Many drug and dental product representatives make "in office" visits. They frequent our office and tell us about what new products are available, how to use the products, and provide literature to support the claims made by the manufacturer. Our office supports products and techniques that have significant unbiased research associated with it.
Dental professionals are held to complete a specific number of continuing education hours that is designated by the state where the professional is licensed. Utah requires dental professionals to complete 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years. As an ongoing part of our efforts to comply with the states requirements we attend the annual Utah Dental Association Convention. At the convention we attend courses that relate to our specific field of dentistry, periodontics. While attending we are able to explore new products first hand and interact with other professional colleagues who may have used the products in their practice. In association with the UDA, Dr. Mangelson also participates in the Intermountain Society of Periodontists. Periodontists from neighboring states gather for an entire day of continuing education that is exclusive to their specialty.
As a Board Certified Member of the American Academy of Periodontology, Dr. Mangelson, is required to attend the annual meeting at least every two years. At these meetings periodontists from around the globe gather for lectures and presentations that include all the latest advances in implants, bone regeneration and new surgical techniques. Being a member of the AAP requires 3 years of post doctoral study, comprehensive oral and written exams, and a detailed report on a broad range of actual treatment personally performed by the periodontist. Dr. Mangelson has been a Diplomate of the AAP since 1997, therefore he is held to a higher standard of continuing education than a general dentist. Also, being an active member of the AAP allows the periodontist to have access to its website and internal resources for information relating to periodontics. The AAP has great resources globally and we often find some very interesting articles and studies on their website.
Continuing education can certainly make dentistry more interesting, less mundane and enlighten a practitioners view on helping patients and getting more informed and excited about what is in store for the future of dentistry.