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

    Price: $19.95 
    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.

     

     

    Disclosures
    • 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.
    Objectives

    Course Objectives

    • Describe the diversity of microorganisms that can be found on dentures and the associated health risks.
    • Discuss the relationship between yeast infestation of dentures and both oral and systemic health.
    • Describe the correlation between candidal infestation of dentures and denture-induced stomatitis.
    • Describe the different denture cleansing modalities, including manual brushing and effervescent cleansers.
    Author Bio(s)

     

    J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, MSc, PhD, FADM, FRSC, is professor emeritus, University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore, where he also served as director of biomaterials research in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has written more than 400 scientific papers and 16 books, and contributed chapters to 15 monographs on dental biomaterials and materials science. Dr. von Fraunhofer is the author of the well-regarded monographs Dental Materials at a Glance and Research Writing in Dentistry, published by Wiley-Blackwell. His special interests are the biomechanical properties of materials used in medicine and dentistry and the degradation, wear, and corrosion of materials in the biosystem.

    Stanley J. Lech, BS, MBA, is a pharmaceutical and consumer health executive at SJL Scientific and Innovation Consulting and founder of Clover Hill Healthcare. Previously, Mr. Lech was president and chief strategy and scientific officer at PharmaMax Corporation. He has also held various leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline, including as vice president of global wellness research, a position in which he was responsible for directing GlaxoSmithKline’s research and development efforts for a diverse range of over-the-counter products, and as vice president of innovation, worldwide product development, in which position he was responsible for recent innovations in the field of denture care and patient comfort, with particular interest in the cleansing and sanitization of oral appliances.

     

    Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

    Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

    Fluoride Use in Modern Dental Practice: Action, Effect, and Delivery, 2nd Edition

    Price: $19.95 
    Item # L0761  

    Release Date: July 30, 2013

    Review Date: July 20, 2016

    Expiration Date: July 19, 2019

     

    Dental caries is a chronic, infectious and transmissible disease of multi-factorial origin. It is the single most common chronic disease in children worldwide, including the United States. Dental sealants, nutritional counseling, antimicrobial agents, oral hygiene instruction, early diagnostic measures, and fluorides can be used to manage this disease within a framework of early risk assessment and diagnostic procedures. Fluoride holds a special place in this paradigm because of its documented effectiveness in controlling and reducing dental caries.

    This basic-level course discusses the pre-eruptive and post-eruptive mechanisms of fluoride action as well as the sources of fluoride and recommended intake levels. The course examines the latest research on the efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and safety of community water fluoridation in the United States. The processes of demineralization and remineralization are explained along with the risks of fluoridation and the recommended use of fluoride in high-caries-risk patients.

     

    AGD Subject Code: 017

     
    Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

     

    Disclosures
    • 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 this 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.
    Objectives

    Course Objectives

    • Describe the mechanisms of action of fluoride.
    • Describe the efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and safety of community water fluoridation.
    • Discuss sources of fluoride and recommended intake levels.
    • Identify the risks of fluoridation.
    • State the recommended use of fluoride in high-caries-risk patients.
    Author Bio(s)

     

    Harold S. Goodman, DDS, MPH, received his bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University and his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He obtained a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and completed a Dental Public Health residency program at the University of Michigan. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Dr. Goodman was an associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and director of the Office of Oral Health in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the state of Maryland. Dr. Goodman has written many scientific articles, and in 2015 he received the Myron Allukian, Jr., Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions in Community Dental Programs.

    Louis G. DePaola, DDS, MS, is a professor and the assistant dean of clinical affairs in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his DDS in 1975 and a master of science degree in oral biology in 1981, both from the University of Maryland. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and the American College of Dentists, and holds a certificate in prosthodontics. He is the director for dental training for the Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center and served as a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs from 2002 to 2005. Dr. DePaola has presented at the national meetings of most major dental associations and at numerous international conferences. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He serves as a consultant to the ADA, other professional groups, and private industry. Over the past 20 years, Dr. DePaola has been awarded more than 75 research and service grants, many in the field of antiplaque chemotherapeutic agents, HIV/AIDS, management of medically compromised dental patients, rapid salivary diagnostic testing, dental unit waterlines, and infection control. In November of 2015, Dr. DePaola was appointed to the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners.

     

    Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

    Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

    Preventing Pit and Fissure Caries With Sealants, 2nd Edition

    Price: $19.95 
    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.

     

    Disclosures
    • 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.
    Objectives

    Course Objectives

    • Explain the pathophysiology of tooth decay and the role of sealants in preventing pit and fissure caries.
    • Outline approaches for identifying the dentition surfaces that need to be sealed.
    • List the types of sealants available and the challenges of sealant retention.
    • Identify the clinical techniques used for different types of sealants.
    Author Bio(s)

     

    Howard E. Strassler, DMD, FADM, FAGD, is professor and director of operative dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on techniques and selection of dental materials in clinical use and aesthetic restorative dentistry. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Dental Materials and the Academy of General Dentistry, as well as a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, and the International Association of Dental Research. Dr. Strassler is on the editorial board of numerous publications and is a consultant and clinical evaluator to more than 15 dental manufacturers. Dr. Strassler has published more than 500 articles in the field of restorative dentistry and innovations in dental practice and has coauthored seven chapters in textbooks. He has presented at more than 425 programs, including most of the major programs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Strassler has a general practice in Baltimore, Maryland, that is limited to restorative dentistry and aesthetics.

    Judith Porter, DDS, MA, EdD, is assistant dean of admissions and recruitment at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where she directly oversees the admissions process for the Doctor of Dental Surgery program. Dr. Porter is an operative dentist with a special interest in educational methods within preclinical and clinical dentistry. Before joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Porter was in private practice for 25 years.

     

    Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

    Elena Francisco, RDH, RDHAP, MSDH, received her bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University and her master’s degree in dental hygiene education from Idaho State University. She is currently an adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene at Carrington College in Sacramento, California. Prior to joining the faculty at Carrington College, Ms. Francisco was a clinical instructor in dental hygiene at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, where she served as a CAMBRA resource for dental hygiene students. A licensed registered dental hygienist and registered dental hygienist in alternative practice, Ms. Francisco has practiced dental hygiene in California for more than 40 years. She has coauthored several journal articles on dental hygienists’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice behaviors regarding caries risk assessment and management. Ms. Francisco has been a member of the statewide Task Force on Oral Health for People with Special Needs and is a cofounding member of the Oral Health Awareness Society and a member of a local task force whose goal is to reduce early childhood caries. She volunteers dental hygiene services to the dentally underserved in California.

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

    Price: $19.95 
    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.

    Disclosures
    • 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.
    Objectives

    Course Objectives

    • Discuss the evolving use of lasers in the field of dentistry and their fundamental components.
    • Explain how lasers interact with oral tissues.
    • Describe the lasers currently available for use in dentistry and their specific clinical applications.
    • Identify recommended laser safety protocols.
    • Recognize the benefits and drawbacks of using lasers in dentistry.
    • Discuss the use of lasers in various dental specialties.
    Author Bio(s)

    Donald J. Coluzzi, DDS, is a health science clinical professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. Dr. Coluzzi received his DDS from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1970 and was in general practice for more than 35 years. He is a charter member and past president of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Laser Dentistry, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and a Master of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. The ALD presented him with the 1999 Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence and the 2006 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Coluzzi has used dental lasers since early 1991 and has earned Advanced Proficiency in Nd:YAG and Er:YAG wavelengths. He has presented around the world on the subject of lasers, co-authored three books, contributed textbook chapters, and published several peer-reviewed articles.

    Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

    Jeanette Miranda, RDH, BSDH, received her associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Indiana University at South Bend (IUSB) and her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has practiced dental hygiene for more than 35 years in four states and was a clinical hygiene instructor at IUSB. She has attained Standard Proficiency and Fellowship status in the diode laser with the World Clinical Laser Institute, as well as Standard Proficiency, Advanced Proficiency, and Mastership status with the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Currently, Jeanette is employed as a clinical hygienist and serves the Academy of Laser Dentistry as co-chair of the Communication Committee and chair of the Auxiliary Committee. She is a past-president of the South Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association and lectures on dental lasers. 

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