Offensive Dentistry | Brian Novy | Friday 24th September 2021
The success of operative dentistry is highly dependent upon the physiology, microbiology, and chemistry of the human mouth, yet these factors are often overlooked in clinical settings. When clinicians are equipped with a newfound appreciation for modern cariology and appropriate therapeutic interventions, the prognosis of clinical dentistry can be dramatically improved. In a world that seems dedicated to disinfection and antibiotics, perhaps the oral environment will help illustrate that encouraging beneficial bacteria may be just as effective, if not more effective, than eradicating pathogenic bacteria.
Learning Objectives [At the end of the lecture, attendees will be able to]:
1. Explain the mixed bacteria ecological plaque hypothesis
2. Define and identify prebiotics and probiotics
3. Encourage the growth of commensal oral bacteria
4. Modify patient behavior with simple conversation changes
5. Design restorations that resist recurrent decay
6. Improve the prognosis of restorative treatment
About Dr. Brian B. Nový
Dr. Nový is the Chief Dental Officer of the Massachusetts Public Employees Health and Welfare Trust Fund. He has faculty appointments at Western University and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He served on the American Dental Association Council of Scientific Affairs from 2010-2014, and in 2016 was appointed the consumer representative to the United States Food & Drug Administration Dental Products Panel. His papers have been published in numerous journals including the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Dental Research, and the Journal of Evidence Based Dentistry. The California Dental Association Foundation presented him with the Dugoni Award for “Outstanding contributions to dental education,” and his practice was the first to receive the title, “the American Dental Association Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year.” In 2021, Dr. Nový was awarded the prestigious Weclew Award from the Academy of General Dentistry.