May 14-17, 2020
Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC

Thursday, May 14, 2020

* Denotes program NOT approved by NC State Board of Dental Examiners for CEU.

Morning Sessions

John C. Comisi, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
The Battle of “De-Bond”: The Dawn of Regeneration, Part 1 (Lecture)
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
CE Hours: 3 Hours
Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students



Course Description:        
For years the dental profession has been struggling with providing effective long-term preventive and direct restorative solutions for our patients with resin-bonding of composite restorations. Why are there so many bonding agent generations? Why is the average life span of composite so low? The evidence is mounting that we may have taken a “wrong turn” along this road and a new direction is needed. The scientific research is now moving toward the use of bioactive materials that can create biomineralization. There is a real need for the dental care provider to understand how to use the currently available materials, and why they are important for patient care now and to be prepared for future developments.

Course Objectives:
Participant should be able to:
  • Review the current state of the dental restorative process: why they succeed and why they fail.
  • Gain a true understanding of the current definition of bioactivity and the materials and mechanisms that can help you and our patients in daily dental care.
  • Learn if true remineralize of demineralized dentin structure can be accomplished.
Bio:
Dr. John Comisi practiced general dentistry successfully in Ithaca, NY for 35 years where he was President and CEO of Sleep Focused Solutions, LLC and the Founder of Dental Care with a Difference®, PC, before relocating to South Carolina in August 2017 to join the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine with an appointment as an Assistant Professor. He is now an Associate Professor and is the Course Director for the College's Operative II (adhesive and esthetic dentistry) Course and Chair of the Oral Rehabilitation Department’s Dental Materials Committee. 

A graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Fordham University. He is a respected Thought Leader, author, speaker and consultant who contributes regularly to the dental literature.
He is a member of the Academy of Dental Materials, the American Academy of Cariology, the American Association for Oral Systemic Health, the International and American Association of Dental Research, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the Academy Sleep Breathing Academy.

Dr. Comisi is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, and holds Fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists.
 
Dr. Robert Rosenthal
Insurance Essentials: A Clinical Perspective of Insurance Coding, Part 1  (Lecture)   
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
CE Hours: 3 hours 
Audience: Dentists


 
Course Description:      
Whether it’s lack of knowledge, outdated information, or inexperience, what you and your team members don’t know about insurance coding can hurt your practice and impact your livelihood. Insurance Essentials will walk you through the hows and whys of proper, accurate claim submissions.
This interactive course includes instruction on appropriate and ethical practices associated with exams, diagnosis, treatment planning and insurance coding, including specific modules on endo, perio, crown and bridge, and restorative treatment.

If you and your dental team work with dental insurance companies, this course is for you.

Purpose:  To provide actual clinical slides in order to give a comprehensive review of dental diagnosis, treatment planning and radiographic interpretation.  Program will show both good and bad treatment outcomes.

Desired Outcome:  Improve patient treatment through more complete records, higher quality radiographs, rational and accurate diagnosis, and ethical billing practice.
 
Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the participants will be able to
  • Participants will understand proper and ethical coding through interactive demonstrations using actual claims, radiographs and IOPs.
  • Participants will have the tools and knowledge needed to submit appropriate, accurate and ethical claims in order to improve claims acceptance.
  • Participants will have the knowledge to avoid legal and licensure issues based on fraudulent claims submission.
  • Participants will participate in a quality assurance program.
Course Format:
  • Six-hour course.  Program will consist of lecture (20%) combined with clinical radiograph slides (80%)
  • Participants will have interaction through spot quizzes and Q&A relative to appropriate treatment
  • Pre- and  post-tests

 
Pam VanArsdall, D.M.D., M.P.H
Food the Fight Cancer: Evidence Based Eating for Cancer Prevention, Part 1 (Lecture)
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
CE Hours: 3 Hours
Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Office Staff, Lab Technicians, Dental Students




Course Description:      
Research suggests that 50%-70% of all cancers are potentially preventable and related to our lifestyles with 30% of cancers attributed to dietary factors. But food can work in our favor, to reduce our risk of cancer IF we eat the right foods, prepared in the right way. In this session, fourteen different food families and their phytochemicals will be discussed as well as the mechanisms by which these foods fight cancer. Findings from cancer research focusing on chemoprevention of particular foods will be discussed. Tips from research about how to prepare these foods to preserve maximum potency of important cancer fighting substances will be shared.

Course Objectives:
  • Learn the mechanisms by which certain foods fight cancer
  •  Learn the foods that research has found to be protective against cancer
  • Learn evidenced based preparation tips that will help preserve cancer fighting
    phytochemicals in foods
  • Learn dietary recommendations for cancer prevention from the World Health Organization and the American Institute for Cancer Research
Bio:
Dr. VanArsdall graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1990. She has a Master's degree in Public Health with a concentration in health behavior. She practiced general dentistry for 13 years and then became a full-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky in the College of Medicine's Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology where she taught and conducted research. In 2009, she became a full-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry teaching geriatrics and public health and continuing to conduct health research. She is the past Academic Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and is currently an adjunct professor. She has published funded research in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Dental Research, the Annals of Long Term Care, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, and the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dr. VanArsdall has a holistic approach to health. She is a certified health and wellness coach and has completed training in plant based professional culinary arts.

 
George W. Taylor, DMD, MPH, DrPH
The Two-way Relationship Between Diabetes & Oral Health: Epidemiological & Clinical Perspectives, Part 1 (Lecture)
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
Location: TBD
CE Hours: 3 Hours
Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students



Course Description:      
Diabetes and periodontal diseases are both common chronic diseases in the U.S. adult population. They share common risk factors and have two-way interactions that cause them to affect each other adversely. Part I of this course will present the strength of scientific evidence regarding the links between diabetes and periodontal infection and other oral health conditions.

A major focus of Part I of the course will be a presentation of the strength of evidence supporting the associations between diabetes and periodontal health, tooth loss, root caries and other oral conditions. Part I will also include discussion of the biologic mechanisms considered to have a role in the two-way relationship between diabetes and periodontitis and the evidence regarding the effects of periodontitis on glycemic control of diabetes, the complications of diabetes, and adverse maternal outcomes in women with gestational diabetes.

Part II of the course will present the evidence supporting the role of non-surgical periodontal therapy in improving glycemic control in patients with diabetes, the safety of providing periodontal treatment (and other dental procedures) for pregnant women with gestational diabetes, and management of hypoglycemic episodes. Part II will also describe the potential role of other medical care providers in contributing to the oral health of patients with diabetes and evidence supporting the potential impact of non-surgical periodontal therapy for patients with diabetes on medical care costs.

Course Objectives:
  • Summarize the strength of evidence regarding associations between diabetes and periodontal health, tooth loss, root caries and other oral conditions.
  • Summarize the strength of evidence regarding the impact of periodontitis on glycemic control, complications of diabetes, and adverse maternal outcomes in women with gestational diabetes.
  • Describe the strength of evidence supporting the role of non-surgical periodontal therapy in improving glycemic control in people with diabetes.
  • Discuss considerations regarding the safety of providing dental care to patients with diabetes, including pregnant women with gestational diabetes.
  • Describe evidence regarding the role of other medical care providers in contributing to the oral health of patients with diabetes and the association between non-surgical periodontal therapy and medical care costs in patients with diabetes.
Bio:
George Taylor, DMD, DrPH is a professor at the University of California San Francisco’s School of Dentistry. He is a board-certified specialist in Dental Public Health. Following 4 years’ service as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force, his academic career has spanned more 40 years of teaching, conducting research, treating patients, and practicing dental public health. Dr. Taylor’s principal research focus is relationships between oral and systemic health, particularly periodontal infection and diabetes outcomes. Additionally, he mentors students, residents and other faculty in their research and careers and is Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at UCSF’s School of Dentistry.
 

Afternoon Sessions

John C. Comisi, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
The Battle of “De-Bond”: The Dawn of Regeneration, Part 2 (Lecture)
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
CE Hours: 3 Hours
Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students



Course Description:        
For years the dental profession has been struggling with providing effective long-term preventive and direct restorative solutions for our patients with resin-bonding of composite restorations. Why are there so many bonding agent generations? Why is the average life span of composite so low? The evidence is mounting that we may have taken a “wrong turn” along this road and a new direction is needed. The scientific research is now moving toward the use of bioactive materials that can create biomineralization. There is a real need for the dental care provider to understand how to use the currently available materials, and why they are important for patient care now and to be prepared for future developments.

Course Objectives:
Participant should be able to:
  • Review the current state of the dental restorative process: why they succeed and why they fail.
  • Gain a true understanding of the current definition of bioactivity and the materials and mechanisms that can help you and our patients in daily dental care.
  • Learn if true remineralize of demineralized dentin structure can be accomplished.
Bio:
Dr. John Comisi practiced general dentistry successfully in Ithaca, NY for 35 years where he was President and CEO of Sleep Focused Solutions, LLC and the Founder of Dental Care with a Difference®, PC, before relocating to South Carolina in August 2017 to join the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine with an appointment as an Assistant Professor. He is now an Associate Professor and is the Course Director for the College's Operative II (adhesive and esthetic dentistry) Course and Chair of the Oral Rehabilitation Department’s Dental Materials Committee.
A graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Fordham University. He is a respected Thought Leader, author, speaker and consultant who contributes regularly to the dental literature.
He is a member of the Academy of Dental Materials, the American Academy of Cariology, the American Association for Oral Systemic Health, the International and American Association of Dental Research, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the Academy Sleep Breathing Academy.

Dr. Comisi is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, and holds Fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists.
 

Dr. Robert Rosenthal
Title:  Insurance Essentials: A Clinical Perspective of Insurance Coding, Part 2  (Lecture)   
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
CE Hours: 3 hours 
Audience: Dentist


 
Course Description:      
Whether it’s lack of knowledge, outdated information, or inexperience, what you and your team members don’t know about insurance coding can hurt your practice and impact your livelihood. Insurance Essentials will walk you through the hows and whys of proper, accurate claim submissions.
This interactive course includes instruction on appropriate and ethical practices associated with exams, diagnosis, treatment planning and insurance coding, including specific modules on endo, perio, crown and bridge, and restorative treatment.

If you and your dental team work with dental insurance companies, this course is for you.

Purpose:  To provide actual clinical slides in order to give a comprehensive review of dental diagnosis, treatment planning and radiographic interpretation.  Program will show both good and bad treatment outcomes.

Desired Outcome:  Improve patient treatment through more complete records, higher quality radiographs, rational and accurate diagnosis, and ethical billing practice.
 
Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the participants will be able to
  • Participants will understand proper and ethical coding through interactive demonstrations using actual claims, radiographs and IOPs.
  • Participants will have the tools and knowledge needed to submit appropriate, accurate and ethical claims in order to improve claims acceptance.
  • Participants will have the knowledge to avoid legal and licensure issues based on fraudulent claims submission.
  • Participants will participate in a quality assurance program.
Course Format:
  • Six-hour course.  Program will consist of lecture (20%) combined with clinical radiograph slides (80%)
  • Participants will have interaction through spot quizzes and Q&A relative to appropriate treatment
  • Pre- and  post-tests

 
Pam VanArsdall, D.M.D., M.P.H
Title: Food the Fight Cancer: Evidence Based Eating for Cancer Prevention, Part 2 (Lecture)
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
CE Hours: 3 Hours
Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Office Staff, Lab Technicians, Dental Students


Course Description:      
Research suggests that 50%-70% of all cancers are potentially preventable and related to our lifestyles with 30% of cancers attributed to dietary factors. But food can work in our favor, to reduce our risk of cancer IF we eat the right foods, prepared in the right way. In this session, fourteen different food families and their phytochemicals will be discussed as well as the mechanisms by which these foods fight cancer. Findings from cancer research focusing on chemoprevention of particular foods will be discussed. Tips from research about how to prepare these foods to preserve maximum potency of important cancer fighting substances will be shared.

Course Objectives:
  • Learn the mechanisms by which certain foods fight cancer
  •  Learn the foods that research has found to be protective against cancer
  • Learn evidenced based preparation tips that will help preserve cancer fighting
    phytochemicals in foods
  • Learn dietary recommendations for cancer prevention from the World Health Organization and the American Institute for Cancer Research
Bio:
Dr. VanArsdall graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1990. She has a Master's degree in Public Health with a concentration in health behavior. She practiced general dentistry for 13 years and then became a full-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky in the College of Medicine's Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology where she taught and conducted research. In 2009, she became a full-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry teaching geriatrics and public health and continuing to conduct health research. She is the past Academic Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and is currently an adjunct professor. She has published funded research in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Dental Research, the Annals of Long Term Care, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, and the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dr. VanArsdall has a holistic approach to health. She is a certified health and wellness coach and has completed training in plant based professional culinary arts.

 
George W. Taylor, DMD, MPH, DrPH
The Two-way Relationship Between Diabetes & Oral Health: Epidemiological & Clinical Perspectives, Part 2 (Lecture)
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: TBD
CE Hours: 3 Hours
Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students


Course Description:      
Diabetes and periodontal diseases are both common chronic diseases in the U.S. adult population. They share common risk factors and have two-way interactions that cause them to affect each other adversely. Part I of this course will present the strength of scientific evidence regarding the links between diabetes and periodontal infection and other oral health conditions.

A major focus of Part I of the course will be a presentation of the strength of evidence supporting the associations between diabetes and periodontal health, tooth loss, root caries and other oral conditions. Part I will also include discussion of the biologic mechanisms considered to have a role in the two-way relationship between diabetes and periodontitis and the evidence regarding the effects of periodontitis on glycemic control of diabetes, the complications of diabetes, and adverse maternal outcomes in women with gestational diabetes.

Part II of the course will present the evidence supporting the role of non-surgical periodontal therapy in improving glycemic control in patients with diabetes, the safety of providing periodontal treatment (and other dental procedures) for pregnant women with gestational diabetes, and management of hypoglycemic episodes. Part II will also describe the potential role of other medical care providers in contributing to the oral health of patients with diabetes and evidence supporting the potential impact of non-surgical periodontal therapy for patients with diabetes on medical care costs.

Course Objectives:
  • Summarize the strength of evidence regarding associations between diabetes and periodontal health, tooth loss, root caries and other oral conditions.
  • Summarize the strength of evidence regarding the impact of periodontitis on glycemic control, complications of diabetes, and adverse maternal outcomes in women with gestational diabetes.
  • Describe the strength of evidence supporting the role of non-surgical periodontal therapy in improving glycemic control in people with diabetes.
  • Discuss considerations regarding the safety of providing dental care to patients with diabetes, including pregnant women with gestational diabetes.
  • Describe evidence regarding the role of other medical care providers in contributing to the oral health of patients with diabetes and the association between non-surgical periodontal therapy and medical care costs in patients with diabetes.
Bio:
George Taylor, DMD, DrPH is a professor at the University of California San Francisco’s School of Dentistry. He is a board-certified specialist in Dental Public Health. Following 4 years’ service as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force, his academic career has spanned more 40 years of teaching, conducting research, treating patients, and practicing dental public health. Dr. Taylor’s principal research focus is relationships between oral and systemic health, particularly periodontal infection and diabetes outcomes. Additionally, he mentors students, residents and other faculty in their research and careers and is Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at UCSF’s School of Dentistry.