CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - Continuing Dental Education for dental professionals. Choose from over 1,000 quizzes and courses for continuing education credits.

  • Maintenance: The Key to Successful Periodontal and Implant Therapy | CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - The management of periodontal diseases requires an effective treatment and maintenance program, as well as collaboration among clinicians. Having a better understanding of the factors contributing to periodontal maintenance is key. The components of a maintenance program and determining proper intervals ensure that patients increase their chances for maintaining their teeth and implants in an optimal state of health.
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  • Caries and Periodontal Disease Risk Assessment and Management | CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - Increasing rates of decay and periodontal disease began with the cultivation of grains in the Neolithic, but it was the tremendous upsurge in consumption of refined carbohydrates in the Industrial Revolution that caused epidemic levels of these diseases to erupt. In the middle of the 20th century, pathogenic bacterial biofilms were identified as the cause of both diseases. Identification of the environmental risks that cause oral biofilms to become pathogenic and the management of those risks is the most appropriate means currently available to treat caries and periodontal disease.
  • High-Tech Hygiene: Technologies Making a Difference in Oral Care | CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - Technology has greatly influenced all phases of the dental hygiene process of care. Chairside diagnostic tools and self-monitoring devices improve early detection of lesions and previously undetected oral/systemic diseases, facilitate assessment of systemic health status, and support patient engagement in self-care. Collectively, improved patient assessment reduces risks for medical emergencies and promotes patient safety. Technological advances enable better visualization of hard and soft tissues during the assessment phase, aid decision-making with planning and delivery of appropriate oral care interventions, and facilitate evaluation of patient outcomes related to dental hygiene treatment. Additional research is needed to support the benefits of patient-centered technologies designed to affect behavioral change.
  • Dental Erosion: Prevention and Treatment | CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - Dental erosion is the irreversible chemical removal of minerals from the tooth structure; it is associated with dissolving of the minerals from the tooth enamel and dentin surface, which are effectively softened by acids from diet, the ingestion of food and beverages, or from stomach acids. Acid erosion is a significant problem and becoming more prevalent among patients.. Dental erosion is not confined to a single etiology; it is typically due to a combination of conditions. Risk factors for dental erosion include frequent ingestion of acidic beverages and foods; low salivary flow; GERD; recreational drugs; and other risks. The management of dental erosion includes specific recommendations for dietary habits, dental hygiene, and therapeutic treatments.
  • Probiotics for Bacterial Disease Treatment in the Oral Environment | CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - Probiotics use has been researched for gastrointestinal health. The oral cavity, of course, is not a separate component of the body, and because both periodontal disease and dental caries are bacterial diseases, a probiotics approach to treating these maladies is currently being evaluated. Several over-the-counter products claim to be formulated with probiotics and suitable for use for oral care. In this article, the authors define probiotics, review research that explores probiotics in relation to periodontal disease and caries, and identify available probiotics products aimed at promoting oral health.
  • Therapeutic Mouthrinses: Reaching Beyond Mechanical Plaque Control for Reduction in Dental Plaque and Gingivitis | CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - Today, patients and their dental professionals are faced with a confusing array of oral hygiene products making a wide variety of either therapeutic or cosmetic claims. For many patients, mechanical oral hygiene measures alone may be insufficient to achieve the plaque removal necessary for gingival health or the perception of a clean mouth and fresh breath. Mouthrinses are very commonly used adjunctively to support mechanical measures and present an area of confusion for both dental professionals and patients. This review presents the rationale for the use of mouthrinses and compares and contrasts therapeutic agents for reduction in plaque and gingivitis.
  • Strategies for Peri-Implant Disease Prevention and Management | CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - Just as there has been a greater recognition in recent years of the connection between periodontal disease and systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, it is now known that periodontal disease increases the risk for developing peri-implant diseases. In large part, this is because the two conditions share a common etiology—periodontal pathogens. They both also require meticulous attention to hygiene, more frequent recall visits than patients who are healthy or without dental implants, and careful monitoring. Because of the potential consequence of losing an implant due to peri-implantitis, every effort should be made to eliminate periodontal disease prior to implant placement. Biologic changes that indicate disease development around an implant should prompt early referral for definitive treatment if the problem is not being controlled.
  • Dentin Hypersensitivity: Diagnosis and Strategic Approaches | CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - Whereas there may be individual causes of the symptom described as tooth sensitivity, the diagnosis of the condition of dentin hypersensitivity can be a challenge, and appropriate differential diagnosis is essential to identify the cause and the follow-up review of the patient’s condition is essential. To be hypersensitive, three conditions must be met in the dentin itself: dentin exposure to the oral cavity; open ends of dentin tubules of the exposed dentin; and entire path of open dentin tubules from the exposed dentin surface to the pulp. Understanding the mechanism described in the hydrodynamic theory provides two strategic approaches to manage dentin hypersensitivity, including: reduce or stop the fluid movement in the tubules, or interfere with the neural transmission to the brain. Many remedies and products have been developed and brought into either in-office or at-home use. A number of these products have little or no evidence of clinical support for their manufacturer’s claims and some when used in isolation may take several weeks to bring about measurable relief.
  • Ultracomfortable, Ultraeffective Ultrasonics | CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - Ultrasonic instrumentation has become integral to the practice of dental hygiene during the last few decades. While the benefits of utilizing ultrasonic debridement procedures are numerous and well documented, today’s dental hygienist must be able to understand the differences between ultrasonic units and how various power scalers work in order to maximize clinical outcomes. It is the author’s desire to familiarize the dental practitioner with basic concepts, descriptive terminology, instrumentation strategies, and practical approaches to increase desired dental hygiene results. An historical perspective of how ultrasonics entered the field of dentistry and became a staple in dental hygiene therapy is included as a tribute for their tremendous impact and contributions to patient care.
  • Understanding Advances in Oral Rinse Technologies | CDEWorld - Continuing Dental Education - Control of the plaque biofilm in the supragingival stage of its development is highly desirable if gingival health is to be maintained. Supplementing mechanical plaque control with effective anti-plaque mouthrinses is a way of controlling this bacterial challenge by reaching the sites undisturbed by traditional brushing and interproximal techniques. The therapeutic class of oral mouthrinses includes those containing essential oil compounds, cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), chlorhexidine, and delmopinol. Clinical trials of the four anti-plaque agents demonstrate reductions of plaque, bleeding upon probing and gingivitis. All agents show significant efficacy and benefit for the patient’s periodontal health.

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