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The “Why” of Dry: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment – Sponsored by Colgate

Presented by Dr. Mariana Leon |Duration: 1.0 hour


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Xerostomia is a prevalent condition. Not only can it cause discomfort for patients, it can also place patients at a higher risk for caries, periodontitis, oral fungal infections, and acid erosion. This program discusses the role of saliva in oral health, causes of xerostomia, and complications due to a reduction in saliva. Prevention and management of oral complications of xerostomia and palliative treatment are included.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of saliva in maintaining oral health.
  • Know the causes of xerostomia.
  • Recognize oral complications and manifestations of xerostomia.
  • Identify prevention and treatment options for oral complications due to xerostomia.

Biography

Dr. Mariana Leon is a professional education manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals based in Montreal. 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 more than 15 years of clinical experience as both a dental hygienist and a dentist.

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The Oral Microbiome and It’s Impact on Oral and Systemic Health – Sponsored by Philips

Presented by Dr. Michael Glogauer|Duration: 1.0 hour


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‘The Oral microbiome consists of the microbiological constituents that inhabit the mouth. This talk will focus on our current understanding of this microbiome in health and disease and how it can be used to individualize oral care, stratify disease risk and develop and optimize new therapies that will change dental care in the future.

OBJECTIVES

  1. Define the Microbiome
  2. Introduce the oral microbiome
  3. Outline how does the oral microbiome impacts oral health
  4. Discuss the impact of the oral microbiome on systemic health and diseases
  5. Discuss how can we modulate the oral microbiome to aid in treatment of and prevention of oral diseases

Biography

Dr. Michael Glogauer was recently appointed as head of Dental Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, a world-class cancer facility. He is also a professor at the University of Toronto where he holds the position of chief of dentistry for the University Health Network. After receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery and PhD at the U of T, he went on to complete post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. In addition to private practice, Dr. Glogauer runs several dental educational study clubs for dental professionals and lectures extensively throughout Canada and internationally. He has more than 180 peer-reviewed publications and two patents on topics of oral/dental health and treatments. Additionally, he researches periodontal disease treatment, novel diagnostic methods and treatments to improve bone prior to dental implants at the university. Among his professional affiliations, Dr. Glogauer maintains active memberships in both the Canadian and international associations for dental research, the Hamilton Academy of Dentistry, the CDA and ODA.

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Can a Healthier Mouth Lead to a Healthier Body? Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Presented by Dr. Sanjukta Mohanta|Duration: 1.0 hour


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Good health involves having good oral health. What happens to the rest of the body when there is poor oral health? This engaging session will discuss how oral inflammation can affect our systemic health. You will learn the latest evidence about the oral-systemic link and how to optimize your clients’ health using this knowledge.

This course will teach the dental hygienist about the current evidence regarding the links between oral health and overall health.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the current research about associations between oral health and overall health.
  • Motivate clients to improve their health by discussing how oral health is linked to overall health.
  • Explain ways to decrease oral inflammation and bacteria.
  • Devise treatment plans and develop home care programs for clients who have systemic diseases.

Biography

Dr. Sanjukta Mohanta practises 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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HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer: Who’s at Risk?

Presented by Jo-Anne Jones |Duration: 1.0 hour


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Made possible through the financial support of Merck Canada Inc. The opinions expressed herein are those of its authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Merck Canada Inc..

From July 12th to July 19th, Jo-Anne Jones will be available to answer questions regarding the presentation via e-mail at [email protected]

Description of Presentation:

The objective of this presentation is to provide a ‘sequel’ to the webinar on HPV and cervical cancer offered by MERCK to ODHA members. This will help facilitate further knowledge as to how this relates to the dental hygienist specifically, with the purpose to raise confidence and competency in elevating awareness and education regarding risk prevention strategies. The members will be provided with further educational ‘layering activities’ to support their portfolio goal.

Presentation Synopsis:

  • The escalating trend of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer in Canada is alarming.
  • HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer has surpassed cervical cancer as being the most prominent site for HPV-related cancer in both Canada and the U.S. The level of public awareness of the risk profile that accompanies this virally transmitted disease is extremely low. Surprisingly, the awareness within public health and clinical settings is low as well. This presents a huge clinical gap that requires the attention and collaborative efforts of all relevant healthcare specialties, especially given the strong call to action recently initiated from the Office of the Chief Dental Officer of Canada. Dental hygienists have an opportunity to raise awareness and play a key role in prevention advocacy.

Educational Objectives:

  • Discuss the disease burden of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer in Canada.
  • Recognize the changing epidemiology of oropharyngeal cancer.
  • Understand the role and responsibility of today’s dental hygienist to elevate awareness.

Biography

Jo-Anne Jones, a successful entrepreneur and international award-winning speaker, brings life, energy and inspiration to her presentations. The veteran dental hygienist turned educator has a no-nonsense approach and dynamic speaking style that has made her one of North America’s most sought-after lecturers in the dental community. Jo-Anne has been selected as one of Dental Products Report Top 25 Women in Dentistry and joins the 2020 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the tenth consecutive year. Described as a vibrant and entertaining speaker, Jo-Anne’s ability to powerfully communicate her knowledge and engage her audience has catapulted her into motivational speaking for Fortune 500 companies and professional women’s groups. She is a key opinion leader for a number of leading corporations in the dental community including Philips Oral Healthcare, LED Apertyx Orascoptic, 3M Oral Care, Dentsply Sirona and Oral Science.


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Building Connections and Confidence in Responding to Suspected Elder Abuse

Presented by Raeann Rideout, MA|Duration: 1.5 hours


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Dental hygienists are well positioned to apply their clinical knowledge and skills in recognizing signs of suspected elder abuse. Their interactions with clients create a safe environment to approach and assist older adults when elder abuse is suspected. This session will provide dental hygienists with examples of core indicators of physical, emotional, neglect, and financial abuse that can be recognized while providing oral care treatment.

Supporting older adults who are vulnerable or at-risk of abuse can often be difficult, if you do not know how to approach the issue or start that critical conversation. This presentation will demonstrate how dental hygienists can use their connections with clients, employing strategic communication skills to ask key questions and begin the assessment/screening process. Participants will be given an overview of best practice guidelines to build their own confidence in providing intervention and support. Developing these core skills will not only benefit dental hygienists in their daily practice but will provide older adult clients with assistance, particularly in cases of increased vulnerabilities.

 

Learning objectives:

  • Explore assessment questions when elder abuse is suspected.
  • Review the guiding principles of when to intervene and support older adults living in abusive situations.
  • Learn how to support and respond to older adults, using effective communication strategies.
  • Build capacity by becoming familiar with community agencies that serve older adults, to enhance the supports and responses that can help vulnerable adults.

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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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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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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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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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Eating Disorders

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. 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


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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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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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