Disciplines: Dental Assistants
Hours: 25 Contact Hours
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Dental Ethics and the Digital Age

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0718  

Release Date: December 28, 2015

Expiration Date: December 27, 2018

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 2 continuing education credits. 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Dental Ethics and the Digital Age - 3-Hour (L0724).

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.

 

HPV and Oral Cancer: Exploring the Link

Price: $49.95 Hours:5 Contact Hours
Item # L0731  

Release Date: May 16, 2016

Expiration Date: May 15, 2019

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States; an estimated 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV and each year approximately 14 million people are newly infected. There is a growing body of research demonstrating the increasing incidence of HPV-related cancer in the oropharynx, which includes the tonsillar area and base of the tongue. As is the case with other cancers, early detection and timely treatment of HPV-related oral cancers can reduce the number of deaths from this disease.

Dental professionals are well positioned to play a role in the education, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HPV-related oral cancer. Regular dental checkups that include a comprehensive head and neck examination can be beneficial in the early identification of precancerous and cancerous lesions. Dental patients may have questions about their risk of infection, their risk of developing cancer, and the protective value of available HPV vaccines. The established relationship between HPV and oral cancer will require dental providers to expand traditional patient education topics (i.e., tobacco and alcohol) to include information on HPV and develop communication skills appropriate for responding to patient inquiries and concerns as part of a comprehensive approach to preventive oral health care.

This intermediate-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with general information about HPV, evidence of the association between oral HPV and oral cancer, and effective ways to further communicate this information to patients. This course provides dental professionals with information that will enable them to effectively meet the challenges they face as the link between HPV and oral health continues to emerge.

AGD Subject Code: 750
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits.

Infection Control: A Review and Update, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0735  

Release Date:  July 30, 2013

Review Date: May 16, 2016

Expiration Date: May 15, 2019

In the course of the provision of dental care, patients and dental healthcare personnel can be exposed to pathogens through contact with blood, oral and respiratory secretions, and contaminated equipment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strives to provide recommendations for infection control in the dental office that are clear, practical, and evidence based. Most of today’s practicing dentists work in a private practice setting, in which patients are seen in an outpatient ambulatory care facility. Without the benefit of working with an infection control specialist, it becomes the dentist’s responsibility to monitor and recommend safe practices.

For the purpose of education, training should be provided to all new employees. Training should also be included with any new procedures that are introduced that may pose a risk. It is important to remember in designing a training program that material and content should be appropriate to the duties of the employee and taught at a level of understanding for every individual involved.

This basic-level course provides an overview of standard precautions and routine practice for infection control in a dental practice. The concept of the "chain of infection" is explained along with the use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and eyewear. Proper instrument sterilization techniques are outlined.

AGD Subject Code: 148
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Managing the Adult Dental Phobic Patient, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0737  

Release Date:  July 31, 2013

Review Date: May 16, 2016

Expiration Date: May 15, 2019

Dental phobia may be a universal barrier to seeking oral health care. Dental phobics are not comfortable seeking regular dental care, even when dental problems arise. The dental team needs to be aware of the concerns of this population in order to reduce fear and anxiety and provide needed oral health care.

This basic-level course distinguishes between the definitions of fear, anxiety, and phobia. It identifies the most common reactions that accompany phobias and common reasons for avoidance of dental treatment. The course describes the behavioral treatment options for anxious dental patients and techniques for reducing general anxiety in dental patients. This course will provide dental professionals with basic knowledge and information on dental fear and avoidance that will enable them to diagnose and manage patients who experience dental-related anxiety, fear, and phobia. This knowledge will help dental professionals prepare for these patients and their unique needs and help these patients feel more comfortable seeking their care in the future.

AGD Subject Code: 153; California Course #03-4640-16-737

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Update of Concepts in Vital Tooth Whitening, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0727  

Release Date: December 3, 2010

Review Date: June 2, 2016

Expiration Date: June 1, 2019

Vital tooth whitening is an aesthetic and conservative treatment for discolored teeth. The popularity of vital tooth whitening has increased dramatically in recent years, as shown by the increased number of products and procedures introduced, ranging from at-home tray whitening and trayless whitening techniques – both dentist prescribed and over the counter (OTC) – to in-office 1-hour whitening systems. Recent years have also seen the rise of nondental options for vital tooth whitening. The increasing number of vital tooth-whitening techniques and materials has created a clinical challenge for dentists and other oral health providers seeking to balance effectiveness and safety. Proper patient selection for vital tooth whitening becomes even more important in this environment.

Most recently, there has been a push to find ways to accelerate and improve the delivery of the whitening process. These include a number of light sources believed to accelerate the breakdown of peroxide and thus speed up the whitening process. Research in this area is controversial, with the literature describing different conclusions about the benefits of light-activated whitening. The popularity of strip-based peroxide delivery represents a departure from the conventional use of a professionally supervised tray system and raises questions about safety and efficacy.

Patient demand for tooth whitening remains high, and oral health providers have more options for treatment, so it is important that clinicians evaluate which of these options is best for their patients. This basic-level course reviews concepts in vital tooth whitening, including recommendations in ADA guidelines; describes evolving issues in vital tooth whitening (e.g., measurement of color change, the color rebound effect, and safety issues); and explains the risk and benefits of established and new technologies.

AGD Subject Code: 781
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Dental Erosion: Causes and Preventative Practices, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0781  

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: September 19, 2016

Expiration Date: September 18, 2019

Dental erosion is a progressive loss of dental hard tissue caused by chemical processes without involvement of bacteria. This enamel dissolution is an irreversible process not directly associated with mechanical or traumatic factors, which distinguishes it from other types of wear, such as attrition (loss of tooth structure due to clenching or grinding), abrasion (mechanical loss of tooth structure caused by a foreign element), or abfraction (loss of tooth structure at the gumline due to occlusal forces). The clinical features of dental erosion appear as well-defined, wedge-shaped areas facially and cervically. The occurrence of enamel erosion lesions is associated primarily with intrinsic and extrinsic acids.

The rise in consumption of soft drinks, including sports drinks, has been linked to increases in the rates of dental erosion. The additives to these drinks, not the beverage pH per se, appear to be the causative factors contributing to enamel dissolution. Furthermore, fruit-flavored drinks and unsweetened juices appear to have the same erosive potential as carbonated drinks.

This basic-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with guidelines for recognizing and diagnosing dental erosion and offers suggestions for preventive interventions, including record-keeping, nutritional counseling, fluoride use, and home-care procedures. The course also discusses recommended restorative treatment options.

 

AGD Subject Code: 741

 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Risk Factors in Periodontal Disease, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # L0787  

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: October 6, 2016

Expiration Date: October 5, 2019

Despite advances in oral health care, nearly half of adults in the United States suffer from some form of periodontal disease, making this disease second in prevalence only to obesity.  Periodontal disease has a significant impact on the health and well-being of those affected and is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.

A number of systemic risk factors, such as diabetes mellitus and HIV infection, increase the risk of periodontal disease. Modifiable risk factors include smoking, poor oral hygiene, and poor diet. Nonmodifiable risk factors, such as genetic makeup, may also play a role in the disease but the causes of periodontal disease are complex, and environmental factors appear capable of overriding either genetic resistance or susceptibility to periodontal disease.

This basic-level course provides an overview of the systemic factors and systemic diseases associated with the development of periodontal disease. The course outlines the ways that various factors can contribute to periodontal disease and can predict the progress of disease. Clinical steps in assessing and diagnosing periodontal disease are also discussed.

 

AGD Subject Code: 490
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Denture Cleansing: An Essential Part of Patient Care, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # L0806  

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: December 13, 2016

Expiration Date: December 12, 2019

Effective denture cleansing is imperative to maintaining oral health and possibly preventing systemic diseases by removing dental plaque and microorganisms from the denture and other oral appliances. In fact, there is a strong positive correlation between denture cleanliness and lower bacterial colonization of dentures, as quantified by both the total anaerobic count and total aerobic count. Dental professionals, most notably dental hygienists, play an important role in controlling denture contamination and in instructing patients in the proper care and sanitization of removable dentures and orthodontic appliances.

In this basic-level course, attention is directed primarily to complete and removable partial dentures, although the discussion applies equally to all removable dental appliances and devices. The course reviews the diverse colonization of microorganisms found on dentures and the associated oral and systemic health risks, the correlation between candidal infestation of dentures and denture-induced stomatitis, and the pros and cons of various denture cleansing methods.

 

AGD Subject Code: 670
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

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