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2022 Dental Hygiene Symposium

November 12, 2022 09:00 am
- 04:00 pm
dental hygiene symposium

New Course 

Body of Evidence: Are We Paying Attention?
Nancy W. Burkhart, EdD, MEd, BSDH, RDH

This course will address the current trends in our medical system and how dental findings can support total health for our patients. Statistics on autoimmune diseases and the main disease states that are involved in cancer development, as well as the changes in our current population worldwide, will be discussed. Oral pathology entities such as mucosal diseases, multiple autoimmune diseases and cultural customs practiced by many entering our country can result in lesions, oral cancer or pigmentation in many patients. Subjects such as tobacco use, betel quid and toumbak will be covered as well as autoimmune disorders. The oral pathology implications will be reviewed through case studies, treatment options and the use of an oral exam in arriving at a differential diagnosis and possible referral for some disorders. The importance of biopsy and additional tests will be discussed with an explanation of why these are important in reaching a diagnosis.
You Will Learn

  • To recognize the signs that may indicate an autoimmune disease in your patient
  • To understand why some individuals remain healthy and to interpret factors that may contribute to longevity
  • To discern oral implications that should not be ignored
  • The importance of conducting a proper oral exam for every patient at each visit
  • To distinguish the oral implications of “cultural norms” that may impact the oral tissues of patients

Are You Air Aware? Incorporating Airway Assessments into Routine Dental Appointments
Lancette VanGuilder, BS, RDH

Healthy breathing is critical to optimal oral and overall health. Dental practitioners can be collaborative partners in screening for airway health and disordered breathing, sleep and TMD. This course will provide participants with information on the prevalence of disordered breathing, as well as the key medical, dental and mental symptoms of poor airway health.

Interactive activities will provide attendees an opportunity to use their cell phone to assess their own intraoral and extraoral photos and to assess dental red flags for breathing concerns. There will be a demonstration on how to utilize intraoral cameras to capture airway images that can be utilized for airway education, referrals and documentation. A detailed course handout will be provided. Bonus material includes a comprehensive chairside screening. Upon completion of this course, attendees will gain the knowledge and confidence to have potentially life-saving conversations with patients and immediately implement airway screenings into routine dental appointments.

You Will Learn

  • To understand the role of dentistry in screening and the treatment of sleep-related
  • breathing disorders
  • To identify the types of disordered breathing and various contributing factors for airway problems
  • How to utilize an intraoral camera to capture intraoral and extraoral images of airway concerns
  • To determine dental and medical treatment options to address airway concerns

Who Should Attend

This informative symposium is intended for dental hygienists, dentists and other allied dental professionals.

Tuition: $215 Allied Dental Professionals; $325 Dentists; $185 for CDHA Members* (includes lunch and morning coffee/tea service)
Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, SF
Credits: This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.

CDHA members receive a $30 discount

*Contact cedental@pacific.edu for the CDHA discount code.


Nancy W. Burkhart, EdD, MEd, BSDH, RDH is an adjunct professor at Texas A&M College of Dentistry and has been a faculty member since 1997. She earned an EdD in adult education/interdisciplinary, a MEd in occupational health education from North Carolina State University and a BSDH from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry. She conducted a postdoctoral fellowship in oral pathology at University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. Dr. Burkhart is the founder and faculty co-host of the International Oral Lichen Planus Support Group through Texas A&M. She is co-author of General and Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist and a past columnist for RDH magazine. She served on the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations for dental hygiene. She is a member of both the South Carolina State Task Force on Human Trafficking and the Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force-Dental Outreach. She is also chair of the Academic Affiliate Fellow Committee for the AAOM.

Lancette VanGuilder, BS, RDH, serves as the clinical director of Sierra Sleep, Airway and Wellness Center in Reno, Nevada. She is also a proud COVID-19 vaccinator, public health dental hygienist and internationally recognized continuing education speaker. She has received local, state, national and global awards during the last 25 years for her work in advocacy, public health, leadership and education. She is passionate about complete health dentistry and medical-dental integration.

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry would like to acknowledge and thank Premier Dental for their generous support of this program.

Tuition: $215 Allied Dental Professionals; $325 Dentists; $185 for CDHA Members
155 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry
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