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Swish and Spit: Why We Should Use Mouth Rinses and Which Ones to Use-Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Presented by Dr. Sanjukta Mohanta|Duration: 1.0 hour


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Good oral hygiene involves more than brushing and flossing, it also includes mouth rinses.  Mouth rinses are a simple way for people to clean their entire mouth and there is a lot of evidence to support its use for a variety of indications. With so many mouth rinses available, which ones should we recommend?  Learn which mouth rinses to suggest, how mouth rinses achieve total mouth clean, and the benefits of pre-procedural rinses during this dynamic evidence-based webinar. Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the importance of mouth rinses in overall oral health care
  • Categorize mouth rinses based on desired outcome
  • Discuss the benefits of pre-procedural rinses
  • Recommend the optimal mouth rinse for each of your patient’s needs
Print         Biography Dr. Sanjukta Mohanta practices dentistry at a community health centre in Brampton, where she was raised. She has focused her professional life on education, community service, and volunteerism. An active volunteer with the Ontario Dental Association, she is chair of the association’s Dental Benefits Committee and served on the editorial board for its member publication. She is an executive member of her local dental society, the Halton-Peel Dental Association, and served as president in 2015. Recently, she successfully delegated to keep water fluoridation in her region.
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Caries and Fluoride – Sponsored by Colgate

Presented by Marti Santizo, RDH, MBA|Duration: 1.0 hour


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. This lecture will provide a scientific framework for rethinking our approach to managing dental caries as a disease. It is preventable, yet it continues to be the most common chronic disease in children. The session will challenge dental professionals to shift from “restoration” to “prevention” based on the best available evidence, knowledge and tools. Managing the at-risk caries-prone client requires a multifaceted approach involving caries risk assessment, in-office treatment, education and self-care. Clinicians will learn how fluoride therapies, including silver diamine fluoride, play an important role in the prevention and management of dental decay. An overview of caries development, the incidence and prevalence of decay in various populations, and caries risk assessment will be provided. Learning objectives:

  • Describe the caries development process and appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Use data from caries risk assessment techniques to determine client caries risk level.
  • Apply evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for client fluoride therapies.
  • Develop and implement an effective in-office fluoride treatment protocol, based on client risk for caries development.  Sponsored by:
colgate-logo Marti Santizo Biography Marti Santizo has practised on the cutting edge of the dental profession for more than 25 years as a dental hygienist in private practice, industry and education, with several years serving on the Board of Directors for Clinicians Report (formerly CRA). Currently, she is professional education manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals covering the Western United States. An active member of numerous professional groups including the Utah Oral Health Coalition and the Ethics Committee for the Utah Board of Dentists and Dental Hygienists, Marti is a dedicated educator, focusing on best products and oral care practice techniques.
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The Right to be Accommodated

Presented by Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner|Duration: 0.5 hour


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. P. Piccolo – Course Description – The Right to be Accommodated Join Patrizia Piccolo of Piccolo Heath LLP employment lawyers to learn about your right as an employee to be accommodated in the workplace. She discusses the right to be accommodated under Ontario Human Rights legislation with examples relating to disability and family status. She also discusses how far an employer must go when they are required to accommodate and when they can say they’ve reached the point of undue hardship (meaning they’ve gone far enough). Biography – Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner Patrizia provides strategic advice to both large and small employers and their human resources and management teams. Patrizia also advises employers on employment-related regulatory issues, including compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Patrizia is dedicated to providing her clients with excellent legal counsel and client service. With 20 years of experience, Patrizia’s primary focus is providing her clients with a “buffet table of options” and then guiding them to find the best solution to their specific issues. Patrizia is able to take the complex and convert it to something that is accessible. Patrizia prides herself on instilling confidence and empowerment in her clients, while also earning their friendship and trust. Whether advising employers or employees, Patrizia’s practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring, performance management, workplace restructuring, termination and post-employment contractual breaches.
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Termination Law 101

Presented by Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner|Duration: 0.5 hour


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. P. Piccolo Course Description – Termination Law 101 Join Patrizia Piccolo of Piccolo Heath LLP employment lawyers to learn about how termination law works in Ontario including employee versus independent contractor termination entitlements; minimum standards; common law entitlements and the impact of properly drafted termination clauses in employment agreements.   Biography – Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner Patrizia provides strategic advice to both large and small employers and their human resources and management teams. Patrizia also advises employers on employment-related regulatory issues, including compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Patrizia is dedicated to providing her clients with excellent legal counsel and client service. With 20 years of experience, Patrizia’s primary focus is providing her clients with a “buffet table of options” and then guiding them to find the best solution to their specific issues. Patrizia is able to take the complex and convert it to something that is accessible. Patrizia prides herself on instilling confidence and empowerment in her clients, while also earning their friendship and trust. Whether advising employers or employees, Patrizia’s practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring, performance management, workplace restructuring, termination and post-employment contractual breaches.
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Gen Z: Choices and Challenges – Sponsored by Philips

Presented by Anne-Josée Simonea|Duration: 1.5 Hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. The current and sometimes shocking health behaviors and trends in the teen generation can influence their oral and systemic health. Dental professionals have a clinical opportunity to identify risky behaviors. Encouraging Gen Z to make positive health decisions could impact their choices when challenged. Participants will discover timely topics relating to Gen Z like oral and overall health issues associated with nutrition, obesity, eating disorders and substance abuse. Gen Z, also known as the Global Generation, engage in multiple platforms of social media. This course identifies and addresses many of the platforms that influence teen’s venturous decisions. Recognizing high-risk behaviors will prepare the dental professional to initiate dialogue that may impact a teen for a lifetime. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to: 1. Identify current dietary trends 2. Recognize various risk behaviors 3. Discuss popular social media platforms 4. Enhance generational communication skills 5. Customize treatment strategies Sponsored by: philips Speaker Biography: Anne-Josée Simoneau Anne-Josée graduated in dental hygiene from John Abbott College in 1998.  She is a member of the Ordre des Hygiénistes Dentaires du Québec and has taught dental pharmacology, dental materials and many other clinical courses at the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in British Columbia.  Anne-Josée obtained her dental anesthesia certificate at that time. With more than 20 years clinical experience, Anne-Josée has worked in general dentistry, orthodontics, implantology as well as a restorative dental hygienist. She has also taught digital radiology across the provinces of Québec and Ontario. As a Professional Education Manager for Philips Oral Healthcare, Anne-Josée manages the Canadian region and presents a variety of educational programs in Universities and Colleges.
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Drug Addiction – It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

Presented by Dr. A. José Lança, MD, PhD|Duration: 1.0 Hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Drug addiction is a complex disorder with severe cognitive, behavioural and physiological symptoms. It has potentially life-threatening outcomes for the individual, as well as negative implications for society. The goals of this presentation are:

  1. Discuss the current terminology and concepts according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM-5) (e.g., substance use disorder, reward, tolerance, withdrawal);
  2. Discuss the brain reward circuitry (e.g., dopaminergic mesolimbic system, reward-related learning system) and discuss its role on addiction and treatment of substance use disorders;
  3. Discuss the clinical relevance on oral health of the effects of tobacco smoking (e.g., xerostomia, pre-malignant and malignant lesions), e-cigarettes/vaping (e.g., E-cigarettes or Vaping product Associated Lung Injury (EVALI), cannabis (e.g., xerostomia, periodontitis, gingival hyperplasia, caries) and opioids (e.g., xerostomia, periodontitis, bruxism);
  4. Discuss approaches to prevention (e.g., public health education and education of healthcare professionals) and cessation of substance abuse (e.g., nicotine patch and varenicline for tobacco cessation, naloxone for acute opioid overdose, and methadone, naltrexone, or buprenorphine either alone or combined with naloxone for the treatment of opioid addiction);
  5. Discuss the role played by over prescription of opioids by healthcare professionals on the misuse and diversion of opioids.
  6. Discuss effective and safe alternatives to opioids on pain management in dentistry (e.g., combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen).
Speaker Biography: Dr. A. José Lança, MD, PhD Dr. José Lança, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (U of T). He is also affiliated with the School of Graduate Studies and Centre for the Study of Pain at U of T. Dr. Lança has been the Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, at U of T and has contributed extensively to curriculum development and teaching of pharmacology. He teaches extensively and is the director of several undergraduate, as well as graduate courses, in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at U of T. Dr. Lança has recently been invited by Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, to write and present a review on the “Effects of Cannabis Use on Oral Health”. This review has recently been completed. His dual professional background (MD/PhD) allows him to integrate pertinent research and clinical relevance. He has authored several chapters in medical pharmacology textbooks. He has also edited a pharmacology textbook and has published extensively in various areas including herbal medications, neuropharmacology, and pharmacology of alcoholism and drug abuse.
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Harassment at Work – What Can I Do?

Presented by Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner|Duration: 0.5 Hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Workplace Harassment This presentation defines harassment in the workplace and provides examples of behaviours that may qualify as harassment and which may contravene the Occupational Health & Safety Act and/or the Human Rights Code. In addition, it outlines proactive steps one can take when they suspect they are subject to harassment in the workplace. Biography: Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner Patrizia provides strategic advice to both large and small employers and their human resources and management teams. Patrizia also advises employers on employment-related regulatory issues, including compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Patrizia is dedicated to providing her clients with excellent legal counsel and client service. With 20 years of experience, Patrizia’s primary focus is providing her clients with a “buffet table of options” and then guiding them to find the best solution to their specific issues. Patrizia is able to take the complex and convert it to something that is accessible. Patrizia prides herself on instilling confidence and empowerment in her clients, while also earning their friendship and trust. Whether advising employers or employees, Patrizia’s practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring, performance management, workplace restructuring, termination and post-employment contractual breaches.
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Dentin Hypersensitivity – Sponsored by Colgate

Presented by Mariana Leon|Duration: 1.0 Hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. This course will discuss the factors contributing to dentin hypersensitivity, types of pain stimuli and pain impulse conduction theories while providing clinical evidence supporting over the counter and professionally applied desensitizing agents. Dental professionals will be provided with evidence-based strategies to provide optimal patient care for individuals affected by dentin hypersensitivity, including the Consensus-Based Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Management of Dentin Hypersensitivity developed by the Canadian Advisory Board on Dentin Hypersensitivity. Treatment protocols available will be discussed and options for both in-office and at-home protocols will be presented. Learning Objectives: ·    Describe factors which contribute to dentin hypersensitivity. ·    Identify the types of pain stimuli which elicit hypersensitive reactions. ·   Understand the ways in which desensitization agents act to decrease sensitivity. Evaluate treatment options to plan a program for evidenced-based, in-office treatment and home care for a patient to control or treat hypersensitivity. Sponsored by: colgate-logo Speaker Biography: Mariana Leon RDH, DDS Mariana is an Academic Relations Manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals.  She is based in Montreal, Quebec.  Having earned her dental hygiene diploma from Maisonneuve College in Montreal, in addition to obtaining a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from San Martin University in Peru in 2001, she has accumulated over fifteen years of clinical experience as both a dental hygienist and a dentist.  Before joining Colgate, she was an Education Manager at Philips Oral Healthcare, where she presented programs in Eastern Canada.
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Privacy and Security Bootcamp for Dental Hygienists

Presented by Anne Genge|Duration: 1.0 Hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Have you ever wondered if your own information has been breached? Or if you’ve been hacked? And, how do you prevent such things from happening to your clients and your own family? In this course you will learn: ·    The shocking true value of health data ·    How cyber-criminals are tricking you ·    How to protect your clients, yourself, and your family from cyber-crime Speaker Biography: Anne Genge Anne is a pioneer in protecting health data and those who use it. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional with a specialization in dentistry. Anne also holds certifications for HIPAA, Credit Card Security, Internet, and Network Security. With over 20 years of experience, Anne knows the challenges healthcare providers face with technology. She and her team at Alexio Corporation work with dental and medical professionals to minimize data risk and maximize patient care. As healthcare grows increasingly dependent on the digital environment, cyber-security becomes increasingly more difficult. Protection of patient data is not only law, it’s imperative for business success and reputation. Anne simplifies cyber-security for dental professionals and other healthcare providers and gives ‘real world’ strategies to protect patient/client information and the practice business.
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Sale of a Business

Presented by Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner|Duration: 0.5 Hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. This presentation provides a broad overview of the structure of dental practice sales and the impact upon employment relationships. Particular attention is paid to share purchase deals versus asset purchase deals, and the corresponding impact upon Dental Hygienists. Given the possibility that a Dental Hygienist could be terminated following the sale of a dental practice, their termination entitlements are also examined. Biography – Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner Patrizia provides strategic advice to both large and small employers and their human resources and management teams. Patrizia also advises employers on employment-related regulatory issues, including compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Patrizia is dedicated to providing her clients with excellent legal counsel and client service. With 20 years of experience, Patrizia’s primary focus is providing her clients with a “buffet table of options” and then guiding them to find the best solution to their specific issues. Patrizia is able to take the complex and convert it to something that is accessible. Patrizia prides herself on instilling confidence and empowerment in her clients, while also earning their friendship and trust. Whether advising employers or employees, Patrizia’s practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring, performance management, workplace restructuring, termination and post-employment contractual breaches.
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Employment Contracts

Presented by Patrizia Piccolo, B.A., LL.B., Partner|Duration: 0.5 Hours


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Access to course expires one year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. This presentation addresses the important considerations for dental hygienists when entering into employment contracts. First, it examines the distinction between employees and independent contractors, and the test for determining the difference between the two. Second, it considers key provisions in employment contracts and the effect of altering a contract after it has already been signed. Lastly, it explains the unique employment relationship dental hygienists enter into with corporations, rather than the dentists with whom they work. Biography – Patrizia Piccolo, B.A., LL.B., Partner Patrizia provides strategic advice to both large and small employers and their human resources and management teams. Patrizia also advises employers on employment-related regulatory issues, including compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Patrizia is dedicated to providing clients with excellent legal counsel and client service. With 20 years of experience, Patrizia’s primary focus is providing clients with a “buffet table of options” and guiding them to find the best solution to their specific issues. Patrizia is able to take the complex and convert it to something accessible. Patrizia prides herself on instilling confidence and empowerment in clients, while also earning friendship and trust. Whether advising employers or employees, Patrizia’s practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring, performance management, workplace restructuring, termination and post-employment contractual breaches.
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Cannabis: Implications for Dental Professionals

Presented by Dr. José Lança, MD, PhD|Duration: 1.5 hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Cannabis is a commonly used drug with significant adverse effects and potential for abuse and dependence. Its therapeutic use for specific medical conditions – including neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, analgesia in cancer patients and prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting – has been approved by Health Canada. Considering the recent legislative changes for the non-medical use of cannabis, it is expected that its use, adverse effects and risks will become more frequent. Therefore, it is important for healthcare professionals to increase awareness of the organization of the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid exposure and implications to dental and systemic health. The learning objectives of this presentation are:

  1. Discuss the basic organization of the endocannabinoid system.
  2. Discuss the mechanisms of action of cannabinoids.
  3. Discuss the adverse effects of cannabis smoking and ingesting on oral health (e.g., xerostomia, periodontal disease, caries, stomatitis and gingival hyperplasia).
  4. Discuss the legal framework of non-medical cannabis use.
  5. Discuss the clinically relevant interactions between cannabis and other compounds, including alcohol and opioids.
  6. Discuss recommendations for prevention and management of non-medical use of cannabis.
Speaker Biography Dr. José Lança, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (U of T). He is also affiliated with the School of Graduate Studies and Centre for the Study of Pain at U of T. Dr. Lança has been the Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, at U of T and has contributed extensively to curriculum development and teaching of pharmacology. He teaches extensively and is the director of several undergraduate, as well as graduate courses, in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at U of T. Dr. Lança has recently been invited by Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, to write and present a review on the “Effects of Cannabis Use on Oral Health”. This review has recently been completed. His dual professional background (MD/PhD) allows him to integrate pertinent research and clinical relevance. He has authored several chapters in medical pharmacology textbooks. He has also edited a pharmacology textbook and has published extensively in various areas including herbal medications, neuropharmacology, and pharmacology of alcoholism and drug abuse.
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Elder Abuse Identification and Response

Presented by Raeann Rideout, M.A. |Duration: 1.75


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. This course is designed to provide an overview of elder abuse and will cover the following learning objectives. Given the nature of your work as a Registered Dental Hygienist, the course will incorporate examples, case studies and legal and ethical practice standards as they pertain to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario standards of practice and legislation in Ontario. Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the definition of elder abuse.
  2. Identify the various forms (financial, physical, sexual, psychological and neglect) and indicators of elder abuse.
  3. Describe risk factors that predispose older adults to elder abuse in community and Long-Term Care/Retirement Home settings.
  4. Outline the roles and responsibilities of reporting elder abuse and relevant laws and legislation in Ontario.
  5. Understand intervention and community response to elder abuse, including communicating with an older adult at-risk or who is being abused.
  6. Explore and understand the role of provincial agencies and community services that support and respond to elder abuse and referral.
Speaker Biography: Raeann Rideout, M.A. Raeann Rideout is currently the Central East, Regional Elder Abuse Consultant for Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO), where she is responsible for implementing Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse. In this role, Ms. Rideout has responsibility for implementing EAO’s initiatives, which includes providing public education to seniors, delivering training to front-line professionals and developing educational and prevention training resources targeted for diverse professional sectors and older adults. Raeann is also a course instructor at Trent University for the Foundations of Elder Abuse Education and Prevention and has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of elder abuse and aging issues. Raeann is committed to promoting healthy aging to ensure seniors are treated with respect and dignity and live in a safe and secure community.
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Recent Changes to the Employment Standards Act

Presented by Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner|Duration: 0.5 Hours


Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. On November 21, 2018 the Ontario government passed Bill READ MORE

Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. On November 21, 2018 the Ontario government passed Bill 47 – Making Ontario Open for Business Act, which includes changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000(ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995.  Bill 47 undoes many, but not all of the changes the liberal government introduced in Bill 148. Bill 66 was introduced on December 6, 2018 by the Ontario government which if passed, will make additional key changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000.  Bill 66 does not materially impact the ESA to the degree of the rollbacks and delays under Bill 47. This update, presented by Patrizia Piccolo, partner at Piccolo Heath LLP, will discuss changes to the ESA that may impact you at your workplace.  Some of the changes highlighted include personal emergency leave/sick days, misclassification of a worker and scheduling. Patrizia will also discuss the practical impact of the changes in the legislation for employers and employees.

Speaker Biography

Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner Patrizia provides strategic advice to both large and small employers and their human resources and management teams. Patrizia also advises employers on employment-related regulatory issues, including compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Patrizia is dedicated to providing her clients with excellent legal counsel and client service. With 20 years of experience, Patrizia’s primary focus is providing her clients with a “buffet table of options” and then guiding them to find the best solution to their specific issues. Patrizia is able to take the complex and convert it to something that is accessible. Patrizia prides herself on instilling confidence and empowerment in her clients, while also earning their friendship and trust. Whether advising employers or employees, Patrizia’s practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring, performance management, workplace restructuring, termination and post-employment contractual breaches.
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Ethical Decision Making for the Dental Hygienist

Presented by Michelle Atkinson|Duration: 1.25 hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Ethical practice is the foundation of the dental hygiene profession. This course will facilitate ethical decision making while encouraging problem solving and critical thinking. The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario Code of Ethics and an ethical decision-making model will be introduced to assist with self-evaluation, reflection and accountability.

Speaker Biography

Michelle Atkinson, RDH Michelle Atkinson has been a dental hygienist since 1990 and has experience in many different areas of the dental hygiene profession. She has worked in clinical practice, professional sales, and administration. Currently Michelle is a faculty member at Algonquin College where she teaches in the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs. Michelle has embraced her entrepreneurial spirit in the development of two businesses; Dental Hygiene Seminars of Ontario (DHSO) and RDH Consulting. She holds a Professional Certificate in Adult Education and a Bachelor’s Degree, both from Western University.
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Opioids: The good, the bad and the ugly

Presented by Dr. A. Jose Lanca, MD, PhD|Duration: 1.0 hour


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Pain management plays an important role in health care, and opioids are potent analgesics with specific therapeutic indications.  Repeated administration of opioids (OP), however, is associated with serious risks including tolerance, dependence and abuse. In North America, OP abuse has become an issue of epidemic proportions. The World Health Organization’s “Pain Management Ladder” is a useful tool to choosing the most appropriate analgesic. In this webinar Dr. Lanca will discuss:

  • the mechanism of action of OP
  • benefit-risk assessment of OP use
  • OP antagonists – Naloxone for reversal of OP overdose and Naltrexone for chronic opioid or alcohol dependence
  • pharmacological and non-pharmacological options of pain management
  • difference in prescription patterns of OP medications amongst different countries and
  • relevance to OP dependence and abuse.

Speaker Biography

Dr. A. Jose Lanca, MD, PhD lanca-jose Dr. Jose Lança, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is a member of several scientific organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and American Society for Neuroscience. Dr. Lança has been the Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, UofT. He has contributed extensively to curriculum development and teaching of pharmacology. He is the director of several undergraduate as well as graduate courses in Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Faculty of Dentistry of the UofT, in. He has developed and taught courses and seminars in Continuing Medical and Dental Education. He has authored research and continuing education in peer-reviewed publications, and is the author of six chapters in pharmacology textbooks. Dr. Lança has conducted research in various areas including neuropharmacology, pharmacology of alcoholism and drug addiction and herbal medications.
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Eating Disorders

Presented by Dr. David Clark|Duration: 0.5 hours


Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Eating disorders represent a serious, life threatening il READ MORE

Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Eating disorders represent a serious, life threatening illness affecting a disproportionate number of females, often arising during early adolescence. Adolescence is a time for a search for individuality, purpose and independence, when identification with peer groups becomes increasingly important. Constant media bombardment with images of ultimate thinness has pushed dieting into the realm of socially acceptable behaviour. The etiology of eating disorders is however, more complex, involving an intricate interplay among biological, psychological and social issues (biopsychosocial model) and possible genetic predispositions. While food appears to be the central issue, it is really the characterization of food-related problems that become an outlet for the expression of a variety of more serious underlying issues. The result becomes a problematic coping strategy. Dieting quickly becomes a measure of self-esteem giving the individual a sense of personal control resulting in an ongoing obsession with weight loss, food and exercise. This change in focus perpetuates the illness with potentially severe consequences. The mind develops a distorted or even delusional thought process around body image, perceiving oneself as continually being too fat. Psychopathology quickly translates into a physiopathology defining a particular subtype of eating disorder. Dental practices will include patients dealing with an eating disorder. Patients may appear healthy, despite struggling internally with this illness often becoming very secretive in their contacts with any health care professional because of the self-denial, shame and guilt associated with the illness.  Oral manifestations of eating disorders  impair oral function, cause pain and lead to a deterioration of esthetics and quality of life. It is important for dental professionals to become familiar in recognizing the oral signs and symptoms of eating disorders and show empathy and support for these patients. Dentistry can play a significant collaborative role in the early diagnosis, support, and long-term management of this disease.

Speaker Biography

David B. Clark Bsc.,DDS,MSc(Oral Pathology), FAAOP, FRCDC Dr. Clark was Clinic Director, Dental Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario from 1988-2017 and is an Associate in Clinical Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He obtained his DDS at the University of Toronto in 1976 and his MSc. in Oral Pathology at the University of Western Ontario in 1986 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Academy of Dentistry International. He received the Award of Distinction for his dedication and contributions to the field of Continuing Dental Education in 2015, awarded by the Academy of Dentistry International. His hospital-based practice was devoted primarily to the general dental care of individuals undergoing primary care for various forms of psychiatric illness often co-existing with other medically compromising conditions. He participates in the teaching of the undergraduate dental curriculum relating to the topics of Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He is also a part-time clinical instructor (Dental Hygiene, Year 2) at Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario and George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario. He has lectured internationally since 2005 on the subjects of psychiatric illness and its impact on the individual and dental management considerations; oral care and the geriatric patient; and a review of clinical oral pathology.
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Bipolar Disorder: “A Roller Coaster of Mood” – Implications for Dental Care

Presented by Dr. David Clark|Duration: 0.75 hours


Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Mood disorders are characterized by disturbances of one READ MORE

Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Mood disorders are characterized by disturbances of one’s mood, thought and behaviour resulting in severe distress and loss of control. Bipolar disorder is one type of mood disorder characterized as being episodic and recurrent in nature and often manifested by two diametrically opposed moods: mania and depression. While listed in the top ten of the most debilitating of all non-communicable diseases worldwide, misdiagnosis remains common particularly in the early stages of the disease when an individual presents only with depressive symptoms having no established history of mania or hypomania. Both manic and depressive episodes result in significant impairment in social and occupational functioning resulting in an inability to work and subsequent loss of employment, alienation from family and marital instability. Poor insight and judgement often result in substance abuse. Oral manifestations of depression can include: xerostomia, poor oral hygiene, rampant caries, missing teeth, poorly fitting dental prostheses, advanced periodontal disease, orofacial pain and candidiasis. Lifestyle changes including poor diet, substance abuse and overall neglect will exacerbate these oral findings. Patients with mood disorders often have difficulty with attention, concentration and motivation. Patients exhibiting hypomanic or manic behaviour can be easily distracted and often forget what they have been told with respect to their dental needs. Depressed patients generally remain apathetic and withdrawn with a reduced capacity to listen to and comply with instructions. Any dental regimen must be as brief and flexible as necessary during each stage of the illness. By understanding and recognizing the signs and symptoms that would constitute hypomanic, manic and/or depressive behaviour, any discussion of treatment options and ultimately informed consent may take place in as rational a context as possible. The dental professional can contribute to increased feelings of self-worth and self-esteem for these patients and it can be a truly rewarding experience.

Speaker Biography

David B. Clark Bsc.,DDS,MSc(Oral Pathology), FAAOP, FRCDC Dr. Clark was Clinic Director, Dental Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario from 1988-2017 and is an Associate in Clinical Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He obtained his DDS at the University of Toronto in 1976 and his MSc. in Oral Pathology at the University of Western Ontario in 1986 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Academy of Dentistry International. He received the Award of Distinction for his dedication and contributions to the field of Continuing Dental Education in 2015, awarded by the Academy of Dentistry International. His hospital-based practice was devoted primarily to the general dental care of individuals undergoing primary care for various forms of psychiatric illness often co-existing with other medically compromising conditions. He participates in the teaching of the undergraduate dental curriculum relating to the topics of Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He is also a part-time clinical instructor (Dental Hygiene, Year 2) at Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario and George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario. He has lectured internationally since 2005 on the subjects of psychiatric illness and its impact on the individual and dental management considerations; oral care and the geriatric patient; and a review of clinical oral pathology.
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Psychiatric Illness Introduction

Presented by Dr. David Clark|Duration: 0.5 hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Psychiatric illness and its medical management carry significant risks for oral disease. Although mental illness is common, in many cases it is misunderstood, remains unrecognized, or is undertreated. Mental illness and the resulting disabilities create difficulties not only for the patient but also for one’s family and friends, not the least of which remains the highly-stigmatized nature of the disease itself. Understanding the type, severity, stage of mental illness, along with a patient’s own mood, motivation and personal perceptions of oral disease and lifestyle can enhance the knowledge of dental professionals concerning this critical aspect of a patient’s medical history and further illustrates how closely mental health and oral health are intertwined. Mental illness must be viewed from a similar perspective as are other major diseases. Dental professionals should be aware of factors such as the reduced rates of compliance with dental treatment, reduced ability to access oral health care, the effects of various psychotropic medications on oral health including xerostomia, caries and periodontal disease and the potential interactions with drugs used in dental practice. Patients with psychiatric illness often bring unique needs and differing priorities to a dental practice, and the dental health practitioner must in turn demonstrate patience, flexibility, empathy, and a non-stigmatizing attitude in caring for these individuals. Enhancing self-esteem and feelings of self-worth for those coping with a psychiatric illness can be a very fulfilling experience that can only serve to continue to break down the stigma surrounding this group of diseases.

Speaker Biography

David B. Clark Bsc.,DDS,MSc(Oral Pathology), FAAOP, FRCDC Dr. Clark was Clinic Director, Dental Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario from 1988-2017 and is an Associate in Clinical Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He obtained his DDS at the University of Toronto in 1976 and his MSc. in Oral Pathology at the University of Western Ontario in 1986 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Academy of Dentistry International. He received the Award of Distinction for his dedication and contributions to the field of Continuing Dental Education in 2015, awarded by the Academy of Dentistry International. His hospital-based practice was devoted primarily to the general dental care of individuals undergoing primary care for various forms of psychiatric illness often co-existing with other medically compromising conditions. He participates in the teaching of the undergraduate dental curriculum relating to the topics of Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He is also a part-time clinical instructor (Dental Hygiene, Year 2) at Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario and George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario. He has lectured internationally since 2005 on the subjects of psychiatric illness and its impact on the individual and dental management considerations; oral care and the geriatric patient; and a review of clinical oral pathology.
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Effective Tobacco Interventions: You Can Make It Happen

Presented by Monica Bennett|Duration: 1.5 hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada, and the majority of tobacco users want to quit. Tobacco cessation interventions are proven to be effective in helping tobacco users make an attempt to quit. Dental hygienists have an important role to play in supporting clients to stop using tobacco. In fewer than three minutes, they can make a difference in the health of their clients. Participants will learn about cessation tools and resources, including the Smokers’ Helpline Fax Referral Program, to help clients quit tobacco use. Topics include: – Tobacco and health issues in Ontario and Canada – The reasons people smoke – Understanding nicotine dependence and nicotine withdrawal – The fundamentals of tobacco interventions and the role of dental hygienists – Special populations – Minimal contact intervention – Using the 5As protocol (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange) – Pharmacotherapy

Speaker Biography

Monica Bennett, Senior Coordinator, Smokers’ Helpline Canadian Cancer Society, Central West Region Monica Bennett has over 25 years of rich experience in the not-for-profit and health sectors creating successful partnerships; developing resources; and assisting in the development of policies and practices that improve both personal and organizational health.  Her focus for the last seven years has been on smoking cessation and tobacco control.
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Radiographic Interpretation

Presented by Dr. Ross Barlow|Duration: Approximately 15-20 hours


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Access to course expires 1 year following purchase. Please make sure you complete prior to expiry. The Radiographic Interpretation course is designed to review the discipline of oral radiographic interpretation. It is not intended as a comprehensive course in this discipline and it is assumed that course participants have a previous competency in radiography. In the following presentations, the material covered will deal with radiographic images that one may expect to see in practice.

Speaker Biography

Ross Barlow DDS Ross Barlow is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Biological and Diagnostic Services, Division of Oral Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, at the University of Toronto.  He is presently Co-Head of Undergraduate Radiology.  Ross provides radiography lectures to dental hygiene students and dental hygienists.  Ross is also a consultant for the Department of Forensic Pathology at both Hamilton General Hospital and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.  He is a member of PODIT (Province of Ontario Dental Identification Team) and DVI (Disaster Victim Identification Team).
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