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Caries Diagnosis

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

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

1. Describe the limitations of caries identification radiographically.

2. Describe the limitations and potential problems using an explorer for identification of incipient lesions.

3. Describe the limitations of caries indicator dyes for identification of carious dentin.

4. Evaluate the different technologies available for caries identification and how they can be incorporated into the practice.

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

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

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

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

1. Develop a better understanding of health statistics in the United States as they pertain to dental services

2. Differentiate between symbiosis and dysbiosis and relate those concepts to the etiology of periodontal diseases

3. Identify the potential role genetics play in the predisposition and management of patients’ periodontal disease status

4. Utilize the most current dental technology available on the market for biofilm management to promote oral symbiosis

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

Bariatric Surgery Patients: Dental Considerations

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

Kelly Divito, BSDH, RDH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Caries Management: When, Why, and How

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

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

Safety First! Protect Yourself, Your Patients and Your Practice

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

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

A Mediator’s DIY Guide to Conflict Resolution in the Dental Office

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

Sharon Dolak, MDR, RDH AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Antibiotic Stewardship

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

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

1. Review the current status of public health problems that result from the inappropriate use of antibiotics

2. Define and explore the concept of antibiotic stewardship

3. Explore existing national trainings, state toolkits, and practice guidelines in general dentistry

4. Apply and evaluate the practice of stewardship to their private practices

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

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

The incidence of dental caries is increasing globally. It is essential that the dental team work together with the patient to manage dental caries throughout the various stages of the patient’s life. Several methods are used within the dental field for caries identification. The utilization of a risk assessment can assist the dental professional in addressing the disease process and recommended treatment with the patient. It is advantageous to utilize a completed risk assessment, along with various caries identification methods, to help guide the patient and dental team in management of early carious lesions. The use of minimal intervention dentistry to address early carious lesions is an integral part of the caries management process and should be considered when devising a caries management plan.

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

1. recognize visual and radiographic methods used for caries identification,

2. describe how CAMBRA can assist with caries management, and

3. identify six methods utilized in minimal intervention dentistry that may aid in caries management.

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

Denture Fabrication: A Lost Art (Part 2 of 2)

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.

Ian Shuman, DDS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

HIPAA Complexities and Compliance Issues (Second Edition)

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is well known to all health-care providers and everyone who has visited any health-care facility. The need to protect the personal and medical information of patients is the primary reason for the enactment of HIPAA in 1996. HIPAA is very complex, making compliance difficult. Additionally, patient comanagement and communication among a variety of facilities including labs, specialists, diagnostic and imaging centers, among many others, has further complicated compliance across the spectrum of patient care. Companies that facilitate secure communication and assistance with HIPAA compliance provide protection for covered entities and the patient as well.

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

1. Describe the basic HIPAA regulations

2. Discuss HIPAA updates

3. Define “individually identifiable health information” and “covered entities”

4. Discuss secure communication among facilities participating in patient care

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

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

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

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

1. Understand the importance of hand hygiene and personal protective equipment that is needed to ensure the safety of patients and themselves.

2. Control aerosols produced during dental procedures based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

3. Minimize risk of injury through controlling environmental hazards such as radiation exposure and when disinfecting clinical and housekeeping contact surfaces.

4. Understand the importance of dental waterline maintenance.

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

OSHA Blood-borne Pathogen Training in the Dental Setting

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

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

1. Recognize and correct occupational blood-borne health hazards in the dental setting;

2. Develop procedures in the dental setting to assure compliance with OSHA blood-borne pathogen standards;

3. Integrate prevention tools that address occupational health risks, including blood-borne pathogens; and

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

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