AGD Annual Meeting: Continuing Education Highlights



CHICAGO (May 9, 2012)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) invites dental professionals throughout the world to learn about the latest technologies and clinical practices in general dentistry at the AGD 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, from June 21 to 24, in Philadelphia.

“The meeting offers attendees access to more than 70 conference sessions that will be presented by a global faculty of dental experts,” says AGD President Howard Gamble, DMD, FAGD. “In addition, hundreds of exhibitors will be showcasing the newest products available to general dentists today.”

Here is a glimpse into some of the exciting courses that will be available to attendees:

Lecture: “Advanced: Functional Orthodontics—Key to Enhancing Facial-Dental Esthetics and the Total Health and Wellness of Our Patients” with Yosh Jefferson, DMD, MAGD (L02)—Course participants will learn how divine proportion is related to beauty and health; discover how types of facial disharmonies are specific to various medical problems; understand how functional appliances can treat facial disharmonies, such as short or long faces, as well as alleviate specific medical problems; and recognize the cause of mouth breathing and its effects on normal facial growth and psychological, mental, and physical health. (Thursday, June 21, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Participation Hands-on: “Medical Emergencies: What to Do While You Wait for the Paramedics to Arrive” with Fred Quarnstrom, DDS, FAGD (P04)—This presentation will discuss how to treat and avoid common medical emergencies. Participants will learn how to create a simple emergency kit, how to assist with patient respiration, and understand the importance of having an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the office. (Thursday, June 21, 9 a.m. to noon)

Lecture: “Advanced: Cardiovascular Disease in Dental Patients—The Art of Understanding the Heart” with Harold V. Cohen, DDS (L19)—Medical care is continually providing patients with new cardiac treatments that will improve their quality of life and extend their lifespan. This increasing population of patients will be seen in the dental office, mandating that a dentist possess an up-to-date understanding of the treatments and medications for cardiovascular disease, as well as a patient’s cardiac status and his or her ability to undergo dental procedures. (Friday, June 22, 9 a.m. to noon)

Participation Hands-on: “The Successful Management of Tooth Trauma in Young Children: If It’s Broke … Fix It!” with Marvin H. Berman, DDS, and Kirk B. Kollmann, DMD (P19)—The frequent occurrence of dental trauma in young patients demands the attention of general practitioners as well as pediatric specialists. The emergency nature of these accidents involves a working knowledge of pulp dynamics in maturing teeth, soft tissue injuries, the broad spectrum of tooth fracture patterns, the ramifications of tooth luxation and avulsion, plus the challenges of managing child behavior. Incorporating live action videos, Drs. Berman and Kollmann will moderate a discussion of these issues and then participants will have the opportunity to perform individual hands-on procedures, including bonding a fractured incisor, bonding a retrieved fragment onto a fractured incisor, and constructing a bonded splint for re-implantation of avulsed anterior teeth. (Friday, June 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Participation Hands-on: “BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers for Every Dental Practice: A Two-Day Course” with Louis J. Malcmacher, DDS, MAGD (P12)—This seminar will teach dentists the background, development, types, and use of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers, as well as how to easily integrate these therapies into their dental practice. The attendees will learn the clinical basics of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers, as well as how to use them effectively as a complement to esthetic dentistry. This course is specifically designed for dental professionals. Attendees will participate in a hands-on practice session so they will become proficient in these techniques. (Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Courses are filling up fast! To register or to learn more about the AGD 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, visit Registration is free for all dental students, residents, and recent graduates.

About the Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, visit