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Professional Product Review offers CE at annual session

San Antonio—For the first time, the ADA Professional Product Review will offer continuing education opportunities at the 149th Annual Session of the American Dental Association.

This year, participants at the PPR Hands-On Evaluation Oct. 16-18 will be able to earn one credit for taking part in testing electric handpieces and watching a slide presentation on handpieces in the ADA Pavilion. They can also earn an additional 2.5 credits for attending the Oct. 16 presentation of "Closing the Information Gap with the ADA Professional Product Review," which will examine individual brand decisions, product comparisons, manufacturers' claims and clinical relevance. Intraoral cameras, electric handpieces, infection control products and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing will be highlighted. The program is free and begins at 9 a.m.

"Handpiece design and technology has come a long way in the past decade," says Dr. Daniel Meyer, senior vice president, ADA Science/Professional Affairs. "Dental schools today are incorporating electric handpieces into their courses so you can expect to see more dentists using this technology in the future. What's great about the product forum is that it allows practitioners an opportunity to compare seven models in one place at their leisure."

Since 2005, the ADA has hosted hands-on evaluation forums that allow dentists to test and evaluate products for the ADA Professional Product Review. Last year, participating dentists tested eight different intraoral cameras—the results of which are featured in the July issue of the PPR.

The latest ADA Professional Product Review mailed with the July issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association and features input from more than 1,400 dentists who rated camera characteristics from "excellent" to "poor" on a nine-question survey.

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