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Preventing Pit and Fissure Caries With Sealants, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0773  

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: August 15, 2016

Expiration Date: August 14, 2019

 

The connection between pits and fissures and dental caries has long been recognized, but the diagnosis of carious pits and fissures can often be daunting. Even with newer technologies for caries diagnosis, it is still difficult to chart the progression of the disease since microscopic examination of this type of caries yields considerable variation. Recent research has attempted to evaluate differences in caries detection, conditioning, retention, demineralization/remineralization, shear bond strength, and microleakage, as well as caries progression after the placement of pit and fissure sealants. Further understanding of the pathophysiology of tooth decay, advances in materials, and the importance of proper technique will encourage dentists to more fully incorporate the use of pit and fissure sealants into clinical practice.

This basic-level course provides dental professionals with the tools to identify the need for sealants and the type of sealant that is best for the patient and the dentition. The course reviews the pathophysiology of tooth decay, the role of sealants in preventing pit and fissure caries, and the different types of sealants in clinical use. The course focuses attention on the ADA’s clinical recommendations and presents the proper clinical steps to take in treating pit and fissure caries, from assessing the need for sealants to applying them.

 

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 017

 
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

  • Explain the pathophysiology of tooth decay and the role of sealants in preventing pit and fissure caries.
  • Outline approaches for identifying the dentition surfaces that need to be sealed.
  • List the types of sealants available and the challenges of sealant retention.
  • Identify the clinical techniques used for different types of sealants.
Author Bio(s)

 

Howard E. Strassler, DMD, FADM, FAGD, is professor and director of operative dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on techniques and selection of dental materials in clinical use and aesthetic restorative dentistry. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Dental Materials and the Academy of General Dentistry, as well as a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, and the International Association of Dental Research. Dr. Strassler is on the editorial board of numerous publications and is a consultant and clinical evaluator to more than 15 dental manufacturers. Dr. Strassler has published more than 500 articles in the field of restorative dentistry and innovations in dental practice and has coauthored seven chapters in textbooks. He has presented at more than 425 programs, including most of the major programs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Strassler has a general practice in Baltimore, Maryland, that is limited to restorative dentistry and aesthetics.

Judith Porter, DDS, MA, EdD, is assistant dean of admissions and recruitment at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where she directly oversees the admissions process for the Doctor of Dental Surgery program. Dr. Porter is an operative dentist with a special interest in educational methods within preclinical and clinical dentistry. Before joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Porter was in private practice for 25 years.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Elena Francisco, RDH, RDHAP, MSDH, received her bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University and her master’s degree in dental hygiene education from Idaho State University. She is currently an adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene at Carrington College in Sacramento, California. Prior to joining the faculty at Carrington College, Ms. Francisco was a clinical instructor in dental hygiene at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, where she served as a CAMBRA resource for dental hygiene students. A licensed registered dental hygienist and registered dental hygienist in alternative practice, Ms. Francisco has practiced dental hygiene in California for more than 40 years. She has coauthored several journal articles on dental hygienists’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice behaviors regarding caries risk assessment and management. Ms. Francisco has been a member of the statewide Task Force on Oral Health for People with Special Needs and is a cofounding member of the Oral Health Awareness Society and a member of a local task force whose goal is to reduce early childhood caries. She volunteers dental hygiene services to the dentally underserved in California.

Dentin Hypersensitivity: Diagnosis, Etiology, and Management

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0817  

Release Date: February 14, 2018

Expiration Date: February 13, 2021

Dentin hypersensitivity is one of the most commonly encountered conditions in a dental practice. Educating patients regarding the risk factors associated with their condition is just as essential as encouraging their involvement with the different in-office and at-home treatment options available. Etiological factors associated with dentin hypersensitivity and various treatment modalities, ranging from over-the-counter toothpastes to lasers in the dental office, will be presented. This intermediate-level course is intended for general practitioners of dentistry. It will help general dental practitioners, as well as the hygienists and assistants in their team, establish a diagnosis and develop plans to treat dentin hypersensitivity with a range of options tailored for the particular etiology encountered per the individual patient’s mouth.

 
AGD Subject Code: 161
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 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 dentin hypersensitivity and its epidemiology.
  • Identify the etiology and risk factors for dentin hypersensitivity.
  • Outline the steps in diagnosing dentin hypersensitivity, including history and examination.
  • Discuss strategies for managing and treating dentin hypersensitivity.
Author Bio(s)

Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH, is a professor Vice Dean for Clinical Education, Operations and Community Partnerships at the AT. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she lectures on preventive and restorative dentistry and mentors students in research. Previously she has served as director of community dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) in Alton, Illinois, where she taught since 1997. She obtained her BDS degree from the University of Delhi in 1990 and her MS degree and a Certificate in Operative Dentistry from the University of Iowa in 1997. In 2011, she obtained her MPH degree from the School of Public Health, St. Louis University.

Dr. Jain is active in research and has published a book chapter, 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and numerous abstracts. She has mentored many students in research and takes great pride in her students’ work. Dr. Jain has lectured at various meetings at the local, state, national, and international levels. She maintains a private practice in general dentistry in Staunton, Illinois. In addition, Dr. Jain has chaired various committees and organizations at the national and university levels and is involved with the community in which she lives.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Shelly A. Withers, MS, RDH, is an Associate Professor at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry where she teaches classes in research and radiology. She obtained a Master of Science in Health Professions Education (2007) and a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (2000) from LLU. Her professional background includes private practice and clinical research. Shelly’s research interests involve dentin hypersensitivity, caries risk assessment, and educational psychology. She is a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honor Society, ADHA, and ADEA.

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.

Tobacco Cessation: The Dental Health Professional's Role, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0723  

Release Date: January 30, 2013

Revised Date: January 15, 2016

Expiration Date: January 14, 2019

The prevalence of smoking in the United States has hovered at approximately 20% of the population for each of the last five years, but there has been an increase in the use of smokeless tobacco products.  Healthcare professionals must redouble their efforts to intervene with all patients who continue to smoke. This basic-level course provides dental professionals with background and guidelines for tobacco interventions in clinical practice.  The course addresses the prevalence of smoking of combustible tobacco and the use of smokeless tobacco products, the health risks of tobacco use and tobacco exposure, the effects of nicotine on human physiology and their implications for nicotine dependency and withdrawal.  Techniques for tobacco intervention and the pharmacotherapy used in tobacco cessation are described for both the smoking of combustible tobacco and the use of smokeless tobacco.

AGD Subject Code: 158

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Arizona RDH - Fulfills tobacco cessation elective.

 

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 prevalence of smoking in the United States
  • Identify the health risks of smoking
  • Explain the effects of nicotine, including nicotine dependence and withdrawal associated with smoking
  • Outline intervention techniques for combustible tobacco use and dependence
  • Describe the use of pharmacotherapy in smoking cessation
  • Describe the increased use of smokeless tobacco, its risks, interventions, and pharmacotherapy
Author Bio(s)

Kathleen Vendrell Rankin, DDS, received her dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1977. She is a professor and associate chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center. Dr. Rankin received her certification as a tobacco treatment specialist from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and is currently a tobacco cessation counselor and director of Baylor Tobacco Treatment Services. She is the author of “Dentist Saves Patient’s Life! Early Oral Cancer Detection and Tobacco Use Cessation,” the American Dental Association’s tobacco cessation module that was presented at 64 U.S. sites. Dr. Rankin served as the ADA reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publication Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline. She has published and lectured extensively on tobacco-attributable disease and tobacco cessation and has received long-term grant funding for the dissemination of tobacco cessation education for dental professionals.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, associate professor and director of interprofessional initiatives at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a certificate in dental hygiene from The Ohio State University. She earned her master of science degree in dental hygiene from Old Dominion University. Ms. Fried’s research in tobacco prevention and cessation has focused on the role of the dental hygienist, epidemiologic issues, and genetic influences related to addiction. She has also presented on oral cancer and HPV and published articles on infection control. Ms. Fried has served as a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s (ADHA) Council on Research, Tobacco Intervention Task Force, and Council on Education. She also sits on the editorial review board of ADHA’s Journal of Dental Hygiene. Ms. Fried is a previous recipient of the Warner Lambert/ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene.

Brijesh Chandwani, BDS, DMD, FOP, received his doctorate of dental medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, where he also served in a fellowship on orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders. In addition to his private practice focusing on management of temporomandibular joint disorders and sleep apnea, Dr. Chandwani serves as a dental consultant for nine long-term care facilities in the state of Connecticut. Previously, he taught at Tufts University School of Medicine, starting as an instructor before serving as an assistant professor and clinical assistant professor. As an attending dentist in the orofacial pain service at the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Chandwani was involved in program design, didactic and clinical curriculum, and implementation of training. He is licensed to practice dentistry in several northeastern states. Dr. Chandwani has co-authored studies on the effect of smoking on pain sensitivity in patients with temporomandibular joint disorder and on smoking cessation in the dental setting. 

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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