), a biocompatible material, has the potential to remineralize early caries lesions, inhibit tooth surface demineralization, and control biofilm formation on the tooth surface without killing bacteria, when applied in toothpastes, mouthrinses, dental lotions and creams. Clinical data has also demonstrated the effectiveness of this agent in relieving dentin hypersensitivity when incorporated into toothpaste or tooth cream. This symposium will present an overview of clinical efficacy data providing high-level evidence in support of the anti-caries, anti-hypersensitivity and anti-biofilm actions of nanoHAP, as well as its safety for use in oral care products.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will understand the scientific mechanisms and evidence supporting the inhibition of tooth demineralization, promotion of caries remineralization, and relief of dentin hypersensitivity by nano-hydroxyapatite (nanoHAP)
  • Attendees will recognize the various nanoHAP-containing materials available for control of biofilm pathogenicity
  • Attendees will gain understanding of the safety of nanoHAP particles in oral care products