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A Cursory Review of Forensic Dentistry
Faculty: Winnie Furnari, RDH,MS,FAADH
Expiration Date: January 16, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 145

Forensic Dentistry/Odontology is not an official specialty as defined by the American Dental Association. It is an enhancement of the Dental Profession that uses knowledge, experience and judgement to collaborate with legal systems.  Within this field, dental professionals, including, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants play vital roles in several areas of the field. They will often be affiliated with coroners, medical examiners and law enforcement agencies in the United States and worldwide. The roles Forensic Dental professionals play involve work in human identification, human abuse, expert witness testimony, bite mark analysis, age estimation and recently contributing to the creation of forensic dental standards.

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18153
Not Rated
A Guide to Getting New Patients and Referrals
Faculty: Fady Haddad, DDS
Expiration Date: August 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 550

Every dental practice requires new patients and referrals to remain viable. Methods of gaining new patients and referrals include accepting dental insurance, internal practice marketing, and external marketing campaigns. The decision to accept insurance requires knowledge of types of insurance and contract evaluation. Internal marketing consists of satisfaction surveys, reward systems, and consistent communication. External strategies include advertising, accepting insurance, and social media presence. Technological advances, including automated patient recall systems, should be considered.

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

1. Identify different types of dental practice marketing.

2. Evaluate which types of marketing will work for each individual practice.

3. Tailor and implement a marketing strategy and evaluate its effectiveness.

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18573
Not Rated
A Mediator’s DIY Guide to Conflict Resolution in the Dental Office
Faculty: Sharon Dolak, MDR, RDH
Expiration Date: February 28, 2023
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 550

Too often, conflicts in a dental practice are addressed in one of two ways — by ignoring them and hoping they’ll go away (they won’t), or by coming down too hard and overmanaging or firing people, hoping that will fix the problem (it won’t). There are proven methods that can help restore peace and cooperation in a practice. Rescue your workplace relationships, maintain a supportive environment, and prevent future issues by getting to the heart of the matter so that you can have a happier, more productive work environment. This course gives dental professionals the tools needed to resolve conflict and encourage candid communications.

Educational objectives
1. Define conflicts in terms of incompatible needs, goals, beliefs, and values

2. Enumerate the stages of conflict and why people get stuck

3. Clarify the importance of interests (versus positions)

4. List ground rules that set the stage for productive conflict resolution

5. Define the difference between assertive, aggressive, and passive communication

6. Identify the steps of a collaborative, cooperative problem-solving process

7. Empower employees to defuse future conflicts—before they take root

AGD PACE Credit Only

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18132
Not Rated
A Review of Thorough Head and Neck Examinations for the Practicing Dentist
Faculty: Amisha Singh, DDS
Expiration Date: May 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 730

A thorough head and neck examination may arguably be the most important part of a comprehensive or periodic exam and can be valuable in helping diagnose a plethora of disorders, many of which require early detection for effective cure. With high utilization and recommendations of biannual preventative care visits, dentists can be pivotal in screenings and diagnosis. Systematic and regular screenings are key factors. The examination should cover lymph nodes, muscular anomalies or tension, asymmetrical growths, the temporomandibular joint and other head and neck structures, and form and function of facial anatomy. This article provides a thorough analysis of the flow of a dental head and neck examination, recommendations on implementing a more comprehensive exam with consistency in dental practice, a review of the normal anatomy, and methods to identify abnormalities and effectively follow up.

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18152
Not Rated
Abfractions: Taking a Deep Dive into Noncarious Cervical Lesions
Faculty: Lorena Cockley, DDS, FAGD
Expiration Date: July 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 739

There are processes involved in loss of tooth structure that have nothing to do with bacteria, fracture, infection or caries. This loss of tooth structure in the cervical area is sometimes termed “noncarious cervical lesion” (NCCL) or “abfraction.” Other types of NCCL include erosion, attrition, and abrasion. It is important to understand the difference in these terms and to recognize the fact that these processes can work synergistically and etiologies are often multifactorial. The ability to analyze these lesions and identify the causative factors properly is imperative to formulating a proper plan for clinical intervention.

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

1. Understand the difference between the various types of noncarious cervical lesions.

2. Cite the general characteristics for abfraction lesions in the general modern adult population.

3. Explore the dental history and the evolution of the understanding of these lesions.

4. List and describe the signs and symptoms of abfraction lesions and the complicating factors.

5. Be able to evaluate and assess these lesions for appropriate clinical intervention.

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Acquire New Patients and Drive Revenue by Managing Your Online Reputation
Faculty: Nathaniel Hancock | Matt Boyce
Expiration Date: December 12, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550, 560

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

When it comes to dentistry, potential patients have a lot of choices, so being able to set yourself apart from the competition is a must.

The easiest way to set yourself apart is by building and optimizing your presence on the sites that matter most to your patients like Google and Facebook. Now, more than ever, people are turning to these sites to find out which dentists are best for them.

In this webinar, you will be provided with the tips and tricks you need to improve your online reputation to help patients find and choose your practice when they need it.

Educational Support Provided by: Podium

AGD PACE Credit Only

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Advanced Communication Strategies To Get More YESes From Patients
Faculty: Chris Bowman, DDS
Expiration Date: October 27, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 557, 560

DE / DACE Webinar Archived Presentation

From handling the “new patient phone call" through acquiring 5-star patient reviews, you will learn the critical communication skills that will help you and your entire dental team connect with patients like never before. By knowing what to listen for, what to say, and how to say it, you’ll enjoy higher conversion rates during every step of the patient relationship development process. The end results: healthier and happier patients, and huge leaps in practice productivity.

Educational Support Provided by: SolutionReach

AGD PACE Credit Only

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18572
Not Rated
Antibiotic Stewardship
Faculty: Amber Auger, RDH, MPH | Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc
Expiration Date: December 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 730

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

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Antithrombotic Drugs in Dentistry: Stop the Interruption
Faculty: Michael Wahl, DDS
Expiration Date: July 25, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 016

Antithrombotic medications including anticoagulants such as warfarin (Coumadin) and antiplatelet agents such as aspirin are used by millions of dental patients to prevent various thrombotic complications including stroke or heart attack. Dentists must weigh the risks of postoperative bleeding in patients whose antithrombotic medications are continued versus the risk of thromboembolic complications if antithrombotic medications are interrupted for dental procedures. The dental and medical literature shows only minimal risk of bleeding complications in patients whose anticoagulation or antiplatelet medication is continued for dental surgery, and if bleeding complications occur, they can usually be easily controlled with local measures for hemostasis. The literature also shows a small but significant risk of catastrophic or fatal embolic complications in patients whose anticoagulation or antiplatelet medications are interrupted for dental procedures. There is usually no good reason to interrupt therapeutic levels of continuous anticoagulation or antiplatelet medications for dental surgery with local measures for hemostasis.

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BaleDoneen Method: Medical Model Emphasizing Dental Health Component in Inflammation Reduction
Faculty: Kriston Reisnour, BSDH, RDH, CCSH, CSOM
Expiration Date: December 31, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 742

The BaleDoneen Method—a medical model found to be effective in preventing heart attack, stroke, and diabetes—stresses the importance of oral health in the reduction of inflammation and bacterial burden causing vascular destruction. According to several studies conducted by the American Heart Association, periodontal disease presents Level A evidence that it is independently associated with arterial disease. This model challenges the current standard of health care, utilizing a holistic, comprehensive, preventative approach focused on a disease/inflammatory treatment paradigm to achieve optimum health. The philosophy is founded on the presence or absence of plaque (disease) in the arterial wall. By uncovering the underlying cause of inflammation—potentially initiated by the oral cavity—and providing appropriate treatment, the arterial disease process can be arrested.

The BaleDoneen Method was developed in 2003 by Bradley Bale, MD, medical director of the Heart Health program in Lubbock, Texas, and Amy Doneen, DNP, ARNP, medical director of the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center in Spokane, Washington. Together, they created a program of disease prevention focused on eliminating inflammation affecting the vascular system.1,2  Research has shown how important oral health is in maintaining overall health.3 Their program stresses the importance of evaluating the oral cavity for underlying inflammatory conditions. This method is dynamic in nature, evolves as the science and research dictate, and strives for optimum care.

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18670
Not Rated
Bariatric Surgery Patients: Dental Considerations
Faculty: Kelly Divito, BSDH, RDH
Expiration Date: February 28, 2023
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 150, 750

As the rate of obesity climbs in the United States, so does the rate at which people have bariatric surgery. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) estimates that in 2017 alone, more than 220,000 people had bariatric surgery.1 Dental clinicians, whether aware of it or not, have likely treated patients who have had this type of surgery. There is a stigma with weightloss surgery (WLS) that causes some people to keep it private. Unfortunately, presurgical patients are not required to have dental clearance, and they are not educated on preventive dental treatment, including how their postsurgical diet will affect their oral and dental health. This course highlights clinical findings and dental considerations that may present in patients who have had bariatric surgery. The author collected anecdotal evidence through anonymous online surveys completed by postbariatric surgery patients and dental professionals who examine dental experiences from both patient and clinician viewpoints.

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

1. Define bariatric surgery

2. Describe the different bariatric surgeries

3. Articulate dental considerations with weight-loss-surgery patients

4. Assess pre- and postoperative dental risk factors

5. Identify clinical signs of vitamin deficiency

6. Gain confidence in speaking to patients about bariatric surgery and dental considerations

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Benefits of Spherical Supra-Nano Composites
Faculty: Peter Auster, DMD
Expiration Date: December 12, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 250, 254, 255

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

A short history of composite resins followed by a discussion of what to look for in resin technology, 2018. The “ideal composite” from a practitioner’s point of view is discussed.  A system using uniform sized spherical particles approaches that ideal. Several new composite systems will be discussed as well.

Educational Support Provided by: Tokuyama

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Cannabis Chairside Primer
Faculty: Bridget Conway-McPherson, BA, RDH | Sandra Berger, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: August 06, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 016

Cannabis has been used for therapeutic purposes in Western medicine since the mid-19th century, but it was used as a medicine in Asia, mainly in India, since before the Christian era. In the first decades of the 20th century, cannabis use for medicinal purposes decreased significantly in Western medicine due to the difficulty in obtaining consistent potency results from different batches of plant material. Interest in the medicinal benefits of cannabis was renewed when, in 1965, it became possible to identify the chemical structure of cannabis components and to obtain its pure constituents. Interest spiked again in the 1990s with the description of cannabinoid receptors and the identification of an Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a “widespread neuromodulatory system that plays important roles in central nervous system development, synaptic plasticity, and the response to endogenous and environmental insults. Since then, treatment safety and effectiveness have been scientifically proven, and a new and more consistent cycle of medicinal cannabis usage has occurred.

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18724
Not Rated
Caries Diagnosis
Faculty: Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD
Expiration Date: April 30, 2023
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 250

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.

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18551
Not Rated
Caries Management and Minimal Intervention Dentistry: A Collaborative Approach (Second Edition)
Faculty: Kimberly M. Parsons, MEd, CDA, EFDA, RDH
Expiration Date: December 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 250

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.

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18669
Not Rated
Caries Management: When, Why, and How
Faculty: Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD
Expiration Date: April 30, 2023
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 250

Restorative dentistry has become increasingly conservative in its treatment of incipient lesions of enamel and dentin. Preservation of native tooth structure improves the longevity of the tooth, and identification at its earliest stages of demineralization allows more conservative intervention. We will discuss methods to treat white-spot lesions to reverse demineralization and prevent involvement of the underlying dentin. Additionally, methods will be discussed for conservative tooth preparation of incipient lesions and better methods for selective tooth removal of affected dentin.

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

1. Describe how to treat white-spot lesions

2. Identify what treatments can be employed for conservative caries treatment of incipient lesions

3. Describe treatments that may be employed for root exposure

 

Educational support provided by: SS White

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CBCT Imaging Principles: Live Software Applications
Faculty: Douglas L. Chenin, DDS
Expiration Date: June 27, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 697, 731

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

CBCT imaging enhances and changes the way dentists can diagnose and assess patient anatomy. We can look at patient anatomy in 3D and any structure can be cross-sectioned into 2D slices for detailed assessments and measurements. These abilities provide tremendous potential but also create new challenges such as: where to start, what anatomy to look at, how to cross-section the anatomy properly, and what are some foundational imaging principles that can be applied to every case? The goal of this webinar is to clarify some of these questions and to provide an organizational framework by which dentists can approach CBCT scans with a clinically correct method.

Educational Support Provided by: KAVO

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Choosing the Right Impression Material
Faculty: Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, CDD
Expiration Date: February 01, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 250

Accurate impressions are a key component of successful restorations. They play a vital role in restorative dentistry and should provide accurate intraoral details and dimensional stability. Understanding the various types of materials available, the different techniques and the best ways to keep patients comfortable will help dental professionals select the best material for each case. 

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18676
Not Rated
Contemporary Approaches to Biofilm Management in the 21st Century’s Oral Health Crisis
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: April 30, 2023
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 490

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

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Demystifying Dental Sleep Medicine
Faculty: Ben Waldman
Expiration Date: December 19, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

DE / DACE Webinar Archived Presentation

This webinar, Demystifying Dental Sleep Medicine, will provide an introduction to Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disordered Breathing. In this webinar, we will define the etiology and co-morbidities of Sleep Apnea demonstrating the scope and spread of the disease. We will explore the role of the dentist in screening patients for this disease, explain the role CBCT may have as a diagnostic tool for sleep disorders, and explain the potential dental treatments of sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing. We will also touch on the business model for dentists’ involvement in treatment.

Educational Support Provided by: i-Cat

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18552
Not Rated
Demystifying Your Curing Light: Stop Guessing and Start Curing
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: November 30, 2022
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 250

Light Curing is a complex issue. Curing lights vary by spectrum and intensity while curing times vary for adhesives and cements. In addition, varying tooth shades and incremental thicknesses require different curing requirements. Infection Control can alter light quality, and different photo-initiators and composite/tooth transmission can require various lengths of curing time. Incorrect use of the curing light can result in debonding, fracturing and discoloration as well as post-operative sensitivity, pain and escalation in care. Demystify your light and resin requirements using both quantifiable and quantitative measurements to assess that your light is being used to it’s full potential.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Enhance your knowledge base of the clinical importance of proper light curing
  • Evaluate the key components to establish an efficient curing technique with LED curing lights for you and your staff
  • Learn about new technology to accurately determine and monitor how your light interacts with the composites you use in your office every day

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Dental Aerosols: How Dangerous and Pervasive Are They?
Faculty: Linda D. Lee, MBA
Expiration Date: October 31, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 024, 149

DE / RDH / DACE Archived Presentation

Dental aerosols are something that all dental practitioners are familiar with. But do you really know how far aerosols spread when you perform standard procedures? In a study in a dental office, microscopic pathogens were found behind closed doors in a room where no treatment occurred. This CE course will describe the dangers of dental aerosols to both patients and staff, detail how aerosols travel and explain a proven solution to reduce the spread.

Educational Support Provided by: Vidashield

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Dentistry is Changing, How Do I Triumph?
Faculty: Roger K. Hill, MSA, ASA
Expiration Date: September 27, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

The growth of corporate and dentist-owned group practice is a real risk to most solo practices...Competition is increasing...What does the future of dentistry hold? Gain insight into the current state of the industry as well as the future of dentistry from one of the industry’s leading authorities on dental practice transitions. Learn what fuels the corporate dentistry model and how to counter corporate dentistry with the traditional practice. Gain knowledge of current trends such as practice consolidation, consumerism and reimbursement plans. Also gain knowledge of operational changes that can be implemented in order to position a practice for a successful transition in an ever-changing industry.

Educational Support Provided by: ADS Dental Transitions

AGD PACE Credit Only

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Denture Fabrication: A Lost Art (Part 1 of 2)
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: January 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00

There are more than 40 million edentulous people in the United States alone, many of whom are denture wearers. However, these patients may have worn or damaged dentures and continue to function. This is partly due to acceptance and adaptation of an edentulous mouth and/or past difficulties with new den-tures. Some patients use dentures only in situations where esthetics are neces-sary. Unfortunately, these patients may also go to a dentist who believes that the complete denture is difficult to create and the fully edentulous patient dif-ficult to treat. This course will attempt to educate the dentist and team as to many steps required to treat an edentulous patient with a removable denture.

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18374
Not Rated
Denture Fabrication: A Lost Art (Part 2 of 2)
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: December 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 670

There are more than 40 million edentulous people in the United States alone, many of whom are denture wearers.1 However, these patients may have worn or damaged dentures and continue to function. This is partly due to acceptance and adaptation of an edentulous mouth and/or past difficulties with new dentures. Some patients use dentures only in situations where esthetics are necessary. Unfortunately, these patients may also go to a dentist who believes that the complete denture is difficult to create and the fully edentulous patient difficult to treat. This course will attempt to educate dentists and teams as to some of the many steps required to treat an edentulous patient with a removable denture.

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

1. identify current trends in the denture market,

2. identify the various reasons for an ill-fitting denture,

3. discuss the options available for interim denture comfort, and

4. discuss the steps involved in denture fabrication.

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Designing an Effective Desensitization Protocol for Your Patients
Faculty: Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA
Expiration Date: September 20, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

This webinar is designed to assist hygienists in evaluating the multitude of desensitizing agents available for home use and in-office application. Causes of dentin hypersensitivity will be discussed, as well as the criteria for product selection, based on individual patient needs. The webinar will include protocols for evaluating patients, developing treatment strategies and assessing which type of desensitizer would provide optimal results for the patient.

Educational Support Provided by: Tokuyama

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18166
Not Rated
Do Impacted Third Molars Induce Anterior Crowding?
Faculty: Staci Violante, MSDH, RDH
Expiration Date: April 30, 2022
Credits: 2
Format: PDF
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 149

Despite the risks associated with dental surgery, each year an abundance of healthy, asymptomatic third molars are extracted from dental patients. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, about 85% of third molars ultimately require removal because of impaction, decay, pain, and/or crowding.7 However, evidence supporting the prophylactic removal of third molars is surprisingly sparse. This course will examine the controversy of whether impacted third molars induce anterior crowding and whether crowding truly warrants their removal.

Educational objectives
In this educational activity, participants will explore the following:

1. Whether impacted third molars are the fundamental reason for crowding in the anterior of the lower arch

2. Factors that may influence crowding of the lower incisors

3. Classifications of impacted third molars

4. Complications of impacted third molars

5. Mesial drift and its role in the dental arch

6. The role of the dental hygienist in problems related to third molars

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Dose Creep in Dental Radiography
Faculty: Cindy Saylors, MEd | Catherine Warren, RDH
Expiration Date: August 13, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 165

As dental health care workers (DHCW), we need to keep up to date with the latest technology and how to use it safely.  The use of medical radiation, including dental radiation procedures, has increased in recent years.  It is imperative to employ best practices and to embrace scientifically-based principles to address the dose creep that is occurring in dental radiography as we implement the recent the advances in digital, dental CT, and hand-held portable dental radiography. 

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Eating Disorders
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: September 30, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 130, 153

Eating Disorders (EDs) are a growing public health problem with worldwide prevalence. The etiology of EDs is multifactorial with genetic, biological, environmental, psychological and sociocultural influences.1,2 The societal pressures for girls to be thin and boys to “bulk-up” in the United States influences our youth’s perceptions of body image; which relates to the average age of onset for EDs being puberty through adolescence. EDs have long-lasting negative impacts to patient’s health. EDs are a group of psychiatric illnesses and this course provides information based on the new diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition (DSM-5). This course will focus on the dental provider’s role in identification of EDs, as they are in an ideal positon to help identify EDs in earlier stages, where interventions have a higher likelihood of being successful.

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Elevating Preventative and Diagnostic Care in Your Hygiene Practice
Faculty: Sara Paone, RDH, RNCP
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Dental practices today provide a remarkably similar set of offerings to their patients. The lack of significant differentiation between practices provides an opportunity for these practices willing to embrace oral systemic links (OSLs) as a significant way to enhance value to your patients. Understanding and rooting our hygiene practices in the systemic links between oral and overall health positions our hygiene teams to be true advocates for the health of our patients. This session examines how OSLs can inform the system protocols: oral self -care and nutrition, diagnostics and technology approaches you take with your patients. We focus, in particular, on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and pregnancy outcomes through the lens of several case studies with my patients. We conclude that the benefits OSLs bring to our practices make for healthier practices, more inspired teams, and distinct and sustainable identities for our practices.

Educational Support Provided by: Sunstar Americas Inc.

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Ethics Within The Dental Community
Faculty: Dorothy Garlough, RDH, MPA
Expiration Date: March 01, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 555

The word “ethics” is derived from the Greek word “ethos,” meaning habit, custom, or character.1 It operates from a mindset based on moral principles and virtues of individuals with actions in alignment with these principles.2 Dental ethics revolves around the extent to which actions within the dental practice promote good and reduce harm.3 Harvard University business professor Bill George raises the question, “Which way is true north?” In this analogy, George says that true north is the “fixed point in a spinning wheel, which orients behavior to stay on track.” Beliefs, values, and principles are the compass that directs decisions toward true north, and utilizing mindful judgment ensures alignment.4

Within the dental profession, ethical standards result in moral virtues that enable fair, equitable, and good decisions. This course provides information to help direct dental personnel toward ethical actions and decisions. It also provides documentation on how the public views dentistry as it relates to ethics and honesty.

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Find Out Why 1/3 of Patients Are Switching Dentists and What You Can Do About It
Faculty: Lea Chatham
Expiration Date: July 13, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550, 560

DE Webinar Archived Presentation

Patients are paying more out of pocket for their care, and there is more competition than ever to get their business. So their expectations are changing. And as a result they are more likely to switch dentists to get the services and access they want.

A new patient survey shows that one in three patients are likely to switch dental providers in the next two to three years. The results show that many are switching because of issues around practice logistic such as ease of scheduling and appointment reminders.

This webinar examines this new data on why patients switch and what services a dental practice can offer to help get them to stay.

See the latest data on why patients leave and what you can do about it as well as learn about the latest trends in patient satisfaction.

Educational Support Provided by: Solutionreach

AGD PACE Credit Only

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18154
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Getting Your Fire Back: Burnout Among Oral Health Professionals
Faculty: Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc
Expiration Date: September 30, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 770

Burnout has been well documented among students, residents, new dentists, dentists, and among dental specialists. As members of the dental team, we have specific challenges in our professional environment that have been implicated in contributing to burnout. Multiple inventories exist to screen for and identify the early signs and symptoms of burnout. When identified, there is a community of resources to help professionals recover from burnout. The goal of this course is to learn more about burnout among dental professionals in hopes of preventing or reducing the burden on our profession. 

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

1. Define burnout in the health professions literature.

2. Identify personal characteristics, risk factors, and symptoms of a person with burnout.

3. Compare and contrast the prevalence of burnout among dental team members and describe various screening tools used in literature and practice.

4. Identify the organizational levers and tools that can be used to create wellness for oral health professionals.

5. Discover resources for professionals who suffer from burnout.

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Healthy Strategies to Avoid Workplace Tragedy
Faculty: Cindy Purdy, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Dismissing aches and pains places your health and the clinical career you love in jeopardy! This course will address the ergonomic realities of the dental profession and focus on the ergonomic principle of neutral position through practical and hands-on instruction. In addition, discussion will surround effective strategies to eliminate dangerous postures and finally, uncover solutions to modify individual risks for developing work-related injuries. The ultimate goal is for each attendee to create their own ergonomic pathway for a long and healthy dental career.

Educational Support Provided by: Hager Worldwide

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18358
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HIPAA Complexities and Compliance Issues (Second Edition)
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
Expiration Date: December 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 566

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

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Identifying and Managing Dental Impression Problems
Faculty: Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD
Expiration Date: March 13, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010

Fixed restorative dentistry requires an impression of the teeth and area to be restored for the laboratory to fabricate the desired restorations. Traditional impressions are still utilized the majority of the time to capture the needed information. Selection of the correct viscosity will vary depending on what prosthesis is to be fabricated, which tray is being used and whether the preparations are on natural teeth or implants. Problems can arise during impression taking that can compromise the ability of the lab to fabricate the restoration or affect the accuracy and fit of the finished prosthesis. Identifying impression problems is part of the process, but how to manage these to improve the quality and accuracy of our impressions is critical to fixed prosthetics.    

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Implant Dentistry: Enhancing Diagnosis Case Acceptance, Outcomes
Faculty: David A. Little, DDS
Expiration Date: August 21, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 690

DE Webinar Archived Presentation

Implant dentistry can enhance the quality of our patient lives. Whether replacing a single tooth or an entire edentulous arch, advancements in technology such as CBCT, planning software, and CAD/CAM allow dentists to virtually develop a restorative-driven treatment plan that produces predictable results.

Educational Support Provided by: Carestream Dental

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Infection Control Considerations for the Dental Practice
Faculty: Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, BS, RYT
Expiration Date: January 01, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 148

Optimal infection control practices have been a key aspect of dental professionals’ education, but they were not regulated or monitored by outside entities until the late 1980s. Today, infection control protocols and practices are impacted by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA),1 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),2 and state licensing boards. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO)3 provides resources regarding infection prevention worldwide. 

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Intraligamentary Injections in Dentistry
Faculty: Sean G. Boynes, DMD, MS
Expiration Date: May 18, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 340

Originally billed as peridental injections in the early 1900s, intraligamentary injections (ILIs), also referred to as periodontal ligament injections, were considered unconventional, and widespread utilization did not occur.1 However, increased use of ILIs began in the late 1970s with the introduction of specialized syringes that allowed the operator to more easily administer anesthetic solution in a high pressure location.2 A second resurgence occurred in the early 2000s with the introduction of computer-controlled local anesthetic delivery devices (C-CLAD) that provide a high-level of injection control. Today, ILIs are “perhaps the most universal of the supplemental injections,” and commonly used when inferior alveolar nerve block techniques are unsuccessful or fail to achieve the desired level of anesthesia.3 In addition, ILIs are indicated for single-tooth anesthesia; when low anesthetic dosage is required; widespread anesthesia is contraindicated; or certain systemic health issues are present.3-4 Continued growth of ILI utilization is expected because patients want less soft tissue anesthesia following dental care and dental providers desire less use of the traditional inferior alveolar nerve block for routine restorative procedures. This article will explore and evaluate the current use of intraligamentary injections in dentistry and the technique’s impact on the dental care experience.

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Intraoral Digital Scanning: Understanding Your Next Technology
Faculty: David Burt, DDS
Expiration Date: September 30, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 731

There have been significant advances in digital technologies for dentistry. This has offered a new paradigm in workflow techniques for the general practice and most specialties. Although digital scanning is not available in every practice, those who do have them understand the true benefits to the patient and the practice. Digital scanners can reveal a positive cost/benefit analysis when compared to traditional workflow methods.

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Introduction to Ozone in the Dental Practice
Faculty: Amber Pierce, EFDA
Expiration Date: June 11, 2020
Credits: 2
Format: PDF
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 162

With healthcare costs on the rise, patients are becoming more aware of their treatment options and are looking for dental care that is cost effective and minimally invasive. It would not be uncommon to receive calls from patients requesting information about or asking if the office provides ozone therapy. This article discusses ozone therapy and the practical applications for the dental office to prepare practitioners and staff to serve the needs of this growing population.

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18188
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Invisible DSO’s: Friend or Foe, Learn about these Silent Partners in Dental
Faculty: Matt Wilkins
Expiration Date: April 30, 2022
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550

Learn More About:

Why NOW is the time to understand your practice value
What buyers/partners want, what they don’t want and why
Sell all or sell part and stay to grow?
Who are the various buyers?
What are real transaction values, not appraised values?

Educational Support Provided By: Large Practice Sales (LPS)

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Is There a Place for Essential Oils in Patient Care? Fact vs. Fiction
Faculty: Amber Pierce, EFDA
Expiration Date: April 10, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 150

A “clean living” lifestyle revolution has taken over the country in recent years, with many people limiting or eliminating chemical-based products from their homes and bodies. Replacement of these products with those from nature has become very popular, especially those containing essential oils. Consumers are looking for acceptance and the cooperation of health-care providers to incorporate essential oils and products containing them into their home care and treatment plan options. By educating themselves on these alternative therapies, providers can better understand the needs and concerns of this patient population, which will promote trust and better compliance.

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It's Time To Discuss HPV and Its Impact On Dentistry (2nd Edition)
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: March 10, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 730

The new millennium has brought about great advances in technology and innovation. One of those advancements is the discovery of the link between human papillomavirus (HPV) and oropharyngeal cancer. Thirty-five years ago, it was postulated a virus called human papillomavirus could cause cervical cancer; today, it is well established that cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, rectal, oropharyngeal, and penile cancers are attributed to the virus.1 HPV is now considered a human carcinogen with worldwide prevalence. Unlike other cancers of the mouth, HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers are more likely to occur among younger patients with certain sexual histories without the traditional risk factors of tobacco and alcohol, and is far more common in men than women.1 As HPV public awareness continues to grow, so will the knowledge of dental health-care professionals who provide care. This course is designed for dental health providers to enhance their existing knowledge of HPV’s risk associated with oropharyngeal cancer and to explore the pathogenesis of the virus in the body.

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Keep It Clean! The Hazards of Dirty Dentures and Oral Appliances
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: April 04, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 670

Dental appliances such as dentures, night guards, and sleep apnea appliances require home-care maintenance. This is due to the ability of pathogens to colonize and infect oral appliances. This can eventually lead to infecting the patient. Knowing what to use to best remove these pathogens and the dangers these pathogens can cause is the focus of this study.

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18203
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Keeping Denture Lab Work In House: Tools and Techniques
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: April 30, 2022
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 670

This course will detail the necessary steps required to work on dentures chair side. It will include relining the existing denture, repairing the broken denture and polishing. 

Educational Support Provided By: SS White

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18151
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Lasers in Dentistry: Applications and Incorporation into the Dental Practice
Faculty: Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD
Expiration Date: June 30, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 135

Lasers have become a common device in the dental practice with multiple uses during treatment. These include periodontal soft tissue pocket treatments, gingivectomies and tissue recontouring, osseous crown lengthening, decay removal with restoration preparation, and endodontic canal disinfection. Additionally, lasers provide stimulation for enhanced healing as well as treatment of lesions such as oral herpes and aphthous ulcers. The various lasers available in dentistry have their specific uses, and understanding the types of lasers determines how they may be successfully used and for what applications they are suited. This course will review the different types of lasers being utilized in dentistry and how they may be used during treatment. It will also discuss the effects lasers have on the tissue at which the energy is directed.

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

1. Describe the different types of dental lasers available

2. Understand laser energy and its effects on hard and soft tissues

3. Identify what treatments lasers are suited to perform and which laser type to use

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18131
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Lip Incompetence: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Considerations
Faculty: Angie Lehman, RDH, COM
Expiration Date: April 30, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 730

Lip competency plays an important role in growth and development within the craniofacial complex. It is an essential component of proper oral rest posture. When lip incompetency occurs, function, growth, esthetics, speech, and breathing can all be affected. Determining the underlying cause is an essential part of properly treating this aspect of oral rest posture. Traditionally, treatment has often included orthodontic treatment for correction of overjet, Botox injections, or surgery. However, the most effective techniques include addressing the underlying cause and improving the function of the lips rather than only addressing the cosmetic appearance of the lips. Orofacial myofunctional therapy has proven to be effective in treating lip competency issues and should be considered a valid treatment option to be used in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, and before Botox and surgery are considered.

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18339
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Mastering Dental-Medical Necessity Increase Profitability
Faculty: Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: July 19, 2022
Credits: 1.5
Format: Webinar
Fee: Free
AGD Code(s): 552

Significant changes to the way dentistry is practiced have been set in motion by two influential factors — science and evidence-based decision-making. Accurate evidence-based diagnosis is the best method to determine appropriate treatment. The question often asked is if dental or medical insurance will cover important care. Determining and documenting dental-medical necessity is the basis for all successful dental and medical coding. During this 90-minute session participants will learn the steps of determining dental-medical necessity to optimize dental benefits and medical-dental cross-coding.

Objectives:

Understand the metrics current CDT codes provides in decision-making and profitability
How to write concise Twitter-style dental-medical necessity narrative
Select the most accurate ICD-10 medical codes for use on dental claims to optimize payment and medical cross-coding

Educational Support Provided By: Lighthouse

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For more information contact:

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512-774-7654
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AGD PACE Credit Only

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Medical Emergency Preparedness in Dental Practice
Faculty: Linda Lawson, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: June 09, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 142

While life-threatening medical emergencies are uncommon in the dental practice environment, most professionals will be responsible for managing multiple emergency events throughout their careers. By planning for the unexpected, dental teams hone their skills and build the necessary confidence to cope with these high pressure situations. Although some emergencies are unavoidable, participants in this course will be provided with information and tools to prepare for, prevent and definitively manage the most common medical emergencies that occur in general dental practice. 

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Muscle Memory: A Review of Tongue Muscles and it's Functions and Disfunctions
Faculty: Natalina D'Urso
Expiration Date: July 24, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010

How do most clinical dental professionals look at the tongue on a daily basis? Likely when inspecting the tongue is part of a standard oral cancer exam. Visually examining and palpating the dorsal, ventral, lateral boards of the tongue and looking for any abnormalities on the surface, ideally should be completed at every dental exam.1 Is this where exploring the tongue ends for most dental professionals? Are dental professionals looking at the function of the tongue? Could there be other clues that the tongue is providing into a view of the patient’s overall health?

This article will review the muscles of the tongue as an organ and its function in daily activities, like breathing, speech, and digestion.2 We will discussing the tongue’s role in orofacial growth, development and overall health. Also, learning when and to what health care professional to should refer patients for help in correcting tongue dysfunction or poor oral habits.

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New Challenges in Dentistry and 8 Ways to Overcome Them
Faculty: Roger P Levin, DDS
Expiration Date: July 18, 2022
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: Free
AGD Code(s): 550

In this insightful presentation, Dr. Roger P Levin will review the major transformations that are reshaping dentistry and how they will impact today’s practices. Using data from the Levin Group Data Center and the Dental Economics/Levin Group Annual Practice Survey, Dr. Levin will also highlight key scenarios and opportunities for dental practices to remain highly successful. In the second part of his presentation, he will reveal the 8 most important actions that every dental practice should immediately implement in order to maintain long-term success and higher production.

Educational support provided by: CareCredit

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18357
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Nitrous Oxide: Use and Safety (Second Edition)
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: November 30, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 340

In dentistry, nitrous oxide is the most commonly used inhalation anxiolytic and sedation adjunct. It reduces anxiety, pain, and memory of the treatment experienced and is a valuable component of the armamentarium available to clinicians. When used correctly, it is predictable, effective, and safe.

Educational objectives
This clinical study will provide the dental professional with the steps needed to deliver nitrous oxide in a safe and efficacious manner.
After reading this continuing education course, the reader should be able to:

1. Refer to the history of nitrous oxide

2. Understand the properties of nitrous oxide

3. Know the safety recommendations

4. Have the ability to deliver nitrous oxide in a safe manner, and know the contraindications

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Nourishing or Discouraging?
Faculty: Kris Potts, RDH, FAADH
Expiration Date: November 30, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 130

Some foods and dietary patterns have been linked to an increased risk of various cancers. A direct link between unhealthy diet and lifestyles to cancer risk has been shown, and research on this subject continues. Diet serves as a contributor to the onset of cancer in about 30-35% of cases, yet isolated nutrients play a smaller role than overall dietary patterns. The available data is inconsis-tent for many foods, which further clouds the issue. This course reviews some of the more recent studies assessing diet and how it pertains to the elevated risk of developing cancer as well as prevention.

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Optimizing Infection Control Protocols
Faculty: Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, BS, RYT
Expiration Date: March 05, 2021
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 130, 148

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Optimal infection control practices are a key aspect of dental professionals’ ongoing education. Until the late ‘80s, these practices were not regulated or monitored by outside entities; however, today’s infection control protocols and practices are impacted by OSHA, CDC, and state licensing boards. The World Health Organization also provides resources regarding infection prevention worldwide. Together these entities provide the foundation for sound infection control practices that will protect both clinicians as well as patients. Defining the roles of each entity/agency and what they bring to infection prevention is important for every member of the dental team and to meet the mandatory licensing requirements. It’s also important as they provide dental practices with methods to develop and maintain optimal infection control protocols and practices.

Educational Support Provided by: Pro2 Solution dba Cranberry

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Oral Cancer Today: The Impact on Our Profession (2nd Edition)
Faculty: Jo-Anne Jones, RDH
Expiration Date: July 16, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 736

SEER (Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results) data demonstrates a decline in oral cancer for tobacco related sites; however, there is a strong trend toward an increase in human papillomavirus (HPV) implicated sites. Due to the affinity of the virus for lymphoid tissues and posterior placement, today’s dental professional needs to be keenly aware of the subtle symptoms that accompany this newer profile. How does this affect our methods of screening for oral and oropharyngeal cancer, and is the clinical oral examination predictive of histologic diagnosis at an early stage? Two-thirds of oral squamous cell carcinomas are discovered at an advanced stage with five-year survival rates impeded significantly; 83.3% when the disease is discovered in stage I or II, and only 38% when the cancer has metastasized. This presents a call to action to elevate our knowledge regarding examination of high-risk areas and explore adjunctive screening methods to complement the traditional white light examination. 

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Oral Care For The Oncology Patient
Faculty: Kris Potts, RDH, FAADH
Expiration Date: July 30, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 754

Oral side effects are prevalent in individuals experiencing oncology treatment. Compliance with meticulous home care is essential and should be individualized based on risk factors and the current state of health. Oncology therapies result in a host of oral side effects including tooth hypersensitivity, impaired taste, xerostomia, destruction of tooth enamel due to vomiting, and mucositis along with discomfort and pain. The goals in treating mucositis are relieving pain and preventing secondary infections through home oral hygiene and mouth rinses. Intravenous bisphosphonate therapy this is not oncologic treatment. Perhaps the author intends to mean “chemotherapy” can lead to osteonecrosis of the jaw, especially after a tooth extraction or oral surgery. It is important for dental professionals to be familiar with these side effects and discern how to counsel their patients appropriately.

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18160
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Oral Complications of Celiac Disease Close
Faculty: Kirsten Brancheau, RDH
Expiration Date: October 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 730

Celiac disease (CD) is a serious autoimmune disorder that affects approximately one in 100 people worldwide. Ingestion of gluten—a mixture of proteins found in cereal grains, particularly wheat—causes damage to the small intestine of those with the disease. Left untreated, celiac disease can lead to other autoimmune disorders. In addition, celiac disease has oral manifestations, including enamel defects, increased caries, aphthous ulcers, delayed dental development, and cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and pharynx. Dental professionals need to be aware of the oral symptoms of this disease in order to make appropriate recommendations and possible referrals for diagnosis.

Educational objectives
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will achieve the following:

• Describe the systemic and oral effects of celiac disease

• Identify products that are safe in clinical and home use for celiac patients

• Become aware of possible new treatments for celiac disease

• Refer patients for diagnosis if celiac disease is suspected

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Orthodontic Treatment with Clear Aligners
Faculty: Kenneth J. Fisher, DDS
Expiration Date: June 12, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 377

Since its inception, the methodology of using clear aligners [Figure 1] or trays as a means of sequentially straightening teeth has evolved significantly to where, today, the technique has been adopted by many dentists wanting to provide some degree of orthodontic correction for their patients. Once limited to correcting small amounts of crowding or spaces in fully erupted dentitions, it is now utilized by experienced clinicians in a broad spectrum of the comprehensive treatment of complex malocclusions. This course will trace that evolution and document the validity of using clear aligners in contemporary orthodontic treatment.

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18162
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OSHA Blood-borne Pathogen Training in the Dental Setting
Faculty: Noel Kelsch, RDH, RDHAP
Expiration Date: March 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 148

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; and

4. Identify and value the necessary screening protocols, as well as health and safety education necessary, for all workers in the dental setting.

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Pain-reducing Techniques For Delivery Of Dental Anesthesia
Faculty: Fady Haddad, DDS
Expiration Date: May 17, 2021
Credits: 2
Format: PDF
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 132

Dental anxiety is a major factor in the decision to delay dental procedures. “Dental fear is related to poorer oral health outcomes, and this might be explained by the less frequent dental visiting of many fearful people.”1 Fear of dental injections is frequently cited as the main source of dental anxiety. We, as practitioners, can take simple and easily implemented steps to reduce the fear and pain of dental injections. No special equipment or training is required. Following these techniques may result in more profound anesthesia, less pain on injection, and ultimately a reduction in dental anxiety. A calm and comfortable patient will often result in less stress for both patient and provider.

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Past, Present, and Future of Narrow Diameter Implants
Faculty: Tera Greene
Expiration Date: September 30, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 690

Narrow diameter implants, mini-implants, small diameter implants, category 1 implants—whatever you choose to call implants defined as less than 3.0 mm in diameter—have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for a considerable period of time. They are indicated for several treatment modalities, including fixed prostheses, removable complete dentures, and temporization. They have been found to improve treatment acceptance, particularly where anatomical, financial, and/or medical challenges are present that otherwise impede conventional implant treatment. 

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Pathways to Gingivitis Control with Stabilized Stannous Fluoride: A Novel Discovery
Faculty: Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH
Expiration Date: June 30, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 257

Gingivitis continues to be prevalent, with nine out of ten adult Americans exhibiting symptoms of mild or greater severity. Its occurrence and severity are influenced by multiple factors, including the bacterial composition of plaque biofilm and the host response. Antimicrobial agents are often recommended for gingivitis patients to reduce the quantity of bacteria in the biofilm and/or inhibit bacterial metabolism. New research has shown stannous fluoride—the only fluoride with antimicrobial properties—also improves gingival health by reducing the toxicity of plaque, even in the gingival sulcus, through interference with the host response. Specifically, stannous fluoride binds to the bacterial endotoxins and prevents their interaction with gingival tissue receptors associated with inflammation. This mechanism is important as it supports the use of stabilized stannous fluoride dentifrice not only in patients with existing gingival bleeding and inflammation, but also in patients who may be susceptible to it.

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Puff, Not the Magic Dragon…The Cost of America’s Tobacco and Marijuana Abuse (2nd Edition)
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: March 05, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 158

Tobacco use in America remains the single largest preventable cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 (1:5) deaths annually.1,2,3 Even with the increased cost for tobacco products, increased anti-tobacco media campaigns, and smoke-free laws for workplaces and public places, 15% of Americans still continue to smoke cigarettes.3 The newer nicotine products on the US market, such as electronic cigarettes and snus, along with the legalization of marijuana, are systematically changing the dynamics of American culture. Dental professionals are in an ideal position to directly influence nicotine and marijuana use among their patients. This course will present current statistics of nicotine and marijuana use, and also the pharmacokinetics as it relates to addiction, dependence, and cessation.

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18338
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ReputationMatters: Grow Your Practice for FREE!
Faculty: Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD
Expiration Date: July 19, 2022
Credits: 1.5
Format: Webinar
Fee: Free
AGD Code(s): 550

What story about you are they telling? During this program, we will discuss the psychology of internet reviews. We will review how our prospective patients feel about them and what literature is available from academia. A thorough discussion of which websites are most important and impactful for dental practices will occur. The group will also review the systems and scripting needed to incorporate into our practices to ensure success in getting our patients to leave positive reviews. A significant portion of the program will also be devoted to how we should handle responding to a negative review should one occur. This fast-paced, enlightening program is sure to help demystify the world of online reviews in fun & casual manner! Dental team involvement is highly recommended for this program.

Educational support provided by: Henry Schein One

About Henry Schein One: In today’s crowded dental marketplace, keeping the patients you already have, attracting new patients, and differentiating from the competition is more critical than ever. This requires precise and effective marketing, using multiple activities across different channels. Take the 5-minute Practice Marketing Assessment to identify marketing opportunities your practice might be missing out on. https://assessment.henryscheinone.com/?utm_source=dental-economics&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=practicemarketingassessment&utm_content=june2019&tname=

For more information please contact: Henry Schein One at 833.471.7253 

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Restoring Endodontically Treated Teeth
Faculty: Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD
Expiration Date: March 01, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 070, 077

Teeth requiring endodontic treatment need to be assessed restoratively prior to initiating endodontic care. The canals may be identified, instrumented, and obturated successfully, but if the tooth cannot be predictably restored, the clinical success is guarded. Although adhesive dentistry has improved how we can restore teeth, ferrules and posts still are required from an engineering standpoint in some teeth, depending on what remains of the native tooth structure. This course will review the engineering behind predictably restoring endodontically treated teeth, how to assess the tooth prior to initiation of endodontic treatment, and what factors improve treatment success.

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Safety First! Protect Yourself, Your Patients and Your Practice
Faculty: Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD
Expiration Date: May 01, 2021
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 148

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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand guidelines and recommendations for safety eyewear and face shields.
  2. Receive updates in CDC, OSHA and OSAP guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE) and x-ray safety
  3. Be introduced to solutions that will help keep you and your patients safe

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Shell Shocking Impact From PTSD
Faculty: Brittany Morgan Getz, RDH | Emily R. Holt, RDH | Samantha Harpenau | Rey Gabriel Carandang
Expiration Date: June 07, 2020
Credits: 2
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 010, 130

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that may develop after experiencing or witnessing a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Individuals with PTSD have demonstrated increased levels of stress hormones that initiate an inflammatory response. The inflammatory response releases chemicals that assist in the breakdown of the periodontium. Individuals with PTSD are more likely to create their own coping mechanisms that may include tobacco use, alcohol abuse, and poor diet. The oral effects of these unhealthy habits include loss of tooth structure, gingival inflammation, xerostomia, periodontal disease, and oral cancer. Bruxism may occur due to the untreated stress. Replacing unhealthy PTSD coping mechanisms with alternative methods aimed at reducing stress may improve systemic and periodontal inflammation. 

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Silver Diamine Fluoride: The Newest Tool In Your Caries Management Toolkit
Faculty: Douglas A. Young, DDS, MBA, MS | Judy Bendit, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: June 26, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 016

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has been used worldwide since 1970 to arrest decay. In the United States, the product received FDA clearance in 2014 as a desensitizing agent (similar to fluoride varnish) and in October 2016 it was recognized by the Food and Drug Administration with breakthrough therapy designation for caries treatment. This course will look at the latest tool in the caries management toolkit to help the reader incorporate this new technology into clinical practice. Keeping in mind that SDF is relatively new to the US, and research/protocols are still evolving, clinical findings and guidelines for SDF currently being used for patients of all ages will be discussed.

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Solving The Diagnostic Dilemma: You Can't Treat What You Can't See!
Faculty: Ron Kaminer, DDS
Expiration Date: September 27, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 165, 731

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

Diagnosis is the key to any successful practice and the key to optimum patient health. Join us as we explore the latest technology that helps us to diagnose quicker, better, easier and discuss how to implement these modalities into day to day practice.

Educational Support Provided by: Air Techniques

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Solving the Mystery of D4346: More than BOP
Faculty: Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: September 20, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Using the new D4346 CDT 2017 code, we can finally treat gingivitis after decades of merely dumping gingival inflammation into the same category as health. This new code can potentially close the loop and elevate our standard of care. With increasing research pointing to the connection between oral disease and medical conditions, the timing is perfect. Early recognition ensures earlier intervention and disease prevention. This code can boost the bottom line of the practice when we take the time to examine an update our systems. It isn’t just a number; it’s a game changer for dentists, hygienists, business professionals and every staff member. In this webinar, we will provide 8 simple steps to save time, reduce frustration and increase profitability.

Educational Support Provided by: Curaprox and Dental Rat

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18173
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Spotlight on Medications, Remedies, and Supplements: Why a Thorough Health History Really Matters
Faculty: Anne Guignon, RDH, BS, CSP
Expiration Date: July 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 150

Prescription and over-the-counter medicines, home remedies, and supplements are used to combat illness, provide relief, and support health. The unintended oral consequences of medications and supplements are rarely discussed. Many medications and products have acidic pH levels. Others may be formulated with high levels of fermentable carbohydrates, and some products have both a high sugar content and low pH levels. Caries is a pH mediated microbial infection in which acid production via carbohydrate metabolism damages hard tooth structure. While erosion does not have a microbial component, damage occurs with regular, sustained acid attacks on tooth structure. It is important to understand formulations—syrups, lozenges, hard disks, sprays, gummy chews, gels, rinses, powders, effervescent tablets, chewable tablets, and tablet coatings. The impact of medications, remedies, and supplements on both acid erosion and caries development is important, especially if products are used routinely or multiple times a day. A thorough health history can uncover previously hidden risk factors that can lead to the development or exacerbation of erosive tooth wear or a caries infection.

Educational objectives
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will achieve the following:

1. Appreciate how medications can play a role in caries and erosion

2. Recognize hidden sources of fermentable carbohydrates

3. Learn about ingredients and product formulations

4. Discover the destructive role of citric acid

5. Understand why dry mouth increases risk for caries and erosion

6. Compare pH levels of oral moisturizers

7. Know how a detailed health history uncovers dangerous habits and products

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Spotlight On The Digital Epidemic: Unexpected Consequences Of Modern Day Devices
Faculty: Anne Guignon, RDH, BS, CSP
Expiration Date: June 20, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 012, 130

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

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.

Educational Support Provided by: ORASCOPTIC

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Stop the Violence...Exploring Domestic Violence (2nd Edition)
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: March 19, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 156

Oral health-care professionals can have an enormous impact on the identification of patients suffering from domestic violence (DV). Physical violence injuries frequently occur on the head and neck, which can be identified through routine extra/intraoral screenings in the dental office. This course will discuss the prevalence, signs, symptoms, and effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the United States. IPV is a public health concern for lawmakers with total national costs of 8.3 billion dollars.1 One in three women and men will experience IPV in their lifetimes.2 Dental providers have legal and moral obligations to the public, and as such are an integral component to IPV and providing resources for families. 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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18186
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Substance Abuse: Social Stigmas and Patient Management (Part 2)
Faculty: Kandice Swarthout, RDH, LPC
Expiration Date: October 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 344

The stigmatization of addiction can easily lead to making assumptions about patients who are drug users. Dental professionals often associate addiction with a drug-seeking patient, which can lead to a loss of empathy and proper care of the individual. Awareness of the oral and systemic effects of a variety of drugs—including alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and opioids—may assist dental professionals in effectively communicating and providing intervention for addicted patients.

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

1. Define the effects of addiction on the brain.

2. Identify stigmas associated with drug use and addiction.

3. Initiate difficult conversations with addicted patients through basic motivational interviewing skills and empathy.

4. Recognize the difference between sympathy and empathy.

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Substance Abuse: Systemic and Oral Manifestations (Part 1)
Faculty: Kandice Swarthout, RDH, LPC
Expiration Date: December 31, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 344

Drugs and alcohol contribute to the death of approximately 90,000 Americans annually. With the use of Marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs on the rise, dental professionals are at the front lines of recognizing addiction and the oral and systemic effects on patients. When clinicians are trained to recognize manifestations of substance abuse, patient care is improved. Patients have a higher chance of being referred for professional mental health intervention and increasing the likelihood for early detection of drug-related oral cancers.

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Super Pulsed Dental Lasers
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 135

There are many methods available to perform minor oral soft tissue surgery and procedures. Those that provide a minimally invasive methodology with rapid healing are ideal and are today’s gold standard in all aspects of dental care. The dental laser is a device that meets these goals and should be considered in the treatment of cases when weighed against other options. This course will provide information on dental lasers, specifically the newer class of super pulsed diode lasers. 

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The Chairside Fabrication of a Provisional Crown for a Single-Tooth Implant (2nd Edition)
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: April 15, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 690

Whether the intent is a delayed or immediate implant restoration, a dental implant may require a provisional crown. This can be accomplished in the laboratory or chairside. When creating a chairside provisional crown, the practitioner has control over the planned soft tissue growth and therefore the health of the implant and periodontium. This course describes and illustrates the steps needed to fabricate a chairside provisional crown for single-tooth implants.

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18341
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The Consummate Dental Department Model of Productivity and Efficiency
Faculty: Dianne Watterson, MBA, RDH
Expiration Date: July 18, 2022
Credits: 1.5
Format: Webinar
Fee: Free
AGD Code(s): 550

It is estimated about 75% of restorative needs are identified through hygiene visits, so keeping the hygiene department productive and efficient should be a priority in the general practice.  In this course, we will examine productivity models comparing solo hygiene vs. assisted hygiene.  We will also look at strategies aimed at keeping a full schedule and reducing disappointments.

Educational support provided by: Tax Saving Professionals

Tax Saving Professionals: Legal Tax Saving Strategies That Work

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18205
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The Down and Dirty Side of Dentistry: Infection Prevention that Saves Lives!
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: October 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 150

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.

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18342
Not Rated
The DSO Opportunity: What Will Your Future Be?
Faculty: Vin Cardillo
Expiration Date: July 18, 2022
Credits: 1.5
Format: Webinar
Fee: Free
AGD Code(s): 550

Today, close to 20% of the dental industry is operated by DSOs and it’s expanding rapidly: DSOs grow at an annualized growth rate of 13% while single offices are shrinking 7% each year. Single office owners are feeling the pressure on their market share -- but also seeing the opportunity. They don’t want to be a part of corporate dentistry and are hungry to grow on their own. The problem is, many launch into growth and then quickly tumble back down. They don’t know what to expect when they buy or build that second, third, fourth office. Who to hire? How to hold them accountable? What business model - partner/no partners, branded/non-branded, acquisitions/denovos? If you think you’re ready to grow, come learn what you’ll need to know before you embark on the DSO journey. What are the most common pitfalls and how do you avoid them? What tools will you need to develop and thrive? Learn the answers from an industry veteran who has grown, led and sold multiple group practices over a 20 year career.

Educational Support Provided By: Scheduling Institute

Scheduling Institute: Dentistry’s Most Experienced Team Training & Coaching Company 
Scheduling Institute exists to grow private dental practices into thriving businesses that can be kept for a lifetime of revenue or sold for maximum value. 
To learn more about how SI can help you: Go to www.SchedulingInstitute.com & Take the 5 Star Challenge, or Call (833-230-5654)

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The Hard and Soft Chairside Denture Reline (2nd Edition)
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: February 28, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 670, 671

Complete and partial removable dentures can become ill-fitting. This can be due to alveolar ridge resorption, wear and damage to the denture base, among other reasons. Chairside denture relining or repairing broken areas can correct many of these problems. Chairside procedures provide immediate resolution, avoiding the edentulous period of time accompanying laboratory relines. This course will demonstrate the evaluation, treatment planning, and implementation of chairside denture relining in a variety of scenarios.

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18187
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The Hidden Truths Behind the Bottled Water, Sports Drink, and Energy Drink Market and the Threat They Pose to the Oral Cavity
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: October 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 150

This course will discuss the changing landscape of American beverage choices. Bottled water, sports drinks, and energy drinks are increasing in sales each year. People have misconceptions that these beverages are healthier alternatives to traditional sodas; however, many of these substances pose a risk to the oral environment with their acidic nature and sugar content. The dental professional is in a key position to ensure patients are adequately informed of the risks versus benefits of their beverage choices. This course will discuss popular beverage choices and arm the dental professional with the knowledge needed to educate patients on their beverage choices.

Educational objectives
At the conclusion of this course, the reader will be able to:

1. Understand the caries process as it relates to extrinsic acid attacks

2. Differentiate between bottled water, sports drinks, and energy drink contents

3. Be familiar with the oral implications associated with beverage choices and provide interventions to promote remineralization and a homeostatic oral pH

4. Be better equipped to educate patients on the risks of beverage choices as related to the dental caries process

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The Missing Link in Today's Periodontal Therapy Program
Faculty: Jo-Anne Jones, RDH
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 495

The association between periodontal disease and systemic health is becoming increasingly clear and is the benchmark of innovative healthcare delivery. Periodontal disease is the most common chronic inflammatory disease known to mankind.   Long running, ongoing chronic disease such as periodontal disease tips the body’s balance towards chronic inflammation. 

Are we still treating periodontal disease as an infection when leading authorities have redefined periodontitis as an inflammatory disease?  The most current evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the non-surgical treatment of chronic periodontitis by means of scaling and root planing with or without adjuncts was published in July 2015 in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).   Upon evaluation of all evidence, the strongest recommendation involved addressing the inflammatory component of periodontal disease; specifically host response.  

Effective risk assessment and risk management are the cornerstone of patient centered treatment planning.  Therapeutic interventions focused on bacterial reduction both chairside and self-care comprise the mechanical aspect of periodontal therapy.   The host response, often recognized as an essential determinant, is not routinely addressed.     Host modulation through a pharmaceutical approach is the missing link in today’s periodontal therapy programs and one of the most predictive components of therapeutic outcome.   

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The Role of the Dental Professional in Tooth Whitening
Faculty: Stacey L. Simmons, DDS
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 781

The desire to obtain that “perfect white smile” has given rise to a billion-dollar industry that bombards the general public on a daily basis. There is an abundance of information available on how to obtain ideal results, with catchphrases that reel consumers in without the advice and expertise of a dental professional. It can be surmised then that the general public’s perception of the importance of professional guidance to whitening is devalued because answers and products are readily obtained via other venues (internet, dental kiosks, etc.). The intent of this article is to address the most common questions of teeth whitening while placing emphasis on the need and significance of the dental professional in the overall process. 

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The Secret Sauce - The Hidden Ingredients of Highly Successful Teams
Faculty: Mark E. Hyman, DDS
Expiration Date: February 28, 2021
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550

DE / DACE Webinar Archived Presentation

What is it that differentiates the top practices from the average? What is their “Secret Sauce?” That formula leads to extraordinary production, collection, overhead control, team retention, and FUN! Laugh and learn as we reveal the formula, discuss action steps today, and see your team re-engage and thrive today!

Educational Support Provided by: Solution Reach

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18156
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The Taste of Sugar: New Ways to Deal with Sugar and Sugar Substitutes
Faculty: Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: July 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 150

Humans have a drive for the taste of sweet which must be addressed by dentistry. Asking patients to avoid or fear sugar is not a workable solution. This course will take a look at plant-based sugars, identifying the problems with sucrose and fructose, and examining the qualities of exotics like yacon and monk fruit, as well as sweetener alternatives, like xylitol and erytritol.

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

1. Examine current science on fructose, polyols (natural sugar analogs), plant extracts, and their advantages and disadvantages

2. Categorize safe versus unsafe sweeteners

3. Discuss how different sugars act systemically as well as their effects on oral biofilm maturation

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Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Dental Setting
Faculty: Tarun Argawal, DDS, PA | Hootan Shahidi
Expiration Date: July 02, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 730

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a partial or complete blockage of a person’s airway, is a serious medical condition estimated to affect more than 20 million people in the United States alone. The importance of effective treatment is based on how it affects the body and overall health and quality of life. OSA not only degrades healthy restful sleep, it leads to a decrease in the oxygen on which the human body is highly dependent to thrive and survive. The role of the dentist is first and foremost to create awareness. Dentists cannot diagnose OSA—that is currently restricted to medical doctors—but they should be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of OSA, educate patients, and assist them in receiving prescribed treatment, which may include a customized mandibular advancement appliance provided by dentists. The intent of this article is to raise awareness of this issue among dentists and describe steps they can take to offer treatment within a private practice.

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Understanding the Clinical Risks, Management and Prevention of Cracked Teeth
Faculty: Marwan Abou-Rass, DDS, MDS, Ph.D
Expiration Date: July 25, 2021
Credits: 1.5
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 070

DE / DACE Webinar Archived Presentation

What makes this webinar different from others? “Best Practices in Cracked Teeth Management” is the first Master Class series, developed by Prof.Abou-Rass for the Dental Academy of Continuing Education.

There are two academic and clinical features which make the content of the series different from the content of traditional continuing education courses and publications dealing with the subject of cracked teeth. The first is the availability of advanced, in-depth, evidence-based endodontic material related to the causal relationship between teeth cracks development and propagation and abusive root canal preparation, obturation and post placement procedures.

The second is the Unique and distinctive content driven by Prof.Abou-Rass believe in need of every general practitioner to be a master diagnostician. Prof.Abou-Rass shares with the audience his diagnostic approaches, values, experience, and contrarian thinking in Endodontics in general and management of cracked teeth in particular.

The Master Class series increases the practicing dentists and dental hygienists awareness of the cracked teeth problem and develops thorough, in-depth, evidence-based understanding of how to prevent, diagnose and treat cracked teeth.

The master class series content covers the following five (5) areas of cracked teeth; importance, causes, classification, diagnosis, and treatment. The series requires 14 hours of self-study. The webinar condenses the 14 hours into the 90-minute presentation.

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18206
Not Rated
Understanding the Neurological and Physiological Impacts of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Your Patients
Faculty: Scotty L. Bolding, DDS, MS
Expiration Date: May 31, 2022
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 730

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorder Breathing are now recognized to be a leading cause of a number of health related issues affecting our patients.  As dentist it is not only important to understand the etiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, but it is also important to understand the effects that it has on the overall health of our patients.  Lack of sleep has a major impact on the nervous system, especially the brain.   Through this program you will learn how sleep disorder breathing can impact the autonomic nervous system and the effect that it has on brain and glial lymphatic system.  The program will also discuss various treatment options for patients related their diagnosis of Sleep Disorder Breathing or Obstructive Sleep Apnea and how you can incorporate these into your practice.

Educational Support Provided By: Carestream Dental 

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18185
Not Rated
Vitamins: Some Data and Interactions
Faculty: Dorothy Garlough, RDH, MPA
Expiration Date: September 30, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 150

Too often, people are unaware of possible ramifications of vitamin interactions. They believe vitamins are innocuous and may not even inform medical professionals of their use. This creates a unique and important role for dental health-care providers because of the regularity with which many people see dental professionals. When clinicians ask poignant and thoughtful questions, they can uncover information that may affect not only the dental health of their patients, but also their medical health. Looking at patients holistically includes not only dental and medical histories, and cognitive and physical notations, but also a list of supplementations ingested. This information gives the clinician a clearer understanding of the full scope of care required for patients and will influence recommendations and treatment planning.

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

• identify water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins;

• link the lack of vitamins to disease conditions;

• assess the functions of vitamins;

• alert to some contraindications of medicines and vitamins; and

• learn about common foods that contain vitamins.

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18184
Not Rated
What is Dental Health Informatics?
Faculty: Staci Violante, MSDH, RDH
Expiration Date: August 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 730

Dental health informatics is the “application of computer and information science to improve dental practice, research, education, and management, and it is a subdiscipline of biomedical informatics. Numerous applications that support clinical care, education and research have been developed.”1 Dental informatics is “centered on harnessing technology to obtain clinical information that can be used to improve patient care or support treatment plans.”2 The field of dental informatics is concerned with the interchange of health informatics and dentistry exclusively. Dental informatics is thriving, and the interest within the profession is continuously growing, both academically and among practicing dentists and hygienists. Further, dental schools and dental practices are implementing electronic health records (EHR) systems, and health information exchanges (HIE) are transfiguring the way healthcare providers are communicating and practicing interprofessionally. The demands of federal and state programs to promote EHR adoption among certain health-care providers are also beginning to affect dentists across the country. As a result of these changes, dentistry is engaging information technology to meet its clinical, administrative, research, and educational needs more than ever.

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

• Identify dental health informatics

• Appreciate the importance of dental health informatics in dental education

• Understand the benefits of dental health informatics

• Identify the challenges of dental health informatics

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What’s in Your Water? The Effects of Bottled Water on Your Teeth
Faculty: M. Suzanne Mathis, RDH, MS
Expiration Date: October 31, 2021
Credits: 2
Format: PDF
Fee: $49.00

Bottled water continues to see growth in annual sales beating out the once more popular choice of carbonated soft drinks. Surveys show consumers prefer bottled water because of taste, quality, convenience, and safety. Many consumers also list bottled water as a healthy beverage alternative. However, consumers are unaware of the potential negative effects of bottled water due to the varying pH levels. Two studies, conducted in 2015 and 2017, tested the pH values of popular bottled water brands. Results from testing bottled water showed a wide range of pH values, from 5.16 to 10.38. These results are alarming when it comes to the possible erosive effects of bottled water consumption on the teeth as well as overall dental health. Dental professionals should be knowledgeable in identifying the early, clinical appearance of erosion to educate their patients of the effects of acidic bottled waters on their teeth.

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18204
Not Rated
Why Patient Education Is Not Enough: Moving from Information to Motivation
Faculty: Matthew Allen, DDS
Expiration Date: August 23, 2022
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550

In this webinar, participants will learn about patient-centered communication styles and strategies that can help patients find their motivation for making behavior changes and treatment decisions that lead, not only to improved oral health, but also to an improved relationship between patient and practitioner. 

Education support provided by: Elevate Oral Care

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Xerostomia: Looking With Fresh Eyes to Reduce Dry Mouth
Faculty: Alisa Cooper, DC
Expiration Date: March 31, 2022
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 730

Xerostomia is a term that describes the feeling of having a dry mouth, whether as a perceived sensation or the result of salivary gland hypofunction. Regardless of cause, it manifests as a cluster of signs and symptoms encountered in dental practice frequently. While occasional mouth dryness is normal, chronic dry mouth can have devastating consequences on oral health and quality of life. Dental professionals can have a profound impact on xerostomia patients by preventing and mitigating related oral complications. Furthermore, dental professionals can educate patients on how best to cope with the condition. This course emphasizes clinical presentation, etiology, and available treatments for xerostomia. Also included is a review of popular oral health products—along with patient comments—to help practitioners guide patients through the plethora of over-the-counter treatment options.

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