* Restoring Endodontically Treated Teeth
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.
* Ethics Within The Dental Community
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.
Substance Abuse: Systemic and Oral Manifestations (Part 1)
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.
BaleDoneen Method: Medical Model Emphasizing Dental Health Component in Inflammation Reduction
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. 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.
Nourishing or Discouraging?
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.
Intraoral Digital Scanning: Understanding Your Next Technology
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.
What’s in Your Water? The Effects of Bottled Water on Your Teeth
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.
Stop the Violence...Exploring Domestic Violence (2nd edition)
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.