Daily Educational Program

Preconference Workshops

Three half-day sessions are available from the list below:

Teaching to the Curve!
Creating Competence with the Left & Right Ultrasonic Instruments in Dental Hygiene Programs

Thursday, October 19 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sponsored by

Presented by Dani Botbyl, RDH

Canadian and US education research shows that a large percentage of dental hygiene programs have not kept pace with current research on ultrasonic technology and have yet to expand their curricula beyond the concepts of traditional ultrasonic instrumentation. New graduates lack confidence in their curved left and right ultrasonic instrumentation skills, which has led to a low percentage of use in clinical practice. This session will focus on best practices for teaching the novice dental hygienist how to use curved left and right ultrasonic instruments effectively for improved treatment of oral inflammation. Piezo and magnetostrictive instruments and anatomically correct typodonts will provide opportunities for hands-on training and enhance learning objectives. Evaluation rubric templates will be supplied to assist educators with the creation of their own program rubrics.

Learning Objectives:

  • List key elements of an ultrasonic evaluation rubric and identify common learner deficiencies related to grasp, fulcrum/finger rest, lateral pressure, channeling, activation, and adaptation, as well as solutions to address these deficiencies.
  • Demonstrate effective sequencing of both piezo and magneto curved left and right ultrasonic instruments for full-mouth debridement. Create a list of key points that can be integrated into lesson plans to enhance learner understanding, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.
  • Identify how to fill gaps in the preclinic curriculum of a dental hygiene program with effective and efficient "new" research-proven activities.
  • Compare and contrast client‒operator positioning of ultrasonic instrumentation and hand instrumentation. List direct vision options that support the use of high volume evacuation.

Chairside Fluoride Delivery: The Myths, Facts, and the Evidence

Thursday, October 19 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sponsored by

Presented by Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

There has never been a shortage of options for chairside delivery of fluoride application. Scientific evidence is strongly supportive of select methods of fluoride delivery particularly for certain age groups. Yet there are lingering myths about the efficacy of certain methods of delivery, which may hinder the implementation of best practices in the clinical setting. Is your practice following evidence-based guidelines in regards to fluoride delivery?

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the science and evidence behind fluoride delivery selection.
  • Incorporate current guidelines for application of topical fluoride delivery into dental hygiene practice.
  • Identify the risk factors and accompanying risk management strategies.
  • Understand the differences in flow and chemical composition of fluoride options in order to select the delivery method that best meets the client's needs.

Peri-Implant Disease: Implant Complications and Management

Thursday, October 19 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sponsored by

Presented by Jim Grisdale, BA, DDS, DipProsth, DipPerio, MRCD(C)

With the global dental implant market growing every year, it is anticipated that there will be a rise in peri-implant disease, the management of which will be critical to the longevity of implants. This hands-on workshop focuses on the use of state-of-the-art non-surgical therapy and its success in preventing and treating peri-implant disease. Participants will have the opportunity to work with the latest technology for the treatment of this disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify various peri-implant diseases.
  • Diagnose peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis.
  • Contrast and compare different treatment protocols.
  • Learn state-of-the-art therapy and work with the latest instrumentation for treating peri-implant disease.

Conference Kickoff

Ribbon Cutting 1:00 pm

Help us kickoff the conference in style! An official ribbon cutting will open the poster presentations. Be one of the first 50 people through the doors to receive a special Canadian gift!

Poster Presentations 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Start your knowledge translation journey with an afternoon of peer-reviewed poster presentations on recent dental hygiene research and speak with the investigators. Posters are only on display during this time frame, so don’t miss out!

Click here for a list of poster presentations.