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

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

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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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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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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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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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