Minnesota Dental CEU Package 50-Hours
Courses included in this package. Click on a course to learn more.
- Allergic Reactions to Metals in the Mouth, 2nd edition 1About the Course:
This basic-level course reviews the importance of metals for human health, identifies common harmful metals and their role in disease, and discusses hypersensitivity reactions, with particular regard to metal allergies in medical and dental patients. Corrosion is also discussed relative to its role in the hypersensitivity reactions experienced by dental patients.
- CDC and the Practice of Dental Hygiene 2Course release date: 1/1/2021
About the Course:
The purpose of this course is to familiarize the dental hygienist with the document Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003. The 2016 CDC document, Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care will be introduced and discussed, and new information relevant to the practice of dental hygiene published by CDC since 2003 will be presented
- Chronic Pain Management for the Dental Practitioner: A Psychosocial Perspective 5About the Course:
This intermediate-level course is intended to address this training deficit by providing dental healthcare professionals with an overview of the nature and scope of chronic pain, as well as basic skills for effective assessment and adjunctive treatments of chronic orofacial pain conditions and related problems. To accomplish these goals, the course first examines the basic physiological principles that underlie pain, describes the distinction between acute and chronic pain, and explains the factors that contribute to acute pain becoming chronic. The prevalence and impact of chronic pain on physical functioning, health, and quality of life are examined. An introduction to the practical assessment of chronic pain provides readers with a description of selected assessment tools and interview procedures. Dental practitioners may be familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of pain in a specific context, for example, temporomandibular disorders. However, the emphasis of this course lies in assessing other causes of chronic orofacial pain and in discussing their corresponding pharmacological and biobehavioral treatment modalities. The course provides an overview of common medications used to treat chronic orofacial pain and discusses issues surrounding addiction and adherence to a prescribed medication regimen. The course also provides basic information on empirically supported psychosocial treatment strategies that can be useful when working with patients who are experiencing chronic pain. This course is designed for dental health professionals who wish to further their knowledge in orofacial pain conditions. After taking the course, the participant will be able to assess the patient with chronic orofacial pain, identify comorbid disorders, and recommend appropriate treatment or referral options.
- Dental Ethics and the Digital Age, 2nd edition 3About the Course:
This basic-level course will help dental professionals gain a better understanding of dental ethics, professionalism, and current ethical challenges, with a particular emphasis on the impact of the digital age. A section of this course will address the ways that the law and ethics intersect. Through a systematic, case-based approach, this course will provide dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with the tools to recognize and navigate the complex ethical issues that may arise in practice.
- Dental Radiation Health: Safety and Protection in the Digital Age, 2nd edition 3Release Date 3/14/2022
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This basic-level course reviews the biologic effects of radiation, the methods used in radiation measurement, and the potential sources of radiation exposure. This course discusses radiation safety and protection measures for both patients and dental healthcare workers.
- Dental Treatment in the Correctional System, 2nd ed 1Release Date: 2/20/2022
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This basic-level course will highlight the unique environment within the correctional system and the challenges of providing dental care therein.
- Dental Unit Waterline Contamination: Causes, Concerns, 3rd edition 1Release Date: 1/30/2022
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This basic-level course discusses the complexity of DUWL contamination and the importance of monitoring contamination levels. The methods used to control microbial growth and the limitations associated with current approaches are also explained. Participants learn how to judiciously choose a DUWL disinfectant best suited to their practice needs.
- Denture Cleansing: An Essential Part of Patient Care, 4th Edition 1Release date: 4/23/2022
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Dental professionals, most notably dental hygienists, play an important role in controlling denture contamination and in instructing patients in the proper care and sanitization of removable dentures and orthodontic appliances. In this course, attention is directed primarily to complete and removable partial dentures, although the discussion applies equally to all removable dental appliances and devices. This basic-level course is appropriate for all dental professionals. The course reviews the diverse colonization of microorganisms found on dentures and the associated oral and systemic health risks, the correlation between candidal infestation of dentures and denture-induced stomatitis, and the pros and cons of various denture cleansing methods.
- Diabetes: Dental Management and Links to Periodontal Disease, Updated Edition 1Course release date: 6/2/2021
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The purpose of this basic-level course is to equip dental professionals with the ability to recognize the classifications and classic signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus, to grasp the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes, and to identify periodontal and other oral manifestations associated with diabetes, including attachment loss, alveolar bone loss, gingivitis, xerostomia, and oral candidiasis.
- Human Trafficking Overview for Healthcare Professionals, 2nd Edition 4
Course release date: 10/15/2022
About the Course
Human trafficking is a global public health and human rights issue involving the exploitation of millions of people. Despite a high frequency of contact with trafficked individuals, there is a documented lack of education available to healthcare providers on the signs of human trafficking as well as a lack of protocols on how to care for trafficked individuals. This basic, introductory level course for healthcare professionals is an introduction to the complex crime of human trafficking, with a focus on sex and labor trafficking and the common symptoms and conditions that occur in trafficked persons. The course provides insights into the facts surrounding human trafficking and relevant health risks for the trafficked person. The course prepares healthcare professionals to become advocates for trafficked persons. Care of these individuals is as unique as the trafficked persons themselves, but research on the needs and common patterns of symptoms makes it possible to outline recommendations for the prevention of human trafficking and identification and care of this vulnerable population. Healthcare professionals who complete this course will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of trafficked persons and identify the interventions needed to care for these individuals. Additionally, this course lists national resources that provide vital services to trafficked persons and makes recommendations for patient and staff safety when addressing these potentially volatile scenarios.
- Infection Control, Cross Contamination, and Instrument Sterilization Techniques, 3rd Edition 2Release Date: 10/31/2022
This course is a basic-level refresher for dental healthcare personnel on infection control, cross-contamination, and instrument sterilization techniques. Areas addressed include infection control guidelines; understanding standard versus universal precautions; sterilization and disinfection of patient care items; goals for ensuring disease containment through proper instrument recirculation techniques; handling of contaminated instruments from the treatment room through precleaning, cleaning, and preparation for sterilization; the most commonly used (and accepted) methods of dental instrument sterilization; environmental infection control; dental unit waterlines, biofilm, and water quality; and other infection control considerations.
- Maintaining Dental Implants, 2nd Edition 1The use of dental implants has been an important treatment in restorative dentistry since the establishment of outcome predictability and recognition of long-term dental implant and restoration success. Additionally, the evolution of this treatment modality has resulted in widespread interest in restorative implant options among both patients and practitioners (Rosen, 2020). The increasing number of patients selecting dental implants as a treatment option presents the dental team with the challenge of maintaining these implant-supported restorations.
This basic-level course, appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, provides a general overview of the basic types of dental implants and the oral hygiene for dental implants, including the identification of similarities and differences in the periodontal structure surrounding a natural tooth versus that surrounding a dental implant. The course discusses the clinical procedures used to evaluate the status of dental implants as healthy, ailing, or failing and the methods employed in professionally cleaning implants and improving home care techniques.
- Medical Consequences of Acts of Terrorism and Disaster: A National Perspective, 2nd Edition 3Course release date: 6/15/2022
Terrorism has become a fact of daily life in the United States and most of the world. It is not always obvious when a disaster is a terrorist attack and not all emergencies or disasters are terrorist attacks. Understanding the basics of a disaster and/or terrorist attack, as well as the role a healthcare provider plays in dealing with the medical consequences, syndromic surveillance/reporting requirements, and treatment are vital to successful mitigation and response in a disaster or terrorist attack.
- Medicinal Marijuana, 2nd edition 5Course release: 10/15/22
Designed for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, this intermediate-level course will review the pharmacology and current state of medicinal marijuana as it relates to oral health care. The information presented in this course should be considered essential knowledge for all OHCPs, both seasoned and newly credentialed.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Comprehensive Review for Dental Professionals, 3rd Edition 2Release Date: 10/15/2022
This course reviews OSA from a dental perspective. It addresses current findings on the links between overall health and OSA and cites common presenting symptoms likely to be encountered in the dental practice. This intermediate-level course discusses the latest evidence-based diagnostic approaches for OSA and outlines recommended treatment strategies, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), OAs, and surgical intervention, to mitigate the health impact of this common condition. Several resources listed at the end of this course can provide dental professionals with further opportunities for education and training in this area.
- Oral Health Issues for the Female Patient, 3rd Edition 2About the Course:
This basic-level course explores the variables affecting women’s oral health and discusses the issues and concerns that dental professionals face in providing care to females across their life span.
- Oral Manifestations Associated With Gastrointestinal Disorders 1Course release date: 1/1/2021
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This basic-level course, appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, addresses nutritional deficiencies, oral signs and symptoms, and preventive oral strategies for patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, iron-deficiency, anemia and scurvy. Inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, pyostomatitis vegetans, and polyposis syndromes and their manifestations in the oral cavity are described.
- Protecting Patient Safety in the Dental Office: Preventing Medical/Dental Errors 4Course Release Date: 1/1/2021
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This basic-level course discusses the current state of medical/dental errors and patient safety. Along with highlighting the different types and causes of medical/dental errors, strategies to prevent or control medical/dental errors are presented, and methods of identifying, analyzing, and reporting medical/dental errors are discussed.
- Three Drug Classes: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics Mod I: Antibiotics, 3rd Edition 2About the Course:
After completing this course, the participant will be able to discuss the differences among antibiotics typically prescribed for orofacial infections. In the case of special patient populations such as orthopedic, cardiac, and immunosuppressed individuals, the selection and timing of appropriate prophylactic antibiotics will be made clear. The principles learned will also be directly applicable to the appropriate selection of antimicrobial therapy for the pregnant or breastfeeding patient and will aid in recognizing those patients with a significant allergic history and how to best and safely treat them. This intermediate-level course is specifically designed for all members of the dental healthcare team: dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.
- Three Drug Classes: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics Mod II: Analgesics, 3rd Edition 2Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to discuss the differences among analgesics typically prescribed for orofacial pain. In the case of unique patient populations requiring adjuvant options, the selection and timing of appropriate medications will no longer constitute a gap in knowledge. The principles learned will also be directly applicable to the appropriate selection of analgesics for the pregnant or breastfeeding patient and will aid in recognizing those patients with a significant allergic history and determining how to best and safely treat them.
- Three Drug Classes: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics Mod III: Anesthetics, 3rd Edition 2About the Course:
Upon completing this intermediate-level course, the learner will be able to discuss the differences among local anesthetics typically administered by oral healthcare professionals. The course will also fill gaps in knowledge concerning the selection, timing, and dosage of appropriate anesthetics for certain special populations requiring advanced consideration. The principles learned will be directly applicable to the appropriate selection of local anesthetics for the cardiac, pregnant, and breast-feeding patient, as well as to the recognition and best and safest treatment of patients with a significant allergic history.
- Working With Fearful and Anxious Dental Patients 2Course release date: 1/1/2021
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The purpose of this intermediate-level course is to familiarize the dentist and every member of the dental team with nonpharmacological techniques and strategies for guiding and supporting fearful dental patients.