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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienist
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH
Peer Reviewer(s): Shelly A. Withers, MS, RDHB
Item#: L0817
Contents: 1 Course Book (54 pages)
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Dentin Hypersensitivity: Diagnosis, Etiology, and Management

Price $29.95
Item # L0817
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.