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lanca-photo-390-by-390-292x292NEW: Cannabis – Implications for Dental Professionals – Presented by Dr. A. Jose Lanca, MD, PhD

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.


n-gontierAn Aging Society: Staggering Statistics & Implications for Dental Practice – Presented by Neli Gontier, RDH

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The numbers are staggering. Canada is an aging society. Do you know what those numbers mean to the health care system – and the potential effects on dentistry and dental hygiene? See what the future is likely to look like and how this will affect a practice. Understand the collateral health issues that your clients may face. Learn how to identify and manage those issues, while managing their oral health, so you can support your patients’ health, lower their risks of infection, and improve the overall quality of their lives.


dental-hygiene-hard-on-body1Dental Hygiene is Hard on Your Body – Presented by Dr. David Orchard

Understand the risks for carpal tunnel syndrome, and current prevention and possible treatment(s). Learn about musculoskeletal disorders that arise from poor working postures or ergonomics. Understand the reason to use loupes and magnification devices to attain better head/neck and lower back posture, and reduce the potential for musculoskeletal pain and injury. Know how a healthy daily lifestyle and exercise routines will reduce the potential for acute and chronic injury, and allow for a longer, more productive career.


Ethical Decision Making for the Dental Hygienist – Presented by Michelle Atkinson, RDH

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.


springtide_webgraphicDetect, Respond, Refer: Helping to End Women Abuse

An online resource for dental hygienists developed by Springtide Resources in partnership with the Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association, this self-directed training includes presentations with audio, and numerous assessment opportunities.


  • Understanding Woman Abuse
  • Responding to Woman Abuse
  • Organizational Strategies for Responding to Woman Abuse
  • Taking Care of Yourself

Note: Payment and access to the course will be facilitated on the Springtide Resources website.


course_anxiety_thumbThe Challenge: Dental Anxiety – Presented by Anna Louise Tolan, RDH

Sponsored by Philips

Statistics Canada says 40% of Canadians have some level of dental fear. Dental anxiety is a significant deterrent for clients to seek much needed dental treatment.  It is often described as a vicious cycle of avoidance behaviour.  This session focuses on key areas designed to break the cycle.  Increase your understanding of dental anxiety, fear and phobia.  Create dental anxiety management strategies with your client to assist in achieving improved oral health

Learning objectives:

  • Increase your ability to assess and identify patients experiencing dental anxiety, fear and phobia
  • Increased awareness of creating an environment that is trusting and comfortable for our clients to receive oral care
  • Understand the need for reward and recognition
  • Recognize the importance of thorough documentation


lancaOpioids: The good, the bad and the ugly – Presented by Dr. A. Jose Lanca, MD, PhD

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.


Radiographic Interpretationbarlow – Presented by Dr. Ross Barlow

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.


bennettEffective Tobacco Interventions: You can make it happen – Presented by Monica Bennett

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.