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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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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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Attacking Biofilm With Subgingival Air Polishing
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH, RDHMP
15720

The underworld of subgingival biofilm lends itself to an environment ideally suited for destruction through the utilization of air-polishing technology. Advances in tip design and development of systems that utilize ultra soft powders that are compatible in subgingival pockets now enable clinicians to obliterate biofilm communities within seconds. This course is designed to inform participants of the science behind this technology and better understand its application into clinical protocols. Whether you are new to subgingival air-polishing, skeptical of its validity, or a veteran, this course will answer many questions clinician have about attacking biofilm with this interesting technology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the evidence to support the safety and efficacy of subgingival air polishing
  • Understand the differences between supra and subgingival air polishing
  • Determine clinical applications for de-plaquing, root debridement of and treatment of peri-implantitis
  • Identify various types of powders designed for the subgingival environment
  • Identify methods to incorporate subgingival air polishing into clinical treatment

Educational Support Provided by: CloSys

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Cone Socket Hand Instruments: Discover Why Their Popularity is Skyrocketing
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Karen Siebert, RDH, MA
15642

Are you looking for a way to go green in your practice, but not sure where to start? One way to reduce environmental waste is to integrate cone socket hand instruments into your practice. Discover what these budget-friendly alternatives to one-piece instrument design can do for your practice’s bottom line and patient care. Understand why cone socket technology is a better alternative to re-tipping worn instruments, and create your own personalized instrument cassette with this flexible system. We will also address best practices for cone socket instrument processing and storage.

Educational Support Provided by: American Eagle Instruments Inc

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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: $5.00
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.

Program Format Note: This program is offered in both a Text based format (PDF) and an Audio Video Webinar format (Interactive).

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Hygiene Shouldn’t be a Pain in the Neck…or Shoulder: Strategies to Prevent Pain & Extend Your Career
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Bethany Valachi, MS, PT, CEAS
15225

A staggering 80% of hygienists who retire early are forced to, due to work-related pain. This ground-breaking seminar for dental hygienists fills a void in the dental education—bridging the gap between dental ergonomics and work-related pain. Discover how the delivery of dental hygiene and equipment selection are affecting your neck and shoulder health. Implement effective self-treatment and prevention strategies based on research.

Hygienists will discover techniques they can apply immediately in the operatory to reduce work-related pain, prevent injury and increase career longevity. A must for those purchasing loupes!

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Pathways to Health Through Reduction of Risk Factors
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
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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Quick Tips Across the 8 Points of Dental Patient Care
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Noel Kelsch, RDH, RDHAP
15643

PWith the quick turn around of rooms in dental offices having an understanding and plan for infection control and workflow is paramount! This course will review workflow and match infection control protocols with the dental professional in mind. From Room Prep/Turnover, Preventive and Operatory Cleanup this course will give you innovative quick tips and practical information for compliance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the 8 points of Dental Patient Care
  • Recognize the infection control protocols in the Dental Setting
  • Delineate strategies for efficient and effective compliance in infection control

Educational Support Provided by: Kerr Total Care

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Selective Polishing: Does It Really Matter?
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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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The Rockwell Scale: The Key to Evidence-Based Instrument Selection for Dental Implant Maintenance
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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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Women’s Health & the Oral Systemic Link
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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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