Sessions

Opening Plenary:
Harnessing the Power of Recognition

Friday, October 29 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm - Live

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Presented by Sarah McVanel, MSC, CSP, PCC, CHRL, CSODP

Energize yourself and your work through this fun, informative, and inspirational session. Get ready to turn your notions about recognition on their head by exploring it through a powerful solution-focused lens. A proven process for the self, team, and organizational recognition is offered—FROG Forever Recognize Others' Greatness™—inviting you to identify key ways to shift your organizational culture right away. By the end of this session, you will be ready to apply easy, inexpensive, and proven techniques for recognizing others in your workplace to support meaningful connection and lasting change. Let's focus on the strategic language, business case, and human case for recognition that will convince, inspire, and influence decision makers. Whether you are burnt out or energized, in a boom or bust economy, you cannot afford NOT to recognize...starting now!

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Apply an effective technique to elevate individual, team, and organizational performance
  • Use strategic language and a business case to position engagement as the key driver of success
  • Implement leading practice recognition strategies and tools to foster healthy culture
  • Explain how to develop healthy work cultures and strong relationships
  • Understand how to resuscitate a healthy organizational culture

Applying the Evidence-Based Practice Model to Clinical Decision Making

Friday, October 29 | 4:30 – 5:30 pm - Prerecorded presentation with live Q&A

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Presented by Joanna Asadoorian, PhD, RDH

Would you like to enhance your spirit of inquiry in clinical practice? This presentation will focus on the application of the evidence-based practice model using an authentic dental hygiene clinical example: therapeutic oral rinsing. Participants will learn how to follow the five steps of evidence-based practice, from identifying a practice problem to accessing, appraising, applying research to clinical decision making, and ultimately evaluating the outcomes. While offering a perspective on the latest research in therapeutic oral rinsing, the presentation will emphasize a shared decision-making approach to better engage clients and enhance their participation as partners in their oral health care. .

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the importance of evidence-based dental hygiene practice
  • Solve a real practice problem using the five steps of evidence-based practice
  • Develop insight into current therapeutic oral rinsing research and evidence for practice
  • Use a shared decision-making approach with clients in clinical practice

Recognizing and Responding Safely to Family Violence: The VEGA Project Resources

Friday, October 29 | 4:30 – 5:30 pm - Prerecorded presentation with live Q&A

Presented by Harriet MacMillan, CM, MD, MSc, FRCPC

The VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, Action) Project developed pan-Canadian guidance and curricula to assist health care and social service providers in recognizing and responding safely to family violence, including child maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV). The development of VEGA resources (funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada) was guided by the National Guidance and Implementation Committee that comprised representatives from 22 organizations including the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. The VEGA materials have been developed based on systematic literature reviews and in consultation with a wide range of clinicians, students, educators, and policymakers. The online educational resources will be demonstrated during the presentation.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the VEGA Project’s online educational resources and their relevance to dental hygienists
  • Identify evidence-based approaches for recognizing and responding safely to family violence

Managing Clients with Special Needs in the Dental Clinic: A Dental Hygienist’s Perspective

Friday, October 29 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm - Prerecorded presentation with live Q&A

Presented by Heather Jackson, RDH, OMT

Routine oral care can be challenging for both caregivers and dental professionals. Moreover, from infancy to adulthood, oral care needs change. Developing strategies to help individuals with disabilities learn to tolerate dental treatment can set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. Techniques such as music therapy, repetitive tasking, orofacial massage, errorless learning, and deep pressure can be effective—the key is determining which may be most effective. Understanding challenges faced by clients on a daily basis by actively listening and asking open-ended questions can alleviate some of the guesswork and create more of a team approach to care.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the complexity of treating clients with special needs
  • Utilize a “tool bag” of different strategies to provide dental care
  • Provide protective support to clients for safety and stability
  • Recognize some of the limitations of the dental professional
  • Employ a more pragmatic approach to oral care

Our Role and Responsibility in a Viral World

Friday, October 29 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm - Prerecorded presentation with live Q&A

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Presented by Jo-Anne Jones, RDH, DipDH

Amid adversity, there is opportunity, and no doubt, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunity for the dental hygiene profession is clear. We’ve seen first-hand the impact of chronic inflammation on disease severity and specifically COVID-19 severity. We are the gatekeepers of the oral cavity and play an integral role in helping Canadians improve both their quality of life and overall health through the attainment of oral health. The events of the last year should not make us long for past practices and approaches to oral care. Rather, they challenge us to carve out a new narrative, a more vital message, and to recognize that we are “essential” beyond measure. Perhaps hindsight was 2020!

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize periodontal disease as an inflammatory disease rather than a bacterial infection
  • Analyse the role of the “cytokine storm” in inflammatory disease severity
  • Use therapies that encourage periodontal stability and mitigate the risk of systemic illness
  • Reinforce their understanding of their vital role as a regulated health care professional

Clinical Oral Pathology: A Review

Friday, October 29 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm - Prerecorded presentation with live Q&A

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Presented by David Clark, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C)

This presentation will provide the dental hygienist with a review of some of the more common clinical oral lesions encountered in daily practice, including those described as variants of normal. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of the extraoral and intraoral examination, incorporating the “ask-look-feel” protocol. Relevant information on the so-called “high-risk” lesions and their potential for progression to oral cancer will also be discussed, including the current understanding of the role of the human papillomavirus (HPV) in the development of oropharyngeal carcinoma.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize common clinical oral lesions (e.g., traumatic ulcer, pyogenic granuloma, frictional keratosis) that may be encountered in daily practice
  • Apply the "ask-look-feel" protocol for a client’s oral examination
  • Identify how some systemic diseases can display oral manifestations
  • Discern the currently understood risk factors that may enhance susceptibility to HPV-related oropharyngeal carcinoma
  • Review adjunctive oral cancer detection diagnostic aids and understand their utility in practice