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Is Your Office Prepared For A Temporary Shutdown?

In moments where we are forced to shut down our facilities or even in the moments we get to take a vacation, we need to know how to prepare our office.  There are specific protocols to make sure our equipment is ready to go when we return, our waterlines are still considered safe to treat patients, and the surfaces in our offices are clean and disinfected.  Developing a standard operating procedure for a facility shutdown would be advantageous.  We will discuss some areas you can assess as a jumping off point for your facility shutdown SOP.

Michelle Strange, RDH, MSDH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 1 Fee: $10.00

Nasal Breathing: Personal Infection Control

The human respiratory complex is here to help you stay healthy. Over the last century epigenetic changes have made some structural changes that affect the oral contingent of the orofacial respiratory pyramid. Taking a step back, we can improve the whole system This course will deal with the life preserving benefits that nasal breathing supports.for future generations, and improve the health of humans all around. The nitric oxide produced in the sinuses can and does eliminate airborne virus. Obligate nasal breathing is a must to access this life promoting gas. If you or your patients cannot breathe with their nose, further investigation is necessary.

Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 1 Fee: $10.00

COVID-19: Part 1—Separating Science Fact from Science Fiction

With the rapid pandemic incited by SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, widespread governmental and societal changes have affected much of our society. Airborne transmission of respiratory diseases has been shown to contribute to community spread of COVID-19 and respiratory diseases overall are common, causing up to 6 million deaths annually.1 While the current pandemic is caused by a virus that is similar to previous viral causes of epidemics/pandemics, it appears to be unique in its characteristics regarding the clinical presentation of the infection. SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus, and understanding the virology associated with this particular virus is critical to evaluating the biologic rationale for future interventions. This continuing education course will review the current status of understanding regarding the SARS-CoV-2 virus, its activity with host cells, and potential biologic targets for future interventions.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

1. Discuss the current understanding of the structure and function of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
2. List related viruses and the diseases they caused.
3. Understand the differences in infectivity and viral activity between SARSCoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2.
4. Develop an understanding of the potential therapeutic targets for SARS-CoV-2.

Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 2 Fee: $49.00

Tooth Decay and Diabetes Mellitus

As oral health professionals, we recognize the role that systemic diseases, such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), play in modulating oral health. Specifically, this course outlines the role that diabetes mellitus plays in salivary output and composition and the oral microbiome. This course identifies ways that oral health professionals can help patients with diabetes mellitus achieve oral and overall wellness. Suggestions include increased recare visits, chairside screening for chronic disease and saliva health, and the use of innovative prevention products that improve salivary flow, strengthen the oral microbiome, and neutralize the pH of the oral environment.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

1. Define and understand the key differences between types 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus.
2. Identify the relationship between dental caries and diabetes mellitus.
3. Understand the role of saliva in the progression of tooth decay in patients with diabetes mellitus.
4. Describe the ways in which the oral microbiome changes in patients with chronic disease.
5. Discuss unique ways to improve the oral health and reduce the risk for disease in patients with diabetes mellitus.

Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Implant Impressions: Improving Accuracy and Decreasing Practitioner Stress

Implants are becoming an increasing clinical treatment modality. As part of the restorative phase of treatment, communication of the implant’s orientation in the arch is required for prosthetic fabrication. Different impression techniques are available to communicate that information, all having pros and cons. This course will discuss those different techniques and the use of verification stents to improve the accuracy of implant impressions.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the types of implant impression techniques available
2. Identify limitations for the different implant impression techniques
3. Explain why verification stents are recommended and how to fabricate them

Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Practitioners’ Guide to Improving Online Searching and Critical Review of Literature for Clinical Queries

Research investigates ideas and uncovers useful knowledge. Research can be corrupted with propaganda or bias, both of which lead to misrepresentation of information. This is harmful to health-care providers who unknowingly incorporate corrupt information into clinical practice. This course will provide helpful guidelines for evaluating research to determine its quality level and provide tools to perform quality searches and synthesize information to transform evidence-based research into clinical practice.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify quality studies based on design parameters.
2. Interpret and critically analyze research and become a more informed consumer of information.
3. Differentiate between study designs to determine which ones yield more valid and reliable information.
4. Perform quality online searches to access credible information through appropriate search engines.

Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Pain Management for Patients with Chemical Dependence

Opioids have been traditionally used to routinely treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions, but with recent research in and attention to the risk of chemical dependence, prescriptive recommendations and practices have changed. Opioid use and its risks become especially important in pain management with patients who have a history of addiction or other forms of chemical dependence. Science in the field of pain medicine and evidence based practice helps practitioners outline a course of pain management that can reduce the risk of addiction or relapse while effectively managing pain and disability in a patient. A discerning provider armed with the right tools can help stabilize pain in a safe and responsible manner. This course will help dental professionals best navigate the nuances of managing pain in patients with chemical dependence and opioid use disorders by discussing how to identify risk factors and best choose effective therapies while minimizing risk.

Educational Objectives
At the end of this self-paced educational activity, participants will be able to:

1. Articulate the clinical differences between addiction, tolerance, and dependence.
2. Discuss the role of dentistry in pain management and opioid awareness for this patient population.
3. Identify risk factors in patients and treatment to note when prescribing pain medication.
4. Discuss use and misuse guidelines for pain therapies used for both acute and chronic pain and discuss alternative methods of pain control that may be beneficial to this population.
5. Review common pain medications used, recognize contraindications to prescribing in patients with chemical dependence, and identify viable pain therapy strategies to use with at-risk populations.

Amisha Singh, DDS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Caries Diagnosis

Identification of dental caries is the basis of restorative dentistry and key to preventive dental care. Caries has traditionally been diagnosed based on either visual identification or radiographic evidence of decay. Unfortunately, these methods are not definitive until caries has progressed extensively in the tooth. Identification of caries at its earliest stages allows better preservation of tooth structure and improves the long-term prognosis of the tooth. Newer methods and technologies allow for earlier caries identification, allowing better intervention at an earlier stage, thus preserving tooth structure as well as keeping treatment costs lower for the patient.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the limitations of caries identification radiographically.
2. Describe the limitations and potential problems using an explorer for identification of incipient lesions.
3. Describe the limitations of caries indicator dyes for identification of carious dentin.
4. Evaluate the different technologies available for caries identification and how they can be incorporated into the practice.

Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Contemporary Approaches to Biofilm Management in the 21st Century’s Oral Health Crisis

Annual gross domestic product dollars spent on oral care in the US continues to decrease. Concurrently, prevalence rates of periodontal disease and the percentage of dentally uninsured adults is increasing. This public health crisis puts added pressure on dental practitioners to treat patients in oral and systemic dysbiosis. This course will discuss current research trends in biofilm management that utilize the most current technology available on the market. In order to emphasize the relationship between oral and systemic disease states, the oral microbiome states of symbiosis and dysbiosis will be presented along with the role genetics plays in the management of oral health.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, the dental provider will be able to do the following:

1. Develop a better understanding of health statistics in the United States as they pertain to dental services
2. Differentiate between symbiosis and dysbiosis and relate those concepts to the etiology of periodontal diseases
3. Identify the potential role genetics play in the predisposition and management of patients’ periodontal disease status
4. Utilize the most current dental technology available on the market for biofilm management to promote oral symbiosis

Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Safety First! Protect Yourself, Your Patients and Your Practice

Dental professionals and patients not only need protection from exposure to blood, saliva and airborne pathogens. We need protection from particles from dental materials that may splatter or become airborne. Exposure to pathogens or dental materials can result in injury, time away from work or reduced longevity of our careers. It is equally important for patients to receive protection from any material or equipment that can become airborne or dropped, as significant injuries may occur. This webinar will discuss updates in CDC, OSHA and OSAP guidelines and offer practical solutions for eyewear, face shields and radiation safety.

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 1 Fee: $10.00

Antibiotic Stewardship

The inappropriate use of antibiotics has been associated with adverse events that have short- and long-term effects on the patient and society. These adverse events have the potential to burden the health-care system and negatively impact current and future generations. Dentists contribute to more than 10% of all antibiotic prescriptions. Antibiotic stewardship is defined as “the optimal selection, dosage, and duration of antimicrobial treatment that results in the best clinical outcome for the treatment or prevention of infection, with minimal toxicity to the patient and minimal impact on subsequent resistance.”1 The practice of antibiotic stewardship will help dentists prescribe the appropriate antibiotic with correct dose, duration, and timing for the patient diagnosis. Dentists and dental offices nationwide will benefit from the practice of antibiotic stewardship, and the implementation of these practices will likely improve patient outcomes. This continuing education program will provide an understanding of antibiotic stewardship, direct dental teams to the information they need to evaluate their current protocols, and inspire dental teams to practice antibiotic stewardship.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

1. Review the current status of public health problems that result from the inappropriate use of antibiotics
2. Define and explore the concept of antibiotic stewardship
3. Explore existing national trainings, state toolkits, and practice guidelines in general dentistry
4. Apply and evaluate the practice of stewardship to their private practices

Amber Auger, RDH, MPH, Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Caries Management and Minimal Intervention Dentistry: A Collaborative Approach (Second Edition)

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. Several methods are used within the dental field for caries identification. The utilization of a risk assessment can assist the dental professional in addressing the disease process and recommended treatment with the patient. It is advantageous to utilize 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.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. recognize visual and radiographic methods used for caries identification,
2. describe how CAMBRA can assist with caries management, and
3. identify six methods utilized in minimal intervention dentistry that may aid in caries management.

Kimberly M. Parsons, MEd, CDA, EFDA, RDH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

HIPAA Complexities and Compliance Issues (Second Edition)

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is well known to all health-care providers and everyone who has visited any health-care facility. The need to protect the personal and medical information of patients is the primary reason for the enactment of HIPAA in 1996. HIPAA is very complex, making compliance difficult. Additionally, patient comanagement 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.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the basic HIPAA regulations
2. Discuss HIPAA updates
3. Define “individually identifiable health information” and “covered entities”
4. Discuss secure communication among facilities participating in patient care

Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

The Down and Dirty Side of Dentistry: Infection Prevention that Saves Lives!

Dental offices throughout the United States have received negative press when infection control violations occur. These violations can be so egregious that they result in patient death. Licensed dental providers have an obligation to keep their patients and the public safe while under their care. They also need to protect their own health while working in a hazardous profession with a high risk of exposure to disease, radiation, and other environmental contaminants. This topic is so important in dentistry that many state boards now require an infection prevention course for licensure. This course will explore the current recommendations for personal protective equipment and environmental controls for aerosols, radiation, clinical and housekeeping contact surfaces, as well as waterline maintenance.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, the dental provider will be able to:

1. Understand the importance of hand hygiene and personal protective equipment that is needed to ensure the safety of patients and themselves.
2. Control aerosols produced during dental procedures based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
3. Minimize risk of injury through controlling environmental hazards such as radiation exposure and when disinfecting clinical and housekeeping contact surfaces.
4. Understand the importance of dental waterline maintenance.

Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

OSHA Blood-borne Pathogen Training in the Dental Setting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was developed to assure safety in the workplace by establishing safety and health standards. OSHA ensures workplace compliance through inspections. Working in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it protects dental workers from occupational exposure to pathogens and other health risks in the dental setting. Their ultimate goal is to have employees go home safe at the end of the day. This course reviews the blood-borne pathogen health hazards and the preventive measures necessary.

Educational objectives
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

1. Recognize and correct occupational blood-borne health hazards in the dental setting;
2. Develop procedures in the dental setting to assure compliance with OSHA blood-borne pathogen standards;
3. Integrate prevention tools that address occupational health risks, including blood-borne pathogens
4. Identify and value the necessary screening protocols, as well as health and safety education necessary, for all workers in the dental setting.

Noel Kelsch, RDH, RDHAP ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00
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