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Dental Practice Education Research Unit
Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health
Adelaide Dental School

The University of Adelaide

Tel:  +61 8 8313 3291


Colgate Oral Care

Welcome to the Dental Practice Education Research Unit

The Dental Practice Education Research Unit is a joint venture between The University of Adelaide and Colgate Oral Care and it was established in November 1991. Our headquarters are at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health at The University of Adelaide, Australia.

Our objective is to identify and meet the information needs of not only the dental professionals and also the general public while promoting the provision of preventive services.

Programs provided include:

  • Online Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD)                                                                          CPD program is essentially based on the dental practice education material produced by the DPERU, which can be found on this website.
  • The Fluoride Update
    The Fluoride Update Program was developed in response to frequent requests from dental practitioners, and consists of a set of information sheets from the cariology area on the issue of fluorides in today's dental practice. Information sheets have companion summary pamphlets for use as a guide for discussion with patients.
  • Colgate Special Topics                                                                                                                               The Colgate Special Topics are currently being developed to provide continuing education in important topics. The first topic, Smoking and Oral Health, was released in October, 2005. Special Topic No. 2, Erosion was released in January 2006 followed by No 3, Diabetes, in December 2006, No. 4, Pregnancy in Nov/Dec 2008, No. 5, Oral cancer in April 2011, No. 6, Dentine hypersensitivity in September 2011, No. 7, Disabilities in March 2012, No.8, Heart Diseases in May 2013, No.9, Dementia in November 2014, No.10, Caries Risk Assessment in September 2015, No.11, Dental Fear and Anxiety in March 2016, No.12, Breastfeeding and Oral Health in December 2016, No. 13, Periodontal disease and Obesity in February 2017, No. 14, Sugars-rich Diets and Oral Health in July 2017,  No. 15, Caries Risk Management Protocols in Dec 2017 and No. 16, Impacted Third Molars in Dec 2018.
  • Oral Hygiene
    The Oral Hygiene pamphlets "Effective toothbrushing" and "Cleaning between the teeth" answered some common questions and provided practical techniques about toothbrushing and flossing.
  • The Colgate Caries Control Program
    This is a continuing education program which was offered Australia-wide to dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists.
  • The Colgate Periodontal Education Program
    The Colgate Periodontal Education Program aimed to stimulate and support the provision of periodontal care.