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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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Anticipatory Guidance: The Hygienist Role in Revolutionizing Pediatric Care
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Lisandra Maisonet, RDH, BS, EFDA, PHDHP, MAADH
16331

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

The National Institute of Dental And Craniofacial Research reports that 42% of children 2 to 11 have had dental caries in their primary teeth, and 23% of children 2 to 11 have untreated dental caries. These numbers are staggering considering dental caries are a preventable disease. Dental professionals must take action in remedying this situation. But most likely, if not certainly, it will be dental hygienists serving in their preventive roles, who will be at the forefront of making the greatest contribution in working toward a paradigm shift that focuses on disease prevention.

This course will increase awareness about the current public health concern affecting young children. It will inspire dental hygienists to become active participants in their preventive role. Attendees will leave inspired and prepared to provide anticipatory guidance for caregivers, while serving to bridge the gap between the health and dental communities.

Educational Support Provided by: Spry

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Biofilm?
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Stacy McCauley, RDH, MS
16330

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How many times have you seen patients with less than stellar hygiene who amazingly don’t exhibit signs of active infection? Conversely, how many times have you seen a patient with excellent home care who consistently shows signs of active infection? The interplay between biofilm composition and host response is the key to unlocking the recipe for patient health.

This interactive course walks participants through the periodontal disease process specifically looking at the role of biofilm. If you’ve ever wondered what’s happening deep below the gumline; before, during and after periodontal therapy, this course is for you. Be prepared to take a deep dive into the sulcus to gain a new perspective on what works and what doesn’t.

Participants will leave this course with tangible action steps in order to take their current biofilm management strategies from good to great.

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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