Excellence In Dental Hygiene

This one day course, designed for the Dental Hygiene Team, includes lectures  supported by hands-on rotations. Each instructor rotation, along with the learning objectives, is detailed below.

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Digital Photography

In this digital age, effective patient communication is predicted on clinical photography. This hands-on rotation will provide dental assistants with the necessary skills to shoot basic photographs for quick co-diagnosis, as well as pre-treatment, treatment and post-treatment clinical angles required for domestication and lab communication purposes. Attendees will learn simplified camera settings appropriate for various photographs as well as placement of retractors and use of clinical mirrors. Uploading, basic image manipulation, file storage and tips for quick access and emailing will be demonstrated.

Learning Objectives

  • What materials are needed to take proper photos, not just the camera
  • Basics of positioning and farming of the subject
  • Proper instruments and lighting for excellent intra-oral shots
  • Digital imaging for patient education and case acceptance
  • Using digital images for enhanced laboratory comunication


Digital Radiography

Radiographs are an important adjunct to providing oral health care for the total patient. Historically, radiographic
images have been produced using film-based systems. However, in recent years, with the arrival of new technologies, many practitioners have begun to incorporate digital radiographic imaging into their practices. The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of digital radiography in dentistry. Specific components addressed are technological features, diagnostic software, advantages and disadvantages, technique procedures, and legal implications.

Learning Objectives

  • Parallel techniques to open contacts
  • Positioning of sensors and the patient for better radiographs
  • How to read a radiograph
  • Barriers and x-ray bibs to protect the patient
  • Infection control issues


Clinical Consultations

As clinical procedures in aesthetic dentistry continue to expand and improve, the dental assistant’s role continues to
evolve as well. As we connect with the patient and understand their desires, it allows them to become more open
and honest with their expectations. Increasing case acceptance is easy when we know what to ask and say. This
course takes the dental team through proper records gathering, treatment planning and case acceptance and how
to include whitening and esthetic dental treatment.

Learning Objectives

  • How to properly schedule the new patient and orchestrate the appointment to gather esthetic, occlusal, biologic and clinical information
  • Ask proper questions to connect with the wants and needs of the dental patient
  • Understand dental procedures and how to present their treatment plan and sequence the steps


Whiter, Brighter, Healthier Teeth

The course will cover practical techniques for in-office and take home whitening. Fulfilling the desire and demand to
have a bright and white smile is the ultimate goal for every dental practice. A bright smile not only presents a
healthy and beautiful impression, but also increases one’s interest in oral hygiene, allowing the patient to have more
social self-confidence and self esteem. Before the patient can go through the whitening process, we must have a
proper whitening consult to understand the patient and their desires.

Learning Objectives

  • How to do a whitening consult and understand who is a candidate for each whitening procedure
  • Understanding the differences of carbamide vs. hydrogen and what type of whitening the patient needs
  • Giving proper home care instructions and tips to achieve their goal


Indications Of In-Office Treatments: Topical Fluoride, Vanish, Foams and Gels

A study conducted in the 1990s, demonstrated a steady rate of decline of instances ofcoronal caries through the
1980s. This decline was attributed to an increase in oral health education regarding diet and oral hygiene,and an
increased awareness about the benefits of applying fluoride-containing topical treatments such as dental sealants
varnishes, foams, or gels to the teeth of individuals of all ages in moderate-to-high risk groups for caries. This
presentation reviews the history, efficacy, and indications.

Learning Objectives

  • History of all varnishes and generations
  • Differences in fluoride foam and gel
  • Which fluoride work best for different patients and practices


Ultrasonic Therapy

The use of the dental endoscope has verified that calculus in any form serves as a mineralized scaffold permeated
with Gram-negative pathogenic biofilm: the primary etiologic factor in periodontal inflammation—keeping it in
direct contact with the overlying soft tissue. Endoscopic studies have demonstrated that an ulcerated lesion lies
opposite every deposit of calculus mimicking its shape, whether it is a small piece, a tiny speck, or diffusely
embedded in cementum.

Learning Objectives

  • Therapy and modes of action
  • Power instrumentation
  • Clinical technique to be successful



Biofilms are a collection of microorganisms firmly attached to a moist surface by a slimy matrix that can survive in a
variety of environments. Biofilms are found in nature, industry, and health care settings including dental unit
waterlines (DUWLs). Two forms of bacteria are related to biofilm formation: planktonic (single free-floating) and
attached communities (groups or clusters). Initially, planktonic bacterial cell walls adhere to surfaces using a polymer (glycocalyx). More and more bacteria begin to proliferate and colonize, giving the complex microbial colony a protective slimy layer.

Learning Objectives

  • Clinical implications and guidelines
  • Water quality basic and monitoring
  • Maintenance of dental unit waterlines


Sit-Up Straight – Hygiene

Hygienists hold postures that require more than half of the body’s muscles to contract and resist gravity. Muscle
overload leads to reduced blood flow and increased pressure on joints and muscles. The human body requires
constant movement in order to reduce friction and maintain the overall health of joints and muscles. An ergonomic
operator chair should consist of a stable leg base, lumbar support, and adjustable foot rests to encourage mobility
and better patient access. Creating an ergonomically friendly work environment involves taking a close look at the
equipment in the operatory, having multiple options for chair positions, instruments and lighting to assist you in your quest for a healthy work environment.

Learning Objectives

  • What is Ergonomics and why is it important
  • Seating position for the dental hygienist
  • Suggested chair positions for you and the patient