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ADA councils’ CE at annual meetings offers insight into work, activities

June 13, 2018

By David Burger

ADA 2018 Annual MeetingHonolulu — Among the offerings of continuing education provided at the ADA's annual meeting are ADA council-presented courses, which Dr. Bud Evans believes are valuable for ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting here from Oct. 18-22.

"It gives members a chance to see what the ADA is doing," said Washington state-based Dr. Evans, continuing education chair of the ADA Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings. "It's also important for these areas to have a voice. They all have good, varied messages."

As of mid-June, several of the council-presented courses have been completely filled, but there are still spaces available in courses for dental professionals interested in topics ranging from zirconia properties to oral cancer screening.

"Oral cancer is really hot in the press right now," said Dr. Larry Williams, associate professor at the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, who is co-presenting Following the Path of Oral Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment with Dr. Deepak Kademani, offered by the Council on Scientific Affairs and created in partnership with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Photo of Dr. Williams
Dr. Williams
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Dr. Platt

Drs. Williams and Kademani will talk about guidelines oral health care providers should follow when they find a lesion they suspect may be cancerous during oral cancer screening. They will discuss risk factors, differential diagnoses, referral, as well as learning about staging and treatment protocols for oral cancer lesions.

Also on the agenda is the value of teamwork related to follow-up care.

Teamwork is essential between the dentist and specialist who can treat cancerous lesions, Dr. Williams said. "You don't want to give blind referrals," he said, saying that dentists should research and identify specialists to consult with after spotting potentially dangerous maladies in patients.

Another key, Dr. Williams said, is that dentists "should constantly be diagnosing, whether it's a bump on the face or skin cancer — which Dr. Williams recently diagnosed in his 89-year-old father during a family visit. "Look," Dr. Williams said. "Use your senses. Listen. Hear. See with your eyes. Be attentive to the patient."

On Oct. 19, Dr. Jeffrey Platt, associate professor of dental materials and Ralph W. Phillips Scholar in Dental Materials at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, will lead the course Effect of Translucency on Zirconia Properties, presented by the Council on Scientific Affairs.

"More zirconia products have been introduced to the marketplace and the differences can be confusing," Dr. Platt said. "Translucent zirconia is not the same as other zirconia and it is important to understand the differences in properties when selecting and using a material for any clinical application."

ADA research provides the basis for his presentation, Dr. Platt said. "The intent of this course is to communicate to members the work that is being accomplished in their ADA Research Laboratories," he said. "Excellent work is providing information that should be very helpful to the practicing dentist, including this work on zirconia. As a general statement, translucent zirconia has demonstrated decreased mechanical performance. During this course, the data being provided by the ADA Laboratory will help us work through the impact of the differences in zirconia on clinical decision making."

Council-presented courses with availability as of June 8 include:

Oct. 18

  • Using Telehealth Technology to Reach Underserved Populations (5805),11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Drs. Paul Glassman, Michael Helgeson and Steve Geiermann, Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention.

Oct. 19

  • Effect of Translucency on Zirconia Properties (6800), 7-8 a.m., Dr. Platt, Council on Scientific Affairs.
  • Gold Medal Fellowship Research (6801), 8:30-9:30 a.m., Dr. Shaoping Zhang, Ph.D., Council on Scientific Affairs.
  • Oral Cancer Screening and Radiotherapy Morbidity Management (6822), 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Drs. Mark Lingen, Ph.D., and Theresa Hofstede, Council on Scientific Affairs.

Oct. 20

  • Following the Path of Oral Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment (7822), 7-8:30 a.m., Drs. Deepak Kademani and Williams, Council on Scientific Affairs, created in partnership with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Registration for ADA 2018 is open. To register or learn more, visit ADA.org/meeting.