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  • Guideline on Antibiotic Use for the Urgent Manag...
  • Assessing the impact of an opioid prescribing gu...
  • Spin in abstracts of randomized controlled trial...
  • Are dental patients able to perceive erosive too...
  • Forensic Dentistry: From the Cradle to the Grave
  • Conquering the Conflict: Ending the War between ...
  • Efficacy of preprocedural mouthrinses in the red...


Guideline on Antibiotic Use for the Urgent Management of Dental Pain and Intraoral Swelling

The overuse of antibiotics has resulted in bacterial strains that are resistant to these medications. To improve antibiotic stewardship and reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance, the ADA has released a clinical practice guideline on the use of antibiotics for the urgent management of pulpal- and periapical-related dental pain and intraoral swelling. This course provides an overview of the guideline and addresses when to prescribe and when not to prescribe antibiotics for clinical scenarios involving symptomatic irreversible pulpitis, symptomatic apical periodontitis, and localized acute apical abscess.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the current evidence on antibiotic use in dentistry
  • Incorporate into practice the latest ADA recommendations for the use of antibiotics for dental pain and swelling
  • Work with patients to identify the situations when antibiotics may or may not be necessary


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Assessing the impact of an opioid prescribing guideline for dentists in Ontario, Canada (January 2020 Article 3)

JADA January 2020

Background. The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario introduced a new dental opioid prescribing guideline in November 2015. The authors examined whether introduction of this guideline was associated with changes in opioid prescribing patterns.

Key Words. Opioids; dental prescribing; prescribing guideline.


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Spin in abstracts of randomized controlled trials in dentistry: A cross-sectional analysis (January 2020 Article 2)

JADA January 2020

Background. Spin in randomized controlled trial (RCT) abstracts can misguide clinicians. In this cross-sectional analysis, the authors assessed the prevalence of spin in RCT abstracts and explored the factors potentially influencing it.

Key Words. Evidence-based dentistry; randomized controlled trial; spin; abstract; clinical decision-making.


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Are dental patients able to perceive erosive tooth wear on anterior teeth? (January 2020 Article 1)

JADA January 2020

Background. Erosive tooth wear (ETW) is irreversible loss of dental hard tissue. The authors examined patients ability to recognize ETW relative to sound teeth and teeth with caries.

Key Words. Erosive tooth wear; caries, patient perceptions; oral health; care-seeking behavior.


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Forensic Dentistry: From the Cradle to the Grave

John P. Kenney, DDS, MS, FACD, FAAPD, FAAFS, has decades of experience as a forensic odontologist. In this class, Dr. Kenney taps his expertise as he guides you through the history, importance and practical applications of the specialty.

This course covers:

  • The history and background of forensic odontology
  • How odontology, pathology and anthropology interact in death investigations
  • The role of dental ageing for legal purposes
  • How good dental records including charting previously done work or offices referred to can be critical in dental identification cases.
  • The role of DPAA-CIL, the DOD Central Identification Laboratory
  • The key role odontology plays in mass fatality incidents
  • The necessity of an esthetic oral autopsy on viewable victims
  • Bite mark evidence and how it has evolved
  • Examples of dental malpractice and fraud, and the importance of complete and accurate records in your office.

WARNING: This program contains discussion and graphic representation of violence that may be disturbing to some participants. Viewer discretion is advised.


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Conquering the Conflict: Ending the War between the Front and the Back

Have you ever wondered why the members of your team just don’t understand why you do things the way you do? Does your team experience the typical war between the front office and the back office? The speaker will examine the communication and procedural conflicts that occur in practices and discuss strategies for creating a seamless customer service experience for patients. Gain clear-cut methods to help your team members understand each other’s roles and improve cooperation.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Implement methods to enhance communication between the business and clinical team members

  • Understand what causes communication breakdowns between the business and clinical teams


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Efficacy of preprocedural mouthrinses in the reduction of microorganisms in aerosol (December 2019 Article 3)

JADA December 2019

Background. The authors of this systematic review aimed to evaluate the efficacy of preprocedural mouthrinses in reducing the number of microorganisms disseminated by means of the aerosol generated via dental procedures when compared with a placebo, water, or no mouthrinse.

Key Words. Mouthrinses; preprocedural; aerosols; chlorhexidine; essential oils; cetylpyridinium chloride; microorganisms; dental office; cross-infection.


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ADA's Online CE platform provides trusted education to dental professionals at your convenience.  Our ever-growing catalog of clinical, practice management, and personal development education offers peer-reviewed continuing education credits to fit your resources and schedule.  Credits earned through this platform are maintained for all users in an online transcript that you can access when you need your verification letters.

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