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03-5631-20015: Tooth Whitening: Comprehensive Review and Clinical Guidelines

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits (3 CEs).
Cost: $30.00
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Published: October 2012
Revised: July 2020
Expires:June 2023
Pages: 30
Course Instructor: Anthony S. Mennito, DMD
Health Science Editor: Megan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

  • List the types of staining that occur, and explain the differences between extrinsic and intrinsic staining.
  • Describe the mechanisms by which various whitening agents work while understanding safety and effectiveness of various techniques.
  • Understand the common side effects of whitening agents and how to manage tooth sensitivity.
  • Know the factors to teach patients about various tooth whitening techniques and good chairside communication.

Course Description

Whitening teeth is not a new practice in dentistry, yet in recent times has grown in popularity, and is now one of the most frequently requested procedures in a modern dental practice. Most patients desire an attractive smile, so a pleasing tooth color is a symbol of oral health to many people. Many patients approach dental treatment for the first time with whitening teeth as a primary motivator, since a healthy smile and appearance may improve self-image, increase self- confidence, and have a positive impact on the quality of life. The practice building aspects for a dental office are also important.

Tooth whitening is essentially an esthetic change for a dental patient. And many times is an optional, elective procedure that has the potential of improvement of personal appearance. Yet tooth whitening also has risks and side effects which will be discussed in the body of this course. Results are not always predictable or successful, and depending on several factors and a color relapse can be expected. A patient’s lifestyle and compliance are also factors. And patients will ask about the many options available including the techniques used in the office and at home, which lightens and brightens teeth. Dental professionals must be well versed in the explanations of the various procedures, and be able to explain the various aspects, in understandable language, to the patient about various products and procedures.

This course emphasizes in-office treatment situations, with the understanding that various over-the-counter (OTC) treatments, performed by the patient at home has some parallels. The concentration of chemicals is less with OTC products yet the effects of home treatment may be similar.

About the Authors

Anthony S. Mennito, DMD earned his BS, Biology from Susquehanna University in 1999 and his DMD, Dentistry from Temple University in 2003. Dr. Mennito worked as a dentist in private practice for six years and has been teaching at the MUSC School of Dentistry since 2008. He is also the Founding Partner and COO of CuRE Innovations.

Megan Wright, RDH, MS is a continuing education editor and writer as well as a Temp PRN with agencies in the Washington State area. Ms. Wright earned her MS at the UNM and Pierce College of Washington State in 1997 and certification in Utilization of the 970 Diode Laser and Safety in Dentistry in February of 2015. Ms. Wright works to implement Dental Education seminars as a Hospital-Dental Liaison building collaborative, mutual efforts to promote patient wellness between medical practitioners and dentists while prioritizing care for untreated, medially compromised patients.

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Contact Hours: 3.00
Price: $30.00

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