Course Descriptions for General Sessions

April 25, 2008
The General Sessions are free and sometimes overlooked by attendees at RDH Under One Roof since you do not have to register for the course beforehand. But if you have an open spot in your plans for the conference, you should consider attending one of the courses.

Thursday's General Sessions

America's Next Top Hygienist: How To Maximize Your Communication Style to Get Positive Results Part 1

By Monica Oakley,BSN ,Cheryl A. Thomas, RDH and Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, MA

Your communication skills are as important as your clinical expertise in achieving professional success. We all know, communication affects patient care; but, are we aware of how our interpersonal communication skills affect team effectiveness and job satisfaction? Recognizing how your communication style affects others can reduce stress, improve inter-office relationships, and lead to positive outcomes. This fast-paced, interactive session will introduce you to the science of behavioral communication styles and give you the introductory tools to maximize your professional and personal success. This course will utilize the research-based DiSC Personal Profile System.
2 CE Credits

Diabetes Mellitus: Strategies for Providing Comprehensive Care

By Joann Gurenlian, RDH, PhD

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that can cause devastating systemic complications. Currently, 21 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 7 million do not know they have the disease. Another 54 million have pre-diabetes. Individuals with diabetes may present with a variety of oral manifestations. Treatment of patients with diabetes requires careful attention to ensure that oral health is maintained and precautions are taken to avoid medical emergencies. This course provides an update on diabetes mellitus, including types of diabetes, etiology, diagnostic studies, treatment, and guidelines for providing oral health care. As oral health care providers, dental professionals have an opportunity to assist individuals with diabetes to manage the oral manifestations of the disease as well as to maintain glycemic control.
2 CE Credits

Think Outside the Mouth. Treatment Planning for Non-surgical Periodontal Treatment

Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH

Discover what lies outside traditional quadrant scaling and root planning for the most optimal clinical results non-surgically. Treating periodontal disease today involves an understanding of current science that compels us to change traditional treatment protocols. While the incidence of this bacterial infection is prevalent in today's adult population, effective treatment should be customized to meet the patient's needs. This interactive course will challenge you to think "outside the box" and build treatment plans that take into consideration what's going on "outside the mouth".
2 CE Credits

Sorting Through the Dental Products Lineup

By Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH and Lory Laughter, RDH, BS

A Hygienist's dream: not only hear, but see and touch new products worthy of your attention. We'll also revisit the tried and trusted (those products we can't live without), and let you choose what's best for you. Listen, see, learn and laugh while making sense of all the possibilities.
2 CE Credits

Friday's General Sessions

Risky Business: Patient Risk Assessment for Periodontal Disease and Caries

By Margaret Fehrenbach, RDH, MS

We want to be able to care for our patient' individual needs using evidence-based practice parameters. To be able to do this, we need to assess their individual risks for periodontal disease and caries. The latest methods of risk assessment for these main oral diseases will be covered, as well new prevention and treatment trends. The goal of the course is to be able to integrate these risk assessments into our own private practice settings.
2 CE Credits

Gimme That Ding-Dong! Tooth Friendly Nutrition for the Children and Parents

By Cathy Seckman, RDH

Ding-Dongs for supper? It happens, and not just in families with low socioeconomic status. Parents who don't know enough about nutrition can be college-educated homeowners who vacation in the Caribbean, but their pre-schoolers have 18 surfaces of decay. Hygienists who attend this three-part program will first receive a thorough grounding in the science of nutrition as it applies to oral health, including the latest information on vitamins, minerals, and xylitol. The second section teaches hygienists to help parents make better choices for their families by learning to interpret nutrition labels, adapt recipes, and choose health over convenience. The third section includes tips and techniques to make mealtimes easier for fussy children and busy parents.
2 CE Credits

Hygiene Shouldn't be a Pain in the Neck

By Bethany Valachi, MS, PT, CEAS

A staggering 80% of hygienists who retire early are forced to, due to work-related pain. This ground-breaking seminar for dental hygienists fills a void in the dental education — bridging the gap between dental ergonomics and work-related pain. Discover how dentistry and equipment selection are affecting your physical health. Implement effective self-treatment and prevention strategies based on clinical experience and research. Hygienists will walk away with techniques they can apply immediately in the operatory to reduce work-related pain, prevent injury and increase career longevity. A must for those purchasing new ergonomic equipment!
2 CE Credits

Financial Freedom for Dental Teams

By Vicki McManus, RDH

Financial stress ranks as one of the top stresses for Americans. We earn more, spend more, and save less than any other nation. Tired of 'keeping up with the Jones' with nothing to show for it? Afraid to balance your checkbook? Like it or not, financial fear translates directly to our diagnostic abilities and ultimately to patient acceptance of needed treatment. This program shows the dental team how to take control of both their personal and professional financial life and eliminate stress surrounding money.
2 CE Credits

Saturday's General Sessions

Systemic Influences on Oral Health

By Dianne Glasscoe, RDH, BS

Good oral health is not just the product of good oral hygiene. A growing body of evidence points to a wide array of systemic influences that affect oral health. This course examines the latest information about various systemic diseases and medications that have a direct impact on oral health as well as the periodontal/systemic disease link
2 CE Credits

Minimal Intervention Dentistry: A Vision of Caries Management in the 21st Century

By Amy Nieves, RDH and Wendy Fitzgeral-Blue, RDH, BSDH

Dental Hygienists are key players in caries therapy. Learn ways to remineralize and protect enamel with current remineralization technologies. MI (Minimal Intervention) dentistry is the modern "medical" approach to the management of decay. Three key elements of the MI philosophy of Identifying, Preventing, and Restoring will be presented. This course provides an in depth discussion on enamel maturation and the caries balance theory. It highlights the trend for diagnostic saliva testing which aids in assessing the risk factors of caries in your patient population. In addition, this course will discuss the different working mechanisms of glass ionomer as a surface protectant, topical fluoride, ACP, CPP-ACP, and Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate and how these innovative materials can influence your patient's oral health. The clinician will come away with a full understanding of caries as an infectious, multi-factorial and microbiologic disease and learn to develop and implement new and effective caries preventive care strategies.
2 CE Credits

The Joy of Ultrasonics

By Nancy Miller, RDH, BA

Are you familiar with the famous cookbook by Irma Rombauer, The Joy of Cooking? Everything you ever wanted to know about how to filet a fish to how to whip up Bearnaise Sauce is within the pages of this classic cookbook. It was first published in 1931, but has been updated several times to reflect the differing tastes and trends of diners. Whenever I need a recipe I refer to the Joy book first to get the basics. This 2 hour course is like the famous cookbook. Everything you wanted to know about power scaling is within the start and finish of this course. Ultrasonic scaler use has been "reinvented", the equipment updated, and you need this course to stay current with how they are used today. I can give you the ingredients for a great "recipe" to whip up for current ultrasonic scaler use! While micro ultrasonics are now considered standard of care in periodontal therapy, what else are you using them for? What technological advances have there been since you were in school or your last CE Course? Is there really a difference between piezoelectric technology and magnetorestrictive units? Are there any new inserts on the market? Is there any superior way to adapt ultrasonic instruments to the type of patient in your chair?.
2 CE Credits

Mucosal Disease

By Nancy Burkhart, RDH, BS, MeD, EdD

Mucosal diseases are problematic for many patients and may be a cause of concern to many practitioners who treat these patients. Because of the inflammatory aspect of many mucosal diseases, changes in the tissues are frequently noted and confusion is commonly observed. Mucosal diseases are difficult to diagnose, manage and usually are classified as a chronic type of disease. This course will give the practitioner important tools to make the treatment more successful. Identifying, treating and maintaining the patient will be discussed in this seminar. The need for referral, documentation and follow up will be addressed as well.
2 CE Credits

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