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

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

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

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

Learning Objectives:

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

Educational Support Provided by: Paradise Dental Technologies

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

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

Learning Objectives:

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

Educational Support Provided by: CloSys

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

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

Educational Support Provided by: American Eagle Instruments Inc

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Demystifying Peri-Implant Maintenance: An Evidence-Based Approach
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Edie Shuman-Gibson, RDH, MS, PhDc
15702

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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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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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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Finding Your Why
AGD Subject Code(s): 557 CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Rachel Wall, RDH, BS
15046

Have you ever dissected why you do what you do within the walls of your operatory? Why do you feel compelled to perform an oral cancer exam on every patient? Why do you see signs of early perio disease but decide to do a prophy instead? Why do you recommend string floss to a patient with a history of non-compliance? Why does ‘selling’ products or presenting treatment services sometimes feel inauthentic and uncomfortable?

Finding a strong ‘why’, a strong reason to consistently implement new protocols, products or techniques is a key component to create lasting change that makes a real difference in your career and the lives of your patients. Even if treatment and homecare recommendations are backed by compelling research, without a strong, emotionally-based ‘reason to believe’ gaining patient acceptance is difficult.

This fast-paced webinar will walk participants through real-life examples of how Rachel has achieved ultimate success with her own patients and coaching clients through acceptance of compelling recommendations. Come and learn the how-to’s of crafting a strong ‘why’ behind your every-day clinical decisions and recommendations.

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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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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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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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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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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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Quick Tips Across the 8 Points of Dental Patient Care
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Noel Kelsch, RDH, RDHAP
15643

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

Learning Objectives:

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

Educational Support Provided by: Kerr Total Care

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

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

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

Learning Objectives:

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

Educational Support Provided by: Young Dental*

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Spotlight On 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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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 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 Number One Killer of Women: Heart Disease
CE credits: 1 Cost: $5.00
Faculty: Barbara Steinberg, DDS
15004

It is now recognized that symptoms of heart disease in women may be different than those experienced by men. All too often, women ignore these symptoms. This discussion will lend itself to the recognition of these symptoms, risk factors, as well as preventive and treatment modalities for heart disease in women. Tips for maintaining good heart health over the course of a lifetime will be presented.

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

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation:

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

Learning Objectives:

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

Educational Support Provided by: American Eagle Instruments Inc.

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

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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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