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A Comprehensive Review of Vascular Disease: Part 1 - Pathophysiology and Early Detection
AGD Subject Code(s): 018 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Charles C. Whitney, MD
14797

 Evidence shows an association between oral disease and systemic vascular disease. Physicians need our dental colleagues’ help if we strive to optimally reduce our patients’ risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. This four-part series will give dental professionals an understanding of the pathology of cardiovascular disease and describe how you can intervene to reduce risk in your personal life and your patients’ lives. Incorporating a cardiovascular health program in your practice will elevate your credibility as a true health professional, improve your ability to cure dental disease, and drive the much-needed collaboration between physicians and dentists. Part 1 of the series describes the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of plaque formation. You will also learn the best ways to detect disease at its earliest, most treatable stage.

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A Comprehensive Review of Vascular Disease: Part 2 - Direct Causes of Vascular Disease
AGD Subject Code(s): 018 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Charles C. Whitney, MD
14798

Evidence shows an association between oral disease and systemic vascular disease. Physicians need our dental colleagues’ help if we strive to optimally reduce our patients’ risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. This four-part series will give dental professionals an understanding of the pathology of cardiovascular disease and describe how you can intervene to reduce risk in your personal life and your patients’ lives. Incorporating a cardiovascular health program in your practice will elevate your credibility as a true health professional, improve your ability to cure dental disease, and drive the much-needed collaboration between physicians and dentists. Part 2 of the series describes the causes of disease that directly affect the vascular lining. These include dyslipidemia, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and hypertension.

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A Comprehensive Review of Vascular Disease: Part 3 - Root Causes of Disease
AGD Subject Code(s): 018 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Charles C. Whitney, MD
14799

 Evidence shows an association between oral disease and systemic vascular disease. Physicians need our dental colleagues’ help if we strive to optimally reduce our patients’ risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. This four-part series will give dental professionals an understanding of the pathology of cardiovascular disease and describe how you can intervene to reduce risk in your personal life and your patients’ lives. Incorporating a cardiovascular health program in your practice will elevate your credibility as a true health professional, improve your ability to cure dental disease, and drive the much-needed collaboration between physicians and dentists. Part 3 of the series describes the many root causes of vascular disease. Root causes often make it difficult to optimally treat the direct causes previously described. They drive disease progression and events despite adequately controlled cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes.

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A Comprehensive Review of Vascular Disease: Part 4 - Understanding Genetics and Practical Application for Dentists
AGD Subject Code(s): 018 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Charles C. Whitney, MD
14800

Evidence shows an association between oral disease and systemic vascular disease. Physicians need our dental colleagues’ help if we strive to optimally reduce our patients’ risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. This four-part series will give dental professionals an understanding of the pathology of cardiovascular disease and describe how you can intervene to reduce risk in your personal life and your patients’ lives. Incorporating a cardiovascular health program in your practice will elevate your credibility as a true health professional, improve your ability to cure dental disease, and drive the much-needed collaboration between physicians and dentists. Part 4 in this series describes how modern genetic testing can aid in vascular risk reduction. You’ll also learn practical ways for dentists to participate in the effort to improve your patients’ oral and vascular health.

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Alterations to the Oral Cavity after Curative Radiation: Understanding the Pathophysiology and Challenges for the Dental Hygienist
AGD Subject Code(s): 735, 736 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Mary Ellen Witt, MS, RN, AOCN, Lori Davidson, RDH, BS
14904

Preservation of dentition and its supporting structures is imperative to optimize masticatory function and quality of life in head and neck cancer survivors. Curative radiation to the oral cavity creates lifelong challenges. Dental integrity is impacted by xerostomia, trismus, and risk for chronic infections. Poor adherence to preventive care can lead to rampant caries and debilitating problems with chronic pain, nutrition, and a return to a healthy lifestyle. Head and neck cancer survivors are challenging patients. Knowledge about the patient’s disease, treatment, and consequences of treatment will prepare the dental hygienist to create a long-term plan of care for the patient and family.

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Clinical Considerations for Treating the Dental Patient with ALS
AGD Subject Code(s): 754 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Kimberly M. Parsons, MEd, CDA, EFDA, RDH, Amy J. Schneider, LDH, CDA, BS
15362

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system, particularly the motor neurons. It may affect either spinal or bulbar neurons, which classifies how an individual’s symptoms present. The prognosis for individuals with ALS is not promising, usually resulting in death within three to five years of diagnosis. Most management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis focuses on palliative care, determined by the affected individual’s ongoing symptoms. An essential component of palliative care is management of the individual’s oral conditions. Manifestations of ALS may affect the dental practitioner’s care of patients with this disease. These modifications will be dependent upon the individual’s current symptoms and needs.

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Inculpatory Evidence: Periodontal Disease Assessment and Treatment Is an Essential Element in Cardiovascular Wellness Programs
AGD Subject Code(s): 018 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Thomas W. Nabors, DDS, FACD, Bradley F. Bale, MD, Amy L. Doneen, MSN, ARNP
14881
The premature morbidity and mortality of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is claiming the lives and independence of millions of Americans. The key to CVD prevention is to determine if an atheroma is present in the vascular tree and minimize any opportunity for thrombus development through rupture or erosion. This is accomplished by mitigating the risk of any vascular inflammation, including the systemic impact of periodontal disease (PD). Evidence supports inflammation as a key player in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. In addition, inflammation is involved in destabilizing the plaque and in promoting thrombosis. A meta-analysis from the AHA Journal reviewed the prevalence and incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) as being significantly increased in subjects with periodontitis and confirmed an independent association between PD and CVD with Level A evidence. Current genetic research indicates that inflammation appears to be causal for CVD, which intensifies the importance on the oral-systemic inflammatory link. Proving direct causality between oral health and vascular events proves challenging due to lack of uniformity in clinical diagnostic criteria and clinical treatment guidelines
for PD. Unequivocal evidence of causality is not necessary to address PD in efforts to minimize cardiovascular (CV) risk. Any modifiable CV risk factor should be addressed in a holistic approach
to lessen the impact of CVD. The plethora of evidence supporting the systemic inflammatory link with PD along with its independent association with CAD makes it imperative that efforts to enhance cardiovascular wellness incorporate PD evaluations and therapies., Guidelines should call for the assessment
and treatment of PD not only for the patient’s oral health, but also as one of many comprehensive measures that may help maintain CV health.

 

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Medical Manifestations of Periodontal Disease: Perio Systemic Updates
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
14681

This course describes the impact dental professionals have beyond the oral cavity through a discussion of novel concepts of periodontal disease. Topics covered include: bacterial invasion of the gingiva, gingivitis details, oral-systemic connections, risk factors, periodontal maintenance, total inflammatory burden, and providing individualized periodontal care through bacterial DNA testing.

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Preparing for Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
AGD Subject Code(s): 142 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Anthony Feck, DDS
14932
A Medical Emergency is the unexpected guest during our busy appointment schedules. Whether or not the office has prepared for this emergency before it happens generally decides how it will turn out. It is extremely important that every member of the dental team understands and is able to perform their role when the time comes. The team must thoroughly trained and adequately equipped to treat all medical emergencies as they arise. This article will describe the commonly encountered medical emergencies, the procedures associated with the occurrence of medical emergencies, and the timing of the occurrences. The article will stress the right tools (products and equipment), the right training and practice to deal with everyday medical emergencies. Statistics tell us that medical emergencies are 5.8 times more likely to occur in dental offices than in medical offices. This should not come as a surprise, given the number of patients dentists treat who have significant medical conditions that are not under good control, with invasive procedures complicated by a stressful environment where drugs are administered.
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The Number One Killer of Women: Heart Disease
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Barbara Steinberg, DDS
15004

It is now recognized that symptoms of heart disease in women may be different than those experienced by men. All too often, women ignore these symptoms. This discussion will lend itself to the recognition of these symptoms, risk factors, as well as preventive and treatment modalities for heart disease in women. Tips for maintaining good heart health over the course of a lifetime will be presented.

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Women's Health
AGD Subject Code(s): 742 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Cathy Seckman, RHD
15573

Dental hygienists must be knowledgeable about women’s oral and overall health. This course begins with a history of theories and research on the oral-systemic link going back to antiquity. It lists those issues most closely associated with the oral environment including; preeclampsia, osteoporosis, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and lung disease. The majority of hygienists are women and they spend more time with patients than other dental professionals. They are uniquely qualified to keep both female and male patients informed on oral-systemic links and contribute to individualized treatment planning.

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Women's Oral Heath Issues
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Barbara Steinberg, DDS
14906

Patient adherence dramatically impacts the prevention of dental diseases, as well as the long-term success of therapeutic, restorative and cosmetic procedures. How do you motivate your patients to prevent disease or improve their oral health?

Research shows that true motivation comes from within. This course will detail strategies for communicating effectively with patients by embracing key concepts of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) philosophy. MI has been shown to be effective in counseling and is now being utilized successfully in healthcare and dentistry.

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