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Anatomy of a Handpiece: Understanding Handpiece Maintenance and Repairs

Today’s clinician is extremely dependent on the handpiece to sustain a smooth-running practice. The handpiece is an incredibly sophisticated device that requires a diligent maintenance protocol to keep it running properly and safely. Routine, repeated heat sterilization has the most adverse effect on the dental handpiece. Perhaps due to this dependency on handpieces, combined with the damage resulting from repeated routine sterilization and the need for consistent maintenance, the handpiece has earned an undeserved reputation for excessive breakdowns. The dental team can keep handpieces functioning smoothly longer, and maximize the return on the significant investment the dentist has made in handpiece technology, through appropriate maintenance procedures. Careful selection from repair options is also required. 

Glenn Williams, BS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Dental Erosion: Etiology, Diagnosis, and Prevention

Dental erosion is a prevalent condition that occurs worldwide. It is the result of exposure of the enamel and dentin to nonbacterial acids of extrinsic and intrinsic origin, whereby mineral loss occurs from the surface of the tooth. The most frequently affected areas are the palatal surface of maxillary incisors and the occlusal surface of the mandibular first molars in adolescents. Characteristic early signs of dental erosion include smooth and flat facets on facial or palatal surfaces, and shallow and localized dimpling on occlusal surfaces. Early intervention is key to effectively preventing erosive tooth wear. Effective prevention of dental erosion includes measures that can avoid or reduce direct contact with acids, increase acid resistance of dental hard tissues, and minimize toothbrushing abrasion. 

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

Management of the Oral Infection Part 2

This is the second of a two-part course on oral infection. It includes the clinical and diagnostic features of infections that clinicians are most likely to encounter: fungal, viral and bacterial. Published clinical recommendations and current scientific literature are reviewed and management strategies are discussed. In addition, scientifically supported alternative therapies are mentioned where applicable. The reader should refer to current pharmacology and dosing information prior to prescribing any antifungal therapy.

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

Management of the Oral Infection: Part 1

This two-part course will review the management of the acute oral infection. Part one focuses on the essentials that must be considered when treating the dental infection including microbiology, triage, anatomy, and laboratory testing. It includes the surgical, antibiotic, and palliative actions needed in the treatment of the acute dental abscess. Part two will emphasize the treatment of oral infections due to fungal, viral, and bacterial organisms.

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

Fluoride and Other Preventive Therapies: Maintaining Oral Health at Each Stage of Life

Fluoride and other preventive therapies have been used worldwide to combat caries and aid in plaque reduction. Dental professionals should employ current evidence-based research and clinical guidelines when choosing the appropriate method for using medicaments for intraoral disease prevention. When choosing an appropriate regimen, it is important to consider the patient’s risk level, dental status, compliance, and preferences.

Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

E Cigarettes, Vaping and Chairside Education

The use of nicotine vaporizers (vaping) and e-cigarettes or is one of the newest trends in the adult population. Besides causing harm to the lungs, vaping can have adverse effects on the oral cavity. Despite its negative consequences, the use of these devices is on the rise. Many health care practices are noting an increase in the practice of vaping; however, some professionals may not feel comfortable broaching the subject of its negative effects with their patients. Understanding this issue and having the ability to discuss these issues with patients and their medical care professionals will assist in better health practices.  

Jennifer S. Sherry, RDH, MSEd ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 2 Fee: $49.00
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