2018 Annual Session Presentations

NCDHA ANNUAL MEETING
“Navigating New Opportunities”
September 28-29, 2018
Durham Convention Center
Durham, NC

– Presentation Descriptions –

Friday, September 28
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

“HURTS SO GOOD”
Thomas Viola
3 CEUs

Management of acute dental pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates opioid and non-opioid analgesics. However, this normally occurs outside the dental office, away from our immediate supervision and we are often faced with the difficult task of managing patient pain while also avoiding adverse outcomes for both our patient and our communities. Thus, it is critical for clinicians to accurately identify the need for pain control, individualize patient care, identify associated risks, and assess the efficacy of the local anesthetic and analgesic agents to be administered. This program will provide an overview of the effective management of acute dental pain. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to appropriate prescribing practices for analgesics.

Course Description and Objectives: Hurts So Good

“EXPLORING THE ORAL MICROBIOME DISEASE”
Anne Guignon
3 CEUs

Recent discoveries about polymicrobial biofilms are both disturbing and thought provoking. Dental diseases are not classic infections. New molecular techniques demonstrate caries and periodontal disease are manifestations of dramatic, sustained shifts in microbial ecology that overwhelm the host immune system. Microbes, once thought to be key in these disease processes, may play a minor role, while relatively unknown species, or even the entire microbial community, may be responsible for increased virulen continued tissue destruction. Homeostasis still remains the ultimate goal, but new disease concepts like dysbiosis, microbial consortiums, inflammophilic bacteria, commensal pathobionts and keystone conversation and challenging how dental disease is viewed today.

Course Handout: Exploring the Oral Microbiome
Course handout may be downloaded or printed. For best printing results:

  • Print double sided, landscape format and stapled in upper left hand corner

Friday, September 28
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

“PHANTOM OF THE OPERA-TORY”
Thomas Viola
3 CEUs

The challenge faced by all clinicians today is to provide safe and effective dental treatment to our medically complex patients. Thus, as dental professionals, we must be equally aware of the medical considerations of agents commonly used in the practice of dentistry as well as the dental considerations of the medications frequently prescribed for the treatment of multiple systemic diseases. This program will present an overview of the basic principles of pharmacology in a format which makes it applicable, practical and useful for all members of the dental team. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to drugs administered or prescribed in dental practice, as well as to medications whose actions, effects, or interactions with other drugs may impact dental therapy.

Course Description and Objectives: Phantom of the Opera-tory

“LIFE IS A BREEZE EXCEPT WHEN YOU’RE DRY AS A BONE”
Anne Guignon
3 CEUs

Dry mouth syndrome is an increasing problem in all age groups, from children to seniors. Living with a dry mouth, day in and day out, is a quality of life issue that affects dietary intake, speech, oral health and self habits and diverse medical conditions, each of causing today’s increasing epidemic of dry mouth and ways to help patients cope with oral discomfort.

Course Handout: Life is a Breeze (Dry Mouth Syndrome)
Course handout may be downloaded or printed. For best printing results:

  • Print double sided, landscape format and stapled in upper left hand corner

Saturday, September 29
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Buffet Breakfast and Program with Mary Otto
no CE

Mary Otto is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who began writing about oral health at The Washington Post, where she covered social issues, including health care and poverty.  In 2007, she wrote about 12-year old Deamonte Driver, a Maryland child covered by Medicaid who died after bacteria from a dental infection spread to his brain.  The death of the boy spurred congressional hearings, a revamping of Maryland’s Medicaid dental system and increased attention to oral health access for Medicaid children nationwide. After leaving the Post in 2008, Otto spent an academic year studying oral health at Harvard as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow.  She now works as an independent journalist and oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalist.  She is the author of the book Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health In America published in 2017 by The New Press

Saturday, September 29
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

“PREVENTION VS PROSECUTION”
Dianne Glasscoe Watterson
3 CEUs

The practice of dentistry and dental hygiene involves adhering to strict standards of care. This course examines the best methods for producing desirable results to avoid injury. Clinical standards are reflected in various case histories.

Course Handout: Prevention Vs. Prosecution

“MY FAVORITE THINGS…DENTAL HYGIENE STYLE”
Angie Stone
3 CEUs

Angie has been called, “The Oprah of Dental Hygiene” while presenting this course! As Angie teaches how to make decisions on product choices, she mentions items that have made a positive impact on her life as a hygienist. Attendees receive samples of many of the things Angie speaks about. It is not unusual to hear hygienists squeal with delight and cheer during the presentation, much like the Oprah’s audience members used to do during her “Favorite Things” show! Come feel Angie’s passion for improving the lives of hygienists everywhere as she teaches how to make “HyDuctions” and shares the HyDuctions she has made throughout her career.

Course Handout: My Favorite Things

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch

Saturday, September 29
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

“EMERGING CONCEPTS IN PERIODONTITIS & OVERALL HEALTH: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION”
Dianne Glasscoe Watterson
3 CEUs
For many years, medical and dental clinicians have treated the oral cavity as if it is a separate entity from the rest of the body.  However, oral health is part of systemic health. Inflammation and infections in the oral cavity are not confined to the mouth and can affect other areas of the human body.  A growing body of evidence points to a wide array of systemic disturbances that are associated with periodontitis.  Some associations are controversial.  How strong is the evidence?  What can we believe?  This course examines the evidence associated with the effects of periodontitis on non-oral distant sites and disease processes.  We also examine various systemic diseases and medications that have a direct impact on oral health, as well as the role of diet in disease progression.

Course Handout: Emerging Concepts In Periodontitis

“DYING FROM DIRTY TEETH…ORAL HEALTH OF DEPENDENT ADULTS”
Angie Stone
3 CEUs

Angie is an expert on this topic and this is her signature course.  Angie takes attendees on a journey as she shares her experiences with this population and teaches about what she is doing personally to save elders from “Dying From Dirty Teeth”.  She addresses oral care issues facing dependent adults, with a focus on nursing home residents and their primary care givers, namely nursing assistants and nurses. This information will get attendees energized about this population and offer opportunities to help this population.  Come feel the passion and excitement.

Course Handout: Dying from Dirty Teeth

Saturday, September 29
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Student Professionals Mixer

Calling all student professionals! NCDHA welcomes you to Annual Session with your very own mixer, featuring some of our profession’s most notable names from here in North Carolina! This is your opportunity to meet and greet with NCDHA president Crystal Adams, former ADHA Trustee-District IV, Jessica Kiser, representatives from several of dental hygiene’s biggest brands and your fellow students from other schools. You’ll be learning from our experiences within the state and national organization, what we are doing to advance dental hygiene in North Carolina and potential exciting changes to the NC Hygiene Practice Act. On top of all these awesome experiences, you will also have the opportunity to score awesome prizes and products. You are the future of hygiene in North Carolina; let us show you why NCDHA should be a part of your professional career as well as personal.