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[Webinar] Inflammation and the Oral Health Relationship

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

Periodontal-Probe.jpgThe connection between periodontal disease and other diseases in the body has been explored throughout the dental literature over the last several decades. Bacteria present in periodontal disease were once thought to play a cause-and-effect role in systemic disease, yet emerging research has instead attributed this link to inflammation.

As a consequence, dental professionals aim to control inflammation in order to help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke). This will be traced in subsequent events in our upcoming virtual training event series that focuses on periodontal disease and its systemic conditions and relationship to other severe diseases.

Other key topics that will be explored in this webinar include:

  • Etiology and prevalence of periodontal disease
  • The role of biofilms, bacteria, and bacterial byproducts
  • Understanding the body’s inflammatory process
  • Potential pathways (e.g., bacteremia, provocation of an autoimmune response, and aspiration/ingestion of oral contents) affecting oral-systemic health
  • Overview of impact on heart health, respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke, and similar.
  • Clinical management and the importance of oral health instruction (OHI) for the at-risk patient

Save your seat now for our September 26th webinar happening at 9pm Eastern!

 

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Tags: periodontal disease, webinar, oral health, inflammation, oral inflammation

[Webinar] The Dental Handpiece and Its Role in Daily Practice

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

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Today’s dental practice could not exist without the dental handpiece. The evolution of the handpiece has fundamentally changed the way clinicians care for their patients, providing an efficient and effective means of tooth preparation. Handpieces exist in both air-driven and electric options, and each has specific features and considerations for use. Air-driven and electric handpieces are slightly different in design, and future practitioners should understand their differences and advantages. This first virtual training event will discuss their characteristics and cutting potential.

Practitioners have both air-driven and electric handpieces and, though each is slightly different from the other, certain “best practices” for their maintenance apply to both handpiece options. Since the dental handpiece is vital to daily practice, its care and maintenance is important for preserving long-term function.

Additional discussion topics include:

  • Major developments in handpiece technology
  • Design of air-driven handpieces
  • Accessibility to intraoral locations
  • Ergonomics of air turbines
  • Cutting operation of air-driven and electric handpieces
  • Introduction to maintenance considerations

Save your seat now for our September 19th webinar happening at 9pm Eastern!

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Tags: webinar, dental handpiece, handpiece maintenance, air-driven handpiece, electric handpiece

Maximize Your Earning Potential: Paying Off Your Student Loan Debt [Webinar]

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

Are you starting to worry about how you're going to pay for your dental school education? One of the biggest concerns that we hear consistently from dental students is getting out from under their debt burden when they finish school.

Many people already have previous schooling debt from their undergraduate programs and are looking for recommendations for reducing the burden of dental student loan debt. The good news is that there are plenty of small adjustments that dental students can make to reassess how they manage their student loan debt.

Financial wellness is an important goal as you transition from dental school into the dental profession. Loan debt can be a strong hindrance, but there are many ways to manage it. You can take certain steps both now and post-graduation to understand your overall credit health and to maximize your earning potential.

In this recent NEXTDDS webinar, students learned many of these key points including:

  • Recommendations for protecting your credit / credit health as a dental student
  • Understanding debt and compounding interest
  • Reviewing available repayment options
  • Differentiating between the “big 3”: educational debt, practice acquisition debt, and home ownership debt

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Tags: debt, student loan, earning, webinar, student loan debt

A Few Simple Strategies to Get That Successful Associateship [Webinar]

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 12:30 PM

An associateship after dental school is a great way to begin practice, and there are more associateship opportunities available today than ever before.

The vast majority of your dental school education is focused on making an accurate diagnosis and implementing an appropriate, evidence-based treatment plan. As you near the end of your time in dental school, however, you will need to tap into skills that are not so measurable when it comes time to score that first associateship. How do you relate to people? How do you sell yourself? How do you get started in the position? And how do you know if this position is right for you?

For many new dentists, associateship is an important step along the journey into the dental profession. It’s a time for building your diagnostic skills, confidence in patient care, enhancing your clinical skills, and for developing an understanding of the business of dentistry.

Recenly, on Thursday, February 23rd, THE NEXTDDS and Dr. Bianca Velayo (Tufts '15) presented a webinar for students to learn more about the above and additional tips and recommendations.

This webinar covered:

  • Interviewing with owner dentists
  • Developing diagnostic and clinical skills as an associate dentist
  • Improving oral health in your patients by providing excellent clinical care
  • Building rapport and communicating effectively with patients

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Tags: associateship, webinar, virtual event

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