Spotlight On The Digital Epidemic: Unexpected Consequences Of Modern Day Devices

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General System and Internet Requirements:  Speakers or Headphones, High Speed Internet connection, Wireless 3G and 4G,
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Operating Systems:  Windows 2000 or higher, (MS Surface and other MS mobile devices compatible), MAC OSX 10.3 or higher, Mac iOS 5.0 or higher (iPad, iPhone compatible), Android 4.3 or higher (most Android mobile devices compatible).

Effective Date: June 21, 2017
Expiration Date: June 20, 2020
Format: Self Instructional - Audio Visual Voice-Over with Slides
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Original broadcast supported through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Orascoptic.

Is the modern age of 24/7 digital connectivity creating some dangerous situations for dental professionals? While the risk of workplace-related cumulative trauma disorder is well recognized in the dental profession, no one could have predicted the physical, emotional, and psychosocial impact of today’s digital devices.

Decades of compelling research point to a need for change. It is more important than ever to create a healthy workspace and adopt positive personal strategies to mitigate the hazards posed by the overuse of our devices. Find out what your dental practice can do to combat these hazards and unexpected side effects.

Target Audience

The target audience for this course is Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants from novice to advanced professionals.

Educational Objective

Upon completion of this CE activity attendee will be able to:

  1. Recognize how digital devices contribute to poor posture and sedentary lifestyles
  2. Understand the emotional impact of living in a world of immediacy
  3. Implement strategies that lessen the physical impact of work
  4. Adopt behaviors that reduce the emotional impact of communication activities
  5. Create a plan to improve postural health during work and play


Anne Guignon, RDH, MPH, CS

Anne N. Guignon, RDH, MPH, CS

Anne Nugent Guignon, RDH, MPH is internationally recognized for her numerous contributions to dental hygiene over the last four decades. She is a practicing clinician, prolific author with over 230 publications and two textbook chapters, an experienced researcher and has presented more than 350 programs all over North America on a wide range of subjects including ergonomics, the oral microbiome and biofilm, power-driven scaling, erosion, hypersensitivity and remineralization. Anne has been involved in the development and testing for a wide range of clinical products and equipment. She holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Texas Dental School, was honored as the 2004 Philips RDH Mentor of the Year, received the 2009 ADHA Colgate Irene Newman Award for professional achievement in advancing the art and science of dental hygiene, recognized by DPR in 2012 as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry and was named the Most Effective Educator by RDH Magazine readers in 2017. In 2015 she was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional credential, the National Speakers Association’s highest earned certification.

Recognition and Credits

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Continuing education credits awarded for participating in the CE activity may or may not apply toward license renewal or specific license requirements in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state licensing board(s).

PennWell designates this activity for 1 credit hour of continuing education credits.

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PennWell Corporation is an American Academy of Dental Hygiene (AADH) approved provider, January 1, 2017-December 31, 2018.

Dental Board of California: Provider 4527, course registration number 01-4527-15168.
“This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 1 unit of continuing education.”

Requirements For Successful Completion

To receive credit for your participation in this webinar you will be required to complete the online program examination. To complete the online examination participants must be registered and signed-in to this website and have reviewed the program in its entirety. At the end of the program a link will be provided directing you to the program course exam. Once completed and submitted an immediate grade report will be displayed. All participants scoring at least 70% on the examination will receive a CE Verification Form verifying 1 CE credits. Verification forms may be viewed and printed immediately as well as accessed anytime in the future (24/7) from within the user records page of this website.

Not enough time to complete your online examination? No problem, online examinations may be completed anytime during the effective period of the program. Participants requiring more time to complete an examination may return to this website, sign-in and complete the online examination.

Disclosure Declaration

Presenter Disclosure: Anne Guignon, RDH, MPH, CSP, discloses that she does have a leadership or financial relationship to disclose related to this continuing education activity.

Commercial Support: This course was developed with commercial support provided by Orascoptic.

Provider Disclosure: PennWell Corporation’s Dental Division does not have a leadership or financial/commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in any of the educational activities presented.

CE Planner Disclosure: Craig Dickson, VP & Group Publishing Director, has no relevant financial interest which may create a conflict of interest related to the DE Study Club. Heather Hodges, Conference Manager, has no relevant financial interest which may create a conflict of interest related to this activity.

Provider Contact Information: Heather Hodges, Conference Manager, or direct at 918-832-9317.

Image Authenticity: No images in this educational activity have been modified or altered.

Scientific Basis: All content has been derived from references listed and/or the author’s clinical experience.

Known Benefits and Limitations: Information presented in this educational activity represents best practices in evidenced based dentistry with potential benefit for the patient and clinician. No off label or experimental treatments are discussed.

Educational Disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.