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* Selective Polishing: An Approach to Comprehensive Polishing
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AGD Subject Code(s): 010 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Trish Jones
16294

Polishing has been an integral part of dental hygiene care since the beginning of the profession. As technology and services have evolved in dentistry, so has the approach to the polishing protocol. This course reviews the history of polishing, the current thinking on polishing, components of prophylaxis pastes, how prophylaxis pastes work, supplemental additives to prophylaxis pastes, and methods to educate patients on this topic.

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A Review of Tooth Whitening Services
AGD Subject Code(s): 781 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
15902

Utilization of tooth whitening products and services in the U.S. and globally is very strong and shows no signs of diminishing. The three primary methods of tooth whitening include in-office, take-home and over the counter whitening agents. The two major types of tooth discoloration are intrinsic and extrinsic. Extrinsic stains are easily removed during a prophylaxis. Extrinsic discoloration can become intrinsic by migrating to the interior of the tooth through pits, fissures and surface irregularities. Peroxide containing whitening agents enhance the appearance of teeth by addressing intrinsic stains. The most common side effect of whitening procedures is transient hypersensitivity. This course provides a review of tooth whitening services and agents.

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A.I.M. for Dental Implants Success – Assess, Identify, Maintain
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Susan S. Wingrove, RDH, FADIA
15776

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

As dental professionals we want to be able to confidently discuss implant treatment options with patients and meet the challenge of providing safe, effective implant maintenance. Many of us are confused by conflicting messages which instruments to safely maintain them and why.

End the confusion with a comprehensive system for assessment, instrumentation, monitoring, and peri-implant disease treatment including cement residue implantitis based on my current textbook; Peri-Implant Therapy for the Dental Hygienist: Clinical Guide to Maintenance and Disease Complications.

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  • Assess and monitor the health of dental implants with an evidence-based, five-step protocol.
  • Provide safe implant maintenance, home-care recommendations, and peri-implant disease treatment.
  • Importance of 3D technology for a comprehensive level of disease diagnosis.

Educational Support Provided by: Paradise Dental Technologies

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Child Abuse Awareness in the Dental Profession
AGD Subject Code(s): 155 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
15979

Children who have been physically or sexually abused or who experience medical/dental neglect may present to a dental health professional for evaluation. It is an ethical and legal responsibility for the dental clinician examining such a child to report their findings to the appropriate child protective agency. This course provides information to help the dental professional identify child maltreatment. There is discussion of what constitutes child maltreatment, what external and intraoral signs may be seen, the past history which may suggest abuse and neglect, the risk factors that may predict maltreatment, and how to proceed when the appropriate authorities need to be notified.

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Cultural Competence for the Dental Provider
AGD Subject Code(s): 010 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS
16187

Cultural competence is a vast topic of great importance to the field of dentistry. In an increasingly diverse society, it is necessary for dental professionals to be culturally competent healthcare providers. A dynamic process, attaining cultural competence includes awareness and understanding of the many factors that influence culture and how that awareness translates into providing dental services within clients’ cultural parameters. Multiple resources are available for dental professionals to become culturally competent healthcare providers, ensuring delivery of the best possible care for all clients.

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Dental Professionals and HIV - Part 1
AGD Subject Code(s): 755 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
15762
With the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for HIV, AIDS is now manageable and patients are living lives relatively free of many of the oral conditions that characterized the disease prior to and during previous treatment regimens. Although the incidence of oral diseases has improved, many patients with HIV and emerging AIDS may still develop one or more oral conditions that dental professionals need to be aware of when examining the patient with AIDS. Effective office infection control procedures to prevent spread of the disease are as important today as they were 30 years ago when AIDS was first confronted. This educational course is divided into two parts. The first part reviews current science related to the immune events associated with the oral route of transmission of the virus, new information on the pathogenesis of the disease, concepts related to the oral cavity as a viral reservoir for HIV and oral pathology that is associated with AIDS. The second part deals with the practical clinical considerations that need to be addressed when treating the AIDS patient.
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Dental Professionals and HIV - Part 2
AGD Subject Code(s): 755 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
15819

Part one of this course presented current science related to the immune events associated with the oral route of transmission of the HIV virus and oral pathology that is associated with AIDS. This second part discusses the epidemiology of HIV-infected patients, dental healthcare needs and clinical considerations when treating the AIDS patient.

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Diagnosis and Management of Pre-, Intra- and Post- Operative Complications for Sinus Augmentation Surgery
AGD Subject Code(s): 313 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Alessandro Geminiani, DDS, MS
15972

Posterior maxillary edentulism can be successfully corrected with the use of dental implants. Frequently the area requires sinus augmentation surgery. Sinus augmentation is a highly successful surgical procedure, especially when appropriate pre-operative planning and a methodical surgical technique is followed. The diagnosis and management of pre- intra- and post-operative complications during sinus augmentation surgery is described in this course.

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Documentation for the Billing and Reimbursement of Laser Procedures
AGD Subject Code(s): 550, 552 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Tom M. Limoli, Jr.
16211

DE Study Club Archived Presentation:

Accurate coding for the completed procedure is only part of the overall solution. Learn how to forever avoid the “coding strategies” and “canned narratives” that get the attention of regulatory authorities. Coding is simple when clinical documentation is complete and correct. Streamlined and simplified reimbursement must always begin with the clinical team. If you have to write a narrative for the patients insurance than your clinical documentation needs help.

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After participating in this program the attendee will be able to:

  • Identify the various components of the “global procedure”
  • Provide requested supplemental information automatically without the need for crafting canned narrative reports.
  • Streamline and simplify the overall reimbursement process by accurately documenting the most critical aspects of the patient’s treatment.

Educational Support Provided by BIOLASE

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Early Caries Intervention: A Collaborative Approach
AGD Subject Code(s): 010, 257, 490 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Kimberly M. Parsons, MEd, CDA, EFDA, RDH, Jennifer K Bartek, LDH MS CDA EFDA
16186

The incidence of dental caries is increasing globally. It is essential that the dental team work together with the patient to manage dental caries throughout the various stages of the patient’s life. Using a risk assessment can assist the dental professional in addressing the disease process with the patient and in planning treatment. It is advantageous to use a completed risk assessment, along with various caries identification methods, to help guide the patient and dental team in management of early carious lesions. The use of minimal-intervention dentistry to address early carious lesions is an integral part of the caries management process and should be considered when devising a caries management plan.

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Efficient Workflow with Handheld Portable X-ray Systems
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Joseph A. Blaes, DDS
16076

A revolution in the design of dental office space has occurred. It is no longer necessary to have the placement of your x-ray head on the wall dictate your dental office design. The age of cordless portable hand-held x-ray system is now. Handheld Portable X-ray Systems are the best new dental product on the market today. As far back as I can remember, one of the first questions asked about a new office was where to place the X-Ray. This was always the key to the setup of the treatment room. The X-ray head had to be able to reach the chair. How many times have you had to change the position of the chair or sit the patient upright because the arm would not reach far enough. How many radiographs were ruined because the arm or the head or the patient moved after you left the room to expose the film. The Handheld Portable X-ray Systems solves all of these problems because it is totally portable! It is a hand held unit so you do not have to change the patient’s position to take an X-ray. This allows you to stay with your patient through the entire X-ray process. No more position the sensor, walk out, expose, walk back and repeat – a lot of wasted motion. The Handheld Portable X-ray System will serve 2 to 3 treatment rooms and can go anywhere in the office so any room can be an X-ray room. Experience new freedom and efficiency!

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Establishing and Maintaining Oral Homeostasis: The Role of Arginine in Modulating the Oral Environment
AGD Subject Code(s): 016 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Anne Nugent Guignon, RDH, BS, CSP
16090

Regardless of the mechanism, neutralizing oral acid is a primary goal for preventing or treating caries, erosion, and candidiasis infections. Caries and erosion are classified as pH-mediated conditions. Repeated acid attacks eventually damage enamel, dentin, and cementum. Acidic pH also sets the stage for the development of oral fungal infections. A variety of situations allow the oral pH to become acidic: frequent intake of acidic foods and beverages or fermentable carbohydrates, medical conditions involving regurgitation, acidic stomach acid vapors, insufficient salivary flow, poor-quality saliva, xerostomia, and high numbers of acid-producing microbes.

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Etiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Desquamative Gingivitis
AGD Subject Code(s): 739 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Scott Froum, DDS, Naomi Marie Ramer, DDS, Molly Cohen, DDS
15962

The term desquamative gingivitis (DG) describes a clinical condition in which the gingival tissues are erythematous, blistering, and eroding. It is not a diagnosis but is instead a term applied to the manifestation of a multitude of mucocutaneous, systemic, allergic, and immunologic diseases. The majority of cases are caused by oral lichen planus, pemphigus vulgaris, and mucous membrane pemphigoid, but many less common sources need to be considered in the differential diagnosis as well. These include erythema multiforme, lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lesions, graft versus host disease, chronic ulcerative stomatitis, plasma cell gingivitis, linear IgA disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, psoriasis, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, paraneoplastic and neoplastic disorders, and allergic reactions. The dental clinician can play a crucial role in the diagnosis of these conditions, some of which can cause significantm morbidity and even mortality. This course will comprehensively review the clinical, histologic, and serologic findings commonly associated with DG and include other rare disorders that should be considered in the differential diagnosis of DG.

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Light Assisted Caries Detection: 21st Century Technology
AGD Subject Code(s): 257 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
15930

Due to the current limitations inherent in diagnostic tools for caries detection, the presence of potentially undiagnosed and untreated carious lesions concealed beneath seemingly innocuous pits and fissures is a concern for both clinicians and researchers. In response to this need, recent technological advancements in various scientific disciplines have generated new diagnostic tools.

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Medical Errors in Dentistry
AGD Subject Code(s): 159 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
15926

Medical errors leading to adverse events can occur in dentistry. The literature indicates that such errors broadly include: er¬rors related to the prescription of medication, errors based on neglecting current scientific evidence regarding treatment, errors occurring during treatment or associated with improper maintenance of equipment, errors based on failure to properly maintain patient records, errors arising from the failure to ac¬quire informed consent, the failure to establish and maintain appropriate infection control measures, the failure to properly diagnose, the failure to prevent accidents or complications as¬sociated with care or to pursue appropriate follow-up care when they occur, and the failure to follow authoritative dictates re¬flecting current standard of care or practice rules or regulations established by individual state laws. This course reviews the most common medical errors likely to occur in the practice of dentistry.

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Multidisciplinary Use of 3D in the Modern Dental Practice
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Kaveh Ghaboussi, DDS
16075

Learn principles and applications of dentistry’s newest and most advanced imaging technology. This course gives a broad overview of applications of cone beam in the general dentistry practice, and as it relates to: implant planning, oral surgery, sleep dentistry, TMJ therapy, orthodontics, and endodontics. It focuses on key decisions relation to appropriate uses of cone beam, as well as field of view, imaging needs, and goals.

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Myofunctional Analysis and its Role in Dental Assessments and Oral Health
AGD Subject Code(s): 188 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Paula Fabbie, RDH, BS
15927

Dental healthcare professionals are encouraged to assess orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) in their patients. Interest in myofunctional therapy by sleep experts is compelling dental healthcare professionals to revisit the evaluation of myofunctional disorders. Many dental offices pay little attention to orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) and the role they play in airway, dentofacial growth and development and overall health. Professional dental programs that once required clinicians to recognize and treat OMDs have been abandoned. Resurgence in the identification and treatment of these disorders by sleep experts are encouraging the re-education of dental professionals in assessment and treatment of myofunctional disorders.

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Nitrous Oxide: Use and Safety
AGD Subject Code(s): 010, 132 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
16167

In dentistry, nitrous oxide is the most commonly used inhalation anxiolytic and sedation adjunct. It reduces anxiety, pain, and memory of the treatment experienced. It is a valuable component of the armamentarium available to clinicians. When used correctly, it is predictable, effective, and safe.

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Selective Polishing: Does It Really Matter?
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Kristine Hodsdon, RDH
16091

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

For clinical dental hygienists polishing is second nature. We do it so often that without realizing it we have completed the service physically while mentally we are thinking about what needs to be done at home or how to make up for the fifteen minutes Mrs. Jones set you back this morning. For most of us we spend very little mental energy attending to not only the technique of polishing but the purchasing of the product. This course is designed to give you a refreshing look at polishing, the technique, the products, and the evidence behind selective polishing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Self-Profile about your product style
  • Landscape of Prophy Paste
  • Importance of 3D technology for a comprehensive level of disease diagnosis.
  • Verbal Skills & Enhancing the Patient Experience
  • Myth busters about polishing

Educational Support Provided by: Young Dental*

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Spotlight on Hand Health: How Quality Gloves Protect One of Your Most Critical Physical Tools
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Anne Nugent Guignon, RDH, BS, CSP, Cindy Purdy, RDH, BSDH
16185

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

Originally gloves were used to provide protection from blood-borne pathogens, but a mounting list of unintended consequences began impacting our hand health: poorly fitted gloves, restricted hand movements, reduced tactile sensitivity, skin sensitivities and allergies and high material failure rates.

Providing dental care is literally a hands-on activity. Today there are affordable, high quality ergonomically-certified gloves made from advanced formulations that provide comfortable fit, improve tactical sensitivity, reduce skin sensitivities, and are formulated for long, wet procedures. Learn how proper glove will help keep your hands healthy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how gloves became standard personal protection devices
  • Recognize how quality gloves are manufactured and tested
  • Describe how glove fabrics differ and which are appropriate for health care
  • Appreciate the relative risk for developing a hand musculoskeletal disorder
  • Learn how to select the correct glove size and proper glove fit
  • Identify how glove fit impacts grip strength, pinch forces, tactile sensitivity and hand fatigue
  • Understand hand hygiene practices, skin irritation, and sensitivity and allergy issues
  • Summarize how the correct glove supports a more sustainable clinical career and a healthier personal lifestyle.

Educational Support Provided by: Ansell

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Stress-Free Direct Composite Veneers
AGD Subject Code(s): 254 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
16151

Direct composite veneers serve as one method for restoring anterior teeth. However, many dentists shy away from this procedure due to a lack of innate artistic talent, lack of experience, past failures, and the length of time needed to complete the procedure. As a result, they opt for laboratory-fabricated alternatives. This course will demonstrate the steps required to fabricate direct composite veneers in a highly simplified manner using veneer templates and microhybrid composite resin.

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The Critical Role of the Oral-Systemic Link in Clinical Practice
AGD Subject Code(s): 490 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Kathryn Gilliam, RDH, BA
16054

The associations between periodontal disease and systemic diseases are widely accepted. The term “the oral-systemic link” refers to the connections between the two. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease process resulting from the interaction between bacterial attack and the host inflammatory response. Periodontal disease has been shown to result in inflammation in parts of the body beyond the oral cavity. It is this inflammation and the causative periodontal pathogens that have been implicated as contributing factors, through a variety of pathways, in a multitude of systemic diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, hypertension, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy complications, and a variety of cancers. Research is ongoing to determine the exact mechanisms interconnecting systemic diseases to periodontal disease and the strength of the various interconnections.

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The Evolution of Matrix Systems for Composite Restorations
AGD Subject Code(s): 255 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Jeffrey A. Sibner, DMD
15934

The introduction of posterior composite resin materials in the 1980’s created a set of restorative problems unique to these new restorations. Placement of posterior composites is technically more challenging than working with amalgam and can result in open contacts, open margins, and incorrectly contoured restorations. Many of these problems were not due to operator error, but to the materials themselves and the way matrix containment systems worked with them. Over the last 25 years, new matrix systems have been developed specifically for posterior composites that address the problems found with the original amalgam matrix systems. This course reviews the history of matrix systems designed for posterior composite restorations and illustrates how they have changed in order to make the optimal placement of these restorations predictable.

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The Rockwell Scale: The Key to Evidence-Based Instrument Selection for Dental Implant Maintenance
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Angela M. Fuller, RDH, BA
16093

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

As clinicians, we are often faced with decisions to determine which products or instruments are best for our practice and our patient’s needs. There is a lot of information to sort through to make solid, evidence-based choices regarding which items are best for each situation. During this presentation, I will introduce the Rockwell Hardness Scale and describe how this quantifiable measurement can be used to determine if the implant maintenance instrument being used in clinical practice is truly safe against scratching the surfaces of the implant restorations being cleaned. With this data, one can make an educated decision regarding if their instrument of choice is too hard, too soft, or just right for successful dental implant maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction and definition of the Rockwell Hardness scale, how it is used to measure and compare different materials.
  • Describe the various materials currently being used for dental implant instruments and how they vary, the pro’s and con’s to each material in regards to how it may affect the dental implant surface.
  • Explain the importance of preventing the micro-surface scratches on the dental implants and what these scratches can lead to in regards to peri-implantitis.
  • Show the clinical research of the Rockwell Hardness data of a cross-section of the implant maintenance instruments out on the market in comparison to a cross-section of dental implants being placed to show how to select which instrument is best for the type of implants being used.

Educational Support Provided by: American Eagle Instruments Inc.

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Treatment Planning Guidelines and Prosthetic Options for the Edentulous Patient
AGD Subject Code(s): 315 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Alessandro Geminiani, DDS, MS
16139

The loss of all of the teeth is a life-changing event that brings functional challenges. The consequences of complete edentulism impact areas such as anatomical, esthetic, nutritional, self-esteem, and social interaction. The treatment options for edentulous patients range from conventional complete dentures to fixed implant-retained or supported removable prosthetics (overdenture) to fixed implant.

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Update on Medication Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
AGD Subject Code(s): 739, 741 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Frieda Atherton Pickett, RDH, MS
15855

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recently updated management recommendations and related information for osteonecrosis of the jaw. The condition formerly referred to as bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) was renamed medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) due to reports of several non-bisphosphonate drugs resulting in the loss of alveolar bone and clinically appearing similar to BRONJ. This course will cover new information on proposed etiologies, mechanisms of drug actions and physical events which may be related to development of the loss of alveolar bone. All pharmacologic agents proposed to play a role in the development of the alveolar bone destruction will be identified and the degree of risk for each agent discussed. Information to discuss with patients taking medications associated with MRONJ are included to assist in patient information identified in the AAOMS guidelines.

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Women’s Health & the Oral Systemic Link
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Eileen Morrissey, RDH, MS
16092

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

As women age, their bodies undergo hormonal and systemic changes as part of life’s natural progression. We are well aware that the body is connected to the oral cavity. How these systemic changes affect the mouth, as well as the potential double-­‐edged sword of oral health’s impact on whole body health will be explored in this webinar.

Learning Objectives:

  • An overview of physiological changes in women from young womanhood through the elder years.
  • The role of inflammation in the mouth and its potential link to systemic disease.
  • Major illnesses in women; oral manifestations of disease and disease treatment.
  • Addressing the oral issues: treatment and outcomes.

Educational Support Provided by: CloSYS

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