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Dental Hygienist

Hours: 18 Contact Hours
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Preventing Pit and Fissure Caries With Sealants, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
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.

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

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
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.

Family Violence: Implications for Dental Patients and Practice, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0712  

Release Date: September 5, 2012

Revised Date: August 26, 2015
Expiration Date: August 25, 2018

Individuals of all age groups can be affected by family violence. Family violence includes child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, as well as abuse and neglect of disabled persons, vulnerable adults, and the elderly. Approximately 75% of physical abuse involves injuries to the head, neck, and mouth. Orofacial injuries resulting from family violence are often easy to identify in the dental setting. This basic-level course will enable all members of the dental team to recognize the physical and behavioral signs and symptoms of family violence, differentiate indicators of trauma from normal conditions or accidental injuries, and easily adapt clinical protocols to include identification and intervention for victims of family violence. By applying their knowledge of symptomology and providing appropriate intervention, every member of the dental team can help stem the epidemic of family violence. 

AGD Subject Code: 155 & 156 

Pennsylvania Dental Professionals - This course is not approved to fulfill your child abuse recognition and reporting requirement.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Connecticut – Course #L0719 fulfills your domestic violence requirement.

Florida – Course #L0720 fulfills your domestic violence requirement.

Maryland – Course #L0721 fulfills your abuse & neglect requirement.

New York – Course #L0722 fulfills your child abuse reporting requirement.


Maintaining Dental Implants, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0834  

Review Date: April 27, 2017

Expiration Date: April 26, 2020

Original Release Date: July 31, 2013

The use of implants has been an important treatment in restorative dentistry since the establishment of outcome predictability and recognition of long-term dental implant and restoration success. Additionally, the evolution of this treatment modality has resulted in widespread interest in restorative implant options among both patients and practitioners. The increasing number of patients selecting dental implants as a treatment option presents the dental team with the challenge of maintaining these implant-supported restorations.

This basic-level course, appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, provides an overview of oral hygiene for dental implants, including the identification of similarities and differences in the periodontal structure surrounding a natural tooth versus that surrounding a dental implant. The course discusses the clinical procedures used to evaluate the status of dental implants as healthy, ailing, or failing and the methods employed in professionally cleaning implants and improving home care techniques.


AGD Subject Code: 690 

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Dental Unit Waterline Contamination: Causes, Concerns, and Control, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # L0716  

Original Release Date: November 2, 2012
Review Date: October 22, 2015
Expiration Date: October 21, 2018

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the problem of dental unit waterline (DUWL) contamination. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates drinking water in the public water supply to ensure that the number of water organisms is kept at an acceptable level. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the water emitted from dental handpieces and air/water syringes be the same quality as drinking water. 

Due to the extremely narrow DUWL tubing through which patient treatment water is delivered, and the frequent periods of water stagnation, the inner surfaces of tubing provide a particularly favorable environment for the multiplication of microorganisms. Contact of the oral cavity or other routes of entry with water from a dental unit containing large numbers of microorganisms is incompatible with infection control standard of care and inconsistent with the public’s expectations of modern dentistry. 

It is widely accepted that dental unit waterline contamination be controlled to protect dental workers and patients from aerosolized, inhaled, and ingested microbes. Therefore, dental practitioners should have an understanding of the problem and current approaches to improving the quality of the water in dental units.  

This basic-level course discusses the complexity of DUWL contamination and the importance of monitoring contamination levels. The methods used to control microbial growth and the limitations associated with current approaches are also explained. Participants learn how to judiciously choose a DUWL disinfectant best suited to their practice needs.

AGD Subject Code: 148

Western Schools designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.


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

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
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.

Methamphetamine Abuse: An Update for Dental Professionals

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # L0717  

Release Date: January 15, 2016

Expiration Date: January 14, 2019

Methamphetamine is the most widely manufactured amphetamine-type stimulant and is a powerful central nervous stimulant which is highly addictive. The abuse of methamphetamine has markedly increased in the past decade, and while prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, research suggests that methamphetamine is the fastest growing illegal drug problem in North America.  In many parts of North America and Hawaii, methamphetamine use is at epidemic proportions. Methamphetamine is classified as a psychostimulant and is structurally similar to drugs such as cocaine and amphetamine. However, unlike cocaine and amphetamine, methamphetamine has a much longer duration of action and is significantly more neurotoxic. The neurotoxicity of methamphetamine is profound and persists long after its use has been discontinued.  The use of methamphetamine has devastating effects on the oral cavity. Dental healthcare workers are often the first medical professionals to recognize the signs and symptoms of methamphetamine abuse because patients seek help to manage the resulting dental destruction.  With this reality comes responsibility.  Dental healthcare workers need to be familiar with the effects of methamphetamine use on the oral cavity and how to recognize this type of dental destruction.  The information provided in this course is useful to all dental team members, regardless of practice setting or scope of practice.  Designed for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, this basic-level course reviews the pharmacology of methamphetamine and updates the participant on the scope of the current problem of methamphetamine abuse. By becoming familiar with the clinical effects of methamphetamine on the brain, the common psychological and physical symptoms, especially in the oral cavity, and the potential dental treatment modalities available, the dental healthcare worker will be better prepared to recognize and manage patients within their practice who are affected by methamphetamine abuse. Although dental professionals focus on treating the oral cavity, this course serves as a reminder of the oral-systemic link and the fact that dental healthcare professionals can make a significant overall difference in their patients’ lives.

AGD Subject Code: 157

Western Schools designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit. 

 

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

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
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.

 

Dental Ethics and the Digital Age - 3-Hour

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0724  

Release Date: January 15, 2016

Expiration Date: January 14, 2019

The Hippocratic Oath provides medical practitioners with a framework for the ethical practice of medicine by professing a set of obligations to which physicians are bound. As is evident from the language of the oath, Hippocrates believed that the practice of medicine was both an art and a privilege and that patients had rights of their own.

Dentistry has adopted many of the ideals of the Hippocratic Oath into its current professional codes of ethics as well as the oaths that dental and hygiene students take upon graduation from dental school. The American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Codes of Professional Conduct (ADA Code) and the Code of Ethics of the American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA) are living documents and are revised periodically to address new ethical issues that arise within the profession. The practice of dentistry is multifaceted. Not only must dental professionals have the technical skills to treat patients appropriately and safely, they must also practice within a professional ethical framework that is sometimes more challenging than the dental procedures themselves.

This basic-level course helps dental professionals gain a better understanding of dental ethics, professionalism, and current ethical challenges to the profession, with particular emphasis on the impact of the digital age. Dental ethics have deep roots in history and this course takes an in-depth look at the events that forged the basis of modern day ethics and professionalism in dentistry. Our electronic world is expanding exponentially and advancing technology provides both opportunities and challenges. Dental professionals may be eager to incorporate the latest technologies into their practices and into their private lives, but must consider the ethical implications of doing so. This course explores some of the issues in this new frontier, for example, the rise of cyberbullying and the dentist’s obligation in these cases. Using a systematic, case-based approach, this course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with the tools to recognize and navigate through the complex ethical issues that may arise in today’s practice.

AGD Subject Code: 555

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Fulfills Ethics requirement in the following states: Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

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