Two FREE Online Courses: Tobacco and Nicotine Products and Addiction

Below are two FREE online continuing education (CE) courses from The Proctor & Gamble Company written by American Dental Association (ADA) member Dr. Nevin Zablotsky. Given COVID-19’s impact on the respiratory system, this information is timely.

Tobacco and Nicotine Products: The Times They Are A’Changing (1 CE hr)
The use of tobacco and its byproducts stems back to more than 5,000 B.C. Over time, we’ve found that these products are highly addictive and cause numerous serious health problems to those who use them. Given the devastation that tobacco use has caused, the tobacco industry has been forced since the 1960s and 70s to try to find ways to get the consumers of their products to switch to those that are less harmful. There have been many iterations of tobacco harm reduction over the years, with the latest being e-cigarettes and now heat-not-burn products. This course will help provide the needed knowledge to help understand how we got to the present dilemma we face as a society with these products and where we may be going to undo the damage done.


Tobacco 101: A Guide to Working with Nicotine Addicted Patients (3 CE hrs)
The course is a more thorough review of tobacco and nicotine products and how they impact oral health. There is a review of addiction with an emphasis on nicotine addiction, and a discussion of smoking cessation modalities that are currently available. This course will provide an understanding of how tobacco products impact your patients and educate you on how to confidently guide your tobacco- and nicotine-using patients to quit their addiction and the proper resources available to them.

 

About Dr. Nevin Zablotsky
Dr. Zablotsky was a periodontist for more than 40 years and treated many patients who were addicted to various tobacco and nicotine products. He saw firsthand the impact of using these addictive products on their oral and overall health. Sadly, some suffered from chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular compromises and strokes, COPD, lung and oral cancer. In 2001, he was part of a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to educate dental offices in Vermont on the impact of these products on their patients. This led to his second career as a lecturer on this subject throughout the U.S and internationally, as well as for the ADA. Over the past six years, he’s been consulting and lecturing at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Forget: Mandatory Opioid Course Deadline is Jan. 31, 2019!

Per House Bill 21 (HB 21), all Florida licensed dentists registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and authorized to prescribe controlled substances shall complete a board-approved two-hour continuing education (CE) course on prescribing controlled substances by Jan. 31, 2019.

The Florida Dental Association (FDA) is recommending that member dentists take the two-hour mandatory opioid course through the Florida Medical Association (FMA) or call your local component/affiliate to see if they will be offering an in-person course. For the online FMA course, click here to register and take this course. The FMA will automatically report your credit to CE Broker on your behalf. This course must be completed by Jan. 31, 2019 to maintain your dental license.

In addition, ALL dentists must indicate within their account with the Florida Department of Health if they are/are not registered with the DEA. Click here for instructions on how to do this. Anyone who doesn’t indicate their status with the DEA will be assumed as registered and therefore must meet the new mandatory CE requirement.

For more information on HB 21 and its requirements, go to floridadental.org/opioidlaw.

10 Helpful Tips for License Renewal

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) now reviews your continuing education (CE) records in the DOH’s electronic tracking system, powered by CE Broker, at the time of license renewal. It will happen automatically when you renew your license. It is mandatory that all Florida licensed dentists renew their license through CE Broker for the 2016-2018 biennium by midnight on Feb. 28, 2018.

1. You must have 30 hours of CE to renew.

  • 28 general hours, which include 2 hours of Domestic Violence and no more than 3 hours of practice management
  • 2 hours of Medical Errors

2. NEW! Mandatory Survey. You must complete the mandatory telehealth survey when renewing your license. No license will be issued without this mandatory survey being completed!

3. First Year Renewing? If this is the first year renewing your license, you must have an additional 2 hours of HIV/AIDS along with the 30 hours of CE to renew your license.

4. CPR Certification. Along with the 30 hours needed to renew, you must have an up-to-date CPR certificate reported. You do not need to upload your CPR certificate to CE Broker. You will simply select that you have an updated certificate prior to renewing your license.

5. CE Credit Category. When reporting your CE credit, each type of CE credit, such as Domestic Violence, Medical Errors, HIV/AIDS, etc. must be reported in the correct category.

6. CE Provider. CE credit also must be reported under the correct CE provider. Click here to see the full list of BOD-approved CE providers.

7. Pro Bono Hours. To receive credit for pro bono dental services, the services must have been for the indigent residing in Florida (1 CE credit equals 1 hour of service). Only 7 hours of pro bono services can go toward your license renewal. If you volunteered at the 2017 Florida Mission of Mercy, an email was sent to you on how to report your service hours to CE Broker.

8. Free CE Broker Account. If you have the free CE Broker account, you must keep track of the CE courses you have taken and what you need for renewal. CE Broker will not keep track of what CE courses you are missing unless you have the professional or concierge accounts.

9. FDC Credit is Reported for You! CE credit for courses taken at FDC2016 or FDC2017, except for NC courses, have been reported to CE Broker on your behalf.

10. CE Broker App. If you upload CE courses on the CE Broker app, you must log out and then back into the app for the credit to show. The credits will not show up automatically or by refreshing the page.

For more information on the renewal process, CE Broker or FDA online CE, or courses taken at the 2016 or 2017 conventions, contact the Florida Dental Association at 800.877.9922 or fda@floridadental.org.

Are You Renewal Ready?

As a Florida Dental Association (FDA) member, you have access to exclusive benefits to help you through the license renewal process for the upcoming 2016-2018 biennium. Membership has its perks, and we want to make your renewal process as seamless as possible! Below are some of the benefits the FDA offers to assist you in the renewal process.

CE Broker
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) now automatically reviews your continuing education (CE) records in the DOH’s electronic tracking system — powered by CE Broker — at the time of license renewal. It is mandatory for all Florida-licensed dentists to renew their license through CE Broker for the 2016-2018 biennium by midnight on Feb. 28, 2018.

The FDA provides an exclusive members-only discount for CE Broker accounts.

  • Basic Account: FREE
  • Professional Account: $24 (non-members $29)
  • Concierge Account: $90 (non-members $99)

Click here to learn more about your account options. Contact the FDA office at fda@floridadental.org or 850.681.3629 for the discount code. Did you know you can update your CE credits on the go? Click here to download the FREE iPhone CE Broker app today.

NEW! Mandatory Survey
You must complete the mandatory Telehealth Survey when renewing your license. No license will be issued without this mandatory survey being completed!

Renewal by Mail
Your license should be renewed online through CE Broker. However, certain situations require you to renew by mail:

  • You need to change the status of your license.
  • You do NOT have a credit card or debit card to complete the transaction online and need to pay using a cashier’s check or money order.
  • Your license is in an Active Military status.
  • Your license is in a Volunteer status.
  • You need to request a name change.

To renew by mail, you must properly log into www.FLHealthsource.gov and print your renewal notice by selecting the Renew License link, then click on the Renew by Mail option.

Online CE
The FDA offers bimonthly “Diagnostic Discussion” articles from Today’s FDA and two Legal CE Guides that members can read and take an accompanying quiz for to earn CE credit. To access these articles, you will need to log into the member-only section of the FDA website. CE credit for these articles will be reported to CE Broker on your behalf.

Click here to directly access the “Diagnostic Discussions” and Legal CE Guides available to FDA-member dentists.

FDA CE Courses
All CE-eligible courses taken at FDC2016 and FDC2017 have been automatically reported to CE Broker on your behalf. FDA “Diagnostic Discussion” and Legal CE Guide credit is reported to CE broker the first Friday of each month.

CE@RENEWAL
The Florida DOH is a great source for renewal information! Click here to access a helpful 30-minute webinar to learn more about how to report your CE credits through CE Broker as well as other useful information. Don’t have time to join the webinar? Click here to learn more about the renewal process, how to report CE credits, the benefits CE Broker has to offer and much more!

Questions?
For the FDA CE Broker discount code, information on the biennium, the renewal process, CE Broker or your FDA-earned CE credits, contact the FDA office at fda@floridadental.org or 850.681.3629.