Oral Infections, Biofilms and Their Relationships

Presenter: Neli M. Gontier
Moderator: Victoria Leck
Originally Presented: January 18, 2017

CDHA Member Pricing: $10.00
Duration: 60 minutes
Available Until: : April 19, 2017
Proceeds to CFDHRE  Learn more


This webinar will cover several current developments in the area of oral infections and the formation and life-cycle of biofilms. The topics addressed within the webinar include: An infectious state versus a disease state: How they differ; Biofilms; Transmission of pathogens and what is necessary for the development of disease; Common and less common oral infections seen in dentistry, their origins and relationships to each other; Traditional versus more progressive treatments; Relationships between oral diseases and chronic systemic inflammatory diseases; Effects of oral pathogens on the clinical setting and the implications for infection prevention and control; Unseen risks to clinicians and patients within the clinical setting

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Describe the role of biofilms in several diseases of the head, neck, and oral cavity.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of these diseases and ascertain when to refer patients to other health care professionals for further assessment and/or treatment.
  • Assess their infection control protocols and modify their practices, procedures and protocols to strengthen the overall chain of asepsis.
  • Appreciate the need for infection prevention in several areas within the dental office.


Presenter: Neli M. Gontier

Neli M. Gontier, B.Sc., R.D.H., Cert. Ad. Ed

With over 25 years of dental experience, Neli Gontier regularly shares her passion towards, and deep respect for, the microbial world and the practice of infection control. During her many years as a clinician, academic coordinator, instructor, management consultant, and corporate manager, Neli gained a great deal of knowledge and developed her skills for teaching and facilitation. She has since written several online continuing education courses and continues her work as a corporate trainer/facilitator, public speaker and key opinion leader. Through this program, she hopes to shed new light on some of the lesser known relationships between biofilms and our health. She is passionate about the subject matter and hopes to influence other health care professionals to learn and do more to improve their standards and scope of practice.


Moderator: Victoria Leck

Victoria Leck, MHM, RDH

Victoria has 25 years of experience as a dental hygienist, with 18 of those spent in public health. She is a graduate of the dental hygiene program at Canadore College, holds a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Ryerson University, and a master's degree in health management from McMaster University. Victoria is the manager of professional development at the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Please note that your access to this course will expire one year from the date of purchase; course registration fees are non-refundable.

DISCLAIMER: Please note courses and on demand webinars cannot be completed on tablets and other mobile devices.

Proceeds to CFDHRE

Proceeds from the nominal webinar registration fee for CDHA members will be donated directly to the Canadian Foundation of Dental Hygiene Research and Education.

The Canadian Foundation for Dental Hygiene Research and Education exists to develop a fund to enable / enhance dental hygiene research and education in Canada, in order to enhance the oral health and well being of Canadians.

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