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Choose from more than 150 free continuing dental education courses a CE library provided exclusively by Procter & Gamble’s Crest Oral-B.  The Procter & Gamble Company is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider and is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry for Fellowship, Mastership, and Membership Maintenance Credit.  See details below.

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A Guide to Clinical Differential Diagnosis of Oral Mucosal Lesions

Michael W. Finkelstein, DDS, MS

The primary goal of this course to help you learn the process of clinical differential diagnosis of diseases and lesions of the oral mucosa.  The first step in successful therapeutic management of a patient with an oral mucosal disease or lesion depends upon creating a differential diagnosis.  This course also includes both an interactive and downloadable decision tree to assist in the diagnosis.

4 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jun 04, 2002
Jul 25, 2013
Jul 24, 2016

A History and Update of Fluoride Dentifrices

Robert V. Faller, BS; James S. Wefel, PhD

This course is a review and update of cosmetic and therapeutic dentifrices, their impact on market shares and the development of multi-benefit dentifrice technologies.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 19, 2006
Apr 07, 2014
Apr 06, 2017

A Prospective Clinical Study to Evaluate the Effect of Manual and Power Toothbrushes on Pre-existing Gingival Recessions

Diana Wolff, DDS; Christof E. Dörfer, DDS, PhD; Daniela Joerss, DDS

The aim of this course is to evaluate gingival recession changes after six months of brushing with an oscillating-rotating power toothbrush (PT) or an ADA reference manual toothbrush (MT).

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Nov 05, 2009
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 20, 2016

Actinic Cheilosis: Etiology, Epidemiology, Clinical Manifestations, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS

This continuing education course presents the etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of actinic cheilosis.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
May 11, 2012
N/A
May 10, 2015

Addressing Language and Cultural Barriers of the Spanish Speaking Patient

Cynthia Sellers, RDA

As this nation of 308.7+ million people interact with and attempts to assimilate 1 million new Hispanic arrivals each year, some dental practices may choose to become more aware of an unfamiliar language and culture.  Hispanics now comprise more than 16.3% of the U.S. population.  Between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population increased by 43%, a percentage that is expected to increase.  Creating a dental office in which Hispanics are comfortable and well served will be very important to future growth for some dental offices.  And all dental practices are likely to find that treating patients with language and cultural differences is much easier if the dental team is prepared.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Oct 29, 2008
May 01, 2012
Apr 30, 2015

Adverse Reactions to Latex Products: Preventive and Therapeutic Strategies for Oral Healthcare Settings

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS

This course is based on a review of the literature and presents the etiology and epidemiology of adverse reactions to latex products, clinical manifestations of adverse reactions to latex products, and strategies for the prevention and treatment of adverse reactions to latex products.
 

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Apr 21, 2006
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 30, 2017

Aging, Systemic Disease and Oral Health: Implications for Women Worldwide (Part I)

Pam Hughes, RDH, MS

This course will review global prevalence and risk factors of three common health conditions among aging women:  cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.  It explores prevention and treatment approaches, connections to oral health, and specific treatment plans for each condition.  (This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on women, aging and oral health.  Part 2 is available in the dentalcare.com CE library.)

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Sep 01, 2007
Jun 30, 2014
Jun 29, 2017

Aging, Systemic Disease and Oral Health: Implications for Women Worldwide (Part II)

Pam Hughes, RDH, MS

Part one of this two-part series on Women, Aging and Oral Health appears in the dentalcare.com CE library and introduced the global prevalence and risk factors of three common health conditions among aging women:  cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.  The aim of this course is to provide dental professionals with prevention and treatment approaches, information on connections to oral health and specific treatment plans for each condition.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Nov 21, 2008
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 20, 2015

Alginate Impression and Diagnostic Study Model Techniques

Ellen G. Gambardella, CDA, M.Ed.; Rita J. Johnson, CDA, RDH, MA

Accumulation of dental data provides the foundation for comprehensive dental care.  Alginate impressions and study models have been used in dentistry for years, primarily to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning.  This continuing education course is intended to show how alginate impressions and study models are a valuable adjunct in providing optimal patient care.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students
Oct 07, 2010
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 02, 2017

An Introduction to the Herpes Viruses

Joseph Knight, PA; Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

This course will review the global prevalence and risk factors of herpes infections.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students
Oct 08, 2007
Jan 09, 2012
Jan 08, 2015

An Update on Demineralization/Remineralization

Mark E. Jensen, MS, DDS, PhD; Robert V. Faller, BS

This course was one of the first courses available on dentalcare.com.  The course has been updated without changing the original content, which is still valid.  The update includes information on new technologies emerging for caries detection and evaluation as well as information on the evidence-based approach for dentistry in the area of demineralization and remineralization.  This primarily includes the use of fluorides with information and resources on how to approach evidence-based dentistry for clinical practice.  This course begins with an historical perspective on caries as a concern in the 1940's as a major public health problem and moves to the clinical practice today...from cure to prevention.  An up-to-date understanding of the caries process in both enamel and root caries are detailed through the discussion of demineralization/ remineralization.  This course has been widely used by clinical staff (dental assistants, hygienists, and dentists in clinical practice) as well as students from all over the world.  This course is not meant to be a comprehensive cariology course but rather an introduction to the concepts of demineralization and remineralization and how they can and should be incorporated into clinical practice.  Upon completion of this course, participants will understand the continued need for fluoride to help protect against the ongoing challenge to tooth structure, secondary lesions and root caries.  Participants will also appreciate the need to examine the literature and evidence when applying clinical preventive techniques for caries prevention.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jul 15, 2005
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 26, 2016

Anatomy & Histology of the Gingiva and Basic Oral Hygiene

Stacy R. Chichester, RDH, MS

Basic knowledge of the supporting structures of the teeth allows dental professionals to accurately examine and assess patients' oral health.  The supporting structures consist of the gingiva, periodontal ligament, cementum and alveolar bone.  The gingiva is the only clinically visible component of the periodontium surrounding and supporting the teeth.  This course will explore the unique characteristics of the gingiva including the basic oral hygiene recommendations necessary for gingival health.

Note:  This course is for informational purposes only and does not offer CE credit.

0 Hour(s)
Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students
Jul 20, 2001
N/A
N/A

Basic Techniques for Management of the Infant and Toddler Patient

Steven Schwartz, DDS

As the trend in the reduction of caries in the patient population continues and dentists scramble to find ways to maintain business by attracting new patients to their practice, many ignore a potential source of patients that exist in their practices… the infant and toddler pediatric patient.  Introducing the pediatric dental patient during infancy and the toddler stage can have a mutual benefit for the child, parent, and dentist.  Behavior modification techniques such as non-traumatic physical restraint and desensitization may be used to gain patient cooperation.  Early examination can uncover potential problems thereby reducing future negative consequences of delayed intervention.  Informing parents of the advantages of early dental care for their child is the most effective marketing strategy.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Feb 25, 2004
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 02, 2017

Biofilm: A New View of Plaque
Biofilm: A New View of Plaque
[Course Number: 42 ]

Pamela R. Overman, EdD, RDH

The primary learning objective for this course is to increase your general knowledge of the various ways that dental professionals have viewed plaque throughout the years, highlighting the current view of plaque as a biofilm and the ramifications for periodontal therapy.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Apr 17, 2001
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 07, 2016

Blood Pressure Guidelines and Screening Techniques

Connie M. Kracher, PhD, MSD

Taking patients’ blood pressure during dental examinations is critical to their overall health.  High blood pressure is a proven risk factor for cardiovascular disease, heart failure, stroke, and renal (kidney) disease.  Many patients see a dentist more frequently than a physician, giving the dental team the responsibility to inform their patients of their blood pressure reading and how it may affect their overall health.  Blood pressure should be taken at each recare dental examination, before any procedure on patients with a history of high blood pressure, and before procedures that cause apprehension, such as oral surgery.  The patient should always be told what their blood pressure reading is so that they can keep track of differences themselves.  Establishing a baseline reading for your patient in a non‑stress producing environment produces a more accurate reading if you need to make a medical referral.  Screening for blood pressure by the dental professional has proven to be extremely effective since many patients with hypertension may be unaware of their condition.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jul 13, 2006
Feb 29, 2012
Feb 28, 2015

Caries Process and Prevention Strategies:  Demineralization/Remineralization

Susan Higham, BSC, PhD, CBiol, MSB

This is part 5 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  In this course, the dynamic process of demineralization and remineralization is discussed, paying particular attention to tooth hard tissue structure, the role of acid production by cariogenic bacteria, and the critical pH at which tooth enamel begins to dissolve.  The role of acid-reducing bacteria, saliva, and fluoride in tooth hard tissue remineralization will also be explained.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jan 13, 2011
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 27, 2017

Caries Process and Prevention Strategies:  The Agent

Susan Higham, BSC, PhD, CBiol, MSB

This is part 2 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  Dental caries is a multifactorial, infectious disease affecting a significant percentage of the population.  This course describes the etiology and pathways of progression of dental caries, including an in-depth review of the role of dental plaque and oral bacteria.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 09, 2010
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 27, 2017

Caries Process and Prevention Strategies:  The Environment

Susan Higham, BSC, PhD, CBiol, MSB

This is part 4 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  In this course, the role of fermentable carbohydrates is discussed, paying particular attention to how caries can be influenced by the cariogenic potential of ingested sugars and starches, the physical traits of ingested carbohydrates (such as their adhesiveness), and the frequency of intake and exposure to sugars.  The Stephan curve, which illustrates the dental pH changes over time in response to a carbohydrate challenge, is also introduced, with a discussion of how factors such as the type of carbohydrate, the buffering capacity of bacteria, and the type and amount of bacteria present in plaque affect dental plaque pH responses.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jan 13, 2011
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 27, 2017

Caries Process and Prevention Strategies:  The Host

Susan Higham, BSC, PhD, CBiol, MSB

This is part 3 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  It has been established that a host must be present for caries to develop.  In this course, three host factors – the tooth, saliva, and the oral cavity’s immune response – are introduced, and their roles in the caries process are explained.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jan 13, 2011
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 27, 2017

Caries Process and Prevention Strategies: Diagnosis

Amid I. Ismail, BDS, MPH, MBA, DrPH

This is part 6 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  This course introduces the dental professional to the importance of caries diagnosis in prevention of the disease, as well as the intricate link between caries diagnosis and treatment.  The two main methods of lesion diagnosis used today—the visual–tactile method and bitewing radiography—are discussed, including recent advancements that improve their sensitivity, as well as their limitations.  Topics also include newer methods of caries diagnosis, and a brief discussion of why too-early caries lesion diagnosis can be counterproductive and the benefits of enlisting the help of pediatricians in diagnosing caries in children.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Aug 19, 2011
N/A
Feb 17, 2015

Caries Process and Prevention Strategies: Epidemiology

Edward Lo, BDS, MDS, PhD, FHKAM

This is part 1 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  Oral epidemiology is the area of public health that deals with the distribution and the impact of oral disease on the human population.  In this course, emphasis is placed on the relevance of epidemiology to clinical practice and information about the prevalence, incidence, and trends of dental caries in the United States is presented.  The term DMF (decayed, missing, and filled teeth) is introduced, along with variations and limitations of the DMF index, and an explanation of how to calculate DMF scores.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 09, 2010
N/A
Dec 08, 2014

Caries Process and Prevention Strategies: Erosion

Susan Higham, BSC, PhD, CBiol, MSB

This is part 7 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  This course establishes the concept of dental erosion as a condition that is distinct from caries, and as an emerging public health issue with increasing prevalence in people of all ages.  Although often generalized under the heading of “tooth wear,” there are actually two distinct tooth surface loss processes that must be taken into account.  Tooth surface loss can be the result of physical mechanisms, such as attrition and abrasion, or chemical mechanisms triggered by acid.  Both of these mechanisms are discussed, as well as the chemical, biological, and behavioral factors that increase or reduce risk of tooth surface loss.  In addition, diagnosis and prevention measures related to dental erosion are introduced.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 17, 2017

Caries Process and Prevention Strategies: Intervention

Marjolijn Hovius, RDH

This is part 9 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  This course introduces the dental professional to the important role of fluoride in the prevention and control of dental caries.  Systemic and topical forms of fluoride delivery are discussed as options for the majority of patients, and professional forms of fluoride delivery are discussed as sometimes-necessary measures for high-risk patients with severe caries.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 17, 2017

Caries Process and Prevention Strategies: Prevention

Marjolijn Hovius, RDH

This is part 8 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  This course introduces the dental professional to the concept of oral health promotion and education as a means of preventing caries.  The topics discussed include understanding patient behavior, the barriers to change a patient may experience, why it is important for a dental professional to provide continuous support even when a patient is slow to change, and helping a patient to set goals that promote caries-reducing habits.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 17, 2017

Caries Process and Prevention Strategies: Risk Assessment

Marjolijn Hovius, RDH

This is part 10 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  This course introduces the dental professional to risk terminology, and methods for identifying caries-causing factors and assessing a patient's risk for developing dental caries.  It also outlines a risk protocol that can be used with patients.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 17, 2017

Child Abuse and Neglect: Implications for the Dental Professional

Stephen A. Jessee, DDS; Amos S. Deinard, MD, MPH

This continuing education course will provide information on the various types of child abuse and neglect; describe its victims and perpetrators; and outline the dental professionals' responsibilities in the recognition, reporting, treatment, and prevention of such cases.

Dental Students:  This is part two of a two part continuing education training program.  The first part is Dr. Amos Deinard's "Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Maltreatment" training course.  For students taking this training program, both parts must be taken.  Your test results will be submitted to your school's designated course manager so that you can be credited for completing this course.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
May 15, 2003
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 29, 2015

Clinical Encounters in Pediatric Dentistry

Steven Schwartz, DDS

This course is designed teach the recognition and management of a variety of dento/orofacial conditions and problems commonly found in pediatric patients from infancy to adolescence.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Apr 01, 2010
Feb 28, 2013
Feb 27, 2016

Clinical Practice Guideline for an Infection Control/Exposure Control Program in the Oral Healthcare Setting

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA

This course will describe how to develop infection control/exposure control strategies appropriate for the oral healthcare setting.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
May 14, 2009
Jul 02, 2012
Jul 01, 2015

Commonly Prescribed Medications in Pediatric Dentistry

Steven Schwartz, DDS

The prescription of medications are more complicated than in the past with clinicians dealing with an increasing number of issues such as microbial resistance to prescribed antibiotics and drug interactions within the increased number of medications used by both adult and pediatric patients.  In this course the reader will learn the characteristics, warnings and precautions and proper dosage for adult and pediatric patients for the following categories of medications:  Antimicrobials (antibiotics, antifungals, and antivirals), analgesics, and fluorides.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
May 01, 2009
Dec 13, 2012
Dec 12, 2015

Counseling and Treating Bad Breath Patients: A Step-By-Step Approach

Patricia A. Lenton, RDH, MA; Georgia Majerus, RDH, BS; Bashar Bakdash, DDS, MPH, MSD

The purpose of this course is to provide dental professionals with practical strategies to facilitate the discussion and treatment and oral malodor in the dental office.  This course describes a useful communication model (P-LI-SS-IT) specifically aimed at discussing potentially sensitive issues.  Several simulated dialogues are provided of how this communication model can be applied in the dental office.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jan 23, 2003
Aug 03, 2012
Aug 02, 2015

Creating a Blueprint to Achieve Total Success

Steven Schwartz, DDS

Whether starting a career or in practice for 20 years, it is important individuals create a process or “blueprint” that clarifies goals and provides a method to achieve them.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Office Managers, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jun 05, 2014
N/A
Jun 04, 2017

Cuidado Dental de los Bebés
Cuidado Dental de los Bebés
[Course Number: 6387 ]

Ivonne Ganem, DMD, MPH

Los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades reporta que la caries es quizás la enfermedad infecciosa más prevalente en niños de EE.UU. Más del 40% de los niños tienen caries para cuando entran al jardín infantil. Para prevenir las enfermedades orales, las intervenciones preventivas deben comenzar en la infancia. Es importante que los proveedores sean conscientes de cómo educar a sus pacientes adultos cuando deberían empezar a traer a sus hijos a la oficina dental para un examen oral. La razón más importante de esta visita es comenzar un programa de prevención completo en donde se establezcan medidas para prevenir enfermedades como la caries de la infancia temprana (ECC).

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 12, 2011
N/A
Dec 11, 2014

Current Concepts in Preventive Dentistry

Connie M. Kracher, PhD, MSD

This course includes areas of prevention that are important for the dental professional to assess during your patients’ dental examinations.  Dentistry includes many different preventive practices, such as prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, full-mouth and bite-wing radiographs, sealants and other forms of primary preventive treatments used to detect dental caries and periodontal disease early.

5 Hour(s)
Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jan 01, 2009
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 07, 2015

Dental Anatomy: A Review
Dental Anatomy: A Review
[Course Number: 421 ]

Kimberly Bland, CDA, EFDA, M.Ed.; Antoinette Metivier

It is important for the dental team to know the appearance of normal anatomy of the face and oral cavity.  This knowledge provides a sound basis for identifying abnormal conditions.  The dentist holds sole responsibility for diagnosis and treatment of the patient, however, the entire dental team should always be alert for abnormal conditions in all patients’ oral cavities.  There are, of course, wide variations of what can be considered normal, but with careful attention to detail the dental team will gain confidence and become more adept at identifying conditions that may require further attention.

2 Hour(s)
Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Apr 24, 2013
N/A
Apr 23, 2016

Dental Care for Infants
Dental Care for Infants
[Course Number: 387 ]

Ivonne Ganem, DMD, MPH

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that caries is perhaps the most prevalent infectious disease in U.S children.  By the time they reach kindergarten, more than 40% of children have caries.  To prevent oral disease, preventive interventions must begin at infancy.  This course will present to providers the importance of educating their adult patients on when they should begin bringing their children to the dental office for an oral exam and to begin a thorough prevention program that will establish measures to prevent diseases such as Early Childhood Caries (ECC).

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 12, 2011
N/A
Dec 11, 2014

Dental Implants and Esthetics
Dental Implants and Esthetics
[Course Number: 203 ]

Chad J. Anderson, MS, DMD; Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD

Dental implants offer patients a means to replace one tooth or multiple teeth in a way that meets functional and esthetic needs.  This course reviews various categories of esthetic complications, including: environmental morphology; surgical and soft tissue healing protocol; implant location; crown/prosthesis form and type of abutment; facial esthetics; and prosthesis discoloration.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 12, 2005
Jan 03, 2012
Jan 02, 2015

Dental Implants: A Comprehensive Review

Sanda Moldovan, DDS, MS, CNS

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are over 100 million people missing teeth, and the need for implant dentistry is stronger than ever.  Patients often ask dental team members questions regarding dental treatment options. Knowledge of the current procedures for implants is a must for anyone in the dental field.  By becoming knowledgeable about different implant options, dental professionals will be able to help patients make educated decisions regarding their dental treatment.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Feb 11, 2013
N/A
Feb 10, 2016

Dental Implications of the ADHD Patient

Elizabeth McClure, RDH, MEd; Patricia Frese, RDH, MEd

The goal of this course is to increase dental healthcare providers’ understanding of treating the patient with ADHD.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
May 06, 2010
Aug 19, 2013
Aug 18, 2016

Dental Management of Patients with Bleeding Disorders

Sandra D'Amato-Palumbo, RDH, MPS

When a patient presents with a bleeding disorder, how should dental providers proceed to manage the complexity of the case?  Management of such medically-complex patients involves “an understanding of basic physiology of hemostasis”, which can greatly enhance one's comprehension of most bleeding and clotting disorders.1  In addition to this composite of knowledge, clinical application of recent evidence-based recommendations can contribute to the management of these patients who may potentially require specialized medical and or dental care.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students
Jun 14, 2008
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 16, 2015

Dental Photography
Dental Photography
[Course Number: 436 ]

Debra Engelhardt-Nash; Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA

Thousands of dental offices are now using dental photography to build patients' trust through visual communication.  Since the largest percent of learning takes place visually, photographs should be part of any comprehensive treatment plan and can be used in diagnosis, education and motivation for the patient, case presentation, laboratory communication, insurance submissions, public relations and marketing.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Nov 04, 2013
N/A
Nov 03, 2016

Dental Terminology and Professional Knowledge

Mary Ann Haisch, RDH, MPA; Nancy Hemingway, RDH, MS

The purpose of this course is for the learner to gain understanding and enhanced vocabulary of dental terminology and overall professional knowledge by training through example, context, engagement and multiple representations of content.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jan 16, 2008
Aug 24, 2014
Aug 23, 2017

Dentinal Hypersensitivity: A Review

Patricia A. Walters, RDH, MSDH, MSOB

Dentinal hypersensitivity is a common dental problem yet it is often under-reported by patients or misdiagnosed.  This course will address the etiology, prevalence and diagnosis of dentinal hypersensitivity as well as review clinical evidence behind popular desensitizing dentifrices.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Oct 18, 2005
Jan 13, 2012
Jan 12, 2015

Designing A Comprehensive Health History

Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA; Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

This course emphasizes risk management and optimum patient care.  This course teaches the basic components of a patient medical history:  including legal, ethical and treatment-related items that must be included on a health history form; requirements for confidentiality and updates of information.  Specific suggestions are included for screening patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other potentially life-threatening conditions.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Nov 16, 2005
Aug 15, 2011
Feb 15, 2015

Developing Effective Interactions with Today’s Faculty and Dental Students

Steven Schwartz, DDS

This course intends to teach faculty a greater understanding of current dental students’ perception of their education.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists
Apr 01, 2014
N/A
Mar 31, 2017

Diabetes: A Multifaceted Syndrome Treatment Considerations in Dentistry

Cynthia A. Stegeman, RDH, EdD, RD, LD, CDE; Lynne H. Slim, RDH, BSDH, MSDH

Diabetes is a major global public health problem and the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Proper management of diabetes will positively impact a patient’s oral health, especially as it relates to risk for periodontal disease.  Determining whether or not medical issues warrant immediate care before elective dental procedures is an important part of patient protocol and needs to be instituted by dental practitioners.  Better overall communication and ongoing interaction between medical and oral healthcare providers is needed to improve the overall health of individuals with diabetes.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 11, 2006
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 11, 2015

Diagnostic and Prognostic Evaluation for the Edentulous Patient

Joseph J. Massad, DDS

As far back as dental history has been recorded, the number one perplexing aspect is determining the outcome and patient satisfaction in complete denture therapy before treatment is started.

With today’s knowledge of the past century, data has been compiled on specific problematic areas preventing an acceptable prognosis.  This video presentation will review a method of evaluating the edentulous patient and addressing known documented factors leading to success and/or failure by predicting the outcome prior to starting treatment.  With the use of an appropriate assessment and examination formula, the practitioner should be able to reasonably predict the outcome.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Nov 27, 2013
N/A
Nov 26, 2016

Digital Radiography in Dentistry: Moving from Film-based to Digital Imaging

Gail F. Williamson, RDH, MS

This continuing education course will provide a foundation for understanding digital imaging technology, necessary equipment, digital imaging receptors, technique, acquisition, enhancement, transfer and storage.  Comparisons with film-based imaging as well as the diagnostic utility of digital images will be discussed.

4 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Feb 03, 2010
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 13, 2017

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Gerard Kugel, DMD, MS, PhD; Chad J. Anderson, MS, DMD; Shradha Sharma, BDS, DMD

This course will give guidelines on how to make esthetic changes for teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned.  Porcelain veneers are considered to be strong and to have great esthetics and a long-term prognosis.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 05, 2008
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 22, 2016

Eastern Medicine Meets Dentistry: The Use of Herbal Supplements in Dentistry Today

Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA

The dental team must be aware of oral products containing herbs and supplements and recognize potentially dangerous combinations between various herbs or supplements and drugs commonly used in dentistry today.

3 Hour(s)
Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jul 01, 2008
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 03, 2017

Eating Disorders: Understanding the Basics and the Oral Implications

Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA

In the United States, it is estimated that anywhere from five to ten million females and approximately one million males struggle with some type of eating disorder.  This course will help the dental professional identify early warning signs of eating disorders that a patient may be exhibiting.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 05, 2007
Sep 03, 2013
Sep 02, 2016

Effective Adult Learning for Oral Health Education

Linda D. Boyd, RDH, RD, EdD

The purpose of this course is to provide dental practitioners with strategies to effectively educate their adult patients in order to prevent and/or manage dental disease.  An overview of adult education principles as well as practical strategies for educating adult learners in the dental setting will be provided.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 12, 2005
Jan 17, 2014
Jan 16, 2017

Effective Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Administration for Children

Steven Schwartz, DDS

Administration of nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia/anxiolysis is a safe and effective technique for reducing and even eliminating anxiety during dental treatment.  This course will describe the objectives, indications and contraindications, and technique for successful administration of nitrous oxide to the pediatric patient.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Students
Nov 20, 2006
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 05, 2015

Environmental Infection Control in Oral Healthcare Settings

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS

This continuing education course presents essential elements of an infection control/exposure control plan for oral healthcare settings with emphasis on environmental infection control.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Sep 23, 2010
Mar 03, 2014
Mar 02, 2017

Evidence-Based Decision Making: Introduction and Formulating Good Clinical Questions

Jane L. Forrest, EdD, BSDH

The primary learning objectives for this course are to:  1) increase your knowledge of evidence-based concepts, principles and skills, and 2) specifically how to formulate a good clinical question in order to find relevant evidence to answer that question.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students
Mar 01, 2008
Apr 07, 2014
Apr 06, 2017

Fabrication of Provisional Crowns and Bridges

Cynthia M. Cleveland, CDA; Angela D. Allen; Niki Henson, RDA, AS

The days of being “just” a dental assistant are gone.  As we continually strive to learn new things and improve our skills, the role of a dental assistant changes.  In many states, laws concerning dental assistants are changing and the dental assistant is now able to perform more, such as fabricating provisional crowns and bridges.  With this growth comes new responsibilities.

3 Hour(s)
Dental Assistants, Dental Assistant Students
Feb 21, 2012
N/A
Feb 20, 2015

Factors Affecting Implant Loss
Factors Affecting Implant Loss
[Course Number: 440 ]

Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD

Implants are highly successful but certain oral and systemic conditions increase the risk of failure.  This presentation will review these risks and suggest appropriate management when such conditions are present.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Dec 06, 2013
N/A
Dec 05, 2016

Forensic Dentistry
Forensic Dentistry
[Course Number: 401 ]

Marsha A. Voelker, CDA, RDH, MS

This continuing education course will provide an overview of forensic dentistry history, various identification methods utilized and how dental professionals can become involved.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Sep 07, 2012
N/A
Sep 06, 2015

Full Coverage Aesthetic Restoration of Anterior Primary Teeth

Steven Schwartz, DDS

Aesthetic treatment of severely decayed primary teeth is one of the greatest challenges to pediatric dentists. Aesthetic full coverage restorations are available for anterior and posterior primary teeth.  This continuing education course will concentrate on aesthetic full coverage restorations for anterior primary teeth.  A subsequent course will deal with full coverage of posterior primary teeth.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jan 09, 2012
N/A
Jan 08, 2015

Fundamentals of Dentifrice: Oral Health Benefits in a Tube

Robert V. Faller, BS; Paula M. Koenigs, PhD

The course will focus on the most common dentifrice ingredients and the oral health benefits they provide.  Upon completion of the course, participants will understand not only the fundamentals of dentifrice ingredients, but also key regulatory aspects of the dentifrice market and the role of professional societies in credentialing consumer dentifrices.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jan 16, 2013
N/A
Jan 15, 2016

Geriatric Dentistry: Reviewing for the Present, Preparing for the Future

Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA

In addition to the medical advances that have enabled people to live longer and healthier lives, dental advances have resulted in the preservation of healthy dentition in later years.  With the increases in retention of natural dentition, more elderly persons are being seen in dental practices more regularly in their advanced years to maintain their oral health.  The older patient frequently presents a variety of treatment dilemmas during dental care, and certain factors should be considered when rendering care.

4 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Oct 31, 2002
Aug 16, 2011
Feb 15, 2015

Gingival Health - Periodontal Assessment

ADAA Council on Education

In today’s busy dental practice, the dental team’s role in data collection for diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease is extremely important.  The dental profession has a legal responsibility to recognize and record findings and also to inform and educate the patient regarding this disease and the prognosis it presents.  Periodontal disease, when recognized and treated early, can have predicable outcomes.

2 Hour(s)
Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Aug 06, 2008
Aug 17, 2011
Feb 16, 2015

Go Green: It’s the Right Thing to Do

ADAA 2009 Council on Education; ADA Council on Dental Practice

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Office Managers, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Oct 03, 2011
N/A
Oct 02, 2014

Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings

Richard D. Bebermeyer, DDS, MBA; Sharon K. Dickinson, CDA, CDPMA, RDA, CRFDA

In 2003, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published updated recommendations for dental infection control. Developed in collaboration with authorities on infection control from the CDC and other public agencies, academia, and private and professional organizations, this course consolidates and expands previous CDC recommendations and incorporates the infection-control provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. This course provides an overview of current CDC recommendations for minimizing the potential for disease transmission during the delivery of dental care.

4 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Sep 06, 2006
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 18, 2016

Hand Hygiene: Infection Control/Exposure Control Issues for Oral Healthcare Workers

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS

It presents the essential elements of an infection control/exposure control plan for the oral healthcare setting with emphasis on hand hygiene

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Mar 04, 2010
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 22, 2016

Hazard Communications & Hazardous Waste Regulations for Dental Offices

Eve Cuny, MS

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Mar 11, 2004
Jun 13, 2013
Jun 12, 2016

HBV and HCV: Infection Control/Exposure Control Issues for Oral Healthcare Workers

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS

This course presents the essential elements of an infection control/exposure control plan for the oral healthcare setting with emphasis on hepatitis B and C infections

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jun 14, 2008
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 06, 2015

Health Literacy for the Dental Team

Patricia A. Lenton, RDH, MA; Jessica Ridpath, BS

This information will increase awareness and understanding by dental health personnel in the matters of health and oral health literacy.  This course will define oral health literacy, describe steps being taken by professional oral healthcare organizations to address oral health literacy issues, and provide dental team members with practical strategies and resources to incorporate into their dental practices in improve patient understanding.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jan 06, 2009
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 07, 2015

Helping the Special Needs Patient Maintain Oral Health

Janet Jaccarino, CDA, RDH, MA

Poor oral hygiene and dental disease may be more prevalent in patients with disabilities due to the effects of their condition and medication on the oral environment.  This course provides dental professionals with information to help the patient with special needs and the caregiver attain the appropriate knowledge to treat and maintain good oral health.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Feb 21, 2012
N/A
Feb 20, 2015

Hepatitis: What Every Dental Professional Needs to Know

Eve Cuny, MS; John A. Molinari, PhD

The risk of cross-infection between dental practitioners, auxiliaries and patients is considered significant, particularly because most human microbial pathogens have been isolated from the oral cavity.  This course will increase awareness and understanding by dental health personnel in the matter of viral hepatitis in terms of clinical and asymptomatic disease, transmission and diagnostic tests, with major emphasis on hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

3 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Oct 08, 2007
Aug 17, 2011
Feb 16, 2015

HIV: Infection Control/Exposure Control Issues for Oral Healthcare Workers

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS

This continuing education course presents the essential elements of an infection control/exposure control plan for the oral healthcare setting with emphasis on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students
Sep 08, 2009
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 20, 2016

HSV and VZV: Infection Control/Exposure Control Issues for Oral Healthcare Workers

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS

This continuing education course presents the essential elements of an infection control/exposure control plan for the oral healthcare setting with emphasis on HSV and VZV infections.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Nov 05, 2009
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 24, 2016

Hypertension: Risk Stratification and Patient Management in Oral Healthcare Settings

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS

This continuing education course presents information on hypertension and its impact on the clinical process in dentistry.  It emphasizes disease-specific and procedures-specific risk factors and the importance of determining a patient’s functional capacity to minimize intraoperative hypertensive, hypotensive, and cardiac risks.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students
Oct 22, 2012
N/A
Oct 21, 2015

Identifying Diseases of the Teeth and Oral Cavity Through Radiographic Images

ADAA 2013 Council on Education; Sandra A. Kolsom, CDA-Emeritus, RDA; Allan G. Farman, BDS, EdS., MBA, PhD

This course will help the dental professional to understand the importance of high-quality radiographic images and will, in the long run, make him or her that much more valuable to the dental team.

4 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Sep 30, 2013
N/A
Sep 29, 2016

Immunological and Inflammatory Aspects of Periodontal Disease

Michael P. Mills, DMD, MS

This course reviews key components of the immune system and their coordinated roles in preventing and eliminating the etiologic agents of disease. Current concepts in the immunopathogenesis of periodontal disease will be discussed with emphasis on the role of inflammation in periodontal tissue destruction.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students
Sep 04, 1996
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 06, 2016

Impression Making for Implant Retained Restorations

Joseph J. Massad, DDS

Prosthetic restoration typically requires multiple follow-up visits for adjustments that are generally negatively perceived by patients and time consuming for office staff.  Preparatory work includes assessment exam, diagnosis and treatment plan.  To achieve optimum results, an evidence-based approach can help achieve predictable outcomes.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Jun 13, 2013
N/A
Jun 12, 2016

Increasing Productivity by Effective Use of Four-Handed Dentistry – Part 1: An Overview of the Concept

Betty Ladley Finkbeiner, CDA-Emeritus, BS, MS

This course is the first of a three-part series and describes and discusses four‑handed dentistry and its integration in the modern dental office.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Sep 03, 2013
N/A
Sep 02, 2016

Increasing Productivity by Effective Utilization of Four‑Handed Dentistry – Part 2: Equipment Selection

Betty Ladley Finkbeiner, CDA-Emeritus, BS, MS

This course is the second of a three‑part series and reviews the selection of dental equipment for use in an ergonomic, four‑handed dental practice.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Sep 03, 2013
N/A
Sep 02, 2016

Increasing Productivity by Effective Utilization of Four-Handed Dentistry – Part 3: Instrument Transfer

Betty Ladley Finkbeiner, CDA-Emeritus, BS, MS

This course is the third of a three-part series and reviews the transfer of dental instruments for use in an ergonomic, four‑handed dental practice.

2 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Sep 03, 2013
N/A
Sep 02, 2016

Influenza Facts and the Healthcare Worker

Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

Every dental team member must take necessary precautions to avoid illness, maintain a safe office environment for both the dental team and its patients, and keep current on new strains of influenza and other respiratory illnesses.  Dental offices should implement a program for screening patients for aerosol transmitted diseases (ATD).  Understanding the risks and how to deal with them can avoid panic, illness and even death.

1 Hour(s)
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Feb 03, 2014
N/A
Feb 02, 2017