Continuing Education

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Dr. Joy Void-Holmes, RDH, BSDH, DHSc, AADH
With over 27 years of experience, Joy D. Void-Holmes is considered a thought leader in dental hygiene and is recognized for her ability to evoke passion into her work to help elevate the knowledge of the dental community. She is an educator, writer, consultant, and researcher. Published author for multiple dental related articles, editor and chief of the Inspire the Future Newsletter, creator of the Dental Hygiene Student Planner, and co-founder of the Inspire the Future Summit educators conference. She is an accomplished speaker and has lectured nationally. Her continuing education presentations include a variety of topics such as instrumentation, ultrasonics, infection control, nutrition and biochemistry, health promotion models, and oral-systemic diseases. Joy currently serves as president for the Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association and is a consultant examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency Exams. Joy received her doctorate degree in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

 

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All Together Now: Exploring Diversity in Instrumentation

Wednesday, Jan 29th 2020
5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST

Over the past decade, the dental hygiene instrumentation market has exploded with new, innovative designs that change the way we teach and practice. This webinar will examine new hand instruments and ultrasonic units and tips from various manufacturers, giving participants a chance to compare and contrast like products. Ergonomic benefits, advanced treatment options, and conservation of tooth structure will be discussed.

 
 

 

 

 

 

Graceys, Curettes, and Sickles Oh My!: An In Depth Look at Anterior and Posterior Scalers

Wednesday, Feb 26th 2020
5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST

It is not uncommon for many of the fundamental skills taught in school to fall by the wayside after practicing “real world” hygiene for a few years. So, what’s the outcome? Improper use of instruments resulting in increased risks of musculoskeletal disorders and poor treatment outcomes. This presentation will revisit the basic principles of instrumentation. A review of instrumentation design and classification followed by a discussion on the order of instrumentation will aid clinicians in precise placement of instruments for effective deposit removal. This course will also help hygienists learn how to work more effectively to provide the best periodontal treatment for their patients with modern instrumentation techniques.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Scaling Techniques – Exploring New Evidence-Based Treatments

Wednesday, Mar 25th 2020
5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST

The ultimate goal of manual and ultrasonic instrumentation (MUI) is to eliminate pathogenic bacteria and remove biofilm and calculus deposits while preserving tooth structure. The approach used to achieve this goal is inherently different based on the design of the instrument, sequence of use, and the technique utilized by the clinician. This course will help attendees work smarter not harder by applying the Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) process to treatment protocol selection. Attendees will learn how to effectively maximize ultrasonic and hand instrumentation to create an environment that encourages tissue health using a staged approach of MUI. A review of a variety of ultrasonic inserts and sharpen free hand instruments, including titanium instruments for implant surfaces, will be had. A discussion on air polishing for biofilm management will conclude the course.

 
 

 

 

 

 

The cutting edge: Selecting instruments to Increase Productivity

Wednesday, Apr 29th 2020
5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST

The dental hygiene appointment is the most important patient visit in the dental office because the majority of the patient experience is with the hygienist. As such dental hygiene practitioners need to be able to provide a high level of customer service and excellent clinical care. With this course, hygienists will learn to select instruments that increase efficiency, thereby increasing productivity for the office. They will also learn cost-effective methods of creating hygiene packets that require fewer tools and put their patient’s comfort first. A review of instrument processing and handling using RFID technology will be had to help reduce processing time, increase staff safety, and protect instrument investment.