Organize your learning opportunities by track! Sessions that are specific to a particular topics will fall into one of the following tracks:
Courses in this category will address new and emerging opportunities for dental hygienists as oral healthcare specialists. The roles of the dental hygienist are evolving far beyond the scope of practice and traditional boundaries found in clinical settings.
Topics Include: Myofunctional therapy, scope of practice issue, holistic dentistry
Courses in this category educators will need to be prepared to meet the needs of multigenerational learners. Address new pedagogical approaches focusing on the optimization of critical thinking skills leading to competency as oral health care providers.
Topics Include: Teaching methods using new technology, teaching methods for online integrations, teaching today’s student
Courses in this category will address safe dental care and the reduction of healthcare associated infections is the goal of any infection control program. All aspects of infection control as well as patient privacy and confidentiality issues. The unique characteristics of dental practice settings and the generation of aerosols during COVID-19, has brought infection control practices into question.
Topics Include: Aerosols, PPE, new practices post-COVID 19, OSHA and CDC Compliance, HIPPA Standards
Courses in this category should address the most contemporary, comfortable, and cost-effective techniques available for periodontal and implant maintenance. They should address challenges of providing safe and effective maintenance and include references to the Proceedings from the 2017 World Workshop on The Classification Of Periodontal And Peri-Implant Diseases And Conditions. https://www.perio.org/2017wwdc.
Topics Include: Implant maintenance, implantology, guided biofilm therapy, perio-implant conditions and diseases
Occupational Health and Well-Being
Courses in the category should include recognition of ergonomic risk factors in the workplace, burnout (physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion), and how to survive clinical practice in the time of COVID-19. Self-care needs are aimed at physical, mental, emotional, and other basic needs, in the following areas: financial; professional; environmental; physical; mental; emotional; spiritual; relational; and leisure. Courses in this category should focus on attaining a work/life balance.
Topics Include: Self-care, ergonomics, emotional intelligence, benefits, retirement, financial, occupational injuries, risk management
Oral Systemic Link
Courses in this category should focus on medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, heart attacks, stroke, pre-term births, diabetes, cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions that may have a connection to oral health. Courses could include the associations involved with airway development, sleep apnea, and myofunctional disorders. Bear in mind that correlation does not equal causation. Oral cancer, HPV, vaping, and the use of cannabis can be highlighted in the category.
Topics Include: Diabetes, oral cancer, HPV, sleep apnea, xerostomia, cannabis
Courses in this category should focus on the latest advances in prevention, treatment, and technology in the area of periodontal diseases. The 2018 Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions should be included. https://www.perio.org/2017wwdc.
Topics Include: Advances, instrumentation, diagnosis and treatment, update on AAP classifications, Perio grafts, perioscopy
Patient Services and Care
Courses in this category will address all aspects of patient care and services. Dental hygiene diagnosis and care plan is an essential component of comprehensive, evidence-based patient care. Dental hygienists must be competent in the provision of care focusing on the needs and values of the individual patient.
Topics Include: Local Anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide, CPR, Instruments, smoking cessation, lasers, marijuana, opioids
Patients with Special Considerations
Courses in this category should focus on special needs patients, who should be afforded different considerations that recognize their level of oral health literacy, medical/health issues, possible dental anxiety, and other factors. Age, culture, language, economic status, values, beliefs, and past dental experiences are just a few of the factors that need to be considered.
Topics Include: Geriatrics, pediatric, Alzheimer’s, dementia, pharmacology, patients with special needs
Courses in this category should focus on innovations in care, assess to care, and practicing to the full extent of one’s dental hygiene license and education. Telehealth is defined as a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services, especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth is not a specific service, but a collection of means to enhance care and education delivery.
Topics Include: Teledentistry, Expanding Access to relation of care, Remote Access Care, Training on Teledenistry, expanding opportunities for Dental Hygienists, Innovate work force models, use in education, practicing to extent of scope, dental therapy
Courses in this category will address the research process, teaching methodologies and the research publication process. Research in the dental hygiene discipline supports the unique body of knowledge essential to the profession and provides evidence for clinical practice. The ongoing development of dental hygiene researchers and scientists requires mentorship and guidance.
Topics Include: Research methods required to publish in JDH, teaching research methods