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This Course is a Live Webinar and will be live-streamed:

8:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm CT, 6:00 pm MT, 5:00 pm AZ, 5:00 pm PT

“Now is the time to take gum disease seriously: A roadmap for improving oral health in the United States” is an Economist Impact report that is supported by Procter & Gamble. Centered on the insights of extensive research and expert interviews, the report focuses on the prevalence of gum (gum) disease, its risk factors and impact, definitions of best practices to prevent gum disease, and steps to improve prevention.  Join us for an engaging discussion among providers on this report. 
 Learning Objectives
After participating in this course participants will better understand their role as a provider in improving oral health outcomes as well as the 5 key aims of the study:
• Evaluate the prevalence of gum disease, its risk factors, its impact and the existing care pathway
• Build the economic case for the prevention of gum disease
• Review current oral health-related policies in the US
• Recognize best practices
• Identify the steps to create an enabling environment associated with gum health and develop a roadmap
 AJ Acierno, DDS
Dr. Alan J. Acierno is a practicing dentist, CEO of DecisionOne Dental Partners, and President Clinical Operations and COO Midwest Division of Smile Brands. After receiving his D.D.S. from Creighton University, he practiced dentistry in both corporate and private environments, where he discovered the benefits and challenges of each practice. Compelled with a vision to make a difference in the way dentistry is practiced, Dr. A.J., together with his brother and fellow dentist, Dr. Michael Acierno, founded DecisionOne Dental Partners in 2011.  In 2018 DecisionOne partnered with Smile Brands to continue their mission of changing the way dentistry is done to improve lives with the backing of best-in-class partner.  In 2021 Dr. Acierno stepped into his role as COO of Smile Brands, overseeing the Midwest division. In his free time, Dr. Acierno enjoys spending time with his family and visiting Walt Disney World. 

Robert Crim, DDS

Dr. Robert Crim earned both his undergraduate degree and his dental degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After college, he moved to Florida and practiced dentistry in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for over 30 years, including more than 10 years as a Smile Brands-affiliated dentist. Previously he owned two private dental practices in Florida. Prior to his appointment as Chief Dental Officer in May 2014, Dr. Crim practiced at several Bright Now!® Dental offices in the greater Tampa area and also was the Market Dental Director and Professional Corporation Owner for all Smile Brands affiliated dental groups in Florida.

He has been recognized for staff development and received the Dentist of the Year Award for the East area in 2011. Dr. Crim has done mission work throughout his career, in the Congo, the Cook Islands, Haiti and South Korea. In 2012 he was a member of a team of Smile Brands affiliated providers that traveled to West African nation of Ghana to provide free dental care to people in need at orphanages and community centers.

Tammy Filipiak RDH, MS

A dental hygienist with 35 years of experience within general and specialty practice, as well as educational and management settings, Filipiak has been in a DSO Clinical Leadership role for the past 19 years.  She is a strategic partner within the organization supporting execution of organizational initiatives.   A member of the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) since 1986, she served as President in 2017-18 and as the Chair of the ADHA Institute for Oral Health in 2018-19.  She has been recognized for her leadership with numerous awards, serves on a number of corporate advisory boards as a key opinion leader, on the advisory board for a dental hygiene education program in WI, and served on the Board of Directors for North Central WI Area Health Education Centers.  She has written/presented numerous articles and continuing education courses throughout her career.  In addition to her Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Quality.

Course Contact: Angie.Michlig@smilebrands.com

Course Categories: Periodontics (Diagnosis, Treatment (surgical/non-surgical), Maintenance, Scaling / Instrumentation, Supportive Perio Therapies)

Provider Approval: (AADH) American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Nationally Recognized (AGD-PACE) Academy of General Dentistry Program approval for Continuing Education

Educational Type: Live

Educational Method: Lecture

Prerequisites :


Sponsor(s): None

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None

All CE Zoom related support: support.cezoom.com

Date / Time

Tue, Jan 16, 2024: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM CT