Whole Body Health in Dentistry from a Preventive Perspective

Today, there is more and more information about how oral health has the capacity to influence our overall health. How are dental professionals making changes, as they continue to learn more about the oral health and body connection? Education on biofilm, disease risk factors, caries management and unique preventive products are just a few of the topics covered in this presentation to help all of us live healthier lives! 

Learning outcomes: 

• Understand the principles of caries risk reduction for better patient health outcomes 

• Learn how to identify patients at high risk, and ways to implement caries management treatments with your patients 

• Understand the latest in product technologies, and the capacity for them to improve oral health

LIVE JUNE 25TH, 2020 AT 12:00PM CT  |  FEATURED SPEAKERS, CARA PENNER AND MARY BARLOW  |  1 CE CREDIT

The Evolution of Particle Technology in Dental Products

How have resin products evolved over the years, with improved particle technology? Aren’t all resin products today pretty much the same?? This program will provide the opportunity to explore why you might just want to take a look at newer dental products, as they may benefit both you and your patients. 

Learning Outcomes: 

• Learn about the evolution of particle technology and how it influences physical properties of dental products 

• Discuss the various ways products with improved particle technology will allow you to provide high quality care with better results and often more efficiency 

• Share practical tips for implementation of various techniques with latest product technology 

LIVE JULY 2ND, 2020 AT 12:00PM CT  |  FEATURED SPEAKERS, CARA PENNER AND MARY BARLOW  |  1 CE CREDIT

Advantages, Indications, and the Evolution of Glass Ionomer Restoratives

When was the last time you placed a bulk - fill glass ionomer restoration? Is that even possible? Believe it or not, glass ionomers have evolved over the last few decades, and today are even easier to place and can be used in a wider range of indications. As dentistry works to adjust to a new reality with COVID-19, glass ionomers and glass hybrids can be also be used in interim restorative technique, with no need for high-speed drilling. Without the use of a high-speed drill, aerosols/air-borne particles can be minimalized. 

 

Learning Outcomes: 

• Learn valuable information about the science behind glass ionomers 

• Identify clinical situations with your patients, where glass ionomers may be beneficial 

• Learn about techniques with glass ionomer, that can minimize aerosols

LIVE JUNE 18TH, 2020 AT 12:00PM CT  |  FEATURED SPEAKERS, CARA PENNER AND MARY BARLOW  |  1 CE CREDIT

The Science of Whitening - Giving Your Patients a Future They Can Smile About

In this program, we will describe the differences between whitening and bleaching products and discuss the action mechanism of hydrogen peroxide. Strategies on engaging patient whitening discussions and the management of patient clinical outcome expectations will be explored. We will include discussing the implementation of a predictable, efficient, and state-of-the-art bleaching system empowered with advanced ionic technology that will transform the whitening experience for both the dental practitioner and patient. 

Learning Objectives: 

● Explain how tooth-whitening technology works 

● Indications for home and professional tooth whitening options 

● Effective conversation to discuss tooth whitening and expectations with patients 

● Make clinical decisions about patient selection for successful tooth whitening 

● Determine effective patient tooth whitening messages and marketing methods

LIVE JUNE 11TH, 2020 AT 12:00PM CT  |  FEATURED SPEAKER, BECKY HORST, RDH, BA  |  1 CE CREDIT

Caries and Fluoride

Dental caries is preventable, yet it continues to be the most common chronic disease in children. The price paid for dental caries is not only measured in the money spent on restorative procedures, it is also measured in the effects it has on overall health and well-being. During the early 1900s, the focus of dentistry changed from extract to restore. With the knowledge and tools available in this century, it is time to shift from restore to prevention.  

 

Management of the caries-prone patient requires a multifaceted approach – caries risk assessment, in office care, patient education, and at-home regimens.  This approach has been in the forefront for treating the at risk population. Fluoride therapies play an important role in the in-office and at-home fluoride treatment programs in the prevention and management of dental decay.  It is an accepted but often under-utilized therapy.  This program will provide the participant with an overview of caries development, the incidence and prevalence of dental decay in various populations, and the role of in-office and at home fluoride therapies in the management of patients who are at risk for caries development.  An overview of Caries Risk Assessment will also be presented.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the caries development process and appropriate intervention strategies.

  • Utilizing data obtained through caries risk assessment techniques, assign patients to the correct caries risk level.

  • Develop and implement an effective in-office fluoride treatment protocol, based on appropriate patient risk for caries development.

  • Utilize evidence based Clinical Practice Guidelines for patient fluoride therapies.

LIVE JUNE 4TH, 2020 AT 12:00PM CT  |  FEATURED SPEAKER, MARTI SANTIZO |  1 CE CREDIT

Aerosol Management

Aerosol management is a hot topic in dentistry and healthcare today. How do we protect ourselves, the team and our patients? Do we really understand the difference between aerosols and splatter? With protocols changing and so many resources available, let's take a quick dive into aerosols, best practices for managing them, and what products are available to help us!

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Define the difference between aerosol and splatter

  • Identify primary sources of aerosol production in the dental setting

  • Review known diseases spread by droplet or aerosols

  • Discover ways to reduce aerosol production such as pre-procedural rinses, instrumentation, and additional products available

  • Review steps for protecting the dental team and patients  

LIVE MAY 28TH, 2020 AT 12:00PM CT  |  FEATURED SPEAKER, WHITNEY HOWERTON  |  1 CE CREDIT

How to Take the "No" Out of Fluoride Varnish Recommendations

Knowing all about the science and technology of a fluoride varnish helps you connect the dots as a practitioner, but it rarely helps you explain the benefits to the patient in a way that helps them accept the recommendation you are making for their oral health. Together we will take the dental terminology and turn it into phrases that help patients connect the dots about the benefits a varnish can give them, especially in a day and age when people are more resistant than ever to "upselling," or hearing things online that make them question fluoride and its benefits vs. risks

LIVE MAY 14TH, 2020 AT 12:00PM CT  |  FEATURED SPEAKER, WHITNEY HOWERTON  |  1 CE CREDIT