Disciplines: Dentists
Hours: 20 Contact Hours
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The Impact of Vascular and Cardiovascular Diseases on Oral Health, 2nd Edition

Price: $39.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # L0755  

Release Date: July 27, 2010

Review Date: July 8, 2016

Expiration Date: July 7, 2019

The oral presentation of microvascular diseases such as diabetes is well documented, but many common cardiovascular conditions, including ischemic heart disease, also present with oral manifestations. In addition, patients with specific vascular diseases, such as granulomatosis with polyangiitis (formerly called Wegener’s granulomatosis), may present with pathognomonic oral lesions. In some instances, oral involvement precedes the appearance of other symptoms or lesions at other locations. To aid in diagnosis and guide the approach to dental treatment, dental healthcare professionals should recognize oral manifestations of cardiovascular diseases and other systemic or multiorgan diseases with a vascular component. A thorough understanding of the potential oral side effects of therapeutic agents commonly used to treat cardiovascular diseases is very helpful in overall patient management.

This intermediate-level course addresses current concepts regarding the relationship between oral health and vascular and cardiovascular diseases, including the impact on oral health of common cardiovascular pharmacotherapies. This course is intended for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, as well as other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with selected vascular and cardiovascular diseases.

AGD Subject Code: 730
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits.

Recurrent Aphthous Ulceration: Epidemiology, Differential Diagnosis, and Therapy

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0740  

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Expiration Date: July 17, 2019

Recurrent aphthous ulceration (RAU), also known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis and canker sores, is a common oral ulceration condition. RAU is widely considered to be a chronic inflammatory condition that affects approximately 20% of the population. These lesions tend to be episodic and may repeatedly arise over time in otherwise healthy individuals. RAU is a common lesion that presents to all clinical dentists. It is important for dentists to be knowledgeable concerning this pathologic condition in order to alleviate patients’ concerns and pain.

This basic-level course is intended to educate dentists and dental hygienists regarding RAU so that they are better equipped to effectively diagnose and treat their patients with this condition. It is important to provide clinicians with necessary information regarding diagnosis (including differential diagnosis) and treatment. The section on etiopathology discusses the immune-relate etiology of RAU as well as the gaps in our understanding of what causes RAU. The course addresses the epidemiology and general characteristics of RAU and differentiates the forms of the condition. Research on the link between celiac disease and RAU is presented and discussed. Finally, the course presents information on the varied treatment modalities for RAU.

 

AGD Subject Code: 734

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Their Radiographic Diagnostic Criteria

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0775  

Release Date: August 17, 2016

Expiration Date: August 16, 2019

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is an umbrella term used to describe conditions with differing etiologies that cause pain and dysfunction of the TMJ and structures related to mastication. Pain is the most important symptom in TMJ dysfunction for both the patient and the clinician, and is the main reason why patients with TMJ disorders (TMJD) seek medical help. The multifactorial TMJD etiology may be related to trauma, masticatory muscular dysfunction, postural deviation, internal and external changes in TMJ structure, and the various associations of these factors.

This intermediate-level course provides dentists, hygienists, and assistants with a review of TMJ disorders, their etiologies, and proper imaging techniques for accurate diagnoses of these disorders. The course overviews the most common TMJ-related disorders and the most appropriate imaging techniques for each. The latest recommendation that imaging should be based on the clinical needs of the patient and not obtained routinely is discussed.

 

AGD Subject Code: 182
 

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.


Periodontal Disease: Pathophysiology, Risk Factors, and Systemic Links, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0780  

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: September 9, 2016

Expiration Date: September 8, 2019

Periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. Nearly half of all adults age 30 and older in the United States suffer from periodontal disease; the incidence of periodontal disease increases as people age, with approximately 70% of adults age 65 and older having the disease. The prevalence of periodontal disease varies among ethnic groups and between genders. Increased incidence of periodontal disease has been linked to poverty, lower levels of education, and smoking.

The symptoms of periodontal disease range from those that are nearly undetectable by the patient to those that are severe and alarming. All too often, periodontitis is a silent destroyer of oral health because pain is absent unless an acute infection occurs.

This basic-level course reviews the risk factors associated with periodontal disease, and discusses the potential links between periodontal disease and systemic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The course describes the etiology and pathophysiology of periodontal disease, focusing on microbiology, viral causes, the autoimmune and inflammatory response, resident and infiltrating cells of the periodontium, and matrix metalloproteinases. The course prepares dental professionals to recognize periodontal disease and take steps to prevent this condition and to treat patients who already have or are at risk for developing periodontal disease.

 

AGD Subject Code: 490

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Diabetes: Dental Management and Links to Periodontal Disease

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0785  

Release Date: October 7, 2016

Expiration Date: October 6, 2019

Diabetes mellitus, a chronic disease of metabolism, poses a significant public health challenge in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the U.S. population, have diabetes. Of these people, 21 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, while 8.1 million remain undiagnosed. Approximately 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Appropriate management of the patient with diabetes by the dental team requires an understanding of the patient’s metabolic control, as well as the patient’s potential for and limitations related to response to treatment with current therapy. The dental team plays a vital role in the overall health care of patients with diabetes through recognition and treatment of their oral needs, especially regarding tooth loss and related periodontal conditions.

The purpose of this basic-level course is to equip dental professionals to recognize the classifications and classic signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus, to grasp the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes, and to identify periodontal and other oral manifestations associated with diabetes, including attachment loss, alveolar bone loss, gingivitis, xerostomia, and oral candidiasis. Moreover, this course discusses dental treatment considerations for patients with diabetes, adverse interactions between hypoglycemic medications and adjunct dental treatment medications, and emergency management procedures for patients with diabetes.

 

AGD Subject Code: 754
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Third Molar Surgery, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0791  

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: November 3, 2016

Expiration Date: November 2, 2019

Treatment philosophy toward extraction of third molars (wisdom teeth) varies in different developed countries. It ranges from observation in many countries in Europe to a prophylactic removal approach in the United States. A more proactive stance on often asymptomatic wisdom teeth extraction takes into consideration chronic inflammation that is related to the impacted wisdom teeth and its influence on the patient’s overall health; age of the patient; relative ease of early extraction (before full root development); difficulty of removal/type of impaction; and proximity to the inferior alveolar nerve, lingual nerve, and maxillary sinus. Such preventive surgical treatment can be done under local anesthesia, oral sedation with or without nitrous oxide inhalation sedation or intravenous sedation, with the level of sedation corresponding to the nature of the surgery and the patient’s level of anxiety about the procedure.

This basic-level course provides a review of the classification of impactions of third molars and the common surgical instruments and techniques employed for the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth. No surgical technique is without the potential for complications, and the most serious complications resulting from the extraction of wisdom teeth involve trauma to the inferior alveolar or lingual nerves, which can result in temporary or permanent adverse neurosensory changes. Using the empiric information presented in this course about impacted wisdom teeth, the potential difficulty of their extraction, and postsurgical complications, clinicians can determine whether their surgical expertise is at a high enough level for the extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth or if they should refer such patients to an oral surgeon.

 

AGD Subject Code: 310
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Medication-Related Damage to Oral Hard and Soft Tissues, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0805  

Release Date: July 27, 2010

Review Date: December 23, 2016

Expiration Date: December 22, 2019

Even when used according to recommendations, many common medications can damage, discolor, and otherwise adversely affect the hard and soft oral structures. Dental professionals must be prepared to address such conditions, which are common among dental patients. Dental professionals are increasingly observing the oral effects of polypharmacy in larger numbers of their patients. Furthermore, given the constant evolution of pharmaceutical formulations, dental professionals must keep abreast of new medications and their effects on the oral hard and soft tissues. The purpose of this basic-level course is to prepare dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants to identify these medication-related adverse effects and treat or assist in treating them.

This course begins by presenting conditions involving damage to the hard dental structures caused by fluoride, anticonvulsants, chemotherapeutics, and medications such as bisphosphonates that are associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw. Tooth discoloration is also discussed. Damage to oral soft tissues is then reviewed. Color changes to the oral mucosa, including mucosal pigmentation and black hairy tongue, are described. Drug-related gingival enlargement and other mucosal disorders, oral allergic reactions, drug-related white lesions, and conditions of the salivary glands are examined. 

 

AGD Subject Code: 741
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

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