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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.

Kandice Swarthout-Roan, RDH, BS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

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.

Kriston Reisnour, BSDH, RDH, CCSH, CSOM ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

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.

Kris Potts, RDH, FAADH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Pathways to Gingivitis Control with Stabilized Stannous Fluoride: A Novel Discovery

Gingivitis continues to be prevalent, with nine out of ten adult Americans exhibiting symptoms of mild or greater severity. Its occurrence and severity are influenced by multiple factors, including the bacterial composition of plaque biofilm and the host response. Antimicrobial agents are often recommended for gingivitis patients to reduce the quantity of bacteria in the biofilm and/or inhibit bacterial metabolism. New research has shown stannous fluoride—the only fluoride with antimicrobial properties—also improves gingival health by reducing the toxicity of plaque, even in the gingival sulcus, through interference with the host response. Specifically, stannous fluoride binds to the bacterial endotoxins and prevents their interaction with gingival tissue receptors associated with inflammation. This mechanism is important as it supports the use of stabilized stannous fluoride dentifrice not only in patients with existing gingival bleeding and inflammation, but also in patients who may be susceptible to it.

Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

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.

David Burt, DDS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

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.

M. Suzanne Mathis, RDH, MS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 2 Fee: $49.00

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders (EDs) are a growing public health problem with worldwide prevalence. The etiology of EDs is multifactorial with genetic, biological, environmental, psychological and sociocultural influences.1,2 The societal pressures for girls to be thin and boys to “bulk-up” in the United States influences our youth’s perceptions of body image; which relates to the average age of onset for EDs being puberty through adolescence. EDs have long-lasting negative impacts to patient’s health. EDs are a group of psychiatric illnesses and this course provides information based on the new diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition (DSM-5). This course will focus on the dental provider’s role in identification of EDs, as they are in an ideal positon to help identify EDs in earlier stages, where interventions have a higher likelihood of being successful.

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

Muscle Memory: A Review of Tongue Muscles and it's Functions and Disfunctions

How do most clinical dental professionals look at the tongue on a daily basis? Likely when inspecting the tongue is part of a standard oral cancer exam. Visually examining and palpating the dorsal, ventral, lateral boards of the tongue and looking for any abnormalities on the surface, ideally should be completed at every dental exam.1 Is this where exploring the tongue ends for most dental professionals? Are dental professionals looking at the function of the tongue? Could there be other clues that the tongue is providing into a view of the patient’s overall health?

This article will review the muscles of the tongue as an organ and its function in daily activities, like breathing, speech, and digestion.2 We will discussing the tongue’s role in orofacial growth, development and overall health. Also, learning when and to what health care professional to should refer patients for help in correcting tongue dysfunction or poor oral habits.

Natalina D'Urso ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Dental Setting

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a partial or complete blockage of a person’s airway, is a serious medical condition estimated to affect more than 20 million people in the United States alone. The importance of effective treatment is based on how it affects the body and overall health and quality of life. OSA not only degrades healthy restful sleep, it leads to a decrease in the oxygen on which the human body is highly dependent to thrive and survive. The role of the dentist is first and foremost to create awareness. Dentists cannot diagnose OSA—that is currently restricted to medical doctors—but they should be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of OSA, educate patients, and assist them in receiving prescribed treatment, which may include a customized mandibular advancement appliance provided by dentists. The intent of this article is to raise awareness of this issue among dentists and describe steps they can take to offer treatment within a private practice.

Tarun Argawal, DDS, PA, Hootan Shahidi ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Pathways to Gingivitis Control with Stabilized Stannous Fluoride: A Novel Discovery

Gingivitis continues to be prevalent, with nine out of ten adult Americans exhibiting symptoms of mild or greater severity.  Its occurrence and severity are influenced by multiple factors, including the bacterial composition of plaque biofilm and the host response. Antimicrobial agents are often recommended for gingivitis patients to reduce the quantity of bacteria in the biofilm and/or inhibit bacterial metabolism. New research has shown stannous fluoride—the only fluoride with antimicrobial properties—also improves gingival health by reducing the toxicity of plaque, even in the gingival sulcus, through interference with the host response. Specifically, stannous fluoride binds to the bacterial endotoxins and prevents their interaction with gingival tissue receptors associated with inflammation. This mechanism is important as it supports the use of stabilized stannous fluoride dentifrice not only in patients with existing gingival bleeding and inflammation, but also in patients who may be susceptible to it.

Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 3 Fee: $59.00

Pain-reducing Techniques for Delivery of Dental Anesthesia

Dental anxiety is a major factor in the decision to delay dental procedures. “Dental fear is related to poorer oral health outcomes, and this might be explained by the less frequent dental visiting of many fearful people.”1 Fear of dental injections is frequently cited as the main source of dental anxiety. We, as practitioners, can take simple and easily implemented steps to reduce the fear and pain of dental injections. No special equipment or training is required. Following these techniques may result in more profound anesthesia, less pain on injection, and ultimately a reduction in dental anxiety. A calm and comfortable patient will often result in less stress for both patient and provider.

Fady Haddad, DDS ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits: 2 Fee: $49.00

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. 

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