ALL GLUED UB dentistry students intently listen to the presentation.
Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods, organized a scientific lecture for the University of Baguio (UB) dentistry students held at the UB-RCB Dome last Nov. 6.
Dubbed “Fluoride Mouthrinse in Caries Prevention: Past, Present and Future”, the presentation highlighted the uses of fluoride, an agent widely used in the formulation of toothpaste.
The lecture – delivered via a video presentation – featured Dr. Domenick T. Zero, director of the Oral Health Research Institute at Indiana University in the US.
Dr. Zero discussed the research-based and evidence-supported therapeutic uses of fluoride. Accordingly, fluoride in any form (liquid, gel, or as active ingredient of dentifrices such as toothpaste) reduces caries experience. Fluoride also works regardless of its method of delivery (rinsed or topically applied) and application (daytime or nighttime).
Dr. Zero noted the “variable but significant effect” of fluoride in combating dental caries or tooth decay, pointing out that fluoride is indeed “effective” in the elimination of the most prevalent dental infection.
Johnson & Johnson, founded in 1886, is a partner company of the UB School of Dentistry. The partnership – penned last year – is aimed at bracing up the University’s commitment in promoting oral health. The linkage also kicked off the University’s pro-oral health campaign, also launched last year.
The global health care brand earlier donated dispensers to the University and currently supplies the dispensers’ refills every month. –Vengie Bangloy
Vengie Bangloy is a graduating dentistry student of the University of Baguio.