Posts by Patti DiGangi

12/9/19 Mastermind The HPV and Oral Pharyngeal Cancer Epidemic: It’s our turn to talk and act! with Insider Dr. Susan Maples

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Recognizing that HPV is our number one sexually transmitted disease is one thing but deal-ing with the upsurge in oropharyngeal cancer (HPV-OPC) is another. Most of us are still stuck on the traditional oral cancer screening, even though 70% of today’s oral pharyngeal cancers will never be seen with our eyes. Most HPVOPC lurks in the back of the throat, veiled by the tonsillar pillars and the base of the tongue.

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11/18/19 Mastermind Is the Water Safe? We Need to Know It Is with Insider Gaylene Baker, RDH, BSDH, MBA

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Dental Unit Water Lines (DUWL) are used for almost every dental patient care procedure. They provide a cooling source from the heat of rotary drills and rinse away unwanted oral debris. Unfortunately, the DUWL can be a source of introduction of pathogenic microorganisms during patient treatment if not properly treated, monitored, and tested. Clinicians need to understand what a Colony Forming Units (CFU) growing in the water lines are, why the DUWL grow CFU’s, and various procedures that can be implemented to prevent them or remove them from the lines. It’s simple once it’s understood.

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No More Watching and Waiting

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Watching for a caries infection to create a hole, waiting until bone is lost from perio, and the worst waiting and possibly not checking for cancer can’t be tolerated. Have you been trying to understand why dentist watches? Particularly when we have so many healing strategies? It is possible that no one ever asked.

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10/16/19 SDF- Everything You Didn’t Realize You Wanted To Know with Insider Connie Simmons, RDH, BS

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Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) has been used extensively around the globe for decades. SDF provides immediate relief from dentinal hypersensitivity, kills pathogenic organisms, hardens softened dentin making it more acid and abrasion resistant and does not stain sound dentin or enamel. This Mastermind will explain and discuss the uses, application, in-dications, limitations and contraindications of SDF.

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