Learning Objectives

  • Compare indications and uses of various types of fluorides as preventive agents and of adaptations that may be needed.
  • Describe three types of antimicrobial agents used for children with special health care needs.
  • Describe considerations for placing dental sealants in children with special health care needs.
  • Discuss indications for, and cautions against, providing scaling and prophylaxis for children with special health care needs.

Module 4: Prevention of Oral Disease


Module 4 provides oral health professionals with information about preventive agents and measures that can promote oral health and reduce oral diseases in children. Preventive agents and measures including fluorides; antimicrobials such as chlorhexidine, xylitol, and systemic antibiotics; dental sealants; and scaling and prophylaxis are discussed in terms of indications and contraindications for use. Adaptations for children with certain special health care needs are discussed as well.

Picture of clockTime Needed to Complete this Module:
Approximately 20 minutes