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A Clinical Report on Chairside Whitening
AGD Subject Code(s): 017 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Lynn A. Jones, DDS, BS, RDH, Christopher Moon, BA, CDA
14668

Patients continue to desire whiter teeth and demand for tooth whitening continues to grow. Options available include in-office tooth whitening with or without a lamp, office-dispensed home-use products, and a variety of over-the-counter products. In addition to being a procedure that patients want, tooth whitening is a great practice builder. Patients should be carefully assessed before starting a tooth whitening treatment; this includes examinations for erosion, caries, abrasion and defective restorations. The type of stain and its cause must be determined in order to make a determination of the likely success and speed of tooth whitening. Educating patients on their options, what is involved in a tooth whitening procedure, management of potential sensitivity, and what they will need to do are important components in the decision to whiten teeth and the likelihood of patient compliance and success. With good case selection, tooth whitening is straightforward, effective and a welcome adjunctive treatment.

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A Review of Dental Caries Detection Technologies
AGD Subject Code(s): 257 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Jeffery B. Price, DDS, MS
15056

Caries diagnosis is one of the most basic diagnostic skills that oral healthcare professionals must learn; and yet, it remains one of the most difficult skills to reliably and predictably master. In this course we will review the various caries detection technologies available to assist the dental professional with this complex task.

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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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CAMBRA: Best Practices in Dental Caries Management
AGD Subject Code(s): 258, 430 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Michelle Hurlbutt, RDH, BS
14644

The current approach to dental caries focuses on modifying and correcting factors to favor oral health. Caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA) is an evidence-based approach to preventing or treating dental caries at the earliest stages. Caries protective factors are biologic or therapeutic measures that can be used to prevent or arrest the pathologic challenges posed by the caries risk factors. Best practices dictate that once the clinician has identified the patient’s caries risk (low, moderate, high or extreme), a therapeutic and/or preventive plan should be implemented. Motivating patients to adhere to recommendations from their dental professionals is also an important aspect in achieving successful outcomes in caries management. Along with fluoride, new products are available to assist clinicians with noninvasive management strategies.

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Dental Adhesives for Direct Placement Composite Restorations: An Update
AGD Subject Code(s): 253 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Howard E. Strassler, DMD, FADM, FAGD, FACD, Michael Mann, DDS
14646

Dental adhesives used to bond composite resins to tooth structure have evolved over the last several decades. The earliest bonding systems required an acid-etch technique and were only compatible with enamel, and the challenge has always been to predictably bond to enamel and dentin simultaneously. There can be confusion as to what bonding agents are being described, because there are a number of different labeling categories. With a simplified, logical category description the clinician is better able to understand what each bonding agent is and how it is used. Bonding systems can in fact be differentiated into two distinct classes: etch-and-rinse and self-etch. Both classes of bonding systems work well as long as one understands which to use for different treatment conditions. There is no one universal bonding system that does it all, but recent advances in the chemistries of these adhesives allow many of them to be bonded to all intraoral substrates – to enamel; to dentin; and to all types of dental resins, ceramics and metals. The key to success is to provide your patients with materials and techniques that you can reproduce to achieve the best, longest-lasting clinical results.

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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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Finding Your Why
AGD Subject Code(s): 557 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Rachel Wall, RDH, BS
15046

Have you ever dissected why you do what you do within the walls of your operatory? Why do you feel compelled to perform an oral cancer exam on every patient? Why do you see signs of early perio disease but decide to do a prophy instead? Why do you recommend string floss to a patient with a history of non-compliance? Why does ‘selling’ products or presenting treatment services sometimes feel inauthentic and uncomfortable?

Finding a strong ‘why’, a strong reason to consistently implement new protocols, products or techniques is a key component to create lasting change that makes a real difference in your career and the lives of your patients. Even if treatment and homecare recommendations are backed by compelling research, without a strong, emotionally-based ‘reason to believe’ gaining patient acceptance is difficult.

This fast-paced webinar will walk participants through real-life examples of how Rachel has achieved ultimate success with her own patients and coaching clients through acceptance of compelling recommendations. Come and learn the how-to’s of crafting a strong ‘why’ behind your every-day clinical decisions and recommendations.

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Hearing The Silent Cry For Help
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Linda Blackiston, RDH, BS
14815

Dentistry is well positioned to recognize the signs of individuals that are trapped in dangerous situations. All too often an individual is crying for help and no one takes the time to get involved. Recognizing and reporting these dangerous situations is our responsibility as dental professionals. This course will highlight some of the key warning signs of abuse, neglect, and maltreatment and discuss the most appropriate avenues for aiding these individuals.

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Innovations in Air Polishing: Procedural Solutions for Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Kimberly Miller, RDH, BSDH, RDHMP
15084

Clinicians must consider esthetic, therapeutic, and patient goals to design a comprehensive treatment plan which meets individual patient needs. The goal of this course is to provide practical and scientific information on air polishing, both supra and subgingival techniques, for advanced clinical therapy. The basic tenants of air polishing will be discussed in addition to innovative technologies for equipment, nozzle design, and powders.

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Pathways to Health Through Reduction of Risk Factors
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH, RDHMP
15271

What do most patients know about the implications of citric acid, sugar, Omega 6 and Omega 3 in the diet? And, what do they really know about how those factors impact oral and systemic health? This program provides a pathway to assist clinicians in guiding patients toward healthier decisions that can reduce the risk of dental caries, periodontal diseases and chronic inflammatory conditions. Learn how dental professionals can build lifetime patient relationships through a pathway of health and wellness education.

  • What we really need to know and do about the pathogens that initiate periodontal disease and dental caries
  • Interactions and implications between chronic inflammation, oral health, prostaglandins, C-reactive proteins and Omega 6 & 3
  • Reducing risk factors that impact oral and systemic health
  • Tools to halt the dental caries and periodontal disease process
  • Pathway to building lifetime patient relationships

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Pit and Fissure Sealants: An Overview
AGD Subject Code(s): 257 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Heidi Emmerling Munoz, RDH, PhD, FAADH
15180

The dental profession has long regarded dental sealants as a primary element in the prevention of dental caries. Sealants provide a physical barrier between the spaces created by anatomical pits and fissures of posterior teeth and the cariogenic bacteria, thereby halting incipient lesions and preventing cavitation. Proper techniques must be implemented when placing sealants for optimal retention and patient safety. Patients must understand that sealants are one element for overall preventive dentistry. This article will review the epidemiology and efficacy of sealants; indications for use; the various types and categorization of sealants; characteristics for successful sealants; proper placement procedures for pit and fissure sealants; sealant maintenance; and factors to teach patients.

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Predicting is Preventing! Implementing Risk Assessment for Infants and Toddlers in Your Practice
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Stacy McCauley, RDH, MS
14713

Numerous healthcare experts have agreed that dental caries in the pediatric population is one of the most serious health concerns in this country.  Early prevention and intervention are the keys to ending this “silent epidemic”.  The American Academy of Pediatrics along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, both support a child’s first dental visit before their first birthday.  This online program will address the primary foundation of long-term oral health: early risk assessment.  Participants will learn how to perform both initial and on-going risk assessments on infants and toddlers in their practices.  After discussing risk, through the use of patient case studies, participants will learn how to implement new strategies in preventing oral disease.  Based on risk assessment, CE attendees will then learn how to implement various therapeutic chair-side and at-home products appropriate for infant and toddler disease control.  Establishing a lifetime of good oral health begins with the dental professional’s knowledge of risk assessment in order to predict prevention.

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Preventive Intervention For Bruxism
AGD Subject Code(s): 185 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Howard E. Strassler, DMD, FADM, FAGD, FACD
14503

Bruxism is a parafunctional occlusal activity, that may exist as either sleep bruxism or awake bruxism. Bruxers have more noticeable signs of dental attrition, abfractions, and occlusal pits on their natural teeth than other patients. Clinical approaches to managing bruxism can be categorized as acute, preventive and chronic, with the approach depending on the patient’s signs and symptoms. Preventive intervention is required if a patient presents with tooth wear. A primary preventive approach in the treatment of bruxism is the fabrication and utilization of a nightguard.

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Say What You Mean to Say! Using Motivational Interviewing Strategies for Impactful Patient Communication
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Stacy McCauley, RDH, MS
14873

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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The Development and Utilization of Fluoride Varnish
AGD Subject Code(s): 258, 430 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Fiona M. Collins, BDS, MBA, MA
14544

For several decades, the use of fluoride has been a mainstay in controlling dental caries. Preventing and treating dental caries requires an individualized approach that must consider a patient’s risk level, determined through a risk assessment. In-office topical fluorides were developed between the 1950s and 1970s, with considerable research conducted on ways to enhance the duration of contact and uptake of fluoride. Based on available clinical trials and evidence-based data, the American Dental Association Council of Scientific Affairs developed recommendations for the use of in-office topical fluorides. In addition, antimicrobials and calcium and phosphate technologies are available for use.

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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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Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Understanding the Needs of Patients with Developmental Disabilities and Developing a Treatment Protocol
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Noel Kelsch, RDH, RDHAP
14928

According to the Bureau of Census about one in five Americans is living with some kind of disability and one in 10 have a severe disability. About nine million people in the United States have disabilities so severe that they require personal assistance to carry out everyday activities. Understanding the needs and tools for serving those clients is vital in your role as a health care provider.

The oral needs of patients with debilitating diseases in the dental setting are as varied as the patients themselves. Recognizing those needs and adapting your treatment to meet those needs can make a difference at all levels of health. This course will prepare the dental health professional to make an impact on the clients that need oral care the most and have the least access to care. It will give you the tools to understand how to treat the special needs clients, educate clients and care givers on preventive measures and implement a treatment plan in your office setting.

This course will aid you in giving direct care, indirect care, understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act application to the dental setting and developing a treatment plan and home care protocol for clients living with disabilities.

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Xhilarating Xylitol
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH
14699

Xylitol can do more than just help with caries management. This program will include learning how xylitol is created from plant material, through its use for caries management, periodontal disease treatment, ear infections in children and sinus infections and now chronic wound care.

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