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Geriatric Dentistry: Providing Care for an Aging Population, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0855  

Review Date: May 17, 2017

Expiration Date: May 16, 2020

Original Release Date: April 28, 2014

 

The purpose of this course is to help all dental professionals gain an appreciation for the significant opportunities the aging population will bring to their practices, along with the challenges. This course will provide dental professionals with basic knowledge and information in gerontology and geriatric dentistry that will enhance their ability to diagnose and manage older patients who have been affected by age-dependent or age-associated changes. The target audience for this basic-level course will be dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants of all ages and experience levels.

It is often difficult for dentists and dental hygienists to distinguish between normal aging-related changes in the tissues of the oral cavity and those resulting from pathological changes. Some dental professionals are unaware of appropriate strategies for dealing with patients with cognitive impairments who exhibit care resistance. Additionally, many dental professionals lack knowledge of the biological changes that occur as a part of normal aging and the clinical modifications that should be made in dental practice to accommodate those changes. This course will address these gaps in knowledge and many others. Knowledge gained in this course will help dental professionals prepare for the increased number of older adult patients who require their care now and those who will seek their care in the future.

 

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 752

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the demographic characteristics of older adults in the United States.
  • Identify the normal biological changes associated with aging.
  • Explain the normal oral changes associated with aging.
  • Describe the incidence of xerostomia and dental caries in older adults.
  • Identify the oral-systemic links in the older adult population.
  • Describe oral health considerations for the institutionalized older adult.
  • Describe access to care and utilization patterns of older adults.
Author Bio(s)

 

Pamela Stein, DMD, MPH, received her DMD degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1990 and her master of public health degree from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in 2009. She practiced dentistry for 13 years as the attending dentist at two nursing home facilities. In 2003, Dr. Stein was appointed as a full-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry. She is currently an associate professor in the Division of Public Health Dentistry at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where she teaches geriatric dentistry and public health dentistry. Dr. Stein has served as the geriatric oral health consultant to the Kentucky Department of Public Health. She has received funding to investigate sustainable ways to improve the oral hygiene of nursing home residents and has created an oral care curriculum for caregivers of older adults. She has authored several manuscripts and presented nationally on the importance of oral health for older adults. Her other research interests include investigating potential linkages between oral disease and risk of dementia. Findings from her research have been published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Dental Research, the Annals of Long-Term Care, and Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Ford T. Grant, DMD, received his dental degree in 1984 and completed his general practice residency training in 1985, both at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry (ULSD). He was a member of the ULSD faculty for five years and subsequently completed a geriatric fellowship at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging in Lexington. In 1992, Dr. Grant joined the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, where he has served as the director of geriatric dental education and established a nationally recognized mobile nursing home dental service. He is on the faculty of East Carolina University’s School of Dental Medicine. He is a past president and fellow of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry (FASGD), a founding member and diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry (DABSCD), and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, in special needs dentistry (mSND, RCSEd). Dr. Grant has lectured nationally on topics related to geriatric oral health.

Lasers in Dentistry: From Fundamentals to Clinical Procedures, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0884  

Review Date: January 10, 2018

Expiration Date: January 9, 2021

Original Release Date: January 13, 2012

This is a basic laser operations course for every member of the dental team. This course provides outlines for safety regulations, discusses varying laser instruments, and the unique effects of laser energy on oral tissue. It also compares benefits and drawbacks of laser use. Several different clinical procedures are included with raw photo documentation. Every laser device is especially designed for a unique dental condition. A practicing clinician must understand each these devices and their power to interact with their target tissues. Whether the laser is removing decay, reshaping the gingiva, removing lesions or used in a whitening procedure, the same underlying principle of laser use apply. In this course, the fundamental principle taught is that the least amount of energy or power should be used to reach the specific treatment outcome.

 

AGD Subject Code: 752

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the evolving use of lasers in the field of dentistry and their fundamental components.
  • Explain how lasers interact with oral tissues.
  • Describe the lasers currently available for use in dentistry and their specific clinical applications.
  • Identify recommended laser safety protocols.
  • Recognize the benefits and drawbacks of using lasers in dentistry.
  • Discuss the use of lasers in various dental specialties.
Author Bio(s)

Donald J. Coluzzi, DDS, is a health science clinical professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. Dr. Coluzzi received his DDS from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1970 and was in general practice for more than 35 years. He is a charter member and past president of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Laser Dentistry, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and a Master of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. The ALD presented him with the 1999 Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence and the 2006 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Coluzzi has used dental lasers since early 1991 and has earned Advanced Proficiency in Nd:YAG and Er:YAG wavelengths. He has presented around the world on the subject of lasers, co-authored three books, contributed textbook chapters, and published several peer-reviewed articles.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Jeanette Miranda, RDH, BSDH, received her associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Indiana University at South Bend (IUSB) and her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has practiced dental hygiene for more than 35 years in four states and was a clinical hygiene instructor at IUSB. She has attained Standard Proficiency and Fellowship status in the diode laser with the World Clinical Laser Institute, as well as Standard Proficiency, Advanced Proficiency, and Mastership status with the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Currently, Jeanette is employed as a clinical hygienist and serves the Academy of Laser Dentistry as co-chair of the Communication Committee and chair of the Auxiliary Committee. She is a past-president of the South Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association and lectures on dental lasers. 

Dental Radiography: Understanding Radiation Exposure and Safety, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0788  

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: October 11, 2016

Expiration Date: October 10, 2019

 

It is important for a clinician to take dental radiographs based on patient need, and not simply based on routine. Clinicians who take radiographs based on need are providing total quality of care to their dental patients. The decision to order radiographs should be based on several factors, including the patient’s age, dental health, and diet.

This basic-level course outlines the risks and effects of radiation, as well as procedures to reduce radiation exposure to the dental patient. The course provides current research to aid dental practitioners in properly educating their patients about the level of radiation received through dental radiographs. Traditional radiographic film is discussed, along with position-indicating devices, types of cones, and the parallel and bisecting angulation techniques. The advantages and disadvantages of direct and indirect digital radiography are presented. The course outlines current radiation procedures and guidelines that the entire dental team can discuss and review to determine where improvements may be made to the radiation safety procedures currently in use in their dental practice.

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 165
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the sources and forms of radiation – including ionizing radiation – and radiation safety, risks, effects, and exposure reduction.
  • Identify ways to reduce dental radiation dose to the patient.
  • Describe the equipment used for dental radiography, including film, position-indicating devices (film holders), and types of cones.
  • Describe techniques for angulation including the paralleling and bisecting techniques.
  • Describe the types, advantages, and disadvantages of digital radiography.
  • Outline the proper guidelines when preparing a patient for dental radiography.
Author Bio(s)

 

Sharon Crowe, RDH, BSDH, MS, graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene, and completed a master of science degree at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Ms. Crowe was a practicing dental hygienist for more than 25 years. For more than a decade, she worked developing curriculum and teaching in the dental hygienist program at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin, before accepting a teaching and curriculum development position at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. She also works as an administrator for a family health center in Rhinelander. Ms. Crowe has published several continuing education courses in the dental field.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA, is an associate professor of restorative dentistry at Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine, Edwardsville. She maintains an active nursing license and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and immediate past president of the American Society for Dental Ethics. Dr. Roucka obtained her DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and master’s degree in population health – bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Roucka is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of ethics in dentistry and has taught restorative dentistry at both Marquette University and the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. As a volunteer, she has provided dental care to underserved populations in Guatemala, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Tanzania.

Vitamins, Minerals, and the Oral Cavity, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0762  

Release Date: January 21, 2011

Review Date: July 28, 2016

Expiration Date: July 27, 2019

 

The importance of a balanced, nutritious diet to the health of the human body is widely recognized. However, significant numbers of people do not have properly balanced diets and many compensate for this deficiency by ingesting supplemental vitamins and minerals.Most of the common pronouncements with regard to the health benefits of vitamins and minerals address systemic health, but despite its importance to oral health, the relationship of dietary intake and vitamins to the health of the oral cavity is rarely discussed. To fully grasp the role of vitamins in the health of the oral cavity, it is necessary to understand the nature and characteristics of vitamins and minerals and their actions within the body. This basic-level course seeks to remedy this information deficiency and provide dentists, hygienists, and assistants with information on the effect vitamins and minerals have on oral health.

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 150

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

 

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Differentiate between water-soluble and lipid-soluble vitamins.
  • List the required minerals and their absorption requirements.
  • Discuss the role of vitamins and minerals in oral health.
Author Bio(s)

 

J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, MSc, PhD, FRSC, is professor emeritus, University of Maryland DentalSchool, Baltimore, Maryland, where he also served as director of biomaterials research in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has written more than 400 scientific papers and 16 books, and contributed chapters to 15 monographs on dental biomaterials and materials science. Dr. von Fraunhofer is the author of the well-regarded monographs Dental Materials at a Glance and Research Writing in Dentistry, published by Wiley-Blackwell. His special interests are the biomechanical properties of materials used in medicine and dentistry, and the degradation, wear, and corrosion of materials in the biosystem.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

 

Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

 

Infection Control Standards for California Dental Health Care Workers, 4th Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0923  

Review Date: April 23, 2018

Expiration Date: April 23, 2021

Original Release Date: May 30, 2014

This basic-level course will familiarize dental healthcare personnel with the rules and regulations applicable to infection control in California’s dental offices, including the Cal/OSHA regulations and the Dental Board of California’s Minimum Standards for Infection Control, as effective August 20, 2011. State regulations are reviewed regularly to ensure that they reflect the most current knowledge and to assure optimum levels of safety for personnel and patients. Readers will review terminology, reasons for infection control and adequate disinfection procedures. Every team member will have a working knowledge of what a dental office needs to comply with current state mandates.

 

AGD Subject Code: 148

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

This course fulfills your California state infection control dental requirements.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Identify the agencies that regulate infection control in dental settings in California.
  • Discuss the goals and minimum standards for infection control in a dental setting, including the defined terms used in the California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Section 1005.
  • Cite requirements for use of personal protective equipment, and procedures for hand hygiene.
  • Describe the protocol for sharps disposal and the management of occupational injuries and exposures.
  • Identify protocols for sterilization and disinfection of instruments, facilities, and lab areas.
Author Bio(s)

Christine Wisnom, CDA, RN, BSN, is a nurse educator at the AIDS Education and Training Center in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. For many years, she was a member and the chair of the Infection Control/Biosafety Committee at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Ms. Wisnom has frequently published in medical and dental journals. She received her BSN and RN from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Eve Cuny, MS, is the director of environmental health and safety and the assistant dean for global relations, as well as an associate professor, at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She was a content review expert for the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings – 2003, and is a former member of the infection control regulation review committee for the Dental Board of California. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). Ms. Cuny has authored numerous articles and textbook chapters and presented more than 300 continuing dental education courses on infection control and patient safety. She received her master’s degree in health service administration from St. Mary’s College of California.

California Dental Practice Act, 5th Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0922  

Review Date: May 22, 2018

Expiration Date: May 22, 2021

Original Release Date: May 30, 2014

The California Dental Practice Act is the set of regulations that governs dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. This course provides an overview of these governmental entities and outlines the content of the Dental Practice Act, its attending regulations, and other statutes relating to dental practice. The content of this basic-level course was derived primarily from the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs Dental Practice Act, California Code of Regulations, and California Dental Association Code of Ethics. With a more complete understanding of this Dental Practice Act, all dental team members will be better able to practice within its guidelines.

 

AGD Subject Code: 563

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

This course fulfills your California state dental practice act dental requirements.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • List the agencies regulating dental practice in California.
  • Describe the scope of practice and initial licensing requirements of dentists and dental auxiliaries in California.
  • Describe the requirements for licensing renewal of dental professionals in California.
  • Outline the prescription privileges of dental professionals in California.
  • Describe the citations, fines, revocations, and suspensions that may be imposed on dental professionals.
  • Describe malpractice claims arising from violations of laws and codes of ethics.
  • Identify the regulations on dental advertising.
  • Describe dental professionals’ mandatory reporter obligations and their role in identifying abuse.
  • Explain the poster requirements for California dental practices.
Author Bio(s)

Dawn E. Kasper, RDH, is a published author, professional speaker, hygiene educator, and practice management consultant. She has practiced dental hygiene for more than 30 years and lectures on numerous topics, including pain management, dentinal hypersensitivity, salivary testing, optimizing whitening options, and communication. In addition to authoring several published articles and continuing education classes, Dawn provides consulting and coaching services for dental practices, sits on numerous dental panels, and works as an independent consultant in the corporate arena. Dawn has been an active member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, and the American Dental Education Association.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Arthur W. Curley, JD, is the president and a managing partner in the San Francisco-based healthcare defense firm of Bradley, Curley, Asiano, Barrabee, Abel & Kowalski, P.C. After graduating with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1970, he obtained his JD in 1974 from the University of California, Hastings School of Law, in San Francisco. He is currently an assistant professor of dental jurisprudence at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco and an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco. As a trial attorney, Arthur Curley has been defending medical professionals for four decades and has presented risk management courses throughout the United States and Canada. He has presented the dental practice course at the annual conventions of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for more than 15 years. He is an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Curley has published several articles on risk management and authored chapters in five dental textbooks.

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