2023 YANKEE Dental Congress

CALCiViS is focused on modernizing the management of dental demineralization by providing real-time chair side assessment of the caries disease process. Information about activity of enamel demineralization has not been available previously and enables the preventive dentistry approach. By supporting early decision making and improving patient communication, compliance with oral health advice increases and consent for prescribed treatment improves leading to enhanced clinical and professional outcomes.

The case for caries management - How do we know what works? | A CE event with an expert panel of cariologists

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  • Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
  • Friday, January 27, 2023
    8am – 10am
  • Credits: 2 CE hours
  • Cost: no charge for YANKEE Dental Congress participants

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CALCIVIS Corporate Forum | 2023 YANKEE Dental Congress Course Overview and Podium Speakers

In this course featuring the state of the current science and the rationale for early management of the most prevalent chronic and readily preventable disease in the United States, an expert panel of cariologists will present their basis for preventive decision-making, and detail strategies for successful outcomes based upon objective case-assessment data. New visual technologies will be discussed that inform the status of the active/arrested lesion that bring objectivity to the preventive decision-making process adding to patient communication and ultimately motivation.

Andrea Zandona, DDS, MSD, PhD

Brian Nový, DDS

Andrea Zandona, DDS, MSD, PhD is a tenured Professor and Chair of the Comprehensive Care Department at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Zandoná is originally from Curitiba, Brazil where she received her dental degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná. Dr. Zandona earned her master's degree in Dental Sciences in Operative Dentistry and a PhD in Dental Sciences from Indiana University. Since 2018, she has served as chair of Comprehensive Care, the largest department at Tufts School of Dental Medicine housing almost 90 faculty members across 5 divisions, including the comprehensive care clinics where over 460 DMD and IS/DMD students provide patient care. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on prevention and management of dental caries serving on editorial boards and as reviewer for numerous scientific and dental journals. Dr. Zandona has been part of the International Caries Detection and Assessment System Foundation Committee, has served on the European Organization of Caries Research advisory board, was President of the CAMBRA coalition and Cariology Section of the American Dental Education Association.

Dr. Nový is the Chief Dental Officer of the Alliance Dental Center in Quincy, Massachusetts since April 2019. An acknowledged expert in caries prevention, Dr. Novy has held former positions in private practice and as the Director of Clinical Innovation at the DentalQuest Institute. Also, Dr. Novy holds adjunct positions at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Loma Linda School of Dentistry and Western University College of Dental Medicine. He is the author of numerous publications and the presenter of many CE courses. He served on the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs from 2010-2014, as chair of the CAMBRA coalition, and in 2016 was appointed the consumer representative on the United States Food & Drug Administration Dental Products Panel. The California Dental Association Foundation presented him with the Dugoni Award for “Outstanding contributions to dental education,” and his office was the first to receive the title, “the American Dental Association Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year.”

Led by an expert panel of cariologists, the two lectures during the CALCIVIS Corporate Forum will include:

Lecture #1 | Dr. Andrea Zandona: The Rationale for Prevention and Early Intervention in the Management of Dental Caries

  • Technological advances have shifted the understanding of dental caries and dental caries management. Understanding the disease process and available tools is critical to be able to engage patients in a comprehensive caries management plan.
  • Key points addressed:
    • Caries understanding has moved from “an infection” to a “biofilm mediated diet modulated process” and this paradigm shift impacts caries management
    • What is caries management?
    • The concept of caries risk assessment
    • When is a lesion active or arrested? How could you know?
    • When to intervene non-operatively and when to intervene operatively
    • State of technology that supports early/minimal intervention

Lecture #2 | Dr. Brian Nový: The Practical Side of Prevention: Remineralization

  • The concept of disease management sounds a lot like “prevention,” yet it tackles the disease of dental caries with a whole new arsenal. Gone are the days of counseling patients to brush better, and more diligent instruction of proper flossing technique. Imagine an environment where teeth are expected to remineralize because the disease was caught early, and clinicians know which therapeutic will maximize the chances of success.
  • Key points addressed:
    • Risk assessment is a patient engagement strategy, not a form
    • How is risk determined now (ineffectively), and what objective data are coming
    • When is a lesion active or arrested? How do we know and is it changing treatment?
    • Communication is key to success… are we motivating, counseling, or instructing?
    • Can we measure caries rather than waiting for a white spot to disappear? What’s down the pike,
    • Three case studies demonstrating a successful approach – when to prevent, when to intervene and a successful outcome of remineralization."

Overall, learning and education objectives for attendees who take part in the CALCIVIS Corporate Forum include:

  • Understand the caries process
  • Discuss evidence for caries detection and caries assessment
  • Discuss appropriate management of dental caries based on caries severity and activity status
  • Review available technologies and what’s on the horizon to inform preventive decision-making
  • Describe the limitations of clinical risk assessment
  • Identify objective data to better inform risk assessment
  • Modify patient communication to maximize outcomes
  • Select remineralization modalities based on evidence and patient compliance
  • Contrast what drives patient motivation between appointments"

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