ADAA e-Learning Center

ADAA Members have one-click 24/7 access to all ADAA courses listed in the Course Catalog including the Anna Nelson webinar series, both live and as enduring material, at no additional cost, through the e-Learning Center. Log into your ADAA account using the button at the top right of the page. Once in the Portal home, click on Resources menu, and click “Access ADAA Learning Center”. This is a direct link to the learning center where you will have access to all e-learning content. Access to this material is a member benefit 

Non-Members have access to ADAA e-Learning content for an individual course fee and the Anna Nelson webinar series, as enduring material through a 12-month fee-based subscription.  Click on the ‘Non-Member Purchase’ tab to make your selections, initiate a purchase, and make payment.  Non-members will have access to their selected courses within 1-2 business days of their paid order submission.

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Course Catalog

ADAA Members have access to the Anna Nelson webinar series as enduring material, at no additional cost, through the e-Learning Center.  Access to this material is a member benefit.

Non-Members have access to the Anna Nelson webinar series as enduring material with the purchase of a 12-month subscription of $150.  Click on the Non-Member Purchase tab and select Anna Nelson Webinar Series (Enduring Material) to initiate purchase and payment.

W001 – How to Keep Your Dentist Out of Jail

 Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA

Many dentists depend on their dental assistants and office managers to maintain accurate, compliant records for their patients on a regular basis. This process contains many nuances that dental assistants should be aware of and practicing. It is time to learn how to keep your dentist out of jail!

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2016; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

W002 – The Role of the Dental Assistant in Endodontics

 Steven Senia

This webinar is designed to familiarize the dental assistant with basic knowledge regarding the diagnosis, procedures used, and treatment of infected dental pulp and root canals. The role of the dental assistant as a team member in preparing the patient before, during and after endodontic treatment will be discussed.

CE Credits: 1.5
Original Release Date: 2016; Review in progress. Course unavailable.

W007 – Assisting in the Age of CAD/CAM – Digital Dentistry Expands the Role of the Dental Assistant

 Kimberly Bland, CDA, EFDA, B.S., M.Ed.

This webinar is designed for dental assistants to familiarize themselves with the use of in-office CAD/CAM dentistry for single-unit fixed ceramic restorations and its workflow applications and the role of the dental assistant.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2017; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W008 – A Visit to Your Practice: A Patient’s Perspective

 Sheila Clancy, CDA, MBA

This webinar is designed for dental assistants to familiarize themselves with practice management principles of customer/patient satisfaction. The role of the dental assistant and how she/he can enhance the patient’s overall clinical and office experience will be discussed.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2017; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W009 – Where Do I Sit? How Should I Stand? Communication and Customer Service Skills for the Clinical Team

 Debra Engelhardt-Nash

This webinar is designed for dental assistants to familiarize themselves with practice management principles of customer/patient satisfaction. The role of the dental assistant and how they can enhance the patient’s overall clinical and office experience will be discussed.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2017; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W010 – Beyond Ergonomics: How to Practice Pain-Free

 Daniel Jacobazzi, PT, DC

This webinar is designed for dental assistants to familiarize themselves with the principles of good posture and how to correctly move, sit, and work in an ergonomic manner that will help prevent work-related pain and injuries.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W011 – Career Opportunities for the Dental Assistant

 Dr. Carolyn Breen, Ed.D, Ed.M, BS, AAS, CDA, RDA, RDH

This webinar is designed for dental assistants so they may explore potential career opportunities beyond the scope of private practice. A variety of positions within multiple employment settings will be discussed. Dental assisting subject matter and coursework will be compared with standard coursework as related to various degree options for career advancement. Basic strategies for personal goal setting and the development of a career plan will be included.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W012 – CDT Update for Dental Assistants

 Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants identify coding challenges and the steps that can be taken to minimize the effects of those challenges.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W013 – Frequently Prescribed Brand-Name Medications and Their Clinical Dental Considerations

 Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants by providing an overview of those frequently prescribed brand name medications whose actions, side effects, contraindications and potential drug interactions may have the greatest impact on dental therapy.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W014 – Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea: Pros and Cons of Dental Devices

 John Nadeau

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants by providing an overview of what is obstructive sleep apnea, how to identify symptoms, diagnose, and treat with oral appliance devices.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W015 – Taking Diagnostically Acceptable Radiographs: The Importance of Being a Straight Shooter

 Marianne Dryer, RDH, MEd

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants by providing an overview of how to provide quality, predictable, and diagnostically acceptable radiographs while minimizing radiation to ensure patient safety.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W016 – Resist Tooth Decay: Healthy Smiles Through Remineralization

 Kari Hiatt, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, MS

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants be aware of the need to be alert and responsive to the causes of tooth decay to help achieve the overall goal of preventative dentistry. This webinar will provide an overview of the risk factors for dental caries and treatments to help promote remineralization. The webinar will also address the ADA recommendations for the use of professionally applied topical fluorides.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W017 – In-Office and Mail Order Sterilization Monitoring Procedures  Sarah Sharpe, RDA

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants reduce the risks of disease transmission, meet ADA and CDC guidelines for infection control, and implement strategies to effectively sterilize and disinfect dental equipment through effective sterilization monitoring procedures.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W018 – HIPAA Privacy and Security Act for Dental Professionals

 Linda Bartolomucci Boyd, BA, RDA

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants understand and implement the principles of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 – HIPAA.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W019 – Managing Acute Dental Pain: Opioid Analgesics and Their Impact on the Dental Community

 Laura Meyer-Junco, PharmD, BCPS, CPE

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants understand the overall impact of opioids, their use, abuse, and their impact on the dental community.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W020 – A Balancing Act: How to Increase Revenue and Decrease Expenses in the Dental Office

 Sheila A. Clancy, CDA, MBA

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants understand the importance of their contribution(s) to help maintain a financially healthy dental practice.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2018; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W021 – Infection Control Palooza

 Sharon Dickinson, CDA, CDPMA, RDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, Professor (Ret.)

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants understand the importance of infection control policies and procedures and adherence to them, evaluate infection control products, and effectively handle breaches in infection control.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2019; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

W022 – Leadership: The Keys to Success

 Virginia Cairrao, CDA, FADAA

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants understand the principles of leadership, the differences in leadership styles, the impact good leaders make on the organization, and how to apply these principles to their own environment.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2019; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W023 – The New Classification of Periodontal Disease: Identification, Treatment and Coding

 Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants understand that periodontal disease starts with a biofilm-based infection that creates a wound that, in turn, induces the inflammatory cascade responsible for the disease. This wound must be taken seriously and treated at the earliest possible stages. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions 2018 defines 4 levels of periodontal health and includes staging and grading system for periodontitis as well as classification of peri-implant disease. This along with recent changes in CDT codes create the necessity for an update. This webinar provides a framework to meet the individualized needs of the patient.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2019; Review Date: Currently Under Review.

W024 – HIPAA Guidelines for Dental Office Efficiency and Effectiveness

 Linda Bartolomucci Boyd, BA, RDA; Emeritus Professor and Published Author

This webinar is designed to help dental assistants interpret and implement the guidelines of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 – HIPAA in order to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the dental office. Strategies to help implement the essential elements of the guidelines will be discussed and the consequences if violations occur.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2019; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W026 – Community Dental Health Coordinators: Bridging the Gap

 Jane S. Grover, DDS, MPH; Director, Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention American Dental Association

This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed to provide an overview for the dental assistant about the ADA’s nationwide Action for Dental Health community-based campaign aimed at ending the dental health crisis in America. The ADA is working with Congress to help break down barriers to essential oral health care for the vulnerable and underserved. As part of that effort, the Community Dental Health Coordinator has emerged as another member of the dental team that is important in assisting with the dental health crisis. Dental assistants are uniquely qualified to become Community Dental Health Coordinators and provide services in a public health setting.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2019; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W027 – Management of the ‘Difficult’ Employee in the Dental Office

 Kevin Henry, Co-Founder, IgniteDA.net

This webinar is designed primarily for the dental office management staff to provide an overview of how to deal with the ‘difficult’ employee in the office. Strategies will be discussed that will help the dental office manager effectively coach and mentor the difficult employee and help integrate them into becoming a team player.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2019; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W028 – A Prescription for Practice Success

 Sheila A. Clancy, CDA, MBA

This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed primarily for the dental office management staff to provide an overview of how to assess the performance of the dental practice in relation to established benchmarks and develop a “treatment plan” to address identified ailments. The overall wellness of the office and the maintenance of a high-performance team will be highlighted.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2019; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W029 – Infection Control: Maintaining and Monitoring Dental Unit Waterlines

 Angie Michlig

This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental office staff to provide an overview of dental unit water line management and how to maintain them for optimal practice.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2020; Review Date: Currently Under Review
W030 – The Use of Oral Devices for the Management of Sleep Apnea

 Sal Rodas, MBA

This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental professional as an overview of sleep disorders and the types of oral devices that may be used to help alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2020; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W032 – The Oral Systemic Link Between Periodontal Disease and Systemic Disease

 Brittany Ashenfelter, Doctoral Candidate, MS, BS, AAS, LDH, CDA, EFDA

This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental professional as an overview of the direct link of oral health problems, specifically periodontal disease, and systemic diseases.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2020; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W033 – The Use of Prophylactic Antibiotics Prior to Dental Procedures

 Alice N. Hemenway, PharmD, BCPS

This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental professional as an overview of the use of prophylactic antibiotics prior to dental procedures for specific populations.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2020; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W034 The EPA Amalgam Rule: (40 CFR part 441) and the Role of Dental Assistants for Dental Office Compliance

Author: Alexander Bischoff

This webinar is designed for the dental professional to familiarize them with the “Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category” (40 CFR part 441) known as “The Amalgam Rule”, regarding pretreatment standards for discharges of pollutants into publicly owned treatment works (POTW’s) by dental practices that discharge amalgam. The focus will be on achieving the EPA’s pretreatment standards for dental offices, the BMP’s included in “The Amalgam Rule”, and the record keeping required for dental office compliance.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2020; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W035 – Uses of New Technologies in the Dental Office

 Darrin R. Wan, CDA, EDDA

This webinar is designed for the dental professional to familiarize them with the latest hardware and software technologies that are available for the dental office.

CE Credits: 0.5
Original Release Date: 2020; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W036 – The Role of the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

 Tyler Winter, CDA, LDA, RDA, FADAA

This webinar is designed for the dental professional to familiarize them with the duties and responsibilities associated with an expanded functions dental assistant and how they may provide added benefits to the dental practice.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2020; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W037 – E-cigarettes: Friends or Foes?

 Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA

This webinar is designed for the dental professional to familiarize them with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping and the systemic and oral effects of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2020; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W038 – Special Needs Patients in a Dental Practice

 Robert E. Rada, DDS, MBA

This webinar is designed for the dental professional to familiarize them with the systemic health needs and medical challenges of individuals with special health care needs.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2020; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W039 – Communicating in a Post-Pandemic Practice

 Sheila Clancy, MBA, CDA

This webinar is designed for the dental professional to familiarize them with effective communication strategies to enhance their overall communication skills during the COVID pandemic using non-verbal and nonphonemic properties.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2021; Review Date: Currently Under Review

W040 – HIPAA in the Age of COVID-19

 Linda Bartolomucci Boyd, RDA, BA

This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental professional to familiarize them with HIPAA rules and regulations and how they impact the dental assistant and dental practice during the COVID pandemic.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2021; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W041 – Promoting Mental Health & Wellness for Dental Assistants in Times of COVID-19

 Lisa A. Razzano, PhD, CPRP

This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental professional as an overview of the mental health aspects of stress, both in a dental assistant’s personal and professional life, especially when dealing with multiple stress factors during the COVID pandemic such as: dealing with dental offices shutting down; deciding whether or not to get the vaccine; family, friends, and patients dying from it; teaching their children virtually; and trying to work during the pandemic.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2021; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W042 – Clinical Assisting: Getting From Good to Great

 Michael Meek, DDS, FAGD and Melissa Searcy, RDA

This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental professional as an overview to the hard and soft skills needed to succeed in dentistry. Personal and professional goal setting will be emphasized.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2021; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W044 – COVID Vaccines: Efficacy and Safety

 John A. Molinari, PhD

Infectious diseases described over the past 4 decades include those caused by newly discovered pathogens, as well as re-emergent infections caused by microbial mutation and drug-resistance. The latest example is the emergence and spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resultant COVID-19 pandemic. A global effort to develop effective vaccines to protect the population against this respiratory disease led to the development and approval of multiple vaccines by the end of 2020. This webinar will discuss updated science and clinical-based knowledge for currently approved COVID-19 vaccines. Considerations will include development and criteria for COVID-19 approval for use in the population, observed effectiveness, and potential, short term adverse reactions to vaccination.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2021; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W045 – Top Ten OSHA Violations and How to Mitigate Them

 Brian Bothast, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Department of Labor/OSHA

This one (1) hour webinar is designed for dental professionals to familiarize them with the rules and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the United State Federal government and to review what safety rules are commonly violated in dental practice settings and how they can be avoided.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2021; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

W055 – Understanding Dental Unit Waterlines

Author: Sarah Stream, MPH, CDIPC, CDA, FADAA

This webinar is designed for clinical dental professionals to better understand the recommendations and requirements surrounding dental unit waterlines (DUWL). DUWLs are high-risk areas in the dental setting and can cause serious health issues for our patients. Understanding the recommendations and requirements and overcoming barriers surrounding DUWLs is the most effective way to create an effective plan and protocol to keep your patients safe.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2023; Review Date: 2023; Next Review: 2026

W056 – Artificial Intelligence in Dentistry

Author: Ann-Marie DePalma, CDA, RDH, MEd

Artificial intelligence is around us every day. If you use Siri or Alexa or watch Netflix or Hulu, you are using artificial intelligence. AI is becoming an important part of today’s technology-driven dental practice. Patients and teams are using AI in a variety of ways. In this webinar, we will review the history of artificial intelligence and its various uses within dentistry and how it can improve overall practice production and profitability while improving patient care.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2023; Review Date: 2023; Next Review: 2026

W057 – Radiation Safety and You

Author: Sarah Stream, MPH, CDIPC, CDA, FADAA

This webinar is designed for dental providers that may expose radiographs. We will discuss the basics of radiation creation, the history of x-rays and how that influenced our safety protocols as well as how you can protect your patient and yourself from unnecessary exposure.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2023; Review Date: 2023; Next Review: 2026

W058 – Oral Manifestations and Dental Implications of Food-related Autoimmune Diseases

Author: Deborah (Debby) Vernon, CDA, CDIPC

As food-related diseases gain attention and sufferers, recognizing, understanding, and treating the signs and symptoms of these disorders must become part of our protocols. Materials and supply decisions can be crucial in preventing further harm to these vulnerable patients.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2023; Review Date: 2023; Next Review: 2026

1111 – Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation: An Update
Author/Editor: Ann Brunick, RDH, MS & Morris S. Clark, DDS, FACD; Contributing Author: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA

This course will teach about the desirable characteristics of nitrous oxide, indications and contraindications of N2O/O2 use, the facts and myths surrounding chronic exposure to nitrous oxide, the biological effects associated with high levels of the gas, and ways to assess and minimize trace gas contamination in an outpatient setting.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1112 – Mercury in Dentistry: The Facts
Author/Editor: Jennifer K. Blake, CDA Emeritus, EFDA, MADAA; Contributing Author: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA

Relative to both the patient and the dental team, this course summarizes current information on mercury in dental restorations, with policy statements from dental organizations and government agencies.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1312 – Hazard Communication Standard and Hazardous Waste Regulations in Dentistry
Author/Editor: Eve Cuny, RDA, MS

The latest update to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard was in 2012. This broad regulation applies to all workplaces that have at least one employee. Since the same rule applies to industrial and professional settings, a thorough review of the regulation as it relates to the practice of dentistry is necessary. This is an excellent review of the original standard with all the updates added.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review; Course Unavailable

1437 – Hepatitis: What Every Health Care Worker Needs to Know
Author/Editor: John A. Molinari, PhD and Eve Cuny, RDA, MS

As an overview of the hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E viruses (with special emphasis on the bloodborne viruses B, C, and D), this course explains modes of transmission, epidemiology, and preventive measures against these potentially life-threatening infections. Risks in the dental setting are addressed, and important precautions are described, including vaccine recommendations, infection control precautions, and postexposure management.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

0411 – The Ergonomics of Dental Assisting: Preventing and Managing Work-Related Pain
Author/Editor: Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS

All dental team members face physical challenges when delivering dental care, including sustained postures, awkward movements and repetitive motions. However dental assistants face a unique set of musculoskeletal challenges when working chairside: they are unable to position their knees under the patient, cannot freely re-position their chair to different “clock” positions, have difficulty viewing the oral cavity, and must frequently accommodate to the dentist’s positioning. Combined with poor operatory layout or delivery systems it is understandable why assistants report that their highest prevalence of musculoskeletal pain is in the low back.

If dental professionals ignore regularly occurring pain or discomfort, the cumulative physiological damage can lead to an injury or career-ending disability. Knowledge of how physical damage occurs, proper body mechanics in the operatory, adjustment of ergonomic equipment and balanced musculoskeletal health can help assistants implement effective injury prevention strategies, make wise choices regarding ergonomic equipment and place of employment, improve quality of life and extend their careers.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2004; Review Date: Currently Under Review

0906 – Infection Control in the Dental Office: A Review for a National Infection Control Exam
Author/Editor: Original Authors: Eve Cuny, MS, RDA and Charles J. Palenik, PhD, MS, MBA. Reviewed and Revised by ADAA Council on Education and Professional Development Members

Original Authors: Eve Cuny, MS, RDA and Charles J. Palenik, PhD, MS, MBA. Reviewed and Revised by ADAA Council on Education and Professional Development Members: Tracey A. Green, BS, CDA; Christina Ross, MS, EDFA, CDA; and Roxanne Terranova, MSM, CDA, RDA

All aspects of infection control in the dental practice setting are covered. Included are sections on basic microbiology and disease transmission, immunizations, medical histories and standard precautions. Also infection control guidelines, regulations, and standards are highlighted. (Sponsored in part by an educational grant from the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP).)

Original Release Date: 2009; Review Date: Currently Under Review
CE Credits: 12

1103 – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Basics for Dental Assistants
Author/Editor: Gaylene Baker RDH, MBA Revised by: Janice Lewis, MHA, BSHA, AAHCA, RDA, EFDA

This course provides a review of the basic clinical considerations regarding the appropriate selection and use of infection control protective equipment in various dental practice settings. The various types and designs of devices available today will be reviewed, accompanied by a discussion of the relevant regulations and professional recommendations for use.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review; Course unavailable.

1305 – Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings
Author/Editor: Sharon K. Dickinson, CDA, CDPMA, RDA & Richard D. Bebermeyer, DDS, MBA

Understanding current infection control regulations and recommendations for dental settings is critical to ensuring the health and safety of patients and dental team members. The CDC’s “Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings, 2003” sets a standard of care for dental infection control. Dental offices also must comply with OSHA mandates as well as any state and/or local regulations. This course reviews significant infection control publications and supports optimal dental infection control and safety.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1318 – Influenza Facts and the Health Care Worker
Author/Editor: Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

Dental healthcare workers will undoubtedly be exposed to seasonal strains of influenza. Every dental team member must take necessary precautions to avoid illness, maintain a safe office environment for both the dental team and its patients, and keep current on new strains of influenza and other respiratory illnesses. Dental offices should implement a program for screening patients for aerosol transmitted diseases (ATD). Understanding the risks and how to deal with them can avoid panic, illness and even death.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1413 – Hand Hygiene for the Dental Professional
Author/Editor: Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA

Dental health care workers spend a great deal of time performing hand hygiene procedures. Discomfort due to skin irritation can interfere with adherence to recommended hand hygiene practices. This course is designed to help the dental professional understand how to perform hand hygiene correctly, describe different types of hand hygiene, correctly select hand hygiene products, recognize signs of skin irritation and locate reliable resources for hand hygiene.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2008; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1701 – Instrument Composition and Relating It to Care and Maintenance
Author/Editor: Ronda V. Lane, BS, CDA, RDA, FADAA

This course covers the critical component of cleaning instruments effectively and efficiently, with special attention to the importance of instrument composition in determining the most effective method for cleaning to promote instrument longevity, minimizing corrosion or rust, and staining and scratching. A dental assistant must be knowledgeable regarding what solutions should be used or avoided to preserve instrument integrity and what instruments should never be cleaned together, as well as determining when an instrument can or should be repaired or replaced.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2017; Review Date: Currently Under Review

0613 – General Chairside Assisting: A Review for a National Chairside Exam
Author/Editor: Author: Antoinette P. Metivier, CDA, BS; Revised by Kimberly Bland, CDA, EDDA, BS; Reviewed and Revised by Members of the Council on Education and Professional Development

This course is designed to help the dental assistant prepare for a national exam, such as the Dental Assistant National Board’s (DANB) General Chairside Exam Assisting exam. It provides an overview of basic concepts and procedures of general chairside assisting and can act as one portion of the preparation necessary to take the DANB exam. By taking and passing the DANB General Chairside Exam, the dental assistant will demonstrate that she/he has made the commitment to become a better dental assistant and to increase the quality of the dental assisting profession.

CE Credits: 24
Original Release Date: 2006; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1301 – Pit and Fissure Sealants in Preventive Dentistry
Author/Editor: Ellen Nuenfeldt, RDH, BS

It is the responsibility of dental professionals to assess each patient for possible sealant placement. Long term success of sealants relies heavily on placement technique, patient education, and recare appointments. Types of materials available and placement procedures will also be discussed. (Sponsored in part from an educational grant from 3M ESPE.)

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1303 – Dental Photography
Author/Editor: Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA and Debra Engelhardt-Nash

Since the largest percent of learning takes place visually, photographs are a powerful way to educate and motivate your patients to accept treatment. Photography, both intraoral and extra-oral, is an important part of the patient’s clinical record. Dental photography is frequently overlooked, yet it is an important part of patient care and treatment acceptance. Photographs should be part of any comprehensive treatment plan and can be used in diagnosis, education and motivation for the patient, case presentation, laboratory communication, insurance submissions, public relations and marketing. This is a comprehensive course including technique options. (Sponsored in part by a grant from Nash Institute for Dental Learning.)

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1319 – Setting it Straight: Advanced Orthodontics
Author/Editor: Lori Garland Parker, RDAEF, BS, MAOM

Extending beyond the content covered in the basic orthodontics course, this course includes information on the six keys to occlusion, orthodontic bonding materials and techniques, instrumentation, archwire alloys, early treatment considerations, treatment risks and limitations, and the latest technologies, with the goal of familiarizing the participants with the more advanced aspects of orthodontics.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1321 – Wired for Learning: Orthodontic Basics
Author/Editor: Lori Garland Parker, RDA, RDAEF

Orthodontics specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities, but from a patient’s view, it simply creates great smiles! This course introduces the basics of orthodontics, with the goal of peaking interest in this specialty of dentistry, and providing education to springboard an individual considering a career in this specialty.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1322 – Alginate Impression and Diagnostic Study Model Techniques
Author/Editor: Ellen Gambardella, CDA, RDA, M.Ed., FADAA and Rita J. Johnson, COA, RDH, MA Bus

Learn step–by–step procedures for taking alginate impressions. Discover alternatives for obtaining bite registrations, and ascertain various ways of creating study models. This comprehensive course combines theory with practical information on correct chairside and laboratory procedures and how to manipulate the dental materials involved. Highlights infection control including disinfection protocol, patient preparation, mixing techniques, alginate tray selection and preparation, use of adhesives, seating and removal of impression trays, inspection of impressions, bite registration techniques, gypsum, pouring casts, separating and trimming casts, and finishing and storage of models. Sponsored in part from an educational grant from DUX Dental.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1407 – Fabrication of Provisional Crowns and Bridges
Author/Editor: Niki Henson, RDA

This course provides the knowledge to fabricate temporary crowns and bridges. Includes information on materials, detailed instruction on fabrication techniques, finishing, polishing, and cementing procedures. (Sponsored in part from an educational grant from 3M ESPE.)

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1411 – Triple Tray Impressions and Associated Provisional Procedures: A Team Approach
Author/Editor: John S. Mamoun, DMD and Mariam Javaid, BDS

This continuing education course presents a team approach to triple tray crown and bridge procedures. Topics include taking initial and final impressions, making provisional restorations, mixing impression materials, deciding when to use separate arch impressions instead of the triple tray, and preparing and packaging the patient case for the dental laboratory.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2015; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1114 – The Importance of Pharmacology in Dental Care
Author/Editor: Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA & Richard L. Wynn, PhD

This comprehensive learning and reference tool describes prescription and over–the–counter medications, their uses in treating patients, and common side effects and contraindications. It reviews various types of drugs by classification and action and addresses prescription writing, federal control, and the use of drug reference guides.

CE Credits: 5
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1208 – Oral Anticoagulants and Dental Procedures
Author/Editor: Ashley N. Castelvecchi, PharmD & Lamonica N. Crump, PharmD

Anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications are commonly used for a variety of conditions. The management of these agents prior to dental procedures can be complex due to the potential for prolonged bleeding times. Learn about anticoagulants and antiplatelet therapies available in the United States as well as the recommended management of these agents prior to dental procedures.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1002 – Electronic Dental Records: Start Taking the Steps Today
Author/Editor: Jana Berghoff, RDH

Technology and electronic patient records have become an integral part of healthcare delivery, including dentistry, and are now impossible to ignore. A transition plan is key in making the switch from paper to digital charts as smooth as possible. This course is designed to guide a dental practice through the planning process and assist in creating steps to start the transition today.  

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1005 – Go Green: It’s the Right Thing to Do
Author/Editor: American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Dental Practice (CDP) and the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA)

What exactly is “going green”? What does it mean to the practice of dentistry? Dental Healthcare professionals know the importance of preserving the environment and the environment’s contribution to overall health and well-being. Research has shown there is a rising consumption of diminishing natural resources. Air and water pollution, growing landfills, and the effects of global warming have added to this decline. Dentistry can lessen the combined environmental impact by utilizing the “Four R’s of Going Green”, namely, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink.” This course will include the parameters needed to initiate a program for your dental practice that is simple and practical to implement.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1012 – Designing a Comprehensive Health History
Author/Editor: Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA

A guideline for creating or updating medical/dental history forms for any dental practice, this course emphasizes risk management and quality patient care. Learn the basic components of a patient medical history, including the legal, ethical, and treatment–related items that must be represented as well as requirements for confidentiality and updates of information. Suggestions are included for screening patients for systemic conditions, following CDC guidelines, and treatment protocols.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2010; Course Unavailable 

1013 – Introduction to Specialized Dental Software
Author/Editor: Connie Effinger, BS; Sue Kump, MBA, CDA, LDA; Kathy Zwieg, CDA, LDA; Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA; Revised by Christine Casile, CDA, RDA, RDH and Mary T. Elliott, BS, EFDA, RDA, EFODA, CDA

Computers and specialized dental practice software has become an integral contributor to the success of the dental practice. Selection of a system that will grow with the practice is recommended. Identification of practice needs for now and for the future, options and software support, and staff training are additional concerns. Although this course does not endorse any specific computer system, it presents principles that can be applied to most computerized systems.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1101 – Enhancing the Success of a Dental Practice Through Patient Satisfaction
Author/Editor: Tina Calloway, CDA and Linda Curtis, CDA, CDPMA

This course focuses on the importance of patient satisfaction to the success of a growing dental practice. One way to achieve this is through a Treatment Coordinator (TC). A TC can aid in effective communications between the dental team members, outside labs and suppliers, and the patient. A TC also offers specific dental expertise and leadership in the dental office. Using a case study format, this course offers examples of how a TC can help in gaining treatment plan acceptance and accomplish a more favorable outcome, resulting in increased patient satisfaction and referrals.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1106 – Communication in the Dental Office: Part 1 – Verbal and Non-Verbal
Author/Editor: Betty Ladley Finkbeiner, CDA-Emeritus, BS, MS

Much of the success of the dental practice will depend on communication with patients and among the dental staff. Communication is the process of transmitting information from one person to another. In the dental office this will vary often between the dentist(s), the patients, the dental team, and the community the office serves. Regardless of how the message is delivered, verbal, non-verbal, or written, each dental team member is responsible for providing a positive impression. The first and continuing impressions involve much more than just physical appearance. Perceptions are built on professionalism, attitude, compassion, and good, quality communication. The patient who comes to the dental practice expects the dental staff to communicate not only in a professional manner but with proper grammar and diction.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review; Course unavailable.

1113 – Addressing Language and Cultural Barriers of the Spanish Speaking Patient
Author/Editor: Cynthia Sellers, RDA

The Hispanic population has exhibited tremendous growth in the United States and is impacting many “unprepared” dental practices. This course is intended to help dental professionals improve their communication with Spanish-speaking patients, with an emphasis on basic common dental terminology and Hispanic culture and traditions. This course is approved by the Hispanic Dental Association.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1201 – Communication in the Dental Office: Part 2 – Effective Telecommunications
Author/Editor: Betty Ladley Finkbeiner

The dental staff receives and places a myriad of telephone calls each day. The dental professional speaks with a variety of people both inside and outside the dental practice to transmit information, place orders, schedule and confirm appointments, manage travel, or perform one of many other tasks common to the dental practice. This course is designed so the reader will review basic telephone techniques, conduct an inventory of personal skills to determine if one’s technique needs modification, offer suggestions for resolving conflicts on the telephone, aid new staff in improving telephone techniques and integrate new forms of telecommunication into the practice.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1202 – Communication in the Dental Office: Part 3 – Written Communications
Author/Editor: Betty Ladley Finkbeiner, CDA-Emeritus, BS, MS

This continuing education course is intended for the entire dental team. The purpose of this course is to understand the basic elements of written communication. The course will facilitate improvements in the use of written communication and accentuate the professionalism of the dental office.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1307 – Maintaining Proper Dental Records
Author/Editor: Wilhemina R. Leeuw, MS, CDA

Maintaining complete and accurate records is a sign of quality care and an integral part of the dental team’s responsibilities to its patients. Practical information and the background needed to maintain a patient chart are included. Guidelines for minimizing exposure to legal risk, HIPAA (including the Privacy and Security Rules), procedures for correcting an entry, and other areas of vital patient record concern are detailed.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1310 – The Dental Team’s Role in Identifying and Preventing Family Violence
Author/Editor: Lynn Douglas Mouden, DDS, MPH, FICD, FACD

Abuse and neglect are growing at ever–increasing rates in the United States. It is not only within the purview of dental practice to identify and report suspected cases, it also is required under state law. An appropriate child abuse and neglect protocol in the dental office may be the best defense for children in these unfortunate situations. Be aware of warning signs, know what to consider when an injury is identified, and know how to report suspected cases.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1320 – Treatment Coordinator: Are You Ready for a Challenge?
Author/Editor: Linda Curtis, CDA, CDPMA

The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept of a treatment coordinator (TC) to the dental team. The TC can be a vital and integral team member, enhancing the introduction of new patients into the practice, and facilitating the timely and coordinated progression of treatment for the patient. This course will outline the treatment coordinators’ responsibilities, requirements, and interactions with the other team members of the dental office.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1326 – The Business of Dentistry: Patient Appointments and Scheduling
Author/Editor: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COMSA, COA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA; Wendy Frye-Agers, CDA, RDA, EFDA, MADAA; Lynda Moan Charlton, CDA; Lisa Lovering; Linette Schmitt, CDA, LDA, MADAA

Scheduling appointments is important to assure smooth patient flow, maximize productivity and make effective use of practice time. To perform this function the dental business assistant must understand dental procedures as they relate to time duration, office protocol, scheduling preference, and infection control procedures needed between appointments. The course will also review basic dental office communication to ensure patient needs are being met through the services provided.  

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1327 – The Business of Dentistry: Practice Administration
Author/Editor: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COMSA, COA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA Contributing Authors: Wendy Frye-Agers, CDA, RD

This course is one of four comprehensive courses that focus on the duties of the administrative-assistant in any type of dental practice. It is essential for every member of the dental team to provide treatment for patients in a caring manner with maximum efficiency and production. This course provides information regarding staffing issues including the management of hiring and termination, payroll and record keeping, and the different communication paths between team members and with the patients of the practice.    

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1328 – The Language of Dentistry
Author/Editor: Esther K. Andrews, MA

Dentistry has a vast and precise language that may be difficult to understand by people new to the healthcare professions. As a healthcare worker, it is important to speak the language with office staff and other heathcare entities and to also translate technical terms to the patient. This course includes root words, prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations, and acronyms commonly used in dentistry.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1105 – Radiation Biology, Safety and Protection for Today’s Dental Team
Author/Editor: Gail F. Williamson, RDH, MS

This summary demonstrates how the study of radiation biology began and how radiation safety and protection measures evolved from early research efforts to formally established organizations that examine leading scientific thought and provide guidance and recommendations on radiation protection and measurement. The subsequent information will provide an overview of radiation biology and the safety and protection measures that the dental assistant can implement to reduce radiation exposure to dental patients as well as minimize occupational exposure. This information applies to both film-based and digital radiography.

CE Credits: 5
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1203 – Dental Radiographic Pitfalls and Errors
Author/Editor: Original Authors: Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA and Allan G. Farman, BDS, EdS, MBA, PhD; Revised 2016 and 2019 by Deborah Vernon, CDA

Operator error is the cause of the majority of dental radiograph retakes. Operator error can occur while exposing or processing films and is due to incorrect or improper techniques. A routine and using correct techniques for exposing and processing films is critical to maximizing the information garnered from dental radiographs while minimizing patient exposure to radiation.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1302 – Introduction to Basic Concepts in Dental Radiography
Author/Editor: Jan DeBell, CDA, EFDA, MS, BS

Preparation for a National Radiology Exam! Included in this fact–filled course are all the basics needed to expose high-quality radiographs. It is the best help a dental assistant can get in prepping for a radiology exam. Learn how to:

  • Promote radiation safety;
  • Mount and label exposed radiographs;
  • Identify and correct errors related to dental x-ray procedures;
  • Apply infection control techniques to dental x-ray procedures;
  • Process radiographic film;
  • Expose and evaluate dental radiographs; and
  • Implement quality assurance procedures in dental radiography facilities.

CE Credits: 18
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1306 – Digital Radiography in Dentistry: Moving from Film-Based to Digital Imaging
Author/Editor: Gail F. Williamson, RDH, MS

The latest advancement in dental radiography is the use of digital technology in recording dental structures. Information included in this course provides the clinician with a basic understanding of digital imaging technology, necessary equipment, digital imaging receptors, imaging technique, acquisition, enhancement, transfer, and storage. Comparisons with film–based imaging as well as the diagnostic utility of digital images are discussed.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1309 – Identifying Diseases of the Teeth and Oral Cavity through Radiographic Images
Author/Editor: Allan G. Farman, B.S.D., EdS, MBA, PhD

Learn to recognize the radiographic appearance of dental caries, periodontal disease, periapical pathology, and healing of extraction wounds. This course also focuses on the appearance of conditions such as tooth and bone fractures, developmental anomalies and regressive changes of the teeth, and developmental abnormalities of the skull and jaw.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1315 – Digital Imaging Techniques and Error Correction
Author/Editor: Gail Williamson, RDH, BS, MS; Reviewed and Revised by Sarah Guy, CDA

Clinical errors occur as a consequence of improper patient preparation or management, technique and exposure. Correct technique and proper patient management skills are essential to maximize the outcome and the information obtained from digital radiographic images, while at the same time minimizing patient radiation exposure. This course will provide an overview of digital imaging, a review of technique principles, and the identification and correction of common errors that occur in digital intraoral and panoramic imaging.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1420 – Intraoral Radiographic Techniques
Author/Editor: Allan Farman, BDS, EDS, MBA, PhD; ADAA Council on Education

When examined under proper conditions, diagnostic–quality intraoral radiographs reveal evidence of disease that cannot be found in any other way. The course presents basic principles and concepts of intraoral procedures. Including the discussion of proper techniques for bitewing radiography as well as the use of paralleling and bisecting angle techniques.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

0908 – Osteoradionecrosis: Oral Health and Dental Treatment
Author/Editor: Original Author: Daniel E. Jolly, DDS, FAAHD, FACD, DABSCD; Review and Revision by Christina L. Ross, CDA, EFDA, MS

Osteoradionecrosis (ORN) of the jaws is most commonly defined clinically as an area of previously irradiated, devitalized, exposed bone that fails to heal over a period of three to six months, in the absence of local neoplastic disease. It is thought to be caused by radiation-induced fibro-atrophic tissue injury. 1 ORN is associated with considerable morbidity and has important ramifications for the quality of life of cancer survivors. 2, 3 Principal manifestations include pain, and, more rarely, dysesthesia and anesthesia. 4 These may be further complicated by secondary infection and fistula formation, as well as dysgeusia, dysphagia, dyspnea, xerostomia, pathologic fracture and mechanical impairment of speech. 4 Many classification systems have been devised in order to stratify the wide spectrum of clinical presentations of ORN; however, their adoption has been far from universal and none has been validated with large-scale clinical trials, 5 posing difficulties for the comparison of controlled interventions and potential disparities in reporting rates.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2009; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1003 – Gingival Health: Periodontal Assessment
Author/Editor: ADAA Council on Education and Professional Development

An introduction to finding, locating, and assessing periodontal diseases. Included is the importance of the initial examination, the recording of in-depth information in the patient record, and types of clinical evidence that can be found on radiographic images. Also covered are the pitfalls involved with inaccurate sulcus depth readings, mobility and furcation classifications.  

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: Currently Under Review 

1006 – The Patient with Special Needs: General Treatment Considerations
Author/Editor: Janet Jaccarino, CDA, RDH, MA; Contributing Author: Natalie Kaweckyj, BA, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA

While most dental patients can receive oral health care in private practice settings, some patients have medical, physical or cognitive conditions that require adaptations to treatment beyond routine. Patients with disabilities, who make up a large segment of the population, are often overlooked when it comes to oral health care for a variety of reasons. It is our responsibility as dental health care professionals to meet the needs of this very special group of patients.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1009 – An Update on the Dangers of Soda Pop
Author/Editor: Gary J. Kaplowitz, DDS, MA, MEd

Soda pop has emerged as one of the most significant dietary sources of acid capable of producing demineralization of the enamel. Many brands of soda pop also contain sugars that are fermented by bacteria that produce acid by-products. It also appears that soda pop contains other ingredients that produce demineralization independent of its acid content or fermentable sugars. The consumption of soda pop in the US continues to increase in alarming proportions with consequent drastic effects on the dentition of many people. Completing this course will equip the dental team with the expertise and training to intervene with diet counseling, home care instruction and professionally applied fluoride to decrease the potential ravages of soda pop with their patients.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2010; Review date: 2023; Next Review: 2026

1010 – Dentinal Hypersensitivity: Dilemmas and Treatment
Author/Editor: Howard E. Strassler, DMD, FADM, FAGD, FACD

The increasing life span of the average person is resulting in patients who will need dental health care for a longer period of time. Gingival recession is a condition that is known to worsen with age and its part in dentinal hypersensitivity cannot be ignored. When a patient presents with dentinal hypersensitivity, dental professionals have an obligation to provide well-considered recommendations for treatment. Areas discussed will include the diagnosis of the disease, factors contributing to dentinal hypersensitivity, and reviewing and choosing the correct course of treatment. (Sponsored in part by an educational grant from Colgate).

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1014 – Complementary and Alternative Medicine Techniques Available for Dentistry
Author/Editor: Esther K. Andrews, CDA, RDA, RDH, MA

Complementary and alternative medicine used in dentistry is inclusive of various treatment modalities. Dental patients continue to request these therapies to prevent invasive procedures, relieve anxiety, and save on cost. Various methods of alternative treatment are covered.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: 2023; Next Review: 2026

1018 – An Introduction to the Herpes Viruses
Author/Editor: Joe Knight, PA and Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

The herpes viruses continue to affect patients worldwide. The use of immunosuppressant medications, the AIDS epidemic and crowded living conditions will continue to present a challenge to our healthcare system. Learn the symptoms, epidemiology, transmission, and treatment of various types of herpes viruses.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1102 – Periodontal Inflammation: The Oral-Body Health Connection
Author/Editor: Richard Nejat, DDS; Daniel Nejat, DMD; Morris Nejat, MD

Inflammation represents the body’s protective response to injury and tissue destruction. Inflammation can also be potentially harmful. Clinical signs of inflammation are redness due to open blood vessels, heat due to warmth of blood, swelling due to edema, pain due to stimulation of pain receptors, and loss of function due to edema. Periodontitis is the result of inflammation to the periodontium. This can affect the body’s systems, especially the arteries and can potentially cause more harm in a patient with compromised cardiovascular health. Dental professionals should assess risk for patients with diagnosed (or undiagnosed) diseases such as diabetes, respiratory diseases, and osteoporosis and refer patients to a physician or periodontist as necessary. It is very important to evaluate and monitor oral hygiene in at risk patients. The inclusion of antimicrobials as a part of patient home care to enhance plaque control should be considered. (Sponsored in part by a grant from Colgate.)

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1104 – Helping the Special Needs Patient Maintain Good Oral Health
Author/Editor: Janet Jaccarino, CDA, RDH, MA

Poor oral hygiene and dental disease may be more prevalent in patients with disabilities due to the effects of their condition and medication on the oral environment. Malocclusion and/or teeth with developmental defects, oral habits such as pouching of food, and even poor physical coordination contribute to poor oral hygiene. Some patients cannot grasp a toothbrush or reach their mouth; their lack of ability for self–care may have serious health implications. Assessment and education skills are essential to develop a home care routine that patients and/or caregivers can follow to help prevent disease and maintain oral health. A daily preventive program must be effective, simple to use, and low in cost. This course provides dental professionals with information to help the patient with special needs and the caregiver attain the appropriate knowledge to treat and maintain good oral health.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1109 – Management of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
Author/Editor: Sue Protzman, Jeff Clark, MS, REMP-T, and Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

Improve your ability to plan for, manage and handle office medical emergencies as part of the dental team. Includes discussion of the importance of a thorough health history in dealing with medical emergencies, background information on emergencies, vitals and what should be included in office emergency equipment. Also provides scenarios of medical emergency situations and how to handle them.

CE Credits: 5
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1110 – Understanding Meth Mouth and Oral Interventions
Author/Editor: Noel Brandon-Kelsch, RDH

Methamphetamines (MA) directly affect a person’s health, lifestyle, ability to function and mental status. Inexpensive to manufacture it has become the drug of choice for many. Dental professionals must have knowledge of the symptoms of use, possible side effects, drug interactions with medications and dental treatment considerations. This will aid in delivering appropriate dental treatment, intervention, patient education and prevention.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1115 – Blood Pressure Guidelines and Screening Techniques
Author/Editor: Connie M. Kracher, PhD, MSD

This course teaches the dental health professional to be aware of the causes of hypertension. It describes the appropriate method of taking blood pressure and how to determine recommendations for follow–up and lifestyle medications for patient treatment.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1204 – Current Concepts in Preventive Dentistry
Author/Editor: Original Author: Connie M. Kracher, PhD, MSD; Reviewed and Revised by: Lois Bell, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA

Dentistry in the United States today includes preventive practices (prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, full-mouth and bite-wing radiographic images, and sealants) and early detection of dental caries and periodontal disease. This course outlines aspects of prevention that dental professionals should address during patient examinations.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1205 – Dental Implants: A Comprehensive Review
Author/Editor: Sanda Moldovan, DDS, M.S.

According to the National Institute of Health, there are over 100 million people missing teeth, and the need for implant dentistry is stronger than ever. The number of implants placed in the United States continues to increase each year. This course covers the history of implants, current types of implants, procedures, and patient care.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1206 – Oral Health Maintenance of Dental Implants
Author/Editor: Connie Myers Kracher, PhD, MSD and Wendy Schmeling Smith, RDH, BSEd

With the demand for dental implants rising, techniques as well as the benefits to patients have improved. Oral hygiene maintenance by the patient directly affects the prognosis and success of an implant. This course discusses the required long–term professional and home care maintenance necessary to ensure a healthy peri–implant program. Step–by–step procedures for patients are included.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1207 – Xerostomia: Recognition and Management
Author/Editor: Philip C. Fox, DDS, FDS, RCSEd; Contributing Author, Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

It is important to perform a complete evaluation of the patient with dry mouth, determining, if possible, the cause of the xerostomia so that appropriate management can be instituted in a timely manner. This course will review methods of evaluation for xerostomia and practical measures for management of the patient with dry mouth.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1304 – Dental Anatomy: A Review
Author/Editor: Kimberly Bland, CDA, EFDA, M.Ed.

A working knowledge of normal anatomy of the face and oral cavity is critical for the entire dental team. This is one of many facets necessary to providing oral healthcare. The ability to recognize normal versus abnormal tissue conditions is important during the oral examination process. Having a working understanding of dental terminology will assure effective communication between team members and other healthcare providers and is an important component to the overall health and well being of the dental patient.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1317 – Inflammation: The Relationship Between Oral and Systemic Health
Author/Editor: JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD

The purpose of this course is to review how the inflammatory process functions in the human body. The role of inflammation in oral and systemic health will be discussed. Translating this information into practical application for dental healthcare professionals will be addressed so that both inquiring patients and astute clinicians will capitalize on the opportunities for resolving inflammation and improving total health.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1404 – Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Diagnosis and Treatment
Author/Editor: Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, MADAA

Sleep Apnea is considered a life threatening medical disorder in which a person stops breathing during sleep. The Institute of Medicine reports that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders including sleep apnea. Daytime drowsiness alone costs the economy $150 billion in lost productivity and workplace accidents, and another $48 billion in medical expenses related to auto accidents involving drowsy drivers. It is also estimated that nearly 1 in 5 car accidents causing serious injury are associated with excessive daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea is also associated with memory loss, morning headaches, irritability, depression, decreased sex drive, and impaired concentration. When left untreated sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart attack and sudden death while sleeping. Bryan Keropian, D.D.S. calls “Cancer, AIDS, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most dangerous and destructive diseases on earth.”

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1409 – Oral Precancer and the HPV Connection
Author/Editor: Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS

Approximately 49,750 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. For more than a decade there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers. Though thought by some as a rare occurrence, every single day in the United States alone, 132 new individuals are diagnosed and one person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Rates of past occurrence do not have to predict the future. The wonderful part of predictions are that they can be wrong. The dental healthcare team can make plans to circumvent that future death rate, not be being reactive, rather by more proactively identifying risks for oral precancer.

CE Credit: 1
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1412 – Sports-Related Dental Injuries and Sports Dentistry
Author/Editor: Updated 2017 by Rick Knowlton, DMD, MAGD; Original Authors: Connie Kracher, PhD, MSD; and Wendy Schmeling Smith, RDH, BSED

Participants learn about soft tissue injuries, jaw fractures, TMJ injuries and other problems related to sports injuries. Emergency treatment is discussed. Statistics relating to sports/dental injuries are presented as well as differentiating mouth guard types available and patterns of wearing by males and females, cultural differences and the effect of peer pressure.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1418 – Understanding the Dangers and Health Consequences of Spit Tobacco Use
Author/Editor: Original Author: Susan C. Dodd, RDH, BA; Revised by Susan Morgan, DDS, MAGD, CTTS; M. Susann Gaydos, RDH, MSDH, CTTS; Amy Funk, RDH, MSDH, TTS; and Ashlee Sowards, RDH, BSDH, MSDH, TTS

Spit (smokeless) tobacco is a public health issue that gets limited attention. Patients using this product should be identified, urged to quit and provided counseling and cessation interventions. Dental providers are in a situation to show patients the damaging impact that his product has on oral health, and assist patients in quitting.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1435 – Prevention and Management of Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: The Role of the Oral Health Care Team
Author/Editor: Members of the 2001-2002 ADAA Council on Education originally developed this course

Members of the 2001-2002 ADAA Council on Education originally developed this course. All members of the Council on Education are ADAA Active or Life Members with an interest in dental assisting education. Each one volunteers their time to the lifelong learning of dental assistants. The 2016-2017 ADAA Council on Education updated this course.

Information in this course was drawn from many impressive sources including the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research through its National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse, National Cancer Institute, and others and is presented in a clear, precise edited format. Clinical professionals and everyone in the field will welcome the insight into this vital subject.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2002; Review Date: Currently Under Review

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1111 – Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation: An Update
Author/Editor: Ann Brunick, RDH, MS & Morris S. Clark, DDS, FACD; Contributing Author: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA

This course will teach about the desirable characteristics of nitrous oxide, indications and contraindications of N2O/O2 use, the facts and myths surrounding chronic exposure to nitrous oxide, the biological effects associated with high levels of the gas, and ways to assess and minimize trace gas contamination in an outpatient setting.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1112 – Mercury in Dentistry: The Facts
Author/Editor: Jennifer K. Blake, CDA Emeritus, EFDA, MADAA; Contributing Author: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA

Relative to both the patient and the dental team, this course summarizes current information on mercury in dental restorations, with policy statements from dental organizations and government agencies.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1312 – Hazard Communication Standard and Hazardous Waste Regulations in Dentistry
Author/Editor: Eve Cuny, RDA, MS

The latest update to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard was in 2012. This broad regulation applies to all workplaces that have at least one employee. Since the same rule applies to industrial and professional settings, a thorough review of the regulation as it relates to the practice of dentistry is necessary. This is an excellent review of the original standard with all the updates added.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review; Course Unavailable

1312 – Hazard Communication Standard and Hazardous Waste Regulations in Dentistry
Author/Editor: John A. Molinari, PhD and Eve Cuny, RDA, MS

As an overview of the hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E viruses (with special emphasis on the bloodborne viruses B, C, and D), this course explains modes of transmission, epidemiology, and preventive measures against these potentially life-threatening infections. Risks in the dental setting are addressed, and important precautions are described, including vaccine recommendations, infection control precautions, and postexposure management.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

0411 – The Ergonomics of Dental Assisting: Preventing and Managing Work-Related Pain
Author/Editor: Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS

All dental team members face physical challenges when delivering dental care, including sustained postures, awkward movements and repetitive motions. However dental assistants face a unique set of musculoskeletal challenges when working chairside: they are unable to position their knees under the patient, cannot freely re-position their chair to different “clock” positions, have difficulty viewing the oral cavity, and must frequently accommodate to the dentist’s positioning. Combined with poor operatory layout or delivery systems it is understandable why assistants report that their highest prevalence of musculoskeletal pain is in the low back.

If dental professionals ignore regularly occurring pain or discomfort, the cumulative physiological damage can lead to an injury or career-ending disability. Knowledge of how physical damage occurs, proper body mechanics in the operatory, adjustment of ergonomic equipment and balanced musculoskeletal health can help assistants implement effective injury prevention strategies, make wise choices regarding ergonomic equipment and place of employment, improve quality of life and extend their careers.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2004; Review Date: Currently Under Review

0411 – The Ergonomics of Dental Assisting: Preventing and Managing Work-Related Pain
Author/Editor: Original Authors: Eve Cuny, MS, RDA and Charles J. Palenik, PhD, MS, MBA. Reviewed and Revised by ADAA Council on Education and Professional Development Members

Original Authors: Eve Cuny, MS, RDA and Charles J. Palenik, PhD, MS, MBA. Reviewed and Revised by ADAA Council on Education and Professional Development Members: Tracey A. Green, BS, CDA; Christina Ross, MS, EDFA, CDA; and Roxanne Terranova, MSM, CDA, RDA

All aspects of infection control in the dental practice setting are covered. Included are sections on basic microbiology and disease transmission, immunizations, medical histories and standard precautions. Also infection control guidelines, regulations, and standards are highlighted. (Sponsored in part by an educational grant from the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP).)

Original Release Date: 2009; Review Date: Currently Under Review
CE Credits: 12

1103 – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Basics for Dental Assistants
Author/Editor: Gaylene Baker RDH, MBA Revised by: Janice Lewis, MHA, BSHA, AAHCA, RDA, EFDA

This course provides a review of the basic clinical considerations regarding the appropriate selection and use of infection control protective equipment in various dental practice settings. The various types and designs of devices available today will be reviewed, accompanied by a discussion of the relevant regulations and professional recommendations for use.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review; Course unavailable.

1305 – Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings
Author/Editor: Sharon K. Dickinson, CDA, CDPMA, RDA & Richard D. Bebermeyer, DDS, MBA

Understanding current infection control regulations and recommendations for dental settings is critical to ensuring the health and safety of patients and dental team members. The CDC’s “Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings, 2003” sets a standard of care for dental infection control. Dental offices also must comply with OSHA mandates as well as any state and/or local regulations. This course reviews significant infection control publications and supports optimal dental infection control and safety.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1318 – Influenza Facts and the Health Care Worker
Author/Editor: Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

Dental healthcare workers will undoubtedly be exposed to seasonal strains of influenza. Every dental team member must take necessary precautions to avoid illness, maintain a safe office environment for both the dental team and its patients, and keep current on new strains of influenza and other respiratory illnesses. Dental offices should implement a program for screening patients for aerosol transmitted diseases (ATD). Understanding the risks and how to deal with them can avoid panic, illness and even death.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1413 – Hand Hygiene for the Dental Professional
Author/Editor: Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA

Dental health care workers spend a great deal of time performing hand hygiene procedures. Discomfort due to skin irritation can interfere with adherence to recommended hand hygiene practices. This course is designed to help the dental professional understand how to perform hand hygiene correctly, describe different types of hand hygiene, correctly select hand hygiene products, recognize signs of skin irritation and locate reliable resources for hand hygiene.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2008; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1701 – Instrument Composition and Relating It to Care and Maintenance
Author/Editor: Ronda V. Lane, BS, CDA, RDA, FADAA

This course covers the critical component of cleaning instruments effectively and efficiently, with special attention to the importance of instrument composition in determining the most effective method for cleaning to promote instrument longevity, minimizing corrosion or rust, and staining and scratching. A dental assistant must be knowledgeable regarding what solutions should be used or avoided to preserve instrument integrity and what instruments should never be cleaned together, as well as determining when an instrument can or should be repaired or replaced.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2017; Review Date: Currently Under Review

0613 – General Chairside Assisting: A Review for a National Chairside Exam
Author/Editor: Author: Antoinette P. Metivier, CDA, BS; Revised by Kimberly Bland, CDA, EDDA, BS; Reviewed and Revised by Members of the Council on Education and Professional Development

This course is designed to help the dental assistant prepare for a national exam, such as the Dental Assistant National Board’s (DANB) General Chairside Exam Assisting exam. It provides an overview of basic concepts and procedures of general chairside assisting and can act as one portion of the preparation necessary to take the DANB exam. By taking and passing the DANB General Chairside Exam, the dental assistant will demonstrate that she/he has made the commitment to become a better dental assistant and to increase the quality of the dental assisting profession. 

CE Credits: 24
Original Release Date: 2006; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1301 – Pit and Fissure Sealants in Preventive Dentistry
Author/Editor: Ellen Nuenfeldt, RDH, BS

It is the responsibility of dental professionals to assess each patient for possible sealant placement. Long term success of sealants relies heavily on placement technique, patient education, and recare appointments. Types of materials available and placement procedures will also be discussed. (Sponsored in part from an educational grant from 3M ESPE.)

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1303 – Dental Photography
Author/Editor: Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA and Debra Engelhardt-Nash

Since the largest percent of learning takes place visually, photographs are a powerful way to educate and motivate your patients to accept treatment. Photography, both intraoral and extra-oral, is an important part of the patient’s clinical record. Dental photography is frequently overlooked, yet it is an important part of patient care and treatment acceptance. Photographs should be part of any comprehensive treatment plan and can be used in diagnosis, education and motivation for the patient, case presentation, laboratory communication, insurance submissions, public relations and marketing. This is a comprehensive course including technique options. (Sponsored in part by a grant from Nash Institute for Dental Learning.)

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1319 – Setting it Straight: Advanced Orthodontics
Author/Editor: Lori Garland Parker, RDAEF, BS, MAOM

Extending beyond the content covered in the basic orthodontics course, this course includes information on the six keys to occlusion, orthodontic bonding materials and techniques, instrumentation, archwire alloys, early treatment considerations, treatment risks and limitations, and the latest technologies, with the goal of familiarizing the participants with the more advanced aspects of orthodontics.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1321 – Wired for Learning: Orthodontic Basics
Author/Editor: Lori Garland Parker, RDA, RDAEF

Orthodontics specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities, but from a patient’s view, it simply creates great smiles! This course introduces the basics of orthodontics, with the goal of peaking interest in this specialty of dentistry, and providing education to springboard an individual considering a career in this specialty.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1322 – Alginate Impression and Diagnostic Study Model Techniques
Author/Editor: Ellen Gambardella, CDA, RDA, M.Ed., FADAA and Rita J. Johnson, COA, RDH, MA Bus

Learn step–by–step procedures for taking alginate impressions. Discover alternatives for obtaining bite registrations, and ascertain various ways of creating study models. This comprehensive course combines theory with practical information on correct chairside and laboratory procedures and how to manipulate the dental materials involved. Highlights infection control including disinfection protocol, patient preparation, mixing techniques, alginate tray selection and preparation, use of adhesives, seating and removal of impression trays, inspection of impressions, bite registration techniques, gypsum, pouring casts, separating and trimming casts, and finishing and storage of models. Sponsored in part from an educational grant from DUX Dental.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1407 – Fabrication of Provisional Crowns and Bridges
Author/Editor: Niki Henson, RDA

This course provides the knowledge to fabricate temporary crowns and bridges. Includes information on materials, detailed instruction on fabrication techniques, finishing, polishing, and cementing procedures. (Sponsored in part from an educational grant from 3M ESPE.)

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1411 – Triple Tray Impressions and Associated Provisional Procedures: A Team Approach
Author/Editor: John S. Mamoun, DMD and Mariam Javaid, BDS

This continuing education course presents a team approach to triple tray crown and bridge procedures. Topics include taking initial and final impressions, making provisional restorations, mixing impression materials, deciding when to use separate arch impressions instead of the triple tray, and preparing and packaging the patient case for the dental laboratory.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2015; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1114 – The Importance of Pharmacology in Dental Care
Author/Editor: Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA & Richard L. Wynn, PhD

This comprehensive learning and reference tool describes prescription and over–the–counter medications, their uses in treating patients, and common side effects and contraindications. It reviews various types of drugs by classification and action and addresses prescription writing, federal control, and the use of drug reference guides.

CE Credits: 5
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1208 – Oral Anticoagulants and Dental Procedures
Author/Editor: Ashley N. Castelvecchi, PharmD & Lamonica N. Crump, PharmD

Anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications are commonly used for a variety of conditions. The management of these agents prior to dental procedures can be complex due to the potential for prolonged bleeding times. Learn about anticoagulants and antiplatelet therapies available in the United States as well as the recommended management of these agents prior to dental procedures.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1002 – Electronic Dental Records: Start Taking the Steps Today
Author/Editor: Jana Berghoff, RDH

Technology and electronic patient records have become an integral part of healthcare delivery, including dentistry, and are now impossible to ignore. A transition plan is key in making the switch from paper to digital charts as smooth as possible. This course is designed to guide a dental practice through the planning process and assist in creating steps to start the transition today.  

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1005 – Go Green: It’s the Right Thing to Do
Author/Editor: American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Dental Practice (CDP) and the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA)

What exactly is “going green”? What does it mean to the practice of dentistry? Dental Healthcare professionals know the importance of preserving the environment and the environment’s contribution to overall health and well-being. Research has shown there is a rising consumption of diminishing natural resources. Air and water pollution, growing landfills, and the effects of global warming have added to this decline. Dentistry can lessen the combined environmental impact by utilizing the “Four R’s of Going Green”, namely, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink.” This course will include the parameters needed to initiate a program for your dental practice that is simple and practical to implement. 

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1012 – Designing a Comprehensive Health History
Author/Editor: Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA

A guideline for creating or updating medical/dental history forms for any dental practice, this course emphasizes risk management and quality patient care. Learn the basic components of a patient medical history, including the legal, ethical, and treatment–related items that must be represented as well as requirements for confidentiality and updates of information. Suggestions are included for screening patients for systemic conditions, following CDC guidelines, and treatment protocols.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2010; Course Unavailable 

1013 – Introduction to Specialized Dental Software
Author/Editor: Connie Effinger, BS; Sue Kump, MBA, CDA, LDA; Kathy Zwieg, CDA, LDA; Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA; Revised by Christine Casile, CDA, RDA, RDH and Mary T. Elliott, BS, EFDA, RDA, EFODA, CDA

Computers and specialized dental practice software has become an integral contributor to the success of the dental practice. Selection of a system that will grow with the practice is recommended. Identification of practice needs for now and for the future, options and software support, and staff training are additional concerns. Although this course does not endorse any specific computer system, it presents principles that can be applied to most computerized systems.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1101 – Enhancing the Success of a Dental Practice Through Patient Satisfaction
Author/Editor: Tina Calloway, CDA and Linda Curtis, CDA, CDPMA

This course focuses on the importance of patient satisfaction to the success of a growing dental practice. One way to achieve this is through a Treatment Coordinator (TC). A TC can aid in effective communications between the dental team members, outside labs and suppliers, and the patient. A TC also offers specific dental expertise and leadership in the dental office. Using a case study format, this course offers examples of how a TC can help in gaining treatment plan acceptance and accomplish a more favorable outcome, resulting in increased patient satisfaction and referrals.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1106 – Communication in the Dental Office: Part 1 – Verbal and Non-Verbal
Author/Editor: Betty Ladley Finkbeiner, CDA-Emeritus, BS, MS

Much of the success of the dental practice will depend on communication with patients and among the dental staff. Communication is the process of transmitting information from one person to another. In the dental office this will vary often between the dentist(s), the patients, the dental team, and the community the office serves. Regardless of how the message is delivered, verbal, non-verbal, or written, each dental team member is responsible for providing a positive impression. The first and continuing impressions involve much more than just physical appearance. Perceptions are built on professionalism, attitude, compassion, and good, quality communication. The patient who comes to the dental practice expects the dental staff to communicate not only in a professional manner but with proper grammar and diction.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review; Course unavailable.

1113 – Addressing Language and Cultural Barriers of the Spanish Speaking Patient
Author/Editor: Cynthia Sellers, RDA

The Hispanic population has exhibited tremendous growth in the United States and is impacting many “unprepared” dental practices. This course is intended to help dental professionals improve their communication with Spanish-speaking patients, with an emphasis on basic common dental terminology and Hispanic culture and traditions. This course is approved by the Hispanic Dental Association.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1201 – Communication in the Dental Office: Part 2 – Effective Telecommunications
Author/Editor: Betty Ladley Finkbeiner

The dental staff receives and places a myriad of telephone calls each day. The dental professional speaks with a variety of people both inside and outside the dental practice to transmit information, place orders, schedule and confirm appointments, manage travel, or perform one of many other tasks common to the dental practice. This course is designed so the reader will review basic telephone techniques, conduct an inventory of personal skills to determine if one’s technique needs modification, offer suggestions for resolving conflicts on the telephone, aid new staff in improving telephone techniques and integrate new forms of telecommunication into the practice.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1202 – Communication in the Dental Office: Part 3 – Written Communications
Author/Editor: Betty Ladley Finkbeiner, CDA-Emeritus, BS, MS

This continuing education course is intended for the entire dental team. The purpose of this course is to understand the basic elements of written communication. The course will facilitate improvements in the use of written communication and accentuate the professionalism of the dental office.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1307 – Maintaining Proper Dental Records
Author/Editor: Wilhemina R. Leeuw, MS, CDA

Maintaining complete and accurate records is a sign of quality care and an integral part of the dental team’s responsibilities to its patients. Practical information and the background needed to maintain a patient chart are included. Guidelines for minimizing exposure to legal risk, HIPAA (including the Privacy and Security Rules), procedures for correcting an entry, and other areas of vital patient record concern are detailed.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1310 – The Dental Team’s Role in Identifying and Preventing Family Violence
Author/Editor: Lynn Douglas Mouden, DDS, MPH, FICD, FACD

Abuse and neglect are growing at ever–increasing rates in the United States. It is not only within the purview of dental practice to identify and report suspected cases, it also is required under state law. An appropriate child abuse and neglect protocol in the dental office may be the best defense for children in these unfortunate situations. Be aware of warning signs, know what to consider when an injury is identified, and know how to report suspected cases.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1320 – Treatment Coordinator: Are You Ready for a Challenge?
Author/Editor: Linda Curtis, CDA, CDPMA

The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept of a treatment coordinator (TC) to the dental team. The TC can be a vital and integral team member, enhancing the introduction of new patients into the practice, and facilitating the timely and coordinated progression of treatment for the patient. This course will outline the treatment coordinators’ responsibilities, requirements, and interactions with the other team members of the dental office.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1326 – The Business of Dentistry: Patient Appointments and Scheduling
Author/Editor: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COMSA, COA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA; Wendy Frye-Agers, CDA, RDA, EFDA, MADAA; Lynda Moan Charlton, CDA; Lisa Lovering; Linette Schmitt, CDA, LDA, MADAA

Scheduling appointments is important to assure smooth patient flow, maximize productivity and make effective use of practice time. To perform this function the dental business assistant must understand dental procedures as they relate to time duration, office protocol, scheduling preference, and infection control procedures needed between appointments. The course will also review basic dental office communication to ensure patient needs are being met through the services provided.  

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1327 – The Business of Dentistry: Practice Administration
Author/Editor: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COMSA, COA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA Contributing Authors: Wendy Frye-Agers, CDA, RD

This course is one of four comprehensive courses that focus on the duties of the administrative-assistant in any type of dental practice. It is essential for every member of the dental team to provide treatment for patients in a caring manner with maximum efficiency and production. This course provides information regarding staffing issues including the management of hiring and termination, payroll and record keeping, and the different communication paths between team members and with the patients of the practice.    

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1328 – The Language of Dentistry
Author/Editor: Esther K. Andrews, MA

Dentistry has a vast and precise language that may be difficult to understand by people new to the healthcare professions. As a healthcare worker, it is important to speak the language with office staff and other heathcare entities and to also translate technical terms to the patient. This course includes root words, prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations, and acronyms commonly used in dentistry.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1105 – Radiation Biology, Safety and Protection for Today’s Dental Team
Author/Editor: Gail F. Williamson, RDH, MS

This summary demonstrates how the study of radiation biology began and how radiation safety and protection measures evolved from early research efforts to formally established organizations that examine leading scientific thought and provide guidance and recommendations on radiation protection and measurement. The subsequent information will provide an overview of radiation biology and the safety and protection measures that the dental assistant can implement to reduce radiation exposure to dental patients as well as minimize occupational exposure. This information applies to both film-based and digital radiography.

CE Credits: 5
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1203 – Dental Radiographic Pitfalls and Errors
Author/Editor: Original Authors: Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA and Allan G. Farman, BDS, EdS, MBA, PhD; Revised 2016 and 2019 by Deborah Vernon, CDA

Operator error is the cause of the majority of dental radiograph retakes. Operator error can occur while exposing or processing films and is due to incorrect or improper techniques. A routine and using correct techniques for exposing and processing films is critical to maximizing the information garnered from dental radiographs while minimizing patient exposure to radiation.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1302 – Introduction to Basic Concepts in Dental Radiography
Author/Editor: Jan DeBell, CDA, EFDA, MS, BS

Preparation for a National Radiology Exam! Included in this fact–filled course are all the basics needed to expose high-quality radiographs. It is the best help a dental assistant can get in prepping for a radiology exam. Learn how to:

  • Promote radiation safety;
  • Mount and label exposed radiographs;
  • Identify and correct errors related to dental x-ray procedures;
  • Apply infection control techniques to dental x-ray procedures;
  • Process radiographic film;
  • Expose and evaluate dental radiographs; and
  • Implement quality assurance procedures in dental radiography facilities.

CE Credits: 18
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1306 – Digital Radiography in Dentistry: Moving from Film-Based to Digital Imaging
Author/Editor: Gail F. Williamson, RDH, MS

The latest advancement in dental radiography is the use of digital technology in recording dental structures. Information included in this course provides the clinician with a basic understanding of digital imaging technology, necessary equipment, digital imaging receptors, imaging technique, acquisition, enhancement, transfer, and storage. Comparisons with film–based imaging as well as the diagnostic utility of digital images are discussed.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1309 – Identifying Diseases of the Teeth and Oral Cavity through Radiographic Images
Author/Editor: Allan G. Farman, B.S.D., EdS, MBA, PhD

Learn to recognize the radiographic appearance of dental caries, periodontal disease, periapical pathology, and healing of extraction wounds. This course also focuses on the appearance of conditions such as tooth and bone fractures, developmental anomalies and regressive changes of the teeth, and developmental abnormalities of the skull and jaw.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1315 – Digital Imaging Techniques and Error Correction
Author/Editor: Gail Williamson, RDH, BS, MS; Reviewed and Revised by Sarah Guy, CDA

Clinical errors occur as a consequence of improper patient preparation or management, technique and exposure. Correct technique and proper patient management skills are essential to maximize the outcome and the information obtained from digital radiographic images, while at the same time minimizing patient radiation exposure. This course will provide an overview of digital imaging, a review of technique principles, and the identification and correction of common errors that occur in digital intraoral and panoramic imaging.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1420 – Intraoral Radiographic Techniques
Author/Editor: Allan Farman, BDS, EDS, MBA, PhD; ADAA Council on Education

When examined under proper conditions, diagnostic–quality intraoral radiographs reveal evidence of disease that cannot be found in any other way. The course presents basic principles and concepts of intraoral procedures. Including the discussion of proper techniques for bitewing radiography as well as the use of paralleling and bisecting angle techniques.

CE Credits: 4
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

0908 – Osteoradionecrosis: Oral Health and Dental Treatment
Author/Editor: Original Author: Daniel E. Jolly, DDS, FAAHD, FACD, DABSCD; Review and Revision by Christina L. Ross, CDA, EFDA, MS

Osteoradionecrosis (ORN) of the jaws is most commonly defined clinically as an area of previously irradiated, devitalized, exposed bone that fails to heal over a period of three to six months, in the absence of local neoplastic disease. It is thought to be caused by radiation-induced fibro-atrophic tissue injury. 1 ORN is associated with considerable morbidity and has important ramifications for the quality of life of cancer survivors. 2, 3 Principal manifestations include pain, and, more rarely, dysesthesia and anesthesia. 4 These may be further complicated by secondary infection and fistula formation, as well as dysgeusia, dysphagia, dyspnea, xerostomia, pathologic fracture and mechanical impairment of speech. 4 Many classification systems have been devised in order to stratify the wide spectrum of clinical presentations of ORN; however, their adoption has been far from universal and none has been validated with large-scale clinical trials, 5 posing difficulties for the comparison of controlled interventions and potential disparities in reporting rates.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2009; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1003 – Gingival Health: Periodontal Assessment
Author/Editor: ADAA Council on Education and Professional Development

An introduction to finding, locating, and assessing periodontal diseases. Included is the importance of the initial examination, the recording of in-depth information in the patient record, and types of clinical evidence that can be found on radiographic images. Also covered are the pitfalls involved with inaccurate sulcus depth readings, mobility and furcation classifications.  

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: Currently Under Review 

1006 – The Patient with Special Needs: General Treatment Considerations
Author/Editor: Janet Jaccarino, CDA, RDH, MA; Contributing Author: Natalie Kaweckyj, BA, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA

While most dental patients can receive oral health care in private practice settings, some patients have medical, physical or cognitive conditions that require adaptations to treatment beyond routine. Patients with disabilities, who make up a large segment of the population, are often overlooked when it comes to oral health care for a variety of reasons. It is our responsibility as dental health care professionals to meet the needs of this very special group of patients.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1009 – An Update on the Dangers of Soda Pop
Author/Editor: Gary J. Kaplowitz, DDS, MA, MEd

Soda pop has emerged as one of the most significant dietary sources of acid capable of producing demineralization of the enamel. Many brands of soda pop also contain sugars that are fermented by bacteria that produce acid by-products. It also appears that soda pop contains other ingredients that produce demineralization independent of its acid content or fermentable sugars. The consumption of soda pop in the US continues to increase in alarming proportions with consequent drastic effects on the dentition of many people. Completing this course will equip the dental team with the expertise and training to intervene with diet counseling, home care instruction and professionally applied fluoride to decrease the potential ravages of soda pop with their patients.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2010; Review date: 2023; Next Review: 2026

1010 – Dentinal Hypersensitivity: Dilemmas and Treatment
Author/Editor: Howard E. Strassler, DMD, FADM, FAGD, FACD

The increasing life span of the average person is resulting in patients who will need dental health care for a longer period of time. Gingival recession is a condition that is known to worsen with age and its part in dentinal hypersensitivity cannot be ignored. When a patient presents with dentinal hypersensitivity, dental professionals have an obligation to provide well-considered recommendations for treatment. Areas discussed will include the diagnosis of the disease, factors contributing to dentinal hypersensitivity, and reviewing and choosing the correct course of treatment. (Sponsored in part by an educational grant from Colgate).

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1014 – Complementary and Alternative Medicine Techniques Available for Dentistry
Author/Editor: Esther K. Andrews, CDA, RDA, RDH, MA

Complementary and alternative medicine used in dentistry is inclusive of various treatment modalities. Dental patients continue to request these therapies to prevent invasive procedures, relieve anxiety, and save on cost. Various methods of alternative treatment are covered.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: 2023; Next Review: 2026

1018 – An Introduction to the Herpes Viruses
Author/Editor: Joe Knight, PA and Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

The herpes viruses continue to affect patients worldwide. The use of immunosuppressant medications, the AIDS epidemic and crowded living conditions will continue to present a challenge to our healthcare system. Learn the symptoms, epidemiology, transmission, and treatment of various types of herpes viruses.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2010; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1102 – Periodontal Inflammation: The Oral-Body Health Connection
Author/Editor: Richard Nejat, DDS; Daniel Nejat, DMD; Morris Nejat, MD

Inflammation represents the body’s protective response to injury and tissue destruction. Inflammation can also be potentially harmful. Clinical signs of inflammation are redness due to open blood vessels, heat due to warmth of blood, swelling due to edema, pain due to stimulation of pain receptors, and loss of function due to edema. Periodontitis is the result of inflammation to the periodontium. This can affect the body’s systems, especially the arteries and can potentially cause more harm in a patient with compromised cardiovascular health. Dental professionals should assess risk for patients with diagnosed (or undiagnosed) diseases such as diabetes, respiratory diseases, and osteoporosis and refer patients to a physician or periodontist as necessary. It is very important to evaluate and monitor oral hygiene in at risk patients. The inclusion of antimicrobials as a part of patient home care to enhance plaque control should be considered. (Sponsored in part by a grant from Colgate.)

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1104 – Helping the Special Needs Patient Maintain Good Oral Health
Author/Editor: Janet Jaccarino, CDA, RDH, MA

Poor oral hygiene and dental disease may be more prevalent in patients with disabilities due to the effects of their condition and medication on the oral environment. Malocclusion and/or teeth with developmental defects, oral habits such as pouching of food, and even poor physical coordination contribute to poor oral hygiene. Some patients cannot grasp a toothbrush or reach their mouth; their lack of ability for self–care may have serious health implications. Assessment and education skills are essential to develop a home care routine that patients and/or caregivers can follow to help prevent disease and maintain oral health. A daily preventive program must be effective, simple to use, and low in cost. This course provides dental professionals with information to help the patient with special needs and the caregiver attain the appropriate knowledge to treat and maintain good oral health.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1109 – Management of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
Author/Editor: Sue Protzman, Jeff Clark, MS, REMP-T, and Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

Improve your ability to plan for, manage and handle office medical emergencies as part of the dental team. Includes discussion of the importance of a thorough health history in dealing with medical emergencies, background information on emergencies, vitals and what should be included in office emergency equipment. Also provides scenarios of medical emergency situations and how to handle them.

CE Credits: 5
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1110 – Understanding Meth Mouth and Oral Interventions
Author/Editor: Noel Brandon-Kelsch, RDH

Methamphetamines (MA) directly affect a person’s health, lifestyle, ability to function and mental status. Inexpensive to manufacture it has become the drug of choice for many. Dental professionals must have knowledge of the symptoms of use, possible side effects, drug interactions with medications and dental treatment considerations. This will aid in delivering appropriate dental treatment, intervention, patient education and prevention.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1115 – Blood Pressure Guidelines and Screening Techniques
Author/Editor: Connie M. Kracher, PhD, MSD

This course teaches the dental health professional to be aware of the causes of hypertension. It describes the appropriate method of taking blood pressure and how to determine recommendations for follow–up and lifestyle medications for patient treatment.

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2011; Review Date: 2022; Next Review: 2025

1204 – Current Concepts in Preventive Dentistry
Author/Editor: Original Author: Connie M. Kracher, PhD, MSD; Reviewed and Revised by: Lois Bell, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA

Dentistry in the United States today includes preventive practices (prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, full-mouth and bite-wing radiographic images, and sealants) and early detection of dental caries and periodontal disease. This course outlines aspects of prevention that dental professionals should address during patient examinations.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1205 – Dental Implants: A Comprehensive Review
Author/Editor: Sanda Moldovan, DDS, M.S.

According to the National Institute of Health, there are over 100 million people missing teeth, and the need for implant dentistry is stronger than ever. The number of implants placed in the United States continues to increase each year. This course covers the history of implants, current types of implants, procedures, and patient care.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1206 – Oral Health Maintenance of Dental Implants
Author/Editor: Connie Myers Kracher, PhD, MSD and Wendy Schmeling Smith, RDH, BSEd

With the demand for dental implants rising, techniques as well as the benefits to patients have improved. Oral hygiene maintenance by the patient directly affects the prognosis and success of an implant. This course discusses the required long–term professional and home care maintenance necessary to ensure a healthy peri–implant program. Step–by–step procedures for patients are included.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1207 – Xerostomia: Recognition and Management
Author/Editor: Philip C. Fox, DDS, FDS, RCSEd; Contributing Author, Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

It is important to perform a complete evaluation of the patient with dry mouth, determining, if possible, the cause of the xerostomia so that appropriate management can be instituted in a timely manner. This course will review methods of evaluation for xerostomia and practical measures for management of the patient with dry mouth.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2012; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1304 – Dental Anatomy: A Review
Author/Editor: Kimberly Bland, CDA, EFDA, M.Ed.

A working knowledge of normal anatomy of the face and oral cavity is critical for the entire dental team. This is one of many facets necessary to providing oral healthcare. The ability to recognize normal versus abnormal tissue conditions is important during the oral examination process. Having a working understanding of dental terminology will assure effective communication between team members and other healthcare providers and is an important component to the overall health and well being of the dental patient.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: 2021; Next Review: 2024

1317 – Inflammation: The Relationship Between Oral and Systemic Health
Author/Editor: JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD

The purpose of this course is to review how the inflammatory process functions in the human body. The role of inflammation in oral and systemic health will be discussed. Translating this information into practical application for dental healthcare professionals will be addressed so that both inquiring patients and astute clinicians will capitalize on the opportunities for resolving inflammation and improving total health.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1404 – Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Diagnosis and Treatment
Author/Editor: Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, MADAA

Sleep Apnea is considered a life threatening medical disorder in which a person stops breathing during sleep. The Institute of Medicine reports that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders including sleep apnea. Daytime drowsiness alone costs the economy $150 billion in lost productivity and workplace accidents, and another $48 billion in medical expenses related to auto accidents involving drowsy drivers. It is also estimated that nearly 1 in 5 car accidents causing serious injury are associated with excessive daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea is also associated with memory loss, morning headaches, irritability, depression, decreased sex drive, and impaired concentration. When left untreated sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart attack and sudden death while sleeping. Bryan Keropian, D.D.S. calls “Cancer, AIDS, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most dangerous and destructive diseases on earth.”

CE Credits: 1
Original Release Date: 2013; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1409 – Oral Precancer and the HPV Connection
Author/Editor: Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS

Approximately 49,750 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. For more than a decade there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers. Though thought by some as a rare occurrence, every single day in the United States alone, 132 new individuals are diagnosed and one person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Rates of past occurrence do not have to predict the future. The wonderful part of predictions are that they can be wrong. The dental healthcare team can make plans to circumvent that future death rate, not be being reactive, rather by more proactively identifying risks for oral precancer.

CE Credit: 1
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1412 – Sports-Related Dental Injuries and Sports Dentistry
Author/Editor: Updated 2017 by Rick Knowlton, DMD, MAGD; Original Authors: Connie Kracher, PhD, MSD; and Wendy Schmeling Smith, RDH, BSED

Participants learn about soft tissue injuries, jaw fractures, TMJ injuries and other problems related to sports injuries. Emergency treatment is discussed. Statistics relating to sports/dental injuries are presented as well as differentiating mouth guard types available and patterns of wearing by males and females, cultural differences and the effect of peer pressure.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1418 – Understanding the Dangers and Health Consequences of Spit Tobacco Use
Author/Editor: Original Author: Susan C. Dodd, RDH, BA; Revised by Susan Morgan, DDS, MAGD, CTTS; M. Susann Gaydos, RDH, MSDH, CTTS; Amy Funk, RDH, MSDH, TTS; and Ashlee Sowards, RDH, BSDH, MSDH, TTS

Spit (smokeless) tobacco is a public health issue that gets limited attention. Patients using this product should be identified, urged to quit and provided counseling and cessation interventions. Dental providers are in a situation to show patients the damaging impact that his product has on oral health, and assist patients in quitting.

CE Credits: 3
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review

1435 – Prevention and Management of Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: The Role of the Oral Health Care Team
Author/Editor: Members of the 2001-2002 ADAA Council on Education originally developed this course

Members of the 2001-2002 ADAA Council on Education originally developed this course. All members of the Council on Education are ADAA Active or Life Members with an interest in dental assisting education. Each one volunteers their time to the lifelong learning of dental assistants. The 2016-2017 ADAA Council on Education updated this course.

Information in this course was drawn from many impressive sources including the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research through its National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse, National Cancer Institute, and others and is presented in a clear, precise edited format. Clinical professionals and everyone in the field will welcome the insight into this vital subject.

CE Credits: 2
Original Release Date: 2002; Review Date: Currently Under Review

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