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Course Overview – Stats, Facts, Myths and Downright Lies: Answering Patient’s Questions About Their Health (AM session)
Are you ever caught off guard when patients ask you questions about their health? Ever wonder if what you are reading in the literature or hearing at scientific conferences is correct? Does some information sound too good to be true?
This course is an opportunity for us to review current health information and decipher it to determine what statements are true and which ones might be stretching the facts! We will discuss how to use current information in your practice setting to make oral health education and treatment relevant for your patients.
Upon completion of this program, the participants will be able to:
- Discern fact from fiction in scientific presentations and literature.
- Identify strategies to determine the extent to which information presented at conferences and through published literature is true or false.
- Reflect upon the value of dental hygiene and dental assisting publications and continuing education programs.
- Utilize information in health practice settings to provide current, factual health education and treatment to your patients.
Course Overview: What’s Bugging Your Patients: An Overview of Infectious Diseases of the Mouth (PM session)
Many of us are familiar with three main infectious diseases of the oral cavity: caries, gingivitis, and periodontitis. However, there are numerous bacterial, viral, and fungal infections that may challenge the patient’s health as well as challenge our diagnostic and treatment skills. This course will review common (and not so common) infectious diseases of the oral cavity. Etiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, treatment and prognosis will be presented for each disease.
- Identify oral lesions that represent infections.
- Recognize the clinical manifestations of bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
- Summarize the etiology, treatment, and prognosis of each infectious disease presented.
- Formulate a differential diagnosis for each infectious disease reviewed.
- Educate patients with infectious diseases about their condition and ways to minimize disease
Intended Audience: This course is intended for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental team members.