Please join us for a series of CE courses designed to give you an engaging and informative educational experience, right from home. Our mission is to identify, develop and support lifelong learning opportunities for the dental hygiene community. We hope you enjoy these free resources!




Ultrasonics vs. Hand Instrumentation: Explore Sharpen-Free

September 15, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. CST

Instrumentation can play an integral role in patient comfort, quality of care and career longevity. Explore Sharpen-Free engages course participants by training them in an innovative technology not traditionally taught in dental hygiene programs. With current CDC recommendations encouraging dental professionals to reduce aerosol generation, hand instrumentation has become a primary source in patient care once again! With roughly 73% of patients returning to the dental setting, we must ensure a comfortable and safe patient experience all while reducing our risk of hand fatigue.

Presented by Whitney Howerton, MDH, RDH

AGD Code: 010

Quadrant Dentistry and Beyond: How Matrix & Wedge Selection Play a Key Role in Clinical Outcomes

September 24, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. CST

Quadrant direct composite dentistry plays a vital role in an office’s efficiency and profitability. It also comes with it’s fair share of challenges. Selecting the proper matrix for the proper situation is imperative to driving success in direct composite restorations. Discover how to choose the proper matrix and learn how a key new innovative product unlocks the door for efficient and predictable quadrant dentistry.

Presented by Dr. Matt Burton, DDS

Sponsored by Plak Smacker®

AGD Code: 250 

Fluoride Best Practices and Benefits: What Might Surprise You

September 30, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. CST

Need a refresher on fluoride best practices? Join us for PART 1 of this fluoride series debunking the common myth that fluoride is just for children! The ADA Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines include recommendations for both children and adults. Many adults can benefit from professionally applied fluoride, while some children may not need it. Using current codes is required whether filing for benefits or basic record keeping. Dental benefits are moving toward payment based on best practices/clinical guidelines, but remember, coding and coverage are not the same.

Presented by Whitney Howerton, MDH, RDH

AGD Code: 430, 161

How to Take the No Out of Fluoride Varnish Recommendations

October 7, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. CST

Join us for PART 2 of our fluoride series! Now that we know more about the best practices and benefits of fluoride varnish, let's connect the dots even further! Knowing the science and technology of fluoride as a dental practitioner is needed, but it rarely helps you explain the benefits to the patient in a way that helps them accept the recommendation you are making for their oral health. Together we will take the dental terminology and turn it into phrases that help patients connect the dots about the benefits a varnish can give them, especially in a day and age when people are more resistant than ever to "upselling," or hearing things online that make them question fluoride and its benefits vs. risks.

Presented by Whitney Howerton, MDH, RDH

AGD Code: 161

The Safe Dental Hygiene Appointment: Tips & Products for Breaking the Chain of Infection

October 15, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. CST

Our new normal has us questioning how to protect ourselves, our team and our patients. What recommendations should we follow? What mask should we wear? What products should we use? When will guidelines change again? Clinicians may be fearful now of a career they know and love. Anxiety may be through the roof, but providing quality care and saving a life through improved oral health still draws us to our passion. Together we will discuss a traditional hygiene appointment and review tips and products to help break the chain of infection. Breaking just one link can change the a good way!

*This course may not satisfy individual state requirements on CDC/Infection Control. Please check with your state board.

Presented by Whitney Howerton, MDH, RDH

Sponsored by Simply Hygiene and Young Innovations

AGD Code: 148

Instrument Processing 101: Back to the Basics

October 22, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. CST

The proper processing of dental instruments and handpieces is critical in the prevention of disease transmission and cross contamination. How long has it been since you have had a refresher course on all of the tiny details that are often forgotten? Dental practices and clinicians may be fined, licensed suspended or even forced to close their doors if they are not practicing safe protocols and standard precautions. Regain your confidence today!

*This course may not satisfy individual state requirements on CDC/Infection Control. Please check with your state board.

Presented by Whitney Howerton, MDH, RDH

AGD Code: 148