Disciplines: Dental Hygienists
Hours: 18 Contact Hours
Item#: LHRIL
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Item # LHRIL
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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.

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Clinical Guidelines and Management, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0709  

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Revised Date: June 26, 2015
Expiration Date: June 25, 2018

A variety of physiologic, anatomic, and hormonal changes accompany pregnancy and affect how oral health care is provided. In addition to changes in the oral cavity and altered susceptibility to periodontal disease and other oral conditions, there are changes in the cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. There is considerable evidence that some oral conditions may have adverse health consequences. Some studies have demonstrated a link between periodontitis and preterm birth and low-birth weight. In addition, there is considerable evidence that high levels of cariogenic bacteria in mothers are associated with increased dental caries during early childhood.

Unfortunately, dentists, physicians, and patients often misunderstand and avoid oral health care issues during and after pregnancy. This situation exists despite the fact that routine dental procedures are safe in most pregnant patients. To enhance the provision of oral health care in pregnant patients, evidence-based practice guidelines have been developed. This basic-level course addresses current concepts regarding oral health in pregnant women, the impact of their oral health on pregnancy outcomes and early childhood health, and discusses strategies to optimize oral health during pregnancy.


AGD Subject Code: 750

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Lasers in Dentistry: From Fundamentals to Clinical Procedures, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0499  

Original Release Date: January 13, 2012
Review Date: January 12, 2015
Expiration Date: January 11, 2018

This course provides all members of the dental team with an overview of the basic operation of a dental laser. How laser energy interacts with oral tissues is discussed and different laser instruments currently available in the field of dentistry are described. The course outlines safety regulations for laser use and provides a comparison of the benefits and drawbacks for the practitioner of using lasers. Several clinical procedures are described with photo documentation to further enhance the learning process.

AGD Subject Code: 260

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Osteoporosis: Implications for the Oral Healthcare Provider, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0708  

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Revised Date: June 26, 2015
Expiration Date: June 25, 2018

Both periodontal disease and osteoporosis are serious public-health concerns in the United States. There is evidence that osteoporosis, and the characteristic loss of bone mass, is associated with periodontal disease and tooth loss. To optimize the oral health care of patients with osteoporosis and at risk for the condition, dentists and other members of the dental team should be aware of the clinical (and possibly pathophysiologic) link between these increasingly common conditions. 

This intermediate-level course addresses current concepts regarding links between oral health and osteoporosis, discusses the impact on oral health of pharmacotherapies used in the treatment of osteoporosis, and outlines steps to mitigate the impact on oral health of common drug treatments used to treat osteoporosis. Oral healthcare providers must recognize the oral health implications of common therapeutic options for osteoporosis, especially use of bisphosphonates and antiresorptive medications. In particular, patient exposure to bisphosphonate and antiresorptive drugs has led to increasing reports of osteonecrosis of the jaw. This serious and debilitating condition requires dental practitioners to be alert for signs and symptoms of this syndrome and to take steps to mitigate risk factors. Although the pharmacotherapy used to treat osteoporosis causes concerns for oral health providers, these drugs provide very significant healthcare advantages for the patients, and overall the reduction in osteoporotic fractures alone causes significant savings for the healthcare system. Therefore, care must be taken not to overestimate the oral health ramifications and concerns with these drugs.  


AGD Subject Code: 730

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Dental Implants: Complications and Peri-Implant Diseases, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0706  

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Revised Date: June 26, 2015
Expiration Date: June 25, 2018

Dental implants are an established treatment modality in dentistry with a high rate of success and few complications. However, untoward events do occur despite careful treatment planning and meticulous execution of clinical procedures. Surgical complications that can occur include infection, bleeding, wound dehiscence, primary instability of the implant, neurosensory changes, and tissue emphysema. Once the implant is osseointegrated, other complications may arise, including inflammatory peri-implant lesions. Such situations may be limited to inflammation of the peri-implant mucosa or more significantly involve the supporting bone. All these conditions increase the risk of poor outcomes, including implant loss. This intermediate-level course addresses complications associated with dental implants and reviews selective options for their management.


AGD Subject Code: 690

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.


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. 

 

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.


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