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A Review of Contemporary Dentifrices
AGD Subject Code(s): 257 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: James DiMarino, DMD, MSEd, Ted Croll, DDS
15499

Toothpaste, also called dentifrice, is essential to proper daily oral hygiene. Dentifrices are pastes, gels or powders that help remove plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums every day. Toothpaste improves the mechanical brushing and cleaning power of a toothbrush. It may seem like toothpaste is a recent advancement in oral hygiene, but substances to assist in cleaning teeth have been used in various forms for centuries. Modern dentifrices have evolved to become smooth, good tasting toothpastes which can contain anticaries, antigingivitis, antisensitivity ingredients, or breath fresheners while providing greater cosmetic and therapeutic benefits than those of prior generations, if utilized correctly.

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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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A Review of Intraoral Radiology
AGD Subject Code(s): 165 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Jeffery B. Price, DDS, MS
14945

 Dentists today receive information from more sources than ever. It is increasingly difficult to determine how to prioritize information when it comes time to make important practice decisions such as purchasing imaging systems for the modern dental office. This series of articles is intended to provide the dentist with some basic information regarding modern imaging systems. Specifically, part one of this series is geared towards a review of intraoral digital radiography. In addition to digital radiography, we will offer a basic overview of the principles of x-ray production; radiation dose and selection criteria; attenuation and image quality. We will also discuss how these aspects of radiology are meaningful to the prac­ticing dentist. After completing this course, the dentist and dental auxiliary should have a better understanding of how intraoral dental radiography systems function and be better equipped to make a decision regarding which intraoral system to purchase.

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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.

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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Advances in Orthodontic Treatment
AGD Subject Code(s): 370 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Jeremy J. Mao, DDS, PhD, Chung H. Kau, DDS, MScD, MBA, PhD, M Orth,, Dawei Liu, DDS, MS, PhD
15188

Functionality and aesthetics are key considerations in patients requesting, and orthodontists recommending, orthodontic treatment. However, patients may elect to forego orthodontic treatment due to the cost and the duration of treatment. Orthodontic treatment can be provided using removable or fixed orthodontic appliances (FOAs), and current options offer improved aesthetics compared to earlier generation appliances. Many methods have been explored and developed to reduce the duration of treatment. Most recently, a device has been developed that utilizes the concept of cyclic force application to reduce the duration of orthodontic treatment.

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Anatomy of a Handpiece: Understanding Handpiece Maintenance and Repairs
AGD Subject Code(s): 148, 550 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Glenn Williams, BS
15247

Today’s clinician is extremely dependent on the handpiece to sustain a smooth-running practice. The handpiece is an incredibly sophisticated device that requires a diligent maintenance protocol to keep it running properly and safely. Routine, repeated heat sterilization has the most adverse effect on the dental handpiece. Perhaps due to this dependency on handpieces, combined with the damage resulting from repeated routine sterilization and the need for consistent maintenance, the handpiece has earned an undeserved reputation for excessive breakdowns. The dental team can keep handpieces functioning smoothly longer, and maximize the return on the significant investment the dentist has made in handpiece technology, through appropriate maintenance procedures. Careful selection from repair options is also required.

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Antibacterial Agents in Dental Hygiene Care
AGD Subject Code(s): 016 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Howard M. Notgarnie, RDH, EdD
15062

Dental hygiene care incorporates antimicrobial agents as ad¬junct services with nonsurgical periodontal therapy, and as a measure to reduce the risk of hematogenous infection subse¬quent to oral tissue manipulation. Knowledge of antimicrobial properties provides practitioners the ability to make sound de¬cisions when diagnosing conditions treated by dental hygiene intervention and choosing antibiotics dentists prescribe for administration. Antimicrobial agents inhibit structural or metabolic functions of microorganisms, but also render adverse effects to patients. Bacterial mutation and acquisition of genetic material enables development of strains resistant to antibiotics. Understanding the interplay of host, microorganism, and anti¬microbials fosters advances in therapeutic choices and delivery systems when treating periodontal disease, as well as when re¬sponding to the risk of hematogenous infection of endocardium or prosthetic joints.

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Antibiotic Interference with Oral Contraceptives: Can a Dental Visit Make you Pregnant?
AGD Subject Code(s): 016, 134 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Michael Wahl, DDS
15307

Oral contraceptives are a safe and effective form of birth control used by millions of women in the United States and around the world. There have been anecdotal reports of unintended pregnancies after antibiotics were prescribed to women on oral contraceptives. Dentists and physicians have therefore been advised to warn female patients on oral contraceptives of a potential interaction and to advise additional forms of contraception when prescribing antibiotics. This issue has caused consternation among dentists, physicians, and patients, coming to a climax in the lay media with the headline “A Dentist Visit Can Make You Pregnant” in a supermarket tabloid. Fortunately, scientific studies have failed to show any decrease in oral contraceptive efficacy with any antibiotics except for one: rifampin, which is not typically used in dentistry. It is therefore not necessary to warn patients of a potential interaction between antibiotics used in dentistry and oral contraceptives when scientific evidence has consistently and repeatedly failed to support such an interaction.

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Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Drugs in Dentistry: Stop the Interruption
AGD Subject Code(s): 016, 735 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Michael Wahl, DDS
15077

Antithrombotic medications including anticoagulants like warfarin (Coumadin®) and antiplatelet agents like aspirin are used by millions of dental patients to prevent various thrombotic complications including stroke or heart attack. Dentists must weigh the risks of postoperative bleeding in patients whose antithrombotic medications are continued versus the risk of thromboembolic complications if antithrombotic medications are interrupted for dental procedures. The dental and medical literature shows only minimal risk for bleeding complications in patients whose anticoagulation or antiplatelet medication is continued for dental surgery, and if bleeding complications occur, they can usually be easily controlled with local measures for hemostasis. The literature also shows a small but significant risk of catastrophic or fatal embolic complications in patients whose anticoagulation or antiplatelet medications are interrupted for dental procedures. There is usually no valid reason to interrupt therapeutic levels of continuous anticoagulation or antiplatelet medications for dental surgery with local measures available for hemostasis.

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Atraumatic Extraction Through Proper Instrumentation
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Scott Froum, DDS
16195

DE Study Club Archived Presentation:

As the techniques for placement and restoration have become more refined, so too has the techniques involved in tooth extraction. Because the biology of the post extraction socket is resoprtive, various graft materials have been developed to try to preserve bone and soft tissue architecture. In addition, careful extraction techniques have  been developed that allow preservation of bone socket structure. When tissue volume is lost, compromises in implant therapy may occur. This webinar discusses techniques, graft material, and instrument selection that can optimize tissue preservation.

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

  • Discuss the post resportive nature of the tooth socket after extraction.
  • Identify indications and contraindications for the use of graft material in the socket after tooth extraction.
  • Demonstrate how careful selection of tooth extraction armamentarium is essential to atraumatic extraction technique.

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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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Basic Elements of Overhead and Profit and Loss Statements
AGD Subject Code(s): 552 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Alan Richardson
15706

It is essential for doctors to have ongoing knowledge of the financial condition of their practices. This requires an understanding of overhead and profit and loss (P&L) statements. Practice income comes from patient payments and insurance payments. Practice overhead is the amount of money required to meet all practice expenses, excluding doctor compensation. A profit and loss statement is where the elements comprising overhead are noted and quantified. The P&L must be prepared and reviewed monthly. Comparing the current statement with the year to date P&L and the previous year P&L is important to understand trends.

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Basic Financial Statement Analysis (It's not as scary as you think!)
AGD Subject Code(s): 552 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Kathryn Franzone, MAFM
15403

Nothing can strike fear into the hearts of non-financial managers like the term “Financial Statements.” However, in order to run a successful business, it is essential to know how to read and interpret your practice’s financial statements. These documents contain valuable information about the financial position and financial health of your business. With a little background knowledge and some simple calculations, you can be on your way to a better understanding of this valuable information. This course will show you what a balance sheet and income statement look like. It will help you to recognize the various accounts listed on the statements and explain how to use that information to gain an understanding of the practice’s financial performance and position.

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Best Practices in Intraoral Digital Radiography
AGD Subject Code(s): 731 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Gail F. Williamson, RDH, BS
15200

Detailed, accurate radiographs are a primary diagnostic tool as well as necessary for and during some treatments. Increasingly, digital radiographic imaging is being used with two types of available receptors. Anatomical variations and patient comfort must be considered when taking intraoral radiographs. In addition, recognizing common sources of errors is important to ensure that the clinician avoids them and knows how to correct them when they occur. Techniques, as well as devices and accessories, can be used that will enable accurate image acquisition and improve patient comfort.

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Biofilm Removal With Air Polishing & Subgingival Air Polishing
AGD Subject Code(s): 509 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH, RDHMP
15162

Supragingival air polishing is not new in the armamentarium of technology designed to remove soft deposits, stain and polish enamel; however, subgingival air polishing to remove biofilm in periodontal pockets is an emerging technology with clinical data proving its safety and efficacy to support use in treatment of periodontal diseases and peri-implant diseases. Unique nozzle designs and powders support the use of polishing under a variety of clinical conditions.

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Building a Better Hygiene Department For Patient Care and Profitability
AGD Subject Code(s): 552, 560 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Janet R. Hagerman, RDH BS
15085

The practice of dental hygiene has existed since 1913 when the term dental hygienist was first coined, and 1914 when Dr Alfred Fones graduated his first class of 27 hygienists in Bridgeport Connecticut.1 Today 75.9% of all dental general practitioners employ a hygienist.2 The hygienist of today has come a long way since Dr Fones’ school. Today’s hygienists must excel, not only clinically, but also in the areas of business skills and communication. A productive and profitable hygiene department is priceless to a dental practice. It is the engine that drives the practice, and can maintain and propel it to success. This course will outline how to create and maintain a highly functioning dental hygiene department that supports the practice protocols, is profitable, and delivers outstanding patient care.

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Cash and Accrual Basis Accounting (Keeping Two Sets of Books Could be a Good Thing)
AGD Subject Code(s): 552 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Richard C. Capasso, CPA, PFS, CFP
15561

Understanding the method of accounting when looking at financial statements is important to determine the profitability of a company. There are many different methods of accounting, but the two most common are the Cash Basis Method and the Accrual Basis Method. This course will give you a general understanding of both the Cash Basis Method and Accrual Basis Method of accounting, and when to use one method over another and why.

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CDC Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings: Looking Ahead to 2015
AGD Subject Code(s): 148 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Marie T. Fluent, DDS, Catherine L. Pawloski, RDH, BSDH
15327

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remains the prominent government agency for infection control guidelines within the United States. The existing document, Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, was published in 2003 and is currently recognized by dental personnel in all dental healthcare settings. The CDC is currently updating and undertaking a limited revision to be released in 2015. Until recently, these proposed changes remained unknown to the dental community at large. At the 2013 Organization for Safety and Prevention (OSAP)Symposium, proposed modifications of CDC guidelines were introduced and discussed. These potential revisions are the basis of this course. Newly identified infection control risks, potential interventions, and infection control equipment updates will be addressed. Course participants are encouraged to review the CDC updated guidelines in its entirety upon release in 2015.

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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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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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Cone Socket Hand Instruments: Discover Why Their Popularity is Skyrocketing
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
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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Contributing Factors to the Oral Effects of Schizophrenia
AGD Subject Code(s): 750 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Vaishali Singhal, DMD, MS
15393

Oral health is linked to overall health and is a window to a person's general state of well-being. Recent research has demonstrated that many systemic disorders present with oral manifestations and that poor oral health may be a sign of underlying systemic diseases. Oral health also has a social impact as it affects social life and interactions, ability to pronounce words, ability to eat and feelings of self-confidence. Poor oral health may also affect one’s career.1 This course will focus on the oral health concerns of those who suffer from psychiatric disorders, specifically schizophrenia.

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Creating Space with Interproximal Reduction
AGD Subject Code(s): 373 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Mahtab Partovi, DDS, Michael Florman, DDS, Pablo Echarri Lobiondo, DDS
15198

One of the basic principles of orthodontics is the creation of space to facilitate tooth movement. With appropriate case selection, slenderization offers the ability to safely obtain sufficient space for tooth movement without the need for extractions and without compromising slenderized teeth.

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Cultural Competence for the Dental Provider
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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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Demystifying Peri-Implant Maintenance: An Evidence-Based Approach
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Edie Shuman-Gibson, RDH, MS, PhDc
15702

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

Peri-implant complications, just like periodontal complications, may appear similar during visual examination. How do you decide which technology (Plastic? Titanium? Ultrasonic?) is the best choice for treating your implant clients? It is critical to know how to differentiate between and determine the underlying cause of the complication in order to properly treat the disease. Knowing the “why” of the problem is paramount for treatment success and patient engagement!

A comprehensive understanding of signs, symptoms, and etiology of peri-implant complications, along with the most current, evidence-based maintenance protocols, including revolutionary periodontal regenerative options, will be discussed in this program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assessment & treatment protocols for peri-implant mucositis, implantitis and cement residue implantitis (cementitis).
  • In-office regenerative options
  • Instrumentation and maintenance procedures for optimal patient care

Educational Support Provided by Sunstar

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Dental - Medical Cross Coding 101
AGD Subject Code(s): 554 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Marianne Harper
15088

The need for dental-medical cross coding is growing in today’s dental practices. Cross coding may be perceived as being too difficult to implement but this course will provide a detailed look at all aspects of medical coding and lay the foundation for a seamless implementation of cross coding. Dental practices that implement cross coding have an enhanced ability to increase reimbursement for their patients.

Important CE Credit Information: This course has only been approved for AGD PACE Credits.

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Dental Handpiece Maintenance and Repair
AGD Subject Code(s): 148 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA
15145

Dental handpieces have evolved significantly over the years and they remain a vital part of dentistry today. The care and maintenance of these instruments is essential to preserving not only the life of the instrument but its proper function as well. While traditional air driven handpieces are still a mainstay in dentistry, electric handpieces are now being more widely used. The newest technology takes components from both electric and air driven handpieces. Understanding how to clean and maintain these handpieces and their components properly will help the clinician achieve optimal results. Knowing when to replace or rebuild handpiece turbines and its pros and cons, and knowing who to send the handpiece to for repairs is essential for quality and turnaround times.

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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.

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Does My Mouth Show My Age? Aging of Oral Mucosa: Correlating Underlying Changes with Clinical Patient Needs
AGD Subject Code(s): 734, 739 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Margaret J. Fehrenbach, RDH, MS
15704

Geriatric individuals comprise the most rapidly growing population segment in the U.S. The unique needs of this subgroup will impact the oral health of our patient base. The goal of this course is to understand how the patients’ aging oral mucosa affects their clinical needs. Clinicians need to distinguish aging processes from disease processes, and to examine the signs of aging within the oral mucosa as well as the underlying microscopic changes. This includes details concerning how the repair of the oral mucosa is affected. The basic histology of the oral mucosa will be reviewed as well as future prospects for controlling the effects of aging in the oral mucosa.

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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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Ebola in the Dental Environments: Dispelling Myths
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Noel Kelsch, RDH, RDHAP
15703

As dental health care professionals it is imperative that we know the current emerging diseases and the necessary infection control measures in the dental setting. Though there is no history of the transmission of Ebola in the dental setting knowing the infection control guidelines protocols and preventive measure is the key to minimizing the risk. This course will go over Ebola’s modes of transmission, the current Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations and dispel the fact from the fiction. A host of resources will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the epidemiology of Ebola
  • Establish infection control protocols for prevention of Ebola in the Dental Setting
  • Differentiate current science based findings from myths surrounding the topic of Ebola

Educational Support Provided by: Dux Dental

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Effective and Productive Instrument Processing
AGD Subject Code(s): 148 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Noel Kelsch, RDH, RDHAP
15562

In order to meet the challenges of safety, time management and asepsis, the dental health care provider must have a plan for infection control, including the use and care of dental instruments and disposables. Following the basic CDC guidelines can help to significantly reduce the risk of microbial transmission. After the patient is dismissed, the operatory must be prepared for the next patient, including the treatment of surfaces and instrument processing. There are a variety of methods available to properly reprocess instruments. Choosing a system that minimizes risk, maximizes productivity and preserves instruments is essential.

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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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Employee Embezzlement and Fraud: Detecting and Deterring Theft in the Digital Dental Practice
AGD Subject Code(s): 552 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Donald P. Lewis, Jr., DDS, CFE
15076

Employee embezzlement is dramatically increasing and causing serious financial distress in the dental profession. Recognizing the signs of this criminal behavior is the first place to begin. Being proactive in hiring methods is of utmost importance. Understanding the behavioral patterns, recognizing the warning signs and awareness of the potential for embezzlement is critically important for all practitioners. Realize that financial security of the practice is of primary importance to long term viability and success.

 

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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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Getting the Most Out of Ultrasonic Scaling: A Guide to Maximizing Efficacy
AGD Subject Code(s): 010, 495 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Robin Cox, BSDH, RDH, EPP
15689

Powered instruments have been part of dental hygiene treatment since the late 1950’s. Over time new and innovative improvements to the equipment and tip designs have made ultrasonic scaling easier and more effective. Today’s patients are in need of the highest level of therapeutic hygiene services available. With the reciprocal link between periodontal disease and several known systemic diseases, dental health care providers need to be knowledgeable about current treatment modalities and the evidence that supports it. This course is designed to aid the clinician in making instrument decisions to improve the quality of hygiene treatment provided to the patient.

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Grief and Loss: How these Entities Affect Dental Treatment, Especially After the Age of 65
AGD Subject Code(s): 752 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Eric Shapira, DDS, MA, MHA
15135

Loss and grief are emotional states found quite commonly in the older patient; influencing how we may render dental care. 80 million baby boomers are approaching the age of 65. This is the largest cohort of people in this age bracket the world has ever known. People will be living longer, necessitating ongoing dental care to restore and retain their teeth. Many of these patients carry with them specific psychological challenges that can complicate dental treatment. It is incumbent upon all practitioners to be familiar with these emotional states, such as: grief, loss, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to name a few, so that we will be able to recognize when we will need to use good communication, empathy and dental skills to treat these types of patients.

 

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Hand Hygiene and Hand Care
AGD Subject Code(s): 148 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Eve Cuny, RDA, MS
15391

Hand hygiene is important for the protection of patients and healthcare workers, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued recommendations in 2003 that specifically includes guidelines for hand hygiene in dental settings. Several options exist for hand hygiene prior to nonsurgical dental procedures, and the selected method may vary according to the level of contamination, the desired antimicrobial activity and the type of procedure. The most significant difference between hand hygiene for routine procedures and for surgical procedures is the need for persistent antimicrobial activity in products used for surgical hand antisepsis. Appropriate selection of products as well as appropriate hand care helps prevent adverse effects related to hand hygiene in the dental setting. Selecting the products that suit the types of procedures performed in a given practice, and the needs of the healthcare personnel in that practice are important considerations. It is likely that a combination of soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizer and lotions will be required to meet the needs of all individuals.

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HIPAA Compliance Update for Dental Practices
AGD Subject Code(s): 148 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA
15663

Compliance with HIPAA rules is essential for every dental practice from a risk management standpoint for the practice, as well as for the security of the patients’ protected health information. In order to comply with these rules dentists and dental team members must first understand the scope of the rules and how they apply to the delivery of oral health care services. This article describes the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and their application to both administrative and clinical protocols in a dental practice setting.

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HIPPA Complexities and Compliance Issues
AGD Subject Code(s): 550 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
15277

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is well known to all healthcare providers and everyone who has visited any healthcare facility. The need to protect the personal and medical information of patients is the primary reason for the enactment of HIPAA in 1996. Many provisions have been added since the original law was enacted. HIPAA is very complex, making compliance difficult. Additionally, patient co-management and communication among a variety of facilities including; labs, specialists, diagnostic and imaging centers, among many others, has further complicated compliance across the spectrum of patient care. Companies that facilitate secure communication and assistance with HIPAA compliance provide protection for covered entities and the patient as well.

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How to Get to "YES" with Geriatric Dental Implant Patients
AGD Subject Code(s): 690, 752 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Eric Shapira, DDS, MA, MHA
15304

People are living longer and keeping their dentitions longer. Our healthcare capabilities are much better than the early 1900’s when the average lifespan was approximately 47 years of age. Although almost 25 % of the US population is edentulous, an even greater number of people over the age of 65 years will be prone to being partially edentulous in the future. This cohort of people will have the opportunity to receive one or more dental implants as tooth replacements. Dental implants were first recognized in the 1950’s as a source of alternative tooth replacement. Now they have evolved to being the first choice in restorative procedures to replace a missing tooth or teeth. In these strained economic times; however, it may be a difficult decision for our senior population to spend large amounts of money to replace missing teeth with dental implants. How to get to “YES” with potential geriatric dental implant patients is a discussion about the techniques of communication and empathic responses to important questions. Also discussed are strategies to enable patients to consider dental implants rather than a fixed bridge or removable appliance, where indicated. Among the most difficult parts of a dentist’s job is getting our patients to accept what our clinical judgment indicates they need. The ultimate decision about having dental treatment is the patient’s.

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How to Select the Best Laser For YOUR Practice
AGD Subject Code(s): 135, 260 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Robert Convissar, DDS
15189

The purchase of capital equipment must be guided by sound financial decisions. The purchase of a hi-tech device, such as a dental laser, must also be guided by intelligent decision-making. Very often dentists buy lasers without understanding the costs to the practice of such a purchase. While dentists may be able to determine which wavelength will work well in their practice, such criteria as operating costs vs. purchase price, type of delivery system, the importance of training and much more must be evaluated before the wrong purchase is made for the practice. Lasers can be game-changing devices for a practice – but only if the right laser for that practice is selected.

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How to work effectively with patients who have ADHD
AGD Subject Code(s): 753 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
15498

Effectively treating patients with special needs can be a challenge for many dental professionals. This course will provide clinicians with the tools they need to effectively treat patients with ADHD and assist in making the appointment experience enjoyable for both the provider and the patient. By increasing your knowledge of ADHD diagnosis, classification, statistics and treatment options including pharmacological agents, your confidence level will improve and patient care excel.

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HPV Related Oral Cancer Screening: Different Presentation, Different Protocol
AGD Subject Code(s): 736 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Cris Duval, RDH
15087

Dental professionals, making assumptions about the two distinct pathways of oral cancer, often forgo comprehensive oral cancer screenings, which affects patients’ prognosis and creates malpractice liability. Absent comprehensive screenings, HPV-related oral cancer is diagnosed latestage, when morbidity is highest. To curb late diagnosis we must heed current research. HPV-related oral cancer, which is rapidly on the rise, is different in its clinical presentation from tobacco/alcohol- related oral cancer. Thus, we cannot rely on what we learned in dental school, risk profiling, or traditional tools to screen for HPV-related oral cancer. We must change our approach, by implementing comprehensive screenings that incorporate extra/intraoral tactile screenings, visual screenings of all tissues, and asking appropriate, revealing questions.

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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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Hypersensitive Dentin Updates
AGD Subject Code(s): 010 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Catherine D. Saylor, BSDH, MS
15278

Dentinal hypersensitivity is characterized by a short, sharp pain in response to stimuli. Dentinal hypersensitivity, which is more commonly seen in adults in the 20-40 year old age group, has several etiological factors. Gingival recession and enamel loss both contribute to the prevalence of this condition, resulting in the exposure of dentin. Dentinal hypersensitivity is believed to occur due to the movement of fluid within the dentinal tubules occurring in response to thermal, chemical, tactile and evaporative stimuli, in accordance with Brännström’s Hydrodynamic Theory. Treatment options include in-office procedures and home use products that are aimed at occluding the dentinal tubules or preventing neural transmission, thereby blocking the pain response.

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Implants: A Primer
AGD Subject Code(s): 693, 695, 704 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
15666

The surgical placement and maintenance of a dental implant requires preoperative requirements as well as postoperative maintenance. The surgical aspect is dependent on a variety of factors. These include the preoperative assessment of the im¬plant site, surrounding anatomy, occlusion, implant type and placement position, among others. In addition, proper mainte¬nance is a primary determinant of the longevity of the implant and prosthesis. This course will demonstrate the assessment, preparation, placement and maintenance of a dental implant.

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Innovations in Air Polishing: Procedural Solutions for Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
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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It's Time to Discuss Sex, HPV and Its Impact to Dentistry
AGD Subject Code(s): 730 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
15572

The new millennium has brought about great advances in technology and innovation; including the discovery of the link between human papillomavirus (HPV) and head and neck cancer. Thirty-five years ago, it was postulated that human papillomavirus could cause cervical cancer. Today, it is well established this heterogeneous virus causes cervical, anogenital, penile and oral cancer. HPV is now considered a human carcinogen. Unlike other cancers of the mouth, HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers are more likely to occur among younger patients, white men, those without the traditional risk factors of tobacco and alcohol and those with certain sexual histories.1 HPV public awareness has started to grow and has been featured more frequently in the press. As public knowledge continues to grow, so will the knowledge base of dental health care providers who treat them.

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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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Linking Dermatology And Dentistry Part I: Looking Beyond the Oral Cavity
AGD Subject Code(s): 734 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
15272

Dental professionals are well educated in head and neck anatomy as well as full body pathology. We are in a unique position within the healthcare community to identify incon¬sistencies of the head and neck since we are commonly spend¬ing a significant period of time with our patients. Observing and examining exposed areas of the head and neck enables dental professionals to provide early identification, interven¬tion and referral as needed. Part one of this course is designed to enhance the dental practitioner’s knowledge of common skin conditions. Part two will present treatment options for those conditions. By integrating evidence-based dentistry with evidence-based dermatology, comprehensive patient care will improve.

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LInking Dermatology and Dentistry Part II: Treatment Options
AGD Subject Code(s): 734 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
15276

Part one of this two part course discussed commonly encountered skin lesions and conditions. Part two discusses treatment options for a variety of skin conditions including but not limited to; an¬tioxidants, surgery, chelating agents, and systemic medications. Dental clinicians are in an advantageous position to identify a va¬riety of lesions and conditions since a significant amount of time is spent working in and around the head and neck region of the body. Expanding our observations beyond the oral cavity will enhance patient care.

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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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Opioids: Overview, Uses and Management of Acute and Chronic Pain
AGD Subject Code(s): 132, 134 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Nicholas B. Hill, DDS
15750

Opioids are among the world’s oldest known drugs used in acute, chronic and palliative care. Pain is treatable in patients with the correct understanding of physiology and its triggers. Opioids play a major and important role in management of pain. Understanding opioids as well as alternative medications that are non-narcotic dependent can help any practitioner manage their patients more effectively and safely. Patients undergoing surgical procedures of any type may require pain medicine and more so than not an opioid is the recommended choice. The last thing a physician should ever do is not adequately control a patient’s pain post operatively and in today’s world, many patients are already taking high doses of opioids to control other ailments. Given the extensiveness of areas encompassing pain, opioids and management, this educational course will provide a clear understanding and a multimodal approach for treating pain.

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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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Partnerships: Calibrating Novice to Advanced Instrumentation
AGD Subject Code(s): 495 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Sharon L. Mossman, RDH, Ed.D
15751

Oral health has emerged as a nationwide concern. With our changing healthcare system, we need to explore various avenues to provide effective preventive health services and programs. Collaboration with healthcare professionals can facilitate this initiative by expanding access to dental care. Dental hygienists in community healthcare facilities can work with dental education programs to broaden oral health services. In order to align educational goals and effective patient treatment, constructive assessment tools and formal training are needed to meet our community’s oral care demands. This course provides steps to implementing standardized efficient assessment and offers a guide to initiating a collaborative program with local healthcare facilities in your community.

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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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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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Practice Transitions That Work! Maximizing Value and Minimizing Risk
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AGD Subject Code(s): 552, 556 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Peter J. Ackerman, CPA, CVA, Randy Marie Daigler
16196

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This seminar is a brief overview that will guide sellers and buyers in doing their homework to assure that each party looks in the right direction for answers that suit their given situation.

Selling your life’s work involves strategic financial planning while recognizing and honoring the emotional component of passing your “professional baby” into other hands. Devising the right exit plan minimizes the risk and avoids the majority of pitfalls along the way.

As a buyer taking on the challenge of charting your professional future by finding the right fit clinically, personally and financially can be daunting without knowing the ropes.

Both buyers and sellers will understand how identifying the right advisors makes for a smoother process with less stress. Learn how to accomplish your goals through the transition options that abound, sorting out what is right for you and how you achieve it. This seminar also covers buyer’s needs and the transition market. Discover the strong emerging merger market and how it can mutually benefit sellers and buyers. Simply we discuss what really equates to value in a sale or acquisition, the allocation of tax classes and tax impact to the parties. Buyers will learn the type of lenders that understand dentistry and allow sellers put cash in their pocket at closing. Finally we’ll cover what are the 10 biggest deal killers.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Understand the transition strategies available and selecting the best option
  • Review the tax implications of sale or acquisition.
  • Learn how to select and use experienced advisors to advocate your success.

Educational Support Provided by ADS Dental Transitions.

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Pradaxa and Xarelto: Coming Soon to Your Practice!!
AGD Subject Code(s): 016 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Leslie F.T. Fang, MD, PhD
15181

Pradaxa® (dabigatran) and Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) are two new oral anticoagulants that are striving to replace Coumadin ® in the management of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The drugs have rapid onset of action, are taken in a fixed dose, do not require PT/INR monitoring and there are no dietary restrictions for the patients on these agents. This has led to a rapid adoption by physicians. It is therefore important for the dental professional to understand the mechanism of action of these drugs in order to intelligently manage these patients when they need dental intervention. The pros and cons of interruption of therapy are discussed as they apply to patients needing simple and complex dentistry. Medical consultation is mandatory prior to interruption of anticoagulant therapy.

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Precision Instrument Sharpening Never A Dull Moment
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Nancy Andrews, RDH, BS
15721

This program will review various options associated with instrument sharpening.
Option #1: Do it yourself - Learn how to preserve the original instrument design and shape while creating sharp edges. Compare free-hand sharpening with a stone, guided sharpeners and mechanical sharpeners.
Option #2: Send instruments out to be sharpened.
Option #3: Consider instruments with reduced sharpening requirements and re-tipping.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify goals of instrument sharpening
  • Explain instrument design and landmarks needed for sharpening
  • Demonstrate hand sharpening techniques
  • Explain how to use guided and mechanical sharpening devices

Educational Support Provided by: Nordent Manufacturing, Inc.

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Prosthetic Joints and Antibiotic Prophylaxis
AGD Subject Code(s): 016 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Frieda Atherton Pickett, RDH, MS
15061

In 2009 the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) website published a statement calling for universal antibiotic prophylaxis (AP). This statement was in conflict with the former joint guidelines published by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the AAOS. The ADA was not consulted prior to publishing the 2009 statement on the AAOS website. The event led to a call from many organizations to conduct a systematic review of the literature to establish evidence-based guidelines regarding the efficacy of AP to prevent prosthetic joint infection (PJI). Those guidelines were published December 2012 on the AAOS website and suggested practitioners reconsider the decision to call for AP in patients with hip and knee joint replacements. They are also available on the ADA Clinical Recommendations website at http://ebd.ada.org/ClinicalRecommendations.aspx. Maintenance of oral health was recommended as a measure to reduce the magnitude (number of microorganisms) of bacteremia.

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Puff, Not the Magic Dragon...The Cost of America's Tobacco Use
AGD Subject Code(s): 158 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
15665

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death in the United States. Even with the increased cost of tobacco products, increase in anti-tobacco media campaigns and smoke-free laws for workplaces and public places, almost 20% of Americans still continue to use tobacco. Dental professionals are in an ideal position to directly influence tobacco use among their patients. This course will present tobacco use statistics, tobacco’s effects on the human body and nicotine pharmacology as it relates to cessation programs. The contents of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and snus, will be discussed.

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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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Restoration of an Immediate Extraction Site Using a High Silica Quartz Glass Fiber Reinforced Provisional Bridge
AGD Subject Code(s): 695 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
15511

Following the extraction of a tooth it is frequently ideal to replace it at the same appointment. In instances where a multi-unit fixed prosthesis is the best treatment, an immediate provisional should be fabricated. Due to the length of time needed for the socket to heal completely and achieve its mature contour, a long term provisional must be created. This course will demonstrate the steps needed to fabricate a long term provisional bridge using a quartz fiber reinforcement material.

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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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Selling Dentistry so it doesn't feel like Selling Dentistry
AGD Subject Code(s): 557 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Janet R. Hagerman, RDH BS
15253

Nothing in dentistry creates more controversy than the concept of “selling” dentistry, yet being adept at selling and persuading is a critical skill in dentistry. How can you sell without feeling like you’re selling? Regardless of your profession, hobby or personal connections you are always selling something through relationships and service. How good are you at it? What’s wrong with selling dentistry? If a practice is not profitable it cannot exist, let alone succeed. Dental practices are a combination of clinical protocols for best patient care with best business principles to be as profitable as possible. The two are not mutually exclusive; indeed they are interdependent. So why not examine solid, ethical sales strategies and apply them to dentistry? The fact is we all like to buy; we just hate to be sold. The good news is that selling is a learned skill, so anyone can become better. This course will provide strategies to increase case acceptance (sales) boost production (and profits), while enhancing patient care. Learn the true meaning of selling, and how to manage this concept in an elegant, non-intimidating manner that creates value for your patients, and makes you feel great about what you have to offer.

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Sleep Apnea for Dentists: An Overview of Signs, Symptoms, Consequences, and Treatment
AGD Subject Code(s): 160 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Robb Heinrich, DDS
15201

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a stoppage or partial stoppage of air flow during sleep has been gaining more attention as a Sleep Related Breathing Disorder. This treatable syndrome has many associated co-morbidities that can have severely detrimental effects on a person’s well being and general health. It has been estimated that 20% or more of the population suffers from some level of OSA, many of those are undiagnosed or unaware of their issue. Though a diagnosis must be made by a medical doctor, the dental community can be a first line of defense to screen and even treat many of these people with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). OAT has become a popular alternative for treating OSA for those intolerant to the traditional Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This course will give dental professionals a high level overview of obstructive sleep apnea, consequences and treatment options including oral appliance therapy and how the clinicians can become involved in the treatment of OSA.

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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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Spotlight On Prevention – Create A Healthier Workspace Now!
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Anne Nugent Guignon, RDH, BS, CSP
15775

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

Neck, shoulder and back pain should not be part of the dental hygiene employment package. Since clinical practice is full of musculoskeletal booby-traps, dismissing the aches as “just part of the job” can have serious, career-ending consequences

Dental hygienists are the ultimate preventive professionals, yet countless suffer needlessly from workplace-related aches and pains. Learn about how magnification, auxiliary illumination and new seating concepts interact together, creating a healthy workspace synergy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the relative risk for developing a workplace-related musculoskeletal disorder (WRMSD).
  • Recognize risk factors that contribute to musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s).
  • Learn about different types of magnification loupes and lighting options.
  • Appreciate how healthy seating, magnification and auxiliary illumination reduce the risk for developing a WRMSD.

Educational Support Provided by: Orascoptic

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Stop The Violence...Exploring Domestic Violence
AGD Subject Code(s): 156 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
15707

Oral healthcare professionals can have an enormous impact on the identification of patients suffering from domestic violence. Physical violence injuries frequently occur on the head and neck which can be identified through routine extra and intraoral screenings in the dental office. This course will discuss the prevalence of intimate partner violence in the United States, define the different types of domestic violence and describe the signs and symptoms. Barriers to clinician intervention and tools to break down those barriers will be presented; thus increasing the clinician’s confidence in implementing intervention protocols for their patients.

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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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Teenagers Dangerous Lifestyle Choices:
How to Assess Oral Manifestations
AGD Subject Code(s): 431, 750 CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
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.

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The "S" in Esthetics
AGD Subject Code(s): 780 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Bill Connell, CDT, CDL
15199

This course will discuss the “Line of Beauty” and its application to clinical dentistry. The Line of Beauty is an “S” shaped curve which typically goes unnoticed until it is pointed out. It is not just an illusion, but a major detail that is extremely obvious after it is recognized. The “Line of Beauty” is not only distinctly found in nature but is also very apparent with teeth and their surrounding environment. It is significant from an esthetic viewpoint and a functional and oral health perspective. It is important that these concepts are understood and applied, so that we may capture the natural nuances of true beauty in our restorations.

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The Beneficial Effects of a Supersaturated Calcium Phosphate Rinse on the Oral Cavity in Xerostomia Patients
AGD Subject Code(s): 730 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Eugene Z. Levin, DDS
15377

There are many beneficial effects of supersaturated calcium phosphate rinse for the xerostomia patient. Both calcium phosphate and sodium bicarbonate ions found in supersaturated calcium phosphate rinse play significant roles in healing and protecting tissues of the oral cavity. Supersaturated calcium phosphate rinse is not a cure for xerostomia, but it is one of the most powerful adjuncts in the care and treatment of the wide variety of symptoms and severities associated with xerostomia patients.

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The Chairside Fabrication of a Provisional Crown for a Single Tooth Implant
AGD Subject Code(s): 695 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
15560

Whether the intent is a delayed or immediate implant restoration, a dental implant may require a provisional crown. This can be accomplished in the laboratory or chairside. When creating a chairside provisional crown, the practitioner has control over the planned soft tissue growth and therefore the health of the implant and periodontium. This course describes and illustrates the steps needed to fabricate a chairside provisional crown for an anterior single tooth implant.

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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 Hard and Soft Chairside Denture Reline
AGD Subject Code(s): 671 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
15359

Complete and partial removable dentures can become ill-fitting. This can be due to alveolar ridge resorption, wear and damage to the denture base, among others. Chairside denture relining or repairing broken areas can correct many of these problems. Chairside procedures provide immediate resolution, avoiding the edentulous period of time accompanying laboratory relines. This course will demonstrate the evaluation, treatment planning and implementation of chairside denture relining in a variety of scenarios.

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The Hygienist’s Role in Implant Therapy: An Introduction
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Scott Froum, DDS, Chris Salierno, DDS
15306

Dental implants have become a quickly growing facet of dentistry with purported good success rates. In order to obtain a successful esthetic result in implant dentistry, communication among the members of the implant team is crucial. The traditional members of the implant team include the surgeon, restorative dentist, and the laboratory technician. However, just as important as members of the implant team are the hygienist and the patient. The long term success of implant dentistry is dependent on the maintenance role taken by the hygienist and the ability of the hygienist to act as “first responders” when implant complications arise. Proper diagnosis, prevention, and treatment strategies are essential for hygienists to know in order for a dentist to have a healthy and successful implant practice.

  • Implement hygienist participation as integral members of the implant team.
  • Recognize the clinical signs of implant complications.
  • Implement proper diagnosis, prevention and treatment strategies for implant patients.
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The Importance of Interprofessional Education with regard to Drug-Induced Gingival Overgrowth
AGD Subject Code(s): 741 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Crystal L. Mcintosh, DDS, MS
15268

Drug-induced gingival overgrowth (DIGO) is a relatively common side effect of anticonvulsants, calcium channel blocking agents (CCBA), and calcineurin inhibitor immuno¬suppressive drugs. This disfiguring and unattractive drug side effect is problematic with regard to patient drug compliance. Therapeutic approaches include oral hygiene education and assistance, and adjunctive therapies such as chlorhexidine and emerging therapeutic approaches such as folic acid (sys¬temic and topical) and azithromycin (systemic and topical). Particularly with regard to interprofessional education, it is important for physicians and nurses to be aware and involved in these therapeutic approaches.

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The Management of Oral Lichen Planus
AGD Subject Code(s): 010, 737 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Kimberly M. Parsons, MEd, CDA, EFDA, RDH
16169

Oral lichen planus is an immune-mediated and chronic inflammatory condition that can cause erosion of the oral mucosa. The disease is described as reticular, erosive, atrophic, or bullous in nature, and it typically develops in women in their fifth and sixth decades. Reticular oral lichen planus, absent erythema, is asymptomatic and does not usually need intervention. However, as there is potential for conversion to carcinoma, reticular oral lichen planus associated with erythema or erosion needs treatment and periodic re-evaluation. The literature suggests that erosive and ulcerated oral lichen planus is best managed with topical corticosteroid preparations and, in refractory cases, systemic steroids. Several other immunosuppressive medications and non-medication based interventions are also available, but at greater cost and with greater potential for adverse reactions and side effects. This educational review article focuses on best practices in the management of oral lichen planus.

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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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The Role and Requirements of OSHA in the Dental Setting
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Noel Kelsch, RDH, RDHAP
16194

DE Study Club Archived Presentation:

Dental health care providers (DHCP) are inundated every day with advertisements and input on the use of hospital grade, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants. This course was developed to help dispel the myths about disinfectants and to empower DHCP to safely use products that are compatible with the setting they work in. This course will empower the learner to make clinical decisions on caring for the dental environment.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Recognize and correct occupational health hazards in the dental setting.
  • Develop procedures in the dental setting to assure compliance with OSHA standards are met.
  • Integrate prevention tools that address occupational health risks including blood borne pathogens.
  • Identify the necessary screening protocols, as well as, health and safety education necessary for all workers in the dental setting.

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The Roots of Dental Fears
AGD Subject Code(s): 153 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Kandice Swarthout-Roan, RDH, BS, Priya Singhvi, MS, LPC-I, LMFT-A
15248

The relationship between a dental professional and the patient is the heart of what keeps the practice thriving and patients re¬turning. Most patients trust the staff members and establish a “dental home” in which they feel cared for and safe. For some people, a history of personal trauma, anxiety, or substance use can paralyze them during a dental appointment. The fear of a dental appointment or professional may be so overwhelming, a patient may behave in an exaggerated manner in the chair or avoid going to the dentist altogether. Awareness of potential stressors that provoke these behaviors, including the neuro¬biological responses to trauma, can help dental professionals provide optimum service with empathy and compassion.

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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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Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together: Chair Side CAD/CAM and Cone Beam Integration in Implantology
AGD Subject Code(s): 615, 616 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: August de Oliveira, DDS
15144

Chairside CAD/CAM and cone beam scanners work together to help make dental implants a safe, predictable, efficient procedure for patients and dentists. A CAD/CAM optical scan and crown proposal can aid dentists in many ways. The crown proposal and soft tissue represented in an optically scanned virtual model can aid the doctor in the presurgical planning of implants. The virtual hard and soft tissue model can be combined with a cone beam scan to reduce artifacts created by radiopaque materials. Optical scans of duplicate dentures can aid in the planning of edentulous cases. In some cases an intraoral scan can replace a stone model in the fabrication of a surgical guide. CEREC® guide is a milled surgical guide that allows dentists to place implants via guided surgery chairside. With new advances in both lab and chairside CAD/ CAM systems, dentists now have the ability to fabricate custom abutments, crowns and frameworks.

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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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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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