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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Clean Between: Improve Interproximal Plaque Removal and Educate Patients Chairside

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

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Improve Interproximal Plaque Removal and Chairside Patient Education Techniques 

The overall goal of this article is to provide dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with documented information regarding current trends, research, and potential solutions for biofilm removal in between the teeth. Following the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe current trends for manual biofilm removal, including alternative practices for biofilm removal with power-driven patient homecare options;
2. Review proper techniques for educating patients on manual plaque removal;
3. Describe options for patient care delivery, coordinating research and industry education with chairside recommendations and patient education.

Abstract

Despite widely recognized evidence that most severe problems with gum tissue health occur between the teeth, effective methods for the removal of interproximal plaque and biofilm have proved to be a controversial topic in today’s dental industry. One clinician may promote the benefits of manual plaque and biofi lm disruption using an interproximal aid the patient accepts for compliance, while another clinician, sometimes practicing in the same office swears only flossing can be considered the gold standard in home care and no other available option will be effective for the patient except floss. Although these incongruencies in chairside recommendations will likely continue, the one remaining piece of evidence dental professionals can agree on is that interproximal care added to toothbrushing removes more plaque than brushing alone. Since providers, all agree on this fact, it is imperative that dental professionals remain current not only in the available research and modalities for interproximal plaque removal, but also in the proper techniques in chairside education and specific recommendations made to patients regarding the purchase of interproximal care items.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Dentifrice Ingredients Guide to Patient-Specific Recommendations

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

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A Clinician's Guide to Dentifrices

At the completion of this program, the participant will

  • Describe the importance of using dentifrices to maintain oral health
  • Be able to list and describe ingredients in dentifrices
  • List the different broad categories of dentifrices
  • Understand the misconceptions about dentifrice abrasives
  • Compare the differences in abrasives in dentifrices
  • List the therapeutic agents in dentifrices
  • Understand the basis for dentifrice recommendations to patients

Abstract

Patients have a variety of oral conditions that will require the dental professional to provide recommendations for dentifrices based upon the product’s ingredients.  Dentifrices contain active ingredients or additives that perform specific functions.  These ingredients and additives include abrasives, fluorides, remineralizing agents, desensitizing agents, antiplaque agents, and anti-tartar ingredients.  Toothpastes also contain detergents, humectants, thickeners, preservatives, flavoring agents, sweeteners, and coloring agents.  This article will review the common ingredients in toothpastes and the role abrasives play in plaque and stain removal.  Also, abrasives in toothpastes can have an efficacious role in the treatment of gingivitis and caries prevention.  It is the responsibility of the oral care professional to understand the ingredients in dentifrices so that patients can be provided specific recommendations based upon their individual needs.


COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Church & Dwight.
 

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

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Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis 

The overall goal of this article is to provide the reader with information and scientific data on recurrent aphthous stomatitis. On completion of this course, the participant will be able to do the following:
1. List and describe the different types of recurrent aphthous ulcers;
2. Differentiate between recurrent aphthous ulcers and herpes simplex ulcers;
3. List and consider the different types of ulcers and associated conditions that must be part of the differential diagnosis for recurrent aphthous ulcers; and
4. Provide an overview of the types of treatments available for the different categories of recurrent aphthous ulcer patients.

Abstract

Recurrent aphthous ulcers are commonly found in the general population. They consist of minor, major, and herpetiform types. A number of factors are considered to be possible etiological factors for recurrent aphthous ulcers; however, their exact etiology remains unclear. Several systemic diseases and conditions associated with oral ulcerations and other causes of oral ulcerations must be considered during the differential diagnosis. Once a definitive diagnosis for recurrent aphthous ulceration has been made, the patient can be given palliative care for the lesions as well as advice and recommendations on nutrition, oral hygiene practices, and other factors that may be associated with his or her recurrent aphthous ulcers.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Course 67 of 95

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

What you never knew about tooth sensitivity…and how to effectively treat it!

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

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Understanding Dental Sensitivity 

After completing this webinar, participants will understand:

» The two causes of / how to treat / and how to prevent / dentinal hypersensitivity found with:
o General sensitivity
o Exposed root sensitivity
o Post restorative (including crowns) sensitivity
o Hygiene and post periodontal surgery
o Teeth whitening

» Why some teeth end up requiring endodontic therapy at some point after new crowns and other restorations – and how to prevent that from ever happening again.

» How various desensitizers work, and what to look for in the ideal desensitizer.

» Why some patients are more or less susceptible to sensitivity.

» Why teeth whitening sensitivity occurs, and how to prevent it.

» What causes whitening zingers and how to prevent them.

Abstract

If you’re a practicing dentist, sensitivity is a thorn in your side…period. We’re all frustrated with sensitivity. I’m talking about chronic sensitivity (and unhappy patients), sometimes ending up in endodontic therapy, after new crowns are placed. And sensitivity after direct restorations. Sensitivity during and after hygiene procedures – and acute sensitivity after periodontal treatment, including surgery.

What about patients with super-sensitive exposed roots due to gingival recession? And of course there are simply those patients who constantly complain that their teeth are sensitive in general. Oh… and let’s not forget about the complaints of sensitivity during and after whitening procedures.

But did you know that if you really understood everything there is to know about sensitivity, all the various reasons it happens, how various desensitizers work, when and how to treat all of these types of sensitivity… and especially how to prevent it, you (and your patients) could breathe a huge sigh of relief?

Well, take heart. This webinar will teach you things you never knew before. And following the suggestions in the webinar will promptly lead to that needed sigh of relief!

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Kor Whitening.

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Etiologies, Sequelae and Management of Dry Mouth

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Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

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Etiologies, Sequelae and Management of Dry Mouth

The overall goal of this article is to provide the reader with information on the causes and management of the oral complications of dry mouth. After competing this article, the reader will be able to:

1. Review saliva production and the functions of saliva;

2. List and describe etiologies for dry mouth;

3. Describe common oral complications, signs and symptoms associated with dry mouth; and,

4. Review options for the prevention, management and treatment of oral complications.

Abstract

Dry mouth affects a significant proportion of the population, with an increased prevalence with age. Etiologies include medication use, autoimmune diseases, head and neck radiation, chemotherapy, certain viral infections and a number of other causes. In addition, etiologies of transient dry mouth include dehydration, mouth breathing, snoring, tobacco and alcohol. Given the functions of saliva, the oral complications of dry mouth are significant, including an increased risk of dental caries, dental erosion, oral infections and irritations. Patients also experience difficulties eating, drinking, swallowing and talking. The management and treatment of the oral complications of dry mouth is essential to help restore and maintain oral health and quality of life.

 

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from ORAPHARMA.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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Biofilm, the host response and treatment in periodontal disease

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

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The overall goal of this article is to provide information on periodontal disease and the role of biofilm in its development and progression. After completing the article, the reader will be able to:

1. Review the role of biofilm in periodontal disease;

2. Describe the pathogenesis of periodontal disease, destructive and protective chemical mediators;

3. List and describe risk factors; and,

4. Review options for treating chronic periodontitis and their efficacy.

Abstract

Periodontal disease, including gingivitis, is prevalent in the general population. Periodontal pathogens contained in dental biofilm play a central role in periodontitis; however, it is the interactions between the host and the biofilm that influence the onset and progression of the disease. Risk factors include environmental, acquired and genetic factors, some of which are modifiable risks. Initial periodontal therapy is typically nonsurgical scaling and root planing, followed by re-evaluation and periodontal maintenance. Antimicrobials may be used adjunctively, including systemic antibiotics, subantimicrobial doxycycline and locally applied antimicrobials. The use of adjuncts, where indicated, is guided by guidelines, and clinical judgment for the individual patient. The overall goal of therapy is to preserve the dentition and maintain or gain clinical attachment, and to prevent disease recurrence.

 

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from ORAPHARMA.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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