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America’s Sweet Tooth Obsession and Its Impact on Oral and Systemic Health
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH, RDHMP
14977

Americans consume an average of 400 calories per day of added sugars in their diet from high-fructose corn syrup, table sugar, honey, and all other sweeteners with calories! Today’s sugar consumption has jumped 20% over the past 30 years with a correlating rise in obesity, and the domino effect continues with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, elevated triglyceride levels, liver disease and Type II diabetes. Soft drinks which are the greatest culprit of this growing “sugar obsession” are implicated in increased risk for dental caries and tooth erosion. This program gives a review of the literature related to sugar’s impact on overall health, but also provides good news for today’s clinician seeking methods to help reduce decay, remineralize tooth structure, and motivate patients to reclaim their health!

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Dental Erosion: Etiology, Diagnosis and Prevention
AGD Subject Code(s): 258 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Yan-Fang Ren, DDS, PhD, MPH
14483

Dental erosion is a prevalent condition that occurs worldwide. It is the result of exposure of the enamel and dentin to nonbacterial acids of extrinsic and intrinsic origin, whereby mineral loss occurs from the surface of the tooth. The most frequently affected areas are the palatal surface of maxillary incisors and the occlusal surface of the mandibular first molars in adolescents. Characteristic early signs of dental erosion include smooth and flat facets on facial or palatal surfaces, and shallow and localized dimpling on occlusal surfaces. Early intervention is key to effectively preventing erosive tooth wear. Effective prevention of dental erosion includes measures that can avoid or reduce direct contact with acids, increase acid resistance of dental hard tissues and minimize toothbrushing abrasion.

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Oral Health Maintenance in Head and Neck Cancer Patients
AGD Subject Code(s): 735, 741 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Kathryn Gilliam, RDH, BA
15305

Many head and neck cancer patients are not treated in large cancer centers that have dental oncologists as a part of the cancer care team. They are being treated in smaller cancer centers or private oncology practices where there may not be a focus on oral health. These people are coming to their regular dental offices for care, often with side effects of their cancer treatment. Standards and protocols are detailed for use in a general dental practice. This course consolidates current recommendations into specific protocols that are easily implemented in the general dental practice. The goal is to give dentists and dental hygienists the confidence to treat head and neck cancer patients effectively and with concern for the whole person who is in need of special care at this vulnerable time.

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Periodontal Disease and Smokers
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Richard Nejat, DDS
14459

Periodontal disease is more prevalent and more severe in smokers than in nonsmokers. The host response in smokers is altered by a number of factors including increased gingival crevicular fluid, adhesion molecules and genetics. In addition, smokers are poor healers compared to nonsmokers and their response to periodontal therapy can be compromised which can result in continued progression of periodontal disease, or the need for more treatment.

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Teenagers Dangerous Lifestyle Choices::
How to Assess Oral Manifestations
AGD Subject Code(s): 431, 750 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Lee Somerville
15146

The current and sometimes shocking health behaviors and trends in the younger generation can influence their oral and systemic health. The dental professional has an opportunity during the dental visit to identify risk behaviors and intervene with the teenager to make positive health choices.

Topic coverage will include dangerous lifestyle choices such as substance abuse (Meth Mouth), various smokeless tobacco products including Hookah, Bath salts and much more. Examining high risk behaviors and gender differences prepare the dental professional to initiate conversations that will provide guidance with the health decisions that face the youth of today.

Special Fall Bundle Offer:
Buy "Teenagers Dangerous Lifestyle Choices:" and receive a 20% Discount on your choice of any 2 currently available ineedce 2 credit hour courses.

All 3 Courses must be purchased at the same time.
To recieve discount enter Promotion Code: 5BUNDLE2013  Offer Expires 07/01/2014

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The Inflammatory Origins of Periodontal Disease and Diabetes: A Framework for Understanding Clinical Outcomes
AGD Subject Code(s): 024 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Jeffrey A. Sibner, DMD
14915

Inflammatory diseases share many common traits, including the ability to produce pro-inflammatory messengers called cytokines that travel throughout the body. Cytokines play an important role in physiologic regulation of many biological activities, but in inflammatory diseases, they are produced at levels that can have pathological consequences. In diabetes, cytokines can cause β-cell death and insulin resistance. In periodontal disease, the same cytokines are responsible for collagen destruction and alveolar bone loss. Because inflammatory diseases share a common biological denominator, they can often influence the progression of other inflammatory diseases.

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