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Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, and Tooth Decay

Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, and Tooth DecayAsthma and seasonal allergies are chronic, yet treatable conditions that have been shown to alter the oral microbiome. As oral health providers, we are called to help our patients cultivate the microbiome of their oral cavity to achieve and maintain health. Specifically, this course will define asthma and seasonal allergies, explain the current treatment recommendations, and discuss how these disease processes and treatments affect oral health. This course also identifies ways that oral health professionals can help patients with seasonal allergies and/or asthma achieve oral and overall wellness.

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

  1. Understand the impact of asthma and seasonal allergies locally (for the patient) and nationally
  2. Review the current treatment recommendations for asthma and seasonal allergies
  3. Compare and contrast how both disease processes and their subsequent treatments can impact oral health
  4. Discuss how changing patient behaviors and using innovative products can improve oral health in patients with asthma and allergic rhinitis (AR)
Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

The ABCs of HbA1c: A Review of In-Office Diabetes Testing for the Dental Professional

The ABCs of HbA1c:Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder affecting an estimated 463 million people or one in 11 adults worldwide. As research unpacks the codependent relationship between diabetes mellitus and a variety of diseases of oral origin, dental providers become an integral aspect to the identification, counseling, and referral of at-risk patients. Moreover, dental professionals are now encouraged to take an active role in the early identification of diabetes through hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing, which strengthens a partnership between primary care providers and dental specialists while enhancing multidisciplinary involvement in optimal patient care. This article investigates the risks as well as signs and symptoms associated with undiagnosed diabetes mellitus, the manifestations of diabetes mellitus, and the step-by-step process for integrating HbA1c testing into the dental practice.

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

  1. Understand the current scientific literature indicating implications for incidence and prevalence of diabetes mellitus and oral disease, as well as the signs and symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus in the dental patient.
  2. Review the oral manifestations as well as the systemic sequelae of diabetes mellitus, while identifying the risk factors and potential shared etiologic factors associated with diabetes mellitus and oral disease.
  3. Discuss the opportunities for cotherapeutic management of diabetes mellitus and associated complications, including counseling strategies and guidelines for the implementation of dental services for patients with diabetes.
  4. Identify the clinical provision, indications, and process for gathering HbA1c point-of-service tests in the dental office while utilizing the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT)-approved code.
Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, BSDH, MEd, RF, Elizabeth Sanders, DPM, DABPM, AACFAS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Carotid Stenosis and the Dental Patient: An Overview for the Dental Hygienist

Carotid Stenosis and the Dental Patient: To provide the patient with the best possible outcomes, it is crucial that the dental hygienist be able to detect carotid stenosis on a panoramic radiograph. Understanding the pathology behind carotid stenosis, as well as identifying risk factors, assists the dental hygienist with this detection. To optimize care, the dental hygienist must also be able to instruct patients on the importance of follow-up care with their primary health-care provider in a timely manner. It is also important that the dental hygienist is able to provide referral information to the patient who does not have a primary health-care provider.

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

  1. Locate physical landmarks associated with carotid stenosis
  2. Identify pathology associated with carotid stenosis
  3. List risk factors associated with carotid stenosis
  4. Discuss the role of the hygienist in detecting blockage visible on a panoramic radiograph
  5. Instruct patients on the importance of timely follow-up care with their primary health-care provider
  6. Facilitate a referral if the patient does not have a primary health-care provider established
Stacey McKinney, MSEd, RDH, Kelli D. Whittington, PhD, RN, CNE ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

The Power of a Prehuddle Morning Yoga Flow: How to Implement a Prehuddle Yoga Flow to Reduce Stress and Increase Daily Productivity

The Power of a Prehuddle Morning Yoga Flow: The prehuddle yoga flow is a five-to-10-minute sequence of breathing and movements designed to help release physical and mental tension in order to optimize movement and focus throughout the workday. The goal of this practice is to strengthen overall health and prevent chronic stress. This course will break down each component of the five-to-10-minute prehuddle yoga flow and discuss the purpose and application of each individual exercise. One healthy decision will lead to the next. This sequence is designed to reduce stress and increase physical mobility while facilitating a constructive bond between coworkers.

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

  1. Self-regulate energy and focus
  2. Prevent chronic pains
  3. Prevent chronic stress
Danielle Cascioli, DDS, RYT 200, Cristian Pavel, DDS, RYT 200 ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

COVID-19: Part 2—Is There Something in the Air? Aerosols and Infection Prevention/Control in the Dental Office

COVID-19: Part 2 Dental procedures that employ handpieces, lasers, electrosurgery units, ultrasonic scalers, air polishers, prophy angles, hand instruments, and air/water syringes can create bioaerosols and spatter. Ultrasonic scalers and high-speed handpieces produce more airborne contamination than any other instruments in dentistry, but much is still unknown about the nature and infectivity of such aerosols. As dental procedures and technologies have evolved, the incidence of aerosol-creating procedures has increased. Inhalation of airborne particles and aerosols produced during dental procedures may cause adverse respiratory health effects, including high-consequence infectious diseases (HCIDs) spread by airborne routes. While transmission-based precautions may minimize risk to dental health-care providers, the evidence to support the most effective interventions and the guidance for infection control and prevention in regard to airborne disease transmission is rapidly evolving. During the initial pandemic stages, limiting dental practice and minimizing aerosol-generating procedures was critical, but as the current pandemic evolves, it has highlighted our understanding of potential modes of airobone disease transmission in the dental office and effective methods to mitigate such risks. Going forward, dental health-care providers should be aware of invisible risks within their operatories and stay abreast of evolving infection prevention protocols before, during, and after patient care. This course seeks to review up-to-date infection control recommendations and emerging evidence for ongoing infection control when delivering dental care, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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

  1. Explain the risk factors and basic properties of aerosols generated during routine dental procedures
  2. Describe what types of dental procedures result in significant dental aerosol production
  3. Understand the types of pathogens and resultant illnesses associated with such aerosols
  4. Differentiate between standard and transmission-based precautions and their utility in the dental office for safe delivery of care
  5. List infection control and aerosol mitigation techniques that may reduce the risk of cross-contamination to patients and providers
Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Practicing Dentistry After Corona Virus: Keeping Your Office & Patients Safe

Many changes will occur in dentistry post Covid-19. A greater importance will be given to overall safety of the dental office. As HIV/AIDS forced dentistry to develop a new standard of PPD use and infection control, the Corona Virus pandemic will force dentists to re-evaluate infection control measures, patient disease susceptibility, and standard operating procedures in an entirely new light. This lecture will focus on safety strategies that will mitigate transmission potential while being expedient and financially affordable.

Scott Froum, DDS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 2 Fee: $20.00

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

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

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

  1. Discuss the current understanding of the structure and function of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  2. List related viruses and the diseases they caused.
  3. Understand the differences in infectivity and viral activity between SARSCoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2.
  4. Develop an understanding of the potential therapeutic targets for SARS-CoV-2.
Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 2 Fee: $49.00

Pain Management for Patients with Chemical Dependence

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

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

  1. Articulate the clinical differences between addiction, tolerance, and dependence.
  2. Discuss the role of dentistry in pain management and opioid awareness for this patient population.
  3. Identify risk factors in patients and treatment to note when prescribing pain medication.
  4. Discuss use and misuse guidelines for pain therapies used for both acute and chronic pain and discuss alternative methods of pain control that may be beneficial to this population.
  5. Review common pain medications used, recognize contraindications to prescribing in patients with chemical dependence, and identify viable pain therapy strategies to use with at-risk populations.
Amisha Singh, DDS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

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
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