Daily Educational Program

Preconference Workshops

A Better Debridement Protocol: Finally, An Approach That Makes Sense

Thursday, October 3 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sponsored by

Presented by Timothy Donley, DDS, MSD

Today’s dental hygienist plays a pivotal role in helping clients reduce oral inflammation to improve oral and overall health. Effective periodontal debridement is now more important than ever! For consistently adequate periodontal outcomes you must remove the etiology in all its forms. This course will present an evidence-based approach to do just that! You will learn a new two-step approach aimed at effective removal of what you see and what you do not see. You will leave with a clear understanding of which clients, sites, and treatments work best.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the goal of periodontal therapy and use it to educate and motivate their clients
  • Identify how to prioritize client care using a protocol for periodontal diagnosis
  • Use a two-step debridement approach to detect and remove clinical debris and biofilm
  • Examine new research on methods of debridement, ultrasonics, and strategies for insert selection
  • Distinguish between different adjunctive therapies for periodontal treatment

Making White Spot Lesions a Thing of Orthodontic Past!

Thursday, October 3 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sponsored by

Presented by Irene M Iancu, BSc, RDH, CTDP

White spot lesions are a dental professional’s worst nightmare! Between 40% and 70% of orthodontic clients ultimately develop white spot lesions following orthodontic treatment. During this course we will discuss effective identification tools, preventive measures, and management options available to you. Learn some tricks to enhance your dental hygiene appointments with clients with fixed and removable appliances, as well as your discussions of home care recommendations for the orthodontically compromised client. You will work through case types to identify what techniques will work best for biofilm removal, look at different available technologies, and ultimately feel more confident treating this challenging condition.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify nutritional factors linked to poor nutrition and the caries process
  • Discuss oral hygiene education techniques to prevent the proliferation of cariogenic oral pathogens
  • Implement caries reduction strategies
  • Present therapeutic choices to clients and caregivers during orthodontic treatment
  • Identify technologies available for biofilm removal
  • Describe short- and long-term solutions for remineralization

Implant Survival: It’s in Your Hands!

Thursday, October 3 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by

Presented by Anna Louise Tolan, RDH, FADIA

The fastest growing area of dentistry is implantology. We know that dental implants have a high success rate, but complications can and do occur. Are you prepared to identify the signs and symptoms of implant failure? This interactive seminar will arm you with the latest research and tools to educate your clients on the importance of maintenance and self-care to protect their investment. Creating a preventive partnership will dramatically increase the success of their implants and your practice. Learn to take AIM—Assess, Identify and Monitor—as a critical part of implant care!

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Examine risk factors that affect the success of implants
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of implant mucositis and implantitis
  • Describe the implications of implant-induced decay
  • Assess for implant failure using an evidence-based approach involving case studies
  • Develop implant maintenance protocols and self-care programs to combat implant failure

Interim Stabilization Therapy Orientation

Thursday, October 3 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sponsored by

Presented by Melanie Martin, RDH, MA

During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about minimally invasive dental treatment procedures within the dental hygiene scope of practice. Theory behind glass ionomer temporary restorations will be covered in detail. Following the theory portion of the workshop, an opportunity to practise the procedure for placing interim stabilization therapy (IST) restorations using hand-mixed glass ionomer cement (GIC) will be provided.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the history of atraumatic restorative treatment and the evolution of IST in Ontario
  • Describe the effectiveness of GIC in caries control
  • Explain clinical indications and contraindications for the application of IST
  • Apply the clinical protocol for IST
  • Apply applicable recordkeeping guidelines according to provincial regulations