Professor Tenuta graduated with a DDS degree in 1997 from the Bauru Dental School in Brazil. She then went on to complete her postgraduate training in Peadiatric Dentistry (MSc) in 2001 also from the Bauru Dental School in Brazil. She completed her PhD and Post-doctoral research in cariology in 2005 and 2007 respectively from Piracicaba Dental School, Brazil.
Professor Tenuta is currently an Associate Professor in Biochemistry and Cariology at the Piracicaba Dental School, Brazil. She is a member of the ORCA board since 2013 and holds the post as the ORCA Membership Secretary & Webmaster since 2015. Professor Tenuta was the past president of the IADR Cariology Research Group between 2011 and 2012.
Fluorides in caries management
Dental caries can be defined as a biofilm-sugar dependent disease. Fluoride has been the most successful agent for caries control used so far, but it is unable to interfere with the formation of the biofilm and its production of acid from fermentable sugars. In this presentation, the mode of action of fluoride in caries control, i.e. the role of fluoride on the de- and remineralisation processes to which teeth are continuously exposed, will be discussed. Moreover, the peculiarities of each method of fluoride use, i.e. community-based fluoride, fluoride toothpastes and professional fluorides, will be presented, as well as the evidence available for their role in caries control.