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* Pathways to Gingivitis Control with Stabilized Stannous Fluoride: A Novel Discovery
Faculty: Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH
Expiration Date: June 30, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 257

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.

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Understanding the Clinical Risks, Management and Prevention of Cracked Teeth
Faculty: Marwan Abou-Rass, DDS, MDS, Ph.D
Expiration Date: July 25, 2021
Credits: 1.5
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 070

DE / DACE Webinar Archived Presentation

What makes this webinar different from others? “Best Practices in Cracked Teeth Management” is the first Master Class series, developed by Prof.Abou-Rass for the Dental Academy of Continuing Education.

There are two academic and clinical features which make the content of the series different from the content of traditional continuing education courses and publications dealing with the subject of cracked teeth. The first is the availability of advanced, in-depth, evidence-based endodontic material related to the causal relationship between teeth cracks development and propagation and abusive root canal preparation, obturation and post placement procedures.

The second is the Unique and distinctive content driven by Prof.Abou-Rass believe in need of every general practitioner to be a master diagnostician. Prof.Abou-Rass shares with the audience his diagnostic approaches, values, experience, and contrarian thinking in Endodontics in general and management of cracked teeth in particular.

The Master Class series increases the practicing dentists and dental hygienists awareness of the cracked teeth problem and develops thorough, in-depth, evidence-based understanding of how to prevent, diagnose and treat cracked teeth.

The master class series content covers the following five (5) areas of cracked teeth; importance, causes, classification, diagnosis, and treatment. The series requires 14 hours of self-study. The webinar condenses the 14 hours into the 90-minute presentation.

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Muscle Memory: A Review of Tongue Muscles and it's Functions and Disfunctions
Faculty: Natalina D'Urso
Expiration Date: July 24, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010

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.

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Optimizing Infection Control Protocols
Faculty: Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, BS, RYT
Expiration Date: March 05, 2021
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 130, 148

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Optimal infection control practices are a key aspect of dental professionals’ ongoing education. Until the late ‘80s, these practices were not regulated or monitored by outside entities; however, today’s infection control protocols and practices are impacted by OSHA, CDC, and state licensing boards. The World Health Organization also provides resources regarding infection prevention worldwide. Together these entities provide the foundation for sound infection control practices that will protect both clinicians as well as patients. Defining the roles of each entity/agency and what they bring to infection prevention is important for every member of the dental team and to meet the mandatory licensing requirements. It’s also important as they provide dental practices with methods to develop and maintain optimal infection control protocols and practices.

Educational Support Provided by: Pro2 Solution dba Cranberry

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The Secret Sauce - The Hidden Ingredients of Highly Successful Teams
Faculty: Mark E. Hyman, DDS
Expiration Date: February 28, 2021
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550

DE / DACE Webinar Archived Presentation

What is it that differentiates the top practices from the average? What is their “Secret Sauce?” That formula leads to extraordinary production, collection, overhead control, team retention, and FUN! Laugh and learn as we reveal the formula, discuss action steps today, and see your team re-engage and thrive today!

Educational Support Provided by: Solution Reach

AGD PACE Credit Only

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Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Dental Setting
Faculty: Tarun Argawal, DDS, PA, Hootan Shahidi
Expiration Date: July 02, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 730

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.

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Demystifying Dental Sleep Medicine
Faculty: Ben Waldman
Expiration Date: December 19, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

DE / DACE Webinar Archived Presentation

This webinar, Demystifying Dental Sleep Medicine, will provide an introduction to Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disordered Breathing. In this webinar, we will define the etiology and co-morbidities of Sleep Apnea demonstrating the scope and spread of the disease. We will explore the role of the dentist in screening patients for this disease, explain the role CBCT may have as a diagnostic tool for sleep disorders, and explain the potential dental treatments of sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing. We will also touch on the business model for dentists’ involvement in treatment.

Educational Support Provided by: i-Cat

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Pathways to Gingivitis Control with Stabilized Stannous Fluoride: A Novel Discovery
Faculty: Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH
Expiration Date: June 14, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 016

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.

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Intraligamentary Injections in Dentistry
Faculty: Sean G. Boynes, DMD, MS
Expiration Date: May 18, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 340

Originally billed as peridental injections in the early 1900s, intraligamentary injections (ILIs), also referred to as periodontal ligament injections, were considered unconventional, and widespread utilization did not occur.1 However, increased use of ILIs began in the late 1970s with the introduction of specialized syringes that allowed the operator to more easily administer anesthetic solution in a high pressure location.2 A second resurgence occurred in the early 2000s with the introduction of computer-controlled local anesthetic delivery devices (C-CLAD) that provide a high-level of injection control. Today, ILIs are “perhaps the most universal of the supplemental injections,” and commonly used when inferior alveolar nerve block techniques are unsuccessful or fail to achieve the desired level of anesthesia.3 In addition, ILIs are indicated for single-tooth anesthesia; when low anesthetic dosage is required; widespread anesthesia is contraindicated; or certain systemic health issues are present.3-4 Continued growth of ILI utilization is expected because patients want less soft tissue anesthesia following dental care and dental providers desire less use of the traditional inferior alveolar nerve block for routine restorative procedures. This article will explore and evaluate the current use of intraligamentary injections in dentistry and the technique’s impact on the dental care experience.

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Pain-reducing Techniques For Delivery Of Dental Anesthesia
Faculty: Fady Haddad, DDS
Expiration Date: May 17, 2021
Credits: 2
Format: PDF
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 132

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.

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The Chairside Fabrication of a Provisional Crown for a Single-Tooth Implant (2nd edition)
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: April 15, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 690

Whether the intent is a delayed or immediate implant restoration, a dental implant may require a provisional crown. This can be accomplished in the laboratory or chairside. When creating a chairside provisional crown, the practitioner has control over the planned soft tissue growth and therefore the health of the implant and periodontium. This course describes and illustrates the steps needed to fabricate a chairside provisional crown for single-tooth implants.

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Is There a Place for Essential Oils in Patient Care? Fact vs. Fiction
Faculty: Amber Pierce, EFDA
Expiration Date: April 10, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 150

A “clean living” lifestyle revolution has taken over the country in recent years, with many people limiting or eliminating chemical-based products from their homes and bodies. Replacement of these products with those from nature has become very popular, especially those containing essential oils. Consumers are looking for acceptance and the cooperation of health-care providers to incorporate essential oils and products containing them into their home care and treatment plan options. By educating themselves on these alternative therapies, providers can better understand the needs and concerns of this patient population, which will promote trust and better compliance.

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Keep It Clean! The Hazards of Dirty Dentures and Oral Appliances
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: April 04, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 670

Dental appliances such as dentures, night guards, and sleep apnea appliances require home-care maintenance. This is due to the ability of pathogens to colonize and infect oral appliances. This can eventually lead to infecting the patient. Knowing what to use to best remove these pathogens and the dangers these pathogens can cause is the focus of this study.

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Stop the Violence...Exploring Domestic Violence (2nd edition)
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: March 19, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 156

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. 

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Identifying and Managing Dental Impression Problems
Faculty: Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD
Expiration Date: March 13, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010

Fixed restorative dentistry requires an impression of the teeth and area to be restored for the laboratory to fabricate the desired restorations. Traditional impressions are still utilized the majority of the time to capture the needed information. Selection of the correct viscosity will vary depending on what prosthesis is to be fabricated, which tray is being used and whether the preparations are on natural teeth or implants. Problems can arise during impression taking that can compromise the ability of the lab to fabricate the restoration or affect the accuracy and fit of the finished prosthesis. Identifying impression problems is part of the process, but how to manage these to improve the quality and accuracy of our impressions is critical to fixed prosthetics.    

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It's Time To Discuss HPV and Its Impact On Dentistry (2nd Edition)
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: March 10, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 730

The new millennium has brought about great advances in technology and innovation. One of those advancements is the discovery of the link between human papillomavirus (HPV) and oropharyngeal cancer. Thirty-five years ago, it was postulated a virus called human papillomavirus could cause cervical cancer; today, it is well established that cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, rectal, oropharyngeal, and penile cancers are attributed to the virus.1 HPV is now considered a human carcinogen with worldwide prevalence. Unlike other cancers of the mouth, HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers are more likely to occur among younger patients with certain sexual histories without the traditional risk factors of tobacco and alcohol, and is far more common in men than women.1 As HPV public awareness continues to grow, so will the knowledge of dental health-care professionals who provide care. This course is designed for dental health providers to enhance their existing knowledge of HPV’s risk associated with oropharyngeal cancer and to explore the pathogenesis of the virus in the body.

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Puff, Not the Magic Dragon…The Cost of America’s Tobacco and Marijuana Abuse (2nd edition)
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: March 05, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 158

Tobacco use in America remains the single largest preventable cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 (1:5) deaths annually.1,2,3 Even with the increased cost for tobacco products, increased anti-tobacco media campaigns, and smoke-free laws for workplaces and public places, 15% of Americans still continue to smoke cigarettes.3 The newer nicotine products on the US market, such as electronic cigarettes and snus, along with the legalization of marijuana, are systematically changing the dynamics of American culture. Dental professionals are in an ideal position to directly influence nicotine and marijuana use among their patients. This course will present current statistics of nicotine and marijuana use, and also the pharmacokinetics as it relates to addiction, dependence, and cessation.

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Acquire New Patients and Drive Revenue by Managing Your Online Reputation
Faculty: Nathaniel Hancock, Matt Boyce
Expiration Date: December 12, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550, 560

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

When it comes to dentistry, potential patients have a lot of choices, so being able to set yourself apart from the competition is a must.

The easiest way to set yourself apart is by building and optimizing your presence on the sites that matter most to your patients like Google and Facebook. Now, more than ever, people are turning to these sites to find out which dentists are best for them.

In this webinar, you will be provided with the tips and tricks you need to improve your online reputation to help patients find and choose your practice when they need it.

Educational Support Provided by: Podium

AGD PACE Credit Only

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Benefits of Spherical Supra-Nano Composites
Faculty: Peter Auster, DMD
Expiration Date: December 12, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 250, 254, 255

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

A short history of composite resins followed by a discussion of what to look for in resin technology, 2018. The “ideal composite” from a practitioner’s point of view is discussed.  A system using uniform sized spherical particles approaches that ideal. Several new composite systems will be discussed as well.

Educational Support Provided by: Tokuyama

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Healthy Strategies to Avoid Workplace Tragedy
Faculty: Cindy Purdy, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Dismissing aches and pains places your health and the clinical career you love in jeopardy! This course will address the ergonomic realities of the dental profession and focus on the ergonomic principle of neutral position through practical and hands-on instruction. In addition, discussion will surround effective strategies to eliminate dangerous postures and finally, uncover solutions to modify individual risks for developing work-related injuries. The ultimate goal is for each attendee to create their own ergonomic pathway for a long and healthy dental career.

Educational Support Provided by: Hager Worldwide

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Elevating Preventative and Diagnostic Care in Your Hygiene Practice
Faculty: Sara Paone, RDH, RNCP
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Dental practices today provide a remarkably similar set of offerings to their patients. The lack of significant differentiation between practices provides an opportunity for these practices willing to embrace oral systemic links (OSLs) as a significant way to enhance value to your patients. Understanding and rooting our hygiene practices in the systemic links between oral and overall health positions our hygiene teams to be true advocates for the health of our patients. This session examines how OSLs can inform the system protocols: oral self -care and nutrition, diagnostics and technology approaches you take with your patients. We focus, in particular, on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and pregnancy outcomes through the lens of several case studies with my patients. We conclude that the benefits OSLs bring to our practices make for healthier practices, more inspired teams, and distinct and sustainable identities for our practices.

Educational Support Provided by: Sunstar Americas Inc.

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The Hard and Soft Chairside Denture Reline (2nd edition)
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: February 28, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 670, 671

Complete and partial removable dentures can become ill-fitting. This can be due to alveolar ridge resorption, wear and damage to the denture base, among other reasons. Chairside denture relining or repairing broken areas can correct many of these problems. Chairside procedures provide immediate resolution, avoiding the edentulous period of time accompanying laboratory relines. This course will demonstrate the evaluation, treatment planning, and implementation of chairside denture relining in a variety of scenarios.

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Advanced Communication Strategies To Get More YESes From Patients
Faculty: Chris Bowman, DDS
Expiration Date: October 27, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 557, 560

DE / DACE Webinar Archived Presentation

From handling the “new patient phone call" through acquiring 5-star patient reviews, you will learn the critical communication skills that will help you and your entire dental team connect with patients like never before. By knowing what to listen for, what to say, and how to say it, you’ll enjoy higher conversion rates during every step of the patient relationship development process. The end results: healthier and happier patients, and huge leaps in practice productivity.

Educational Support Provided by: SolutionReach

AGD PACE Credit Only

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Dental Aerosols: How Dangerous and Pervasive Are They?
Faculty: Linda D. Lee, MBA
Expiration Date: October 31, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 024, 149

DE / RDH / DACE Archived Presentation

Dental aerosols are something that all dental practitioners are familiar with. But do you really know how far aerosols spread when you perform standard procedures? In a study in a dental office, microscopic pathogens were found behind closed doors in a room where no treatment occurred. This CE course will describe the dangers of dental aerosols to both patients and staff, detail how aerosols travel and explain a proven solution to reduce the spread.

Educational Support Provided by: Vidashield

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A Cursory Review of Forensic Dentistry
Faculty: Winnie Furnari, RDH,MS,FAADH
Expiration Date: January 16, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 145

Forensic Dentistry/Odontology is not an official specialty as defined by the American Dental Association. It is an enhancement of the Dental Profession that uses knowledge, experience and judgement to collaborate with legal systems.  Within this field, dental professionals, including, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants play vital roles in several areas of the field. They will often be affiliated with coroners, medical examiners and law enforcement agencies in the United States and worldwide. The roles Forensic Dental professionals play involve work in human identification, human abuse, expert witness testimony, bite mark analysis, age estimation and recently contributing to the creation of forensic dental standards.

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Infection Control Considerations for the Dental Practice
Faculty: Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, BS, RYT
Expiration Date: January 01, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 148

Optimal infection control practices have been a key aspect of dental professionals’ education, but they were not regulated or monitored by outside entities until the late 1980s. Today, infection control protocols and practices are impacted by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA),1 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),2 and state licensing boards. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO)3 provides resources regarding infection prevention worldwide. 

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The Missing Link in Today's Periodontal Therapy Program
Faculty: Jo-Anne Jones, RDH
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 495

The association between periodontal disease and systemic health is becoming increasingly clear and is the benchmark of innovative healthcare delivery. Periodontal disease is the most common chronic inflammatory disease known to mankind.   Long running, ongoing chronic disease such as periodontal disease tips the body’s balance towards chronic inflammation. 

Are we still treating periodontal disease as an infection when leading authorities have redefined periodontitis as an inflammatory disease?  The most current evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the non-surgical treatment of chronic periodontitis by means of scaling and root planing with or without adjuncts was published in July 2015 in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).   Upon evaluation of all evidence, the strongest recommendation involved addressing the inflammatory component of periodontal disease; specifically host response.  

Effective risk assessment and risk management are the cornerstone of patient centered treatment planning.  Therapeutic interventions focused on bacterial reduction both chairside and self-care comprise the mechanical aspect of periodontal therapy.   The host response, often recognized as an essential determinant, is not routinely addressed.     Host modulation through a pharmaceutical approach is the missing link in today’s periodontal therapy programs and one of the most predictive components of therapeutic outcome.   

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Evaluating the Intranasal Administration of Needleless Dental Anesthesia
Faculty: Sean G. Boynes, DMD, MS
Expiration Date: March 20, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 132

DE Webinar Archived Presentation

One of the most important ways clinical care is judged relates to the pain experienced by a patient.  This presentation will evaluate the patient pain experience, discuss the pharmacologic impact of local anesthetics, and review intranasally administered needleless anesthesia in dentistry.

Educational Support Provided by: St. Renatus

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Solving The Diagnostic Dilemma: You Can't Treat What You Can't See!
Faculty: Ron Kaminer, DDS
Expiration Date: September 27, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 165, 731

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

Diagnosis is the key to any successful practice and the key to optimum patient health. Join us as we explore the latest technology that helps us to diagnose quicker, better, easier and discuss how to implement these modalities into day to day practice.

Educational Support Provided by: Air Techniques

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Dentistry is Changing, How Do I Triumph?
Faculty: Roger K. Hill, MSA, ASA
Expiration Date: September 27, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

The growth of corporate and dentist-owned group practice is a real risk to most solo practices...Competition is increasing...What does the future of dentistry hold? Gain insight into the current state of the industry as well as the future of dentistry from one of the industry’s leading authorities on dental practice transitions. Learn what fuels the corporate dentistry model and how to counter corporate dentistry with the traditional practice. Gain knowledge of current trends such as practice consolidation, consumerism and reimbursement plans. Also gain knowledge of operational changes that can be implemented in order to position a practice for a successful transition in an ever-changing industry.

Educational Support Provided by: ADS Dental Transitions

AGD PACE Credit Only

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Implant Dentistry: Enhancing Diagnosis Case Acceptance, Outcomes
Faculty: David A. Little, DDS
Expiration Date: August 21, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 690

DE Webinar Archived Presentation

Implant dentistry can enhance the quality of our patient lives. Whether replacing a single tooth or an entire edentulous arch, advancements in technology such as CBCT, planning software, and CAD/CAM allow dentists to virtually develop a restorative-driven treatment plan that produces predictable results.

Educational Support Provided by: Carestream Dental

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Designing an Effective Desensitization Protocol for Your Patients
Faculty: Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA
Expiration Date: September 20, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

This webinar is designed to assist hygienists in evaluating the multitude of desensitizing agents available for home use and in-office application. Causes of dentin hypersensitivity will be discussed, as well as the criteria for product selection, based on individual patient needs. The webinar will include protocols for evaluating patients, developing treatment strategies and assessing which type of desensitizer would provide optimal results for the patient.

Educational Support Provided by: Tokuyama

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Solving the Mystery of D4346: More than BOP
Faculty: Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: September 20, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Using the new D4346 CDT 2017 code, we can finally treat gingivitis after decades of merely dumping gingival inflammation into the same category as health. This new code can potentially close the loop and elevate our standard of care. With increasing research pointing to the connection between oral disease and medical conditions, the timing is perfect. Early recognition ensures earlier intervention and disease prevention. This code can boost the bottom line of the practice when we take the time to examine an update our systems. It isn’t just a number; it’s a game changer for dentists, hygienists, business professionals and every staff member. In this webinar, we will provide 8 simple steps to save time, reduce frustration and increase profitability.

Educational Support Provided by: Curaprox and Dental Rat

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Super Pulsed Dental Lasers
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 135

There are many methods available to perform minor oral soft tissue surgery and procedures. Those that provide a minimally invasive methodology with rapid healing are ideal and are today’s gold standard in all aspects of dental care. The dental laser is a device that meets these goals and should be considered in the treatment of cases when weighed against other options. This course will provide information on dental lasers, specifically the newer class of super pulsed diode lasers. 

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The Role of the Dental Professional in Tooth Whitening
Faculty: Stacey L. Simmons, DDS
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 781

The desire to obtain that “perfect white smile” has given rise to a billion-dollar industry that bombards the general public on a daily basis. There is an abundance of information available on how to obtain ideal results, with catchphrases that reel consumers in without the advice and expertise of a dental professional. It can be surmised then that the general public’s perception of the importance of professional guidance to whitening is devalued because answers and products are readily obtained via other venues (internet, dental kiosks, etc.). The intent of this article is to address the most common questions of teeth whitening while placing emphasis on the need and significance of the dental professional in the overall process. 

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Choosing the Right Impression Material
Faculty: Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, CDD
Expiration Date: February 01, 2021
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 250

Accurate impressions are a key component of successful restorations. They play a vital role in restorative dentistry and should provide accurate intraoral details and dimensional stability. Understanding the various types of materials available, the different techniques and the best ways to keep patients comfortable will help dental professionals select the best material for each case. 

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Past, Present, and Future of Narrow Diameter Implants
Faculty: Tera Greene
Expiration Date: September 30, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 690

Narrow diameter implants, mini-implants, small diameter implants, category 1 implants—whatever you choose to call implants defined as less than 3.0 mm in diameter—have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for a considerable period of time. They are indicated for several treatment modalities, including fixed prostheses, removable complete dentures, and temporization. They have been found to improve treatment acceptance, particularly where anatomical, financial, and/or medical challenges are present that otherwise impede conventional implant treatment. 

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CBCT Imaging Principles: Live Software Applications
Faculty: Douglas L. Chenin, DDS
Expiration Date: June 27, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 697, 731

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

CBCT imaging enhances and changes the way dentists can diagnose and assess patient anatomy. We can look at patient anatomy in 3D and any structure can be cross-sectioned into 2D slices for detailed assessments and measurements. These abilities provide tremendous potential but also create new challenges such as: where to start, what anatomy to look at, how to cross-section the anatomy properly, and what are some foundational imaging principles that can be applied to every case? The goal of this webinar is to clarify some of these questions and to provide an organizational framework by which dentists can approach CBCT scans with a clinically correct method.

Educational Support Provided by: KAVO

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Find Out Why 1/3 of Patients Are Switching Dentists and What You Can Do About It
Faculty: Lea Chatham
Expiration Date: July 13, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550, 560

DE Webinar Archived Presentation

Patients are paying more out of pocket for their care, and there is more competition than ever to get their business. So their expectations are changing. And as a result they are more likely to switch dentists to get the services and access they want.

A new patient survey shows that one in three patients are likely to switch dental providers in the next two to three years. The results show that many are switching because of issues around practice logistic such as ease of scheduling and appointment reminders.

This webinar examines this new data on why patients switch and what services a dental practice can offer to help get them to stay.

See the latest data on why patients leave and what you can do about it as well as learn about the latest trends in patient satisfaction.

Educational Support Provided by: Solutionreach

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Spotlight On The Digital Epidemic: Unexpected Consequences Of Modern Day Devices
Faculty: Anne Nugent Guignon, RDH, BS, CSP
Expiration Date: June 20, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 012, 130

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Is the modern age of 24/7 digital connectivity creating some dangerous situations for dental professionals? While the risk of workplace-related cumulative trauma disorder is well recognized in the dental profession, no one could have predicted the physical, emotional, and psychosocial impact of today’s digital devices.

Decades of compelling research point to a need for change. It is more important than ever to create a healthy workspace and adopt positive personal strategies to mitigate the hazards posed by the overuse of our devices. Find out what your dental practice can do to combat these hazards and unexpected side effects.

Educational Support Provided by: ORASCOPTIC

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Dose Creep in Dental Radiology
Faculty: Cindy Saylors, MEd, Catherine Warren, RDH
Expiration Date: August 13, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 165

As dental health care workers (DHCW), we need to keep up to date with the latest technology and how to use it safely.  The use of medical radiation, including dental radiation procedures, has increased in recent years.  It is imperative to employ best practices and to embrace scientifically-based principles to address the dose creep that is occurring in dental radiography as we implement the recent the advances in digital, dental CT, and hand-held portable dental radiography. 

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Oral Care For The Oncology Patient
Faculty: Kris Potts, RDH, FAADH
Expiration Date: July 30, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 754

Oral side effects are prevalent in individuals experiencing oncology treatment. Compliance with meticulous home care is essential and should be individualized based on risk factors and the current state of health. Oncology therapies result in a host of oral side effects including tooth hypersensitivity, impaired taste, xerostomia, destruction of tooth enamel due to vomiting, and mucositis along with discomfort and pain. The goals in treating mucositis are relieving pain and preventing secondary infections through home oral hygiene and mouth rinses. Intravenous bisphosphonate therapy this is not oncologic treatment. Perhaps the author intends to mean “chemotherapy” can lead to osteonecrosis of the jaw, especially after a tooth extraction or oral surgery. It is important for dental professionals to be familiar with these side effects and discern how to counsel their patients appropriately.

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Antithrombotic Drugs in Dentistry: Stop the Interruption
Faculty: Michael Wahl, DDS
Expiration Date: July 25, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 016

Antithrombotic medications including anticoagulants such as warfarin (Coumadin) and antiplatelet agents such as aspirin are used by millions of dental patients to prevent various thrombotic complications including stroke or heart attack. Dentists must weigh the risks of postoperative bleeding in patients whose antithrombotic medications are continued versus the risk of thromboembolic complications if antithrombotic medications are interrupted for dental procedures. The dental and medical literature shows only minimal risk of bleeding complications in patients whose anticoagulation or antiplatelet medication is continued for dental surgery, and if bleeding complications occur, they can usually be easily controlled with local measures for hemostasis. The literature also shows a small but significant risk of catastrophic or fatal embolic complications in patients whose anticoagulation or antiplatelet medications are interrupted for dental procedures. There is usually no good reason to interrupt therapeutic levels of continuous anticoagulation or antiplatelet medications for dental surgery with local measures for hemostasis.

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Oral Cancer Today: The Impact on Our Profession (2nd edition)
Faculty: Jo-Anne Jones, RDH
Expiration Date: July 16, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 736

SEER (Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results) data demonstrates a decline in oral cancer for tobacco related sites; however, there is a strong trend toward an increase in human papillomavirus (HPV) implicated sites. Due to the affinity of the virus for lymphoid tissues and posterior placement, today’s dental professional needs to be keenly aware of the subtle symptoms that accompany this newer profile. How does this affect our methods of screening for oral and oropharyngeal cancer, and is the clinical oral examination predictive of histologic diagnosis at an early stage? Two-thirds of oral squamous cell carcinomas are discovered at an advanced stage with five-year survival rates impeded significantly; 83.3% when the disease is discovered in stage I or II, and only 38% when the cancer has metastasized. This presents a call to action to elevate our knowledge regarding examination of high-risk areas and explore adjunctive screening methods to complement the traditional white light examination. 

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Cannabis Chairside Primer
Faculty: Bridget Conway-McPherson, BA, RDH, Sandra Berger, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: August 06, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 016

Cannabis has been used for therapeutic purposes in Western medicine since the mid-19th century, but it was used as a medicine in Asia, mainly in India, since before the Christian era. In the first decades of the 20th century, cannabis use for medicinal purposes decreased significantly in Western medicine due to the difficulty in obtaining consistent potency results from different batches of plant material. Interest in the medicinal benefits of cannabis was renewed when, in 1965, it became possible to identify the chemical structure of cannabis components and to obtain its pure constituents. Interest spiked again in the 1990s with the description of cannabinoid receptors and the identification of an Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a “widespread neuromodulatory system that plays important roles in central nervous system development, synaptic plasticity, and the response to endogenous and environmental insults. Since then, treatment safety and effectiveness have been scientifically proven, and a new and more consistent cycle of medicinal cannabis usage has occurred.

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Silver Diamine Fluoride: The Newest Tool In Your Caries Management Toolkit
Faculty: Douglas A. Young, DDS, MBA, MS, Judy Bendit, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: June 26, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 016

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has been used worldwide since 1970 to arrest decay. In the United States, the product received FDA clearance in 2014 as a desensitizing agent (similar to fluoride varnish) and in October 2016 it was recognized by the Food and Drug Administration with breakthrough therapy designation for caries treatment. This course will look at the latest tool in the caries management toolkit to help the reader incorporate this new technology into clinical practice. Keeping in mind that SDF is relatively new to the US, and research/protocols are still evolving, clinical findings and guidelines for SDF currently being used for patients of all ages will be discussed.

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Orthodontic Treatment with Clear Aligners
Faculty: Kenneth J. Fisher, DDS
Expiration Date: June 12, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 377

Since its inception, the methodology of using clear aligners [Figure 1] or trays as a means of sequentially straightening teeth has evolved significantly to where, today, the technique has been adopted by many dentists wanting to provide some degree of orthodontic correction for their patients. Once limited to correcting small amounts of crowding or spaces in fully erupted dentitions, it is now utilized by experienced clinicians in a broad spectrum of the comprehensive treatment of complex malocclusions. This course will trace that evolution and document the validity of using clear aligners in contemporary orthodontic treatment.

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Introduction to Ozone in the Dental Practice
Faculty: Amber Pierce, EFDA
Expiration Date: June 11, 2020
Credits: 2
Format: PDF
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 162

With healthcare costs on the rise, patients are becoming more aware of their treatment options and are looking for dental care that is cost effective and minimally invasive. It would not be uncommon to receive calls from patients requesting information about or asking if the office provides ozone therapy. This article discusses ozone therapy and the practical applications for the dental office to prepare practitioners and staff to serve the needs of this growing population.

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Shell Shocking Impact From PTSD
Faculty: Brittany Morgan Getz, RDH, Emily R. Holt, RDH, Samantha Harpenau, Rey Gabriel Carandang
Expiration Date: June 07, 2020
Credits: 2
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 010, 130

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that may develop after experiencing or witnessing a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Individuals with PTSD have demonstrated increased levels of stress hormones that initiate an inflammatory response. The inflammatory response releases chemicals that assist in the breakdown of the periodontium. Individuals with PTSD are more likely to create their own coping mechanisms that may include tobacco use, alcohol abuse, and poor diet. The oral effects of these unhealthy habits include loss of tooth structure, gingival inflammation, xerostomia, periodontal disease, and oral cancer. Bruxism may occur due to the untreated stress. Replacing unhealthy PTSD coping mechanisms with alternative methods aimed at reducing stress may improve systemic and periodontal inflammation. 

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Digital Radiography Fundamentals for the General Practitioner
Faculty: Stephan Dadaian, DDS
Expiration Date: March 14, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

DE Study Club Webcast March 15, 2017

Radiology is one field in dentistry that we as practitioners engage in everyday. It is a standard part of diagnostic procedures and is necessary for evaluation prior to almost anything we do including but not limited to periodontics, restorative, endodontics, and surgery. This webinar will review the didactic understanding of radiographs, such as radiation physics, characteristics, and biology; the latter being how x rays interact with patients. It will discuss talking to patients about the safety of radiographs and to communicate why they are a necessary part of our profession. We will look at different modalities in digital radiography with respect to their benefits, limitations, and ROI. Lastly, clinical complications such as technical errors, overcoming difficulties with gagging patients, and other common problems will be addressed.

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High-Speed Crown Preparation
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: March 14, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

High-speed crown preparations and techniques have been around for many years. However, with the introduction of newer materials, especially specific types of crown preparation burs, the time required to prepare teeth for full coverage restorations has narrowed. By using multiple techniques in combination, patient care can now be less traumatic than in the past.

Educational Support Provided by SS White.

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Lasers and the Dental Hygienist: An Effective Combination!
Faculty: Jeanette Miranda, RDH
Expiration Date: March 08, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

This course is designed as an introduction to the novice laser user or a refresher for the experienced laser user.  It will incorporate basic laser physics, effects of lasers on oral tissue, laser safety, and different ways laser could be used by the dental hygienist. Come and learn how lasers can benefit both the dental patient and the dental hygienist!

  1. Understand basic dental laser physics
  2. Recognize laser effects on oral tissue
  3. Demonstrate laser safety knowledge
  4. Understand dental hygiene procedures used with lasers
  5. Develop oral skills to educate patients on dental hygiene laser procedures

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Foundations of CBCT Imaging for Implant Planning and Surgical Guides
Faculty: Douglas L. Chenin, DDS
Expiration Date: March 07, 2020
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

DE Webinar Archived Presentation

The use of CBCT imaging has drastically enhanced and changed the way dentists can diagnose and assess patient anatomy in preparation for implant placement. Now, with a single CBCT scan the patient’s entire craniofacial complex can be visualized and viewed from every angle in 3D and any structure can be cross-sectioned into 2D slices for detailed assessments and measurements. Furthermore, virtual implant planning within the CBCT scans can be performed and converted into a physical surgical guide that can be used during surgery. These abilities give the clinician tremendous potential but also create new challenges such as: where to start, what anatomy to look at, how to cross-section the anatomy properly, and what are the protocols and steps for ordering a surgical guide? The purpose of this CE webinar is to clarify some of these questions, to provide an organizational framework by which clinicians can approach CBCT scans, and to review the terminology, capabilities and protocols of surgical guides.

Educational Support Provided by: KAVO

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Hypersensitive Dentin Updates (2nd edition)
Faculty: Pamela R. Overman, BSDH, MS, EdD, Ian Shuman, DDS, Cindy Saylors, MEd
Expiration Date: May 17, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010, 161

Dentinal hypersensitivity is characterized by a short, sharp pain in response to stimuli. Dentinal hypersensitivity, which is more commonly seen in adults in the 20- to 40-year-old age group, has several etiological factors. Gingival recession and enamel loss both contribute to the prevalence of this condition, resulting in the exposure of dentin. Dentinal hypersensitivity is believed to occur due to the movement of fluid within the dentinal tubules occurring in response to thermal, chemical, tactile, and evaporative stimuli, in accordance with Brännström’s hydrodynamic theory. Treatment options include in-office procedures and home-use products that are aimed at occluding the dentinal tubules or preventing neural transmission, thereby blocking the pain response. 

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Dental Professionals' Guide To Chemical Dependency
Faculty: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: April 16, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 157

Chemical dependency is a worldwide problem and a major public health concern in the United States. To adjust for the magnitude of this crisis, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-V has expanded the definition of chemical dependency. Chemical dependency causes a multitude of physiological and neurological effects in a patient, which has the potential to alter a dental professional’s treatment plan. With high relapse rates in this population, dental providers will likely encounter those in active and long-term treatment and management. This course will explore chemical dependency in the United States and focus on its etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and dental considerations.

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Sleep Apnea for Dentists: An Overview of Signs, Symptoms, Consequences, and Treatment
Faculty: Erin Elliott, DDS
Expiration Date: April 30, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 160

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a stoppage or partial stoppage of air flow during sleep, has been gaining more attention as a sleep-related breathing disorder. This treatable syndrome has many associated comorbidities that can have severely detrimental effects on a person’s well-being and general health. It has been estimated that 20% or more of the population suffers from some level of OSA; many of those are undiagnosed or unaware of their issue. Though a diagnosis must be made by a medical doctor, the dental community can be a first line of defense to screen and even treat many of these people with oral appliance therapy (OAT). OAT has become a popular alternative for treating OSA for those intolerant to the traditional continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This course will give dental professionals a high-level overview of obstructive sleep apnea, consequences and treatment options including oral appliance therapy, and how clinicians can become involved in the treatment of OSA. 

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Medical Emergency Preparedness in Dental Practice
Faculty: Linda Lawson, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: June 09, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 142

While life-threatening medical emergencies are uncommon in the dental practice environment, most professionals will be responsible for managing multiple emergency events throughout their careers. By planning for the unexpected, dental teams hone their skills and build the necessary confidence to cope with these high pressure situations. Although some emergencies are unavoidable, participants in this course will be provided with information and tools to prepare for, prevent and definitively manage the most common medical emergencies that occur in general dental practice. 

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HPV-Related Oral Cancer Screening: Different Presentation, Different Protocol
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
Expiration Date: April 14, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 736

Dental professionals, making assumptions about the two distinct pathways of oral cancer, often forgo comprehensive oral cancer screenings, which affects patients’ prognoses and creates malpractice liability. Absent comprehensive screenings, HPV-related oral cancer is diagnosed late-stage, when morbidity is highest. To curb late diagnosis, we must heed current research. HPV-related oral cancer, which is rapidly on the rise, is different in its clinical presentation from tobacco/alcohol-related oral cancer. Thus, we cannot rely on what we learned in dental school, risk profiling, or traditional tools to screen for HPV-related oral cancer. We must change our approach, by implementing comprehensive screenings that incorporate extraoral/intraoral tactile screenings, visual screenings of all tissues, and asking appropriate, revealing questions.

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Water Line Contamination in the Dental Office
Faculty: Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, MADAA
Expiration Date: April 14, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 013

Dental unit water systems (DUWS) harbor bacterial biofilms, which are known reservoirs for pathogens.1

In 1995, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs responded to scientific evidence that suggested the microbiologic quality of water used in dental treatment required improvement.2 A call to action was taken on the design of dental equipment. By the year 2000, water used during nonsurgical dental procedures consistently contained no more than 200 colony-forming units per milliliter (CFU/mL) of aerobic mesophilic heterotrophic bacteria in the unfiltered output of the dental unit. A heterotroph is “an organism that cannot fix carbon from inorganic sources (such as carbon dioxide) but uses organic carbon for growth.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterotroph These bacteria are not necessarily harmful, but determining the heterotrophic plate count is used as an indication of the amount of residual disinfectant present in a water supply. Since then, technological advances have made this possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that “coolant water used in nonsurgical dental procedures meet EPA regulatory standards for drinking water,” which is less than or equal to 500 CFU of heterotrophic bacteria per milliliter of water. This recommendation was published in the CDC’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings—2003. (Guidelines from the CDC differ about water used in oral surgical procedures.) 

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Impact of 3D On My Practice (Endodontics)
Faculty: Lou Graham, DDS
Expiration Date: December 13, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 070

DE Study Club Archived Presentation:

There is no “one type” of dental practice today and this course will highlight the pathways to choosing what criteria are used in the selection process for the right CBCT system for your practice.  The course will continue with a transition process of learning and collaborating with both your patients and specialists.

Educational Support Provided by Kavo Kerr Group/Instrumentarium

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The Future of Dentistry
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
Expiration Date: December 13, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550

DE Study Club Archived Presentation:

This webinar will discuss emerging trends in the dental profession from a clinical perspective including salivary diagnostics, emerging theories of periodontal disease development and progression, and the impact of genetic testing in the dental practice. The traditional model of solo or small group dental practice has undergone major changes including the emergence of Dental Support Organizations (DSO). The shifting landscape of dental practice will be discussed as well.

Educational Support Provided by Heartland Dental.

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Water Line Contamination; What's In Your Water?
Faculty: Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, MADAA
Expiration Date: December 05, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

As infection control practices have evolved and become more regimented, dental unit water lines have all but been forgotten. The fact is that bacteria that causes biofilm can build up in the self-contained water bottle, the lines to the high speed hand piece, the three way air/water syringe, and the ultrasonic/piezo tubing. This CE webinar will discuss how to properly flush these lines and keep the water at a safe drinking level, standards for our drinking water, and talk about the bacteria that effects us.

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Foundations of CBCT Imaging for Implant Planning and Surgical Guides
Faculty: Douglas L. Chenin, DDS
Expiration Date: March 25, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 731

The use of CBCT imaging has drastically enhanced and changed the way dentists can diagnose and assess patient anatomy in preparation for implant placement. Now, with a single CBCT scan the patient’s entire craniofacial complex can be visualized and viewed from every angle in 3D and any structure can be cross-sectioned into 2D slices for detailed assessments and measurements. Furthermore, virtual implant planning within the CBCT scans can be performed and converted into a physical surgical guide that can be used during surgery. These abilities give the clinician tremendous potential but also create new challenges such as: where to start, what anatomy to look at, how to cross-section the anatomy properly, and what are the protocols and steps for ordering a surgical guide? The purpose of this CE course article is to clarify some of these questions, to provide an organizational framework by which clinicians can approach scans, and to review the terminology, capabilities and protocols of surgical guides. 

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Anatomy of a Handpiece: Understanding Handpiece Maintenance and Repairs
Faculty: Glenn Williams, BS
Expiration Date: March 16, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010, 149

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. 

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Dental Erosion: Etiology, Diagnosis, and Prevention
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: March 06, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 258

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. 

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Management of the Oral Infection Part 2
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: February 28, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 148

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.

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Management of the Oral infection: Part 1
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: February 13, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 148

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.

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Fluoride and Other Preventive Therapies: Maintaining Oral Health at Each Stage of Life
Faculty: Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH
Expiration Date: January 18, 2020
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 344

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.

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Activated Chlorine Dioxide and Xylitol in Your Practice
Faculty: Kristin Goodfellow, RDH
Expiration Date: October 25, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH Magazine Archived Presentation

Utilizing Activated Chlorine Dioxide in patient care is becoming a popular practice among dental professionals, due to its effectiveness against bacteria, viruses, fungi, volatile sulfur compounds (VSC's), and biofilm. These pathogens are all around us, and flourishing in our patient's mouths, it is important to arm patients properly to combat oral diseases. Especially, since we are highly aware of the intimate connection between oral health and general health, this is now more important than ever! There are hundreds of products available to our patients, but what is the difference? This course provides insight on how Activated Chlorine Dioxide a can maximize patient care, as well as results from treatment. Learn the difference and help "Raise Your Standard of Care.

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Come On, Get Happy - Taking the OUCH Out of Root Sensitivity
Faculty: Karen L Comisi, CDA, RDA, FADAA
Expiration Date: September 19, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

There are many reasons for sensitive/hypersensitive teeth. Sometimes people might have a quick twinge of pain and other times it may last several hours. Patients are always looking for a solution to this problem. Many turn to that “University of knowledge”, the Internet, to address the issue---find suggestions or remedies. Often times, the information at hand may not be correct or beneficial. It is up to us, dental professionals, to identify the true cause and determine the best solution for our patients, one that will provide immediate and long-lasting relief. This course will help you better serve your patients in this very important role.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Hidden Caries: The Non-Cavitated Carious Lesion
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: September 18, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 011, 258

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

Modern dentistry has changed dramatically from the time you were in dental school. With all of these rapid changes you must learn to do excellent work, often by trial and error. Learn how to simplify the process of diagnosing hidden caries using the newest light assisted technology. Review the latest materials coupled with innovative techniques in caries access and removal. Attendees will learn how to treat a wide variety of restorative cases with simplified procedures, minimally invasive tooth preparations, and a variety of unique and specialized burs. Guaranteed to increase your efficiency, speed and profitability.

Educational Support Provided by SS White.

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Dental Handpiece Maintenance and Repair
Faculty: Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, MADAA
Expiration Date: November 12, 2019
Credits: 2
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 010, 149

Dental handpieces have evolved greatly over the years, and they remain a vital part of dentistry today. The care and maintenance of these instruments are essential to preserving not only the lifespan of these instruments but their proper function as well. While traditional air-driven handpieces are still a mainstay in dentistry, electric handpieces are now being more widely used. The newest technology takes components from both electric and air-driven handpieces. Understanding how to clean and maintain handpieces and their components properly will help the clinician achieve optimal results. Knowing when to replace or rebuild handpiece turbines and who to send the handpiece to for repairs, is essential for handpiece performance and turnaround times. 

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E Cigarettes,Vaping and Chairside Education
Faculty: Jennifer S. Sherry, RDH, MSEd
Expiration Date: November 08, 2019
Credits: 2
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 016

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.  

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Achieving Successful Proximal Contacts with Direct Composite
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: October 22, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 269

When planning a direct composite restoration in a tooth where the contact must be restored, the practitioner must decide on the best method to achieve an excellent proximal contact with proper morphology.  In these instances, the correct composite resin must be selected, along with an appropriate matrix system.  This course will demonstrate various clinical scenarios and the steps needed to restore common cavity preparations using direct composite resin and different matrix systems.

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The Modern Approaches to Fluoride: Applications for All Ages
Faculty: Trish Jones
Expiration Date: October 21, 2019
Credits: 2
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 134

Fluoride has demonstrated its use in assisting caries prevention in children. Over the years, it has evolved and has current modalities for adults as well. Fluoride options include systemic uptake via water and foods, and by topical applications such as gels, foams, varnishes, dentifrices, and mouth rinses. The highest levels of fluoride are stored on the tooth surface. Topical applications are most successful if they have a high fluoride release and fluoride uptake. Traditionally the tray method has been in use in dental offices since the 1940’s. More current application of fluoride includes a fluoride varnish method which uses a less amount of fluoride per application than the tray method. Varnish sets quickly and remains on the teeth releasing fluoride hours after it has been applied. Candidates for topical fluoride include patients with orthodontics, restorations, and exposed root surfaces, thus an adult population can benefit from fluoride.  The use and ease of a fluoride varnish is a universal and modern approach to treating caries risk in children and adults. 

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Pediatric Crowns: From Stainless Steel to Zirconia
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: October 10, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 784

Although advances in preventative dentistry techniques; and community-fluoridated water as well as increased dental education have reduced the incidence of caries in children, early childhood caries is still highly prevalent in the U.S. and worldwide. When the carious lesion is too large to restore with a direct restoration, a preformed pediatric crown is indicated.  Following the success of zirconia for adult teeth, primary teeth can now be restored with this material.

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Team-Centered Approach to Instrument Processing and Infection Control
Faculty: Noel Kelsch, RDH, RDHAP
Expiration Date: October 31, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 148

Infection prevention must be the first priority in the dental health-care setting. It is the foundation of safe dentistry. In order to meet the challenges of safety, time management, and asepsis, the Dental Health-Care Provider (DHCP) must have a plan for infection control. The plan should be coordinated by an individual in the office called the Infection Prevention Coordinator (IPC).  The IPC has a vast amount of responsibilities including monitoring for adherence to instructions for use on FDA-approved medical devices, the reprocessing and care of dental instruments, and proper use of disposables. Utilizing the 2013 CDC guidelines and the 2016 Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental settings can help to significantly reduce the risk of microbial transmission.  Infection prevention strategies must be implemented in the operatory as well as the sterilization area, including instrument reprocessing.  As there are a variety of methods, choosing a system that minimizes risk, maximizes productivity, and preserves instruments is essential. All these tasks must be monitored to assure infection prevention is effective. 

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Meat and Potatoes of Dental Hygiene Practice - Enamel
Faculty: Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: May 09, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Cavities start before the eye can see it. Protecting teeth on multiple levels is easier with tools that support healthy biofilm and support the enamel’s integrity by supplying the building blocks enamel needs to replenish every day. There are many products that are at play today and using them correctly will give predictable results and limit surprises.

Educational Support Provided by: VOCO The Denalists

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Diffusing Clinical Aches and Pains…. Spotlight on Healthy Seating Strategies
Faculty: Anne Nugent Guignon, RDH, BS, CSP, Cindy Purdy, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: May 08, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Creating a sustainable career and reducing the risk for injuries is on the minds of many. Just like any job, there are inherent physical risks in the clinical setting. Many of us love working with our patients, but clinical practice is full of body stressors – factors that continue to affect us long after we end our day.

It’s overwhelming to sort through all of the options that contribute to a safer workspace. Applying basic ergonomic principles simplifies the process of selecting equipment that supports neutral, healthy body postures. Saddle stools offer the benefits of declined seating – a strategy that can eliminate dangerous postures, enhance your physical health and extend your career.

Educational Support Provided by: ORASCOPTIC

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Strategies for Optimal Intraoral Digital Imaging Part 2: Radiation Safety and Protection Procedures, Intraoral Anatomical and Patient Management Strategies, and Troubleshooting Common Errors.
Faculty: Gail F. Williamson, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: October 21, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 731

Once it has been determined that radiographic images are necessary, it is the responsibility of the dentist to not only ensure that optimal images are obtained but also that they are acquired at the lowest possible dose of radiation. There are a variety of best practices that together can reduce exposure to the patient and the clinician alike. These practices are necessary components of the overall radiographic protocol for patient imaging.  

The use of digital receptors can present challenges for clinicians and patients. Anatomical variations and patient comfort must be considered when taking intraoral images. Endodontic and pediatric imaging are examples of situations which demand optimal technical and patient management skills. Finally, recognizing common errors is important to their correction and ultimately to prevent recurrence. 

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A Clinical Review of Endodontic Posts
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: September 12, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 074

A post is a rigid restorative device placed in the radicular portion of a nonvital tooth. During the restoration of an endodontically treated tooth, a post may be required. A post's success depends on the quality of endodontic treatment, the shape of the canals, the status of the remaining tooth structure, and the periodontal support available. This course reviews current research regarding the use of posts, illustrates various clinical scenarios in which posts might be used, and outlines the steps required for placing a post.

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Minimally Invasive Dentistry for the Pediatric Patient
Faculty: Hershel Ellenbogen, DMD
Expiration Date: August 31, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 434

Over the past century, modern dentistry has made great advances in scientific knowledge, specifically in pediatric dental care. New technology and materials have allowed practitioners to continue development in both research and clinical forums. These include, but are not limited to, minimally invasive diagnostics and greater understanding in the treatment of children. Following the philosophy that “no treatment is the best treatment,” dentists use testing regimens such as the CAMBRA method and the Bacterial Model to care for pediatric patients earlier and more consistently. In addition, helping children who are anxious about receiving dental care, will allow a more pleasant experience and allow the treating dentist to work more efficiently.

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Strategies for Optimal Intraoral Digital Imaging Part I: Intraoral Receptors, Techniques and Instrumentation
Faculty: Gail F. Williamson, RDH, BS
Expiration Date: August 31, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 731

Radiographic examinations should be made only when the dentist has determined they are necessary for diagnostic and treatment purposes. Radiographic selection criteria have been published by the American Dental Association (ADA) to assist dentists in decision-making and justification of the prescription Once such a determination has been made, it is the responsibility of the dentist to ensure that optimal radiographic images are obtained at the lowest possible dose of radiation. Because radiographic procedures are delegated to dental hygienists and dental assistants, it is important that these radiographers have the knowledge, skill, and technical acumen to obtain optimal results. Increasingly, digital radiographic imaging is being used with two types of receptors: photostimulable phosphor plates and solid-state detectors. 

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Tying It All Together: Diagnosis, Implications and Treatment of Tethered Oral Tissues
Faculty: Lorena Cockley, DDS, FAGD
Expiration Date: August 31, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 431

While most dental clinicians are familiar with the term ankyloglossia and perhaps as familiar with the lay term tongue-tie, few are aware of the vast implications that these restrictions may create. This article will attempt to define and provide a clear understanding of this congenital condition as it relates to ideal tongue function, as well as offer ways to best assess and treat in a safe, predictable manner.

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The Impact of Salivary Diagnostics
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS, Paul D. Slowey, PhD
Expiration Date: August 31, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 734

Salivary diagnostic technology offers a number of advantages over other testing methods. Some of these advantages include non-invasiveness, a virtually unlimited supply, cost-effectiveness, and patient comfort, among others. Saliva testing can provide early diagnosis of a variety of diseases and conditions, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality. A particularly promising area of research is the identification of salivary biomarkers for a variety of cancers such as lung, breast, and oral cancers. Salivary testing is currently available for the identification of periodontal pathogens. Other research to identify a variety of biomarkers of periodontal disease is ongoing.

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How to Out-Market Competing Dentists without Out-Spending Them
Faculty: Joy Gendusa, Founder and CEO, PostcardMania
Expiration Date: June 13, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

If you’ve ever felt like you wasted money on marketing, this seminar is a must-see.

How do you stand out in a crowded field of dentists vying for the same patients? How do you maximize high-quality leads and new patients while minimizing the cost of acquiring them? And how can you make your practice appear everywhere — online and off — without investing a huge share of your revenue?

This webinar provides proven, actionable and step-by-step solutions to these often-asked dental marketing questions, and puts you back in the driver seat for growing your practice.

Educational Support Provided by PostcardMania.

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Dental Implant Impressions: Steps to Easier and More Predictable Results
Faculty: Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD
Expiration Date: June 13, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 490, 690

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

Impressions are an integral part of restoring implants, be it a fixed or removable prosthesis. Unlike prosthetics for natural teeth that have a PDL allowing micromovement, implants are rigidly fixated in the bone. An accurate impression not only determines how the prosthesis fits the implants intraorally, but can affect bone stability long-term. The webinar will review how to improve implant impressions for an ideal passive fit, as well as when to use open tray verses closed tray techniques.

Educational Support Provided by: Hager Worldwide.

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Treatment Options for the Edentulous Patient: Case Scenarios, Part II
Faculty: Alessandro Geminiani, DDS, MS
Expiration Date: July 31, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010, 674

The loss of all of the teeth is a life-changing event that brings functional challenges. The treatment optionsfor edentulous patients range from conventional complete dentures to fixed implant-supported restorations of varying complexities. In a case-scenario format, this course will review indications and contraindications for treatment options of the fully edentulous patient.

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Selective Polishing: An Approach to Comprehensive Polishing
Faculty: Trish Jones
Expiration Date: June 20, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010

Polishing has been an integral part of dental hygiene care since the beginning of the profession. As technology and services have evolved in dentistry, so has the approach to the polishing protocol. This course reviews the history of polishing, the current thinking on polishing, components of prophylaxis pastes, how prophylaxis pastes work, supplemental additives to prophylaxis pastes, and methods to educate patients on this topic.

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Documentation for the Billing and Reimbursement of Laser Procedures
Faculty: Tom M. Limoli, Jr.
Expiration Date: May 18, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 550, 552

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

Accurate coding for the completed procedure is only part of the overall solution. Learn how to forever avoid the “coding strategies” and “canned narratives” that get the attention of regulatory authorities. Coding is simple when clinical documentation is complete and correct. Streamlined and simplified reimbursement must always begin with the clinical team. If you have to write a narrative for the patients insurance than your clinical documentation needs help.

Educational Support Provided by: BIOLASE

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Practice Transitions That Work! Maximizing Value and Minimizing Risk
Faculty: Peter J. Ackerman, CPA, CVA, Randy Marie Daigler
Expiration Date: March 29, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00
AGD Code(s): 552, 556

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

This seminar is a brief overview that will guide sellers and buyers in doing their homework to assure that each party looks in the right direction for answers that suit their given situation.

Selling your life’s work involves strategic financial planning while recognizing and honoring the emotional component of passing your “professional baby” into other hands. Devising the right exit plan minimizes the risk and avoids the majority of pitfalls along the way.

As a buyer taking on the challenge of charting your professional future by finding the right fit clinically, personally and financially can be daunting without knowing the ropes.

Both buyers and sellers will understand how identifying the right advisors makes for a smoother process with less stress. Learn how to accomplish your goals through the transition options that abound, sorting out what is right for you and how you achieve it. This seminar also covers buyer’s needs and the transition market. Discover the strong emerging merger market and how it can mutually benefit sellers and buyers. Simply we discuss what really equates to value in a sale or acquisition, the allocation of tax classes and tax impact to the parties. Buyers will learn the type of lenders that understand dentistry and allow sellers put cash in their pocket at closing. Finally we’ll cover what are the 10 biggest deal killers.

Educational Support Provided by ADS Dental Transitions

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Atraumatic Extraction Through Proper Instrumentation
Faculty: Scott Froum, DDS
Expiration Date: March 31, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

DE Study Club Archived Presentation

As the techniques for placement and restoration have become more refined, so too has the techniques involved in tooth extraction. Because the biology of the post extraction socket is resorptive, various graft materials have been developed to try to preserve bone and soft tissue architecture. In addition, careful extraction techniques have  been developed that allow preservation of bone socket structure. When tissue volume is lost, compromises in implant therapy may occur. This webinar discusses techniques, graft material, and instrument selection that can optimize tissue preservation.

Educational Support Provided by Paradise Dental Technologies (PDT).

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Cultural Competence for the Dental Provider
Faculty: Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH
Expiration Date: May 06, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010

Cultural competence is a vast topic of great importance to the field of dentistry. In an increasingly diverse society, it is necessary for dental professionals to be culturally competent healthcare providers. A dynamic process, attaining cultural competence includes awareness and understanding of the many factors that influence culture and how that awareness translates into providing dental services within clients’ cultural parameters. Multiple resources are available for dental professionals to become culturally competent healthcare providers, ensuring delivery of the best possible care for all clients.

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Early Caries Intervention: A Collaborative Approach
Faculty: Kimberly M. Parsons, MEd, CDA, EFDA, RDH, Jennifer K Bartek, LDH MS CDA EFDA
Expiration Date: March 15, 2019
Credits: 2
Format: PDF
Fee: $49.00
AGD Code(s): 010, 257, 490

The incidence of dental caries is increasing globally. It is essential that the dental team work together with the patient to manage dental caries throughout the various stages of the patient’s life. Using a risk assessment can assist the dental professional in addressing the disease process with the patient and in planning treatment. It is advantageous to use a completed risk assessment, along with various caries identification methods, to help guide the patient and dental team in management of early carious lesions. The use of minimal-intervention dentistry to address early carious lesions is an integral part of the caries management process and should be considered when devising a caries management plan.

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Spotlight on Hand Health: How Quality Gloves Protect One of Your Most Critical Physical Tools
Faculty: Anne Nugent Guignon, RDH, BS, CSP, Cindy Purdy, RDH, BSDH
Expiration Date: March 28, 2019
Credits: 1
Format: Webinar
Fee: $10.00

RDH CE Evening Express Archived Presentation

Originally gloves were used to provide protection from blood-borne pathogens, but a mounting list of unintended consequences began impacting our hand health: poorly fitted gloves, restricted hand movements, reduced tactile sensitivity, skin sensitivities and allergies and high material failure rates.

Providing dental care is literally a hands-on activity. Today there are affordable, high quality ergonomically-certified gloves made from advanced formulations that provide comfortable fit, improve tactical sensitivity, reduce skin sensitivities, and are formulated for long, wet procedures. Learn how proper glove will help keep your hands healthy.

Educational Support Provided by: Ansell

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The Management of Oral Lichen Planus
Faculty: Kimberly M. Parsons, MEd, CDA, EFDA, RDH
Expiration Date: April 20, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010, 737

Oral lichen planus is an immune-mediated and chronic inflammatory condition that can cause erosion of the oral mucosa. The disease is described as reticular, erosive, atrophic, or bullous in nature, and it typically develops in women in their fifth and sixth decades. Reticular oral lichen planus, absent erythema, is asymptomatic and does not usually need intervention. However, as there is potential for conversion to carcinoma, reticular oral lichen planus associated with erythema or erosion needs treatment and periodic re-evaluation. The literature suggests that erosive and ulcerated oral lichen planus is best managed with topical corticosteroid preparations and, in refractory cases, systemic steroids. Several other immunosuppressive medications and non-medication based interventions are also available, but at greater cost and with greater potential for adverse reactions and side effects. This educational review article focuses on best practices in the management of oral lichen planus.

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Nitrous Oxide: Use and Safety
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: April 15, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 010, 132

In dentistry, nitrous oxide is the most commonly used inhalation anxiolytic and sedation adjunct. It reduces anxiety, pain, and memory of the treatment experienced. It is a valuable component of the armamentarium available to clinicians. When used correctly, it is predictable, effective, and safe.

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Stress-Free Direct Composite Veneers
Faculty: Ian Shuman, DDS
Expiration Date: April 08, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 254

Direct composite veneers serve as one method for restoring anterior teeth. However, many dentists shy away from this procedure due to a lack of innate artistic talent, lack of experience, past failures, and the length of time needed to complete the procedure. As a result, they opt for laboratory-fabricated alternatives. This course will demonstrate the steps required to fabricate direct composite veneers in a highly simplified manner using veneer templates and microhybrid composite resin.

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Treatment Planning Guidelines and Prosthetic Options for the Edentulous Patient
Faculty: Alessandro Geminiani, DDS, MS
Expiration Date: March 01, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 315

The loss of all of the teeth is a life-changing event that brings functional challenges. The consequences of complete edentulism impact areas such as anatomical, esthetic, nutritional, self-esteem, and social interaction. The treatment options for edentulous patients range from conventional complete dentures to fixed implant-retained or supported removable prosthetics (overdenture) to fixed implant.

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Establishing and Maintaining Oral Homeostasis: The Role of Arginine in Modulating the Oral Environment
Faculty: Anne Nugent Guignon, RDH, BS, CSP
Expiration Date: February 01, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 016

Regardless of the mechanism, neutralizing oral acid is a primary goal for preventing or treating caries, erosion, and candidiasis infections. Caries and erosion are classified as pH-mediated conditions. Repeated acid attacks eventually damage enamel, dentin, and cementum. Acidic pH also sets the stage for the development of oral fungal infections. A variety of situations allow the oral pH to become acidic: frequent intake of acidic foods and beverages or fermentable carbohydrates, medical conditions involving regurgitation, acidic stomach acid vapors, insufficient salivary flow, poor-quality saliva, xerostomia, and high numbers of acid-producing microbes.

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The Critical Role of the Oral-Systemic Link in Clinical Practice
Faculty: Kathryn Gilliam, RDH, BA
Expiration Date: January 01, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 490

The associations between periodontal disease and systemic diseases are widely accepted. The term “the oral-systemic link” refers to the connections between the two. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease process resulting from the interaction between bacterial attack and the host inflammatory response. Periodontal disease has been shown to result in inflammation in parts of the body beyond the oral cavity. It is this inflammation and the causative periodontal pathogens that have been implicated as contributing factors, through a variety of pathways, in a multitude of systemic diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, hypertension, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy complications, and a variety of cancers. Research is ongoing to determine the exact mechanisms interconnecting systemic diseases to periodontal disease and the strength of the various interconnections.

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Oral Health Maintenance in Head and Neck Cancer Patients
Faculty: Kathryn Gilliam, RDH, BA
Expiration Date: July 01, 2019
Credits: 3
Format: PDF
Fee: $59.00
AGD Code(s): 735, 741

Many head and neck cancer patients are not treated in large cancer centers that have dental oncologists as a part of the cancer care team. They are being treated in smaller cancer centers or private oncology practices where there may not be a focus on oral health. These people are coming to their regular dental offices for care, often with side effects of their cancer treatment. Standards and protocols are detailed for use in a general dental practice. This course consolidates current recommendations into specific protocols that are easily implemented in the general dental practice. The goal is to give dentists and dental hygienists the confidence to treat head and neck cancer patients effectively and with concern for the whole person who is in need of special care at this vulnerable time.

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