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Anne Rice

“Dementia and the Dental Impact” (3 CEs)

Friday, September 10, 2021 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Alzheimer’s Disease is a public health emergency. Since 2000 the cases have increased 89% and over 300 people die every day from the disease. The root cause is debatable, but we know connections, we know modifiable risk factors and lifestyle interventions can make a difference.
Taking care of our brains must begin early. It takes perseverance and discipline, but the payoffs are for life and how we live today impacts our tomorrows. You will be challenged and revered for your role as a healthcare provider. You will clearly understand once again how your skills not only changes patients’ lives but may very well save them from one of the most tragic diseases we have ever known.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how Alzheimer’s disease is associated with different etiologies and
    pathophysiological processes including the current hypothesis of bacteria, yeast and herpes
    virus setting off a cascade of events leading to the disease.
  • Determine how existing dental care practices can be adapted to educate patients on the risk
    factors of and preventive measures against dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Identify how critical sleep activities relate to memory storage and brain toxin clearing, tools to
    get better sleep and the role of sleep apnea.
  • Utilize current prevention strategies to reduce your own personal risk as well as the tools to
    relate the information to your family and coworkers.

Katrina Sanders

 “2020 Vision on Oral Inflammation: A Novel Approach to Periodontal Disease” (3 CEs)

Friday, September 10, 2021 – 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM



  • Glance at the landscape of the dental industry in the Post COVID-19 era, understanding the current societal profiles. 
  • LOOK at patient care modifications needed for the safe delivery in controlling the spread of various chronic and acute infections.
  • VIEW new practice modalities for the optimization of patient populations with a renewed sense of awareness, understanding, value and heightened perception regarding overall health.


As the landscape of healthcare continues to evolve in the Post COVID-19 era, so does the professional and ethical responsibility of the dental hygienist.  Society has endured unexpected job loss, furlough and unemployment; our communities have experienced fear of health risks and their overall safety; and our patient have unanswered questions. However, now more than ever, our community is also educated and knowledgeable on infection control, disease susceptibility, risk factors and the importance of prevention. In 2020, now is the time to reassess our profession by focusing on the integral role dental hygienists play as preventive and infection control specialists in the field of allied healthcare. This role, however, must be fulfilled by taking off the dark and BLINDING shades and refocusing our SIGHTS, acknowledging we must become PUPILS in re-learning how to apply our foundational knowledge. Join periodontal hygienist, influencer, consultant and educator Katrina Sanders as she discusses the ever-evolving landscape of the dental profession and its renewed dedication to addressing oral inflammation through this collaborative program designed to counsel the dental professional through these unprecedented times while rising up to meet the societal demands of the dental hygiene industry in this new decade of developing protocols with clear, 20/20 VISION. 

Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS

“Eye Spy with My Little Eye” (1 CE)

Saturday, September 11, 2021 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Several connections have been discovered between the eye and oral cavity. Join me as we discuss oral pathogens, chronic inflammation, mouth and eye diseases and discover how the oral cavity and the eyes may hold clues to overall health and wellness.

Course Objectives:

  1. Investigate the link between periodontal pathogens and eye diseases
  2. Discuss risk factors for poor eye and mouth health
  3. Develop a greater level of understanding for medical-dental collaboration

Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS


Saturday, September 11, 2021 – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Holistic and alternative medicine trends are on the rise.

More and more people are seeking out natural ways to feel better, improve their health and minimize the need for harmful chemicals and invasive procedures. The
dental team has the opportunity to serve as a valuable resource for optimal oral and overall health. This course will provide background on natural healing practices as well as an overview of current oral and homeopathic trends and alternative medicine culture. AGD Code: 150

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand cultural diversity and the role it plays in the dental setting
  2. Discuss research and literature regarding alternative medicine trends
  3. Manage discussions around current oral health and homeopathic trends
  4. Review current professional recommendations

Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS

“Do These Gums Make Me Look Fat?” (1 CE)

Saturday, September 11, 2021 – 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

The link between weight and periodontal disease.

Research first appeared in the 1950’s proving that oral bacteria enters the bloodstream. Today, research continues to emerge on the mouth-body connection and the critical role oral health plays in overall health and wellness. This course provides an in-depth look at the many contributing factors to inflammation and specifically the correlation between obesity and periodontal disease. AGD Code: 490

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify two pathogen pathways implicated in the oral-systemic link
  2. Discover the association between weight and oral health: periodontal disease, tooth decay and oral cancer
  3. Review US BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure and nutrition guidelines
  4. Discover communication tools for weight discussions in the dental setting

Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS

“Are You Air Aware?” (2 CEs)

Saturday, September 11, 2021 – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Integrating airway assessments alongside the head and neck examination is a quick and easy way to assess overall health.
Join me as we look at the head and neck area and identify clues that dental hygienists can pick up on to help assess for airway concerns such as disordered breathing, tongue and frenum restrictions and mouth breathing.

Healthy breathing is critical to optimal oral and overall health. Dental hygienists can be a collaborative partner for airway health, breathing, sleep and TMD.

This course will provide the participant with interactive activities (have your cell phone ready) and a course handout that includes a printable chairside guide.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define disordered breathing and various contributing factors to poor airway health
  2. Provide a step by step guide for incorporating airway assessments with comprehensive head and neck examinations
  3. Review screening and treatment options to improve airway health
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