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Periodontics - Facts, Fiction and the Future

Course Description:
This presentation will provide an entertaining and informative review of some myths and misconceptions surrounding periodontics and implant dentistry. We will also explore what the future holds for the profession and how the role of the dental hygienist is evolving in the era of collaborative care.

Learning Objectives:
•  Dispel some common myths about periodontal and peri-implant disease
•  Separate the facts from the fiction about products and techniques we use every day
•  Discuss future therapies that dental hygienists can incorporate into their practice

Subgingival Biofilm Control through Air Polishing and Piezo-Electric

Course Description:
Learn how to do what you have thought was impossible. Gain time in your hygiene appointment without compromising but even improving your quality of care.
•  Utilization of air polishing and piezoelectric scaling equipment
•  Application of supra and subgingival air polishing techniques
•  Characteristics and application for various air polishing powders
•  Implementation of air polishing therapy into your treatment protocol. Participants will have a sense of assurance and confidence in their approach to subgingival biofilm control being effective, efficient and safe

Learning Objectives:
•  Understand biofilm and it’s management
•  Understanding the new disease model
•  Polymicrobial Symbiotic and Dysbiosis- Beyond the red complex

Emerging Legislation, Laws, and Implementation of Mobile Dentistry and Teledentistry
Course Description:
The Action for Dental Health Act of 2017 and 2018 lobbied by the ADA and passed into law by congress are just a few of the new laws that have been passed in order to allow increased access to care for millions across the United States. The purpose of this lecture is to discuss and educate dental professionals about these new guidelines and present guidelines for Mobile clinicians and Teledentists on how to implement them into their practices. Topics that will be discussed in the course are emerging trends, opportunities, and restrictions in the practice of Mobile Dentistry and Teledentistry as it pertains to dentists, hygienists, and HIPAA regulations.

Learning Objectives
•  Understanding laws, rules and regulations for mobile dentistry and teledentistry
•  Opportunities for Hygienists and dental clinicians interested in mobile dentistry
•  Emerging technologies in dentistry and their applications for Hygienists

Achieving Patient Compliance in Home Care

Course Description:
Achieving optimal oral health for our periodontally involved patients is not just the practitioner’s job, but we must also depend on our patient’s oral home care routines and compliance. This course will discuss strategies for deciding continuing care intervals based on utilizing assessments appropriately, considering the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) guidelines of periodontal classification, and understanding the microbiome of the oral cavity. After we have decided how often we will see our patients, how will we achieve patient compliance? Next we will discuss oral hygiene instruction related to how we administer the instruction, how the patient retains the information, and how we document. It makes a difference. Lastly, not every patient is the same, so we must tailor the home care regimen recommendations. Based on research and specific patient needs, we will discuss what types of modalities to recommend.

Course Highlights:
•  Identify appropriate continuing care intervals
•  Strategize an effective approach to professional oral hygiene instruction
•  Deliver individualized home care recommendations based on patient needs

Prognosis for the Periodontally Compromised Tooth

Course Description:
A Historical Perspective Along With Short and Long-Term Follow up of Cases. Establishing an accurate periodontal prognosis is paramount to case success. Prognosis is often thought of as being “static,” established once, and never to change. However, proper periodontal therapy can alter a tooth’s prognosis, if done in time. This course will show both short and long-term cases where prognosis has changed during therapy.

Learning Objectives:
•  Identifying the clinical factors used in assigning prognosis
•  Understanding the historical research that leads to the modern day concept of prognosis
•  Defining the new concept of periodontal diseases and host susceptibility as factors used in determining prognosis

The New Normal: Trends That Could Impact Patients

Course Description:
In recent decades, we have observed enormous technological advancements, which is driving healthcare in many ways. Oral healthcare is no exception, from new midlevel providers to new self-care tools. We are also living through a global pandemic. This presentation will discuss how we deal with aerosol generating procedures, the timeline of return to normalcy in oral healthcare, and new methods of safe dental treatment. It will review current protocols in preserving implant health, the evolution of infection control and how it is changing, and the clinical management of xerostomia. New products such as personalized, automated brushing tools will be showcased. In addition, we will mention artificial Intelligence, CRISPR, augmented reality, 3D-printing, and teledentistry.

Learning Objectives:
•  •Compare the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions updates with the previous classification made in 1999
•  Recognize what the EFP toolkit comprises and how it is used’
•  Identify at least three evolving technologies changing the face of dental hygiene and oral health care
•  Assess how mitigation will play a key role in enabling recovery of the oral healthcare sector during/after COVID-19

Covid-19 Hand Scaling Essentials - - -Virtual Presentation

Course Description:
The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly affected dental and dental hygiene practice. To address state and national guidance for aerosol abatement, many practitioners are renewing their focus and reliance on hand instrumentation for effective patient care. This course emphasizes best practices with essential hand instruments to help practitioners return to work in these times. Learn how proper techniques can help you avoid fatigue and improve effectiveness. Recommendations for ideal cassette and instrument selection, along with reinvigorating your hand instrumentation techniques and timely tips for safe clinical practice will be discussed. .

Course Objectives:
•  Recognize best cassette designs for infection prevention and instrument longevity
•  Identify and select the optimal hand instruments for
a. Recare scaling
b. Periodontal maintenance scaling
c. Initial therapy quadrant scaling with anesthesia
•  Describe best evaluation before hand scaling
a. Probe and explorer design
b. Probing and exploring pressure and technique
•  4. Describe best hand instrumentation techniques for easing strain and providing effective scaling
a. Grasp and pressure for Examination Vs. Scaling
b. Ideal fulcrums for various situations
i. Close, intraoral
ii. Opposite Arch
iii. Extraoral
iv. Finger on finger
v. Cross Arch
c. Insertion to base of sulcus/pocket
d. Best angulation – visual cues
e. Stroke pressure, direction and activation
i. For maintenance – biofilm, light calculus removal
ii. For initial therapy – moderate to heavy calculus removal
•  Describe best evaluation after hand scaling
a. Exploring pressure
b. Exploring technique
•  Describe safe use of water and suction

“Are You’re Patients Too Sensitive?” ... Addressing Oral Hypersensitivity/Pain Management with Today’s Patients

Course Description:
Caries infection has increased in today’s population and continues to be a major disease for children and adults. This course discusses the impact of Nanotechnology on today’s preventative and restorative materials. Attendees will have a “hands-on forum” to provide their dental teams with new findings on today’s desensitizers, fluoride applications and dental tooth creams used to combat patient’s current symptoms and effectively handle pain management.

Learning Objectives:
•  Gain an understanding of new research findings that can contribute to the evidence for application of varnish with chemotherapeutic fluoride treatment
•  Understand the findings of recent research exploring how dental practitioners are using scientific evidence in their patient treatment decisions and patient counseling
•  Attendees will learn about the method of applying Xylitol containing, natural and artificial-based fluoride treatments and Nano filled tooth creams
•  Understand how to discuss options with your patient to better manage their sensitivity and pain issues that occur when they neglect their oral health
•  Understand the correct 2020 CDT coding for hygiene procedures and incorporate certain hygiene procedures in daily patient discussions to increase profitability in the office

Diode Laser Certification in the US

Course Description:
Working with hands–on simulation exercises, detailed instrumentation photography and video, these programs are designed to build new clinical skills, confidence, and clinical understanding in the delivery of periodontal treatment protocols by using Soft Tissue Dental Lasers.

Learning Objectives:
•  Expand your existing Hygiene treatment model through the adjunctive use of lasers.
•  Interpret laser tissue interaction, power settings and the various techniques used to obtain optimal clinical outcome with periodontal therapy, recall, medically compromised patients, and difficult to manage areas.
•  Learn the specifics of initiated and bare fiber tip applications.
•  Practice the clinical technique and methods associated with laser sulcular debridement and disinfection.
•  Successfully Increase the Number of Hygiene Laser periodontal therapy, laser recall management, and laser surgical procedures per day, and profit from your patients saying “YES” to the incorporation of laser technology

Providing Care in a Marijuana Legal World

Course Description:
Have you thought about how medical and recreational marijuana use may impact you as a practitioner? This course will discuss your possible liabilities in the treatment of patients using this drug. With states legalizing marijuana, it will be challenging to address just how to safely provide dentistry to our patients. We’ll discuss how to make common sense decisions on a topic that may prove to be very challenging in the future. We will also discuss the basic history, method of use, myths, and provide a general knowledge of this complex and ever-changing topic.

Learning Objectives:
•  This class will provide some of the history of marijuana.
•  This course will describe marijuana and how it is used.
•  The class will define physical implications of medical and recreational marijuana use.
•  This class will discuss myths and truths of medical and recreational marijuana use.
•  This class will list the effects of marijuana use on the dentition and oral tissue.
•  The course will discuss contraindications in providing dentistry to patients using marijuana in a medical or recreational manor.
•  The class will explore possible health care provider liabilities in regards to treating patients using marijuana for clinical or recreational purposes

Why I Am Ditching My Scaler and Going with the “Flow”

Course Description:
Dentistry is ever changing but the profession has the bad rap of not changing and adapting fast enough. Even if you graduated last year, you could still be behind in your knowledge. The comment, “that’s not what I learned in school” is often heard from many clinicians. This course will tackle some common “old practices” and will inspire you to update the dogmatic approach you may have to patient care procedures.

Learning Objectives:
•  List the ways that dentistry anticipates results from older recommendations but patients
are not complying with.
•  Analyze current at-home recommendations for patients including product give-a-ways
•  Review past expectations and employ new recommendations to motivate patients

Revalations on Implant Maintenance & Peri-Implantitis Revealed?

Course Description:
As dental professionals, we face new challenges to assess, maintain and recommend home-care for dental implant patients. This course will revel answers on what technology, instruments, and products that are safe to use on implants and around
implant-borne restorations. End the confusion with a comprehensive system for ceramic and titanium implant assessment, instrumentation, monitoring, and home-care recommendations based on Susan’s textbook; Peri-Implant Therapy for the Dental Hygienist: Clinical Guide
to Maintenance and Disease Complications.

Learning Objectives:
•  Learn the current research for new protocols, tools, & treatments for periodontal therapy
•  Review the current research on ceramic and titanium implants, what technology, instruments, and home-care products to use, what not to use.
•  Provide safe implant assessment, maintenance and home-care recommendations for all forms of dental implants, their restorations/ prostheses including Full Arch Fixed Hybrids.
•  Gain an understanding of peri-implantitis and its prevention and treatments.14px;



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