Medicines in Dental Care

In this activity, entitled “Medicines in Dental Care”, Dr Brett MacFarlane talks with Dr Geraldine Moses about her role as the consultant pharmacist to the Australian Dental Association. They discuss the role of pharmacists in helping people of all ages care for their teeth.

The total length of the audio CPD is approximately 50 minutes. It has been divided into two audio files – Parts 1 and 2.

Part 1 covers dental care in younger Australians focusing on the prevention of dental caries with fluoride and treating the pain of teething. Part 2 covers the dental care of adults and older people, antibiotic prophylaxis and the common medicines implicated in problems with the teeth and jaw.

You need to listen to all of the discussion to be able to answer the assessment questions, published in the AJP, July 2016, on page 77.


  • discuss the management of teething in infants and young adults
  • describe the extent of tooth decay in the Australian population;
  • discuss the treatment of pain following tooth extraction;
  • discuss dental antibiotic prophylaxis;
  • discuss medicines and illicit drugs that can affect the teeth and jaw.

The 2010 Competency Standards addressed by this activity include
(but may not be limited to): 1.1, 4.2, 6.3, 7.1

Accreditation Number: A1607AJP2

This activity has been accredited for 1 hour of Group One CPD (or 1 CPD credit) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan which can be converted to 1 hour of Group Two CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activity.

If you listen to the audio file you may claim Group 1 credits for the time spent listening to the audio file. If you listen and subsequently undertake (and pass) the assessment you may claim Group 2 credits as outlined above.


You must be a member of the Australian College of Pharmacy to submit answers for this activity. Members can submit answers for the Hear This audio file online at in the CPD Library.

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