Dental Hygiene Symposium

5 Hours 1 Minute

Saturday, Oct. 27
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Provided in collaboration with the: American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) and the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA).
Moderator: Mia L. Geisinger
Speakers: Nancy Adair, Mia L. Geisinger, Kenneth S. Kornman, and Brian L. Mealey
Reactionary Panel Speakers: Ann Battrell, Mandy Hayre, and J. Leslie Winston

This full-day program offers three robust sessions:

Session 1: Common Health Problems and Oral-Systemic Interactions

Session 2: Incorporating the New Periodontitis Classification into Practice

Session 3: Get Off the Three-Month Merry-Go-Round!

In Session 1, Drs. Brian L. Mealey and Mia L. Geisinger will focus on common health problems and their interactions with periodontal health. Understanding perio-systemic interactions will help all practitioners better address patients’ overall healthcare and enhance the hygienist’s participation as a vital member of the interdisciplinary team.

Session 2, led by Journal of Periodontology Editor-in-Chief Dr. Kenneth S. Kornman, will introduce hygienists to the 2018 Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases. This new classification presents the concepts of staging and grading to classify each patient by complexity of case management, likelihood of less predictable response to therapy, and potential for periodontitis to influence systemic health. An engaging reactionary panel is scheduled to follow this session.

Session 3 will feature registered dental hygienist Nancy Adair who will address the question: How long do patients remain on a three-month “merry-go-round” before they receive alternate dental treatment? The oral-systemic correlation has created the need for a “new standard of care,” conservatively and surgically, in the field of periodontics. This lecture will highlight the enormous benefits of interdisciplinary treatment with periodontics at the core of the dental disciplines.

Educational Objectives:
• Explain the underlying mechanisms linking periodontal inflammation and many common systemic health conditions.
• Identify patients who may benefit from adjunctive strategies of disease management and overall health surveillance based upon their health conditions.
• Grasp the new staging/grading system for periodontal disease and how it will benefit patient care and management.
• Recognize how the concepts of personalized medicine can be applied to periodontal diagnosis and treatment.
• Appreciate the intricacies in diagnosing, treatment planning, and executing appropriate and necessary periodontal therapies.
• Realize the enormous benefits of interdisciplinary treatment with periodontology as the core of dental disciplines.

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