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Creaky Joints and Bleeding Gums: RA and Periodontitis

Creaky Joints and Bleeding Gums: RA and PeriodontitisRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory arthritis affecting 1.3 million individuals in the United States. RA symptoms are due to an autoimmune response that leads to joint damage and significant societal burden related to patient discomfort and treatment costs. Several studies have indicated patients with RA have an increased prevalence of periodontal disease than those without RA or with other forms of arthritis. Current understanding of the pathogenesis of RA lacks a clear picture of the autoantibody response and its potential initiators, particularly specific serum antibodies directed to citrullinated peptides, which are associated with smoking, disease severity, periodontal disease, and microbiota. Additionally, the underlying mechanisms of bone resorption and synovial inflammation are similar to the pathogenesis of periodontitis. These common pathologic processes, shared risk factors, and potential initiating role of periodontal bacteria highlight the need for interprofessional management of patients with RA and periodontitis.

This course seeks to improve the dental care provider’s understanding of the interaction between periodontal disease and RA as well as aid in the clinical decision making to care for patients with RA in a dental setting.

Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS, Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, BSDH, MEd, RF ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 1 Fee: $10.00

Creaky Joints and Bleeding Gums: The Interaction Between Periodontal Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory form of arthritis affecting 1.3 million individuals in the United States. RA symptoms are due to an overactive autoimmune response that leads to joint damage and, subsequently, a significant societal burden related to patient discomfort, declining quality of life, and increased treatment costs. Several studies have indicated patients with RA have a higher prevalence of periodontal disease than those without RA or with other forms of arthritis. Current understanding of the pathogenesis of RA lacks a clear picture of the autoantibody response and its potential initiators. However, specific serum antibodies directed to citrullinated peptides are associated with smoking, disease severity, periodontal disease, and periopathogenic microbiota. Additionally, the underlying mechanisms of bone resorption and synovial inflammation are analogous in RA and periodontitis. These common pathologic processes, shared risk factors, and potential initiating role of periodontal bacteria highlight the need for interprofessional management of patients with RA and periodontitis. 

This course seeks to improve dental health-care providers’ understanding of the interaction between periodontal disease and RA as well as aid in the clinical decision-making process in caring for patients with RA in a dental setting.

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

  1. Understand the current scientific literature concerning the association between periodontal health and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and discuss the interactions between these two conditions with patients
  2. Discuss with patients the common risk factors and potential shared etiologic factors associated with periodontitis and RA, and become familiarized with strategies to treat those risk factors
  3. Evaluate the evidence supporting delivery of nonsurgical periodontal treatment and adjunctive therapies in patients with RA and periodontitis and their potential impact on RA development and symptoms
  4. Evaluate patients’ risk factors and oral home-care practices while focusing on individualized patient needs and severity of RA disease markers
  5. Discuss with members of the interprofessional team about the importance of, and effective methods for, treatment of periodontal disease in patients with RA
Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS, Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, BSDH, MEd, RF 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

Nasal Breathing: Personal Infection Control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tooth Decay and Diabetes Mellitus

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

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

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

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

Implant Impressions: Improving Accuracy and Decreasing Practitioner Stress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pain Management for Patients with Chemical Dependence

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

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

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

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

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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