Ms. Amber Auger Periodontal Disease East Weymouth, MA

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  • Recipient, 2019 Award of Distinction 
  • Graduate Editor, RDH Magazine
  • Creator, Thrive in the OP, a lifetime membership, and mentorship that equips Dental Hygienists with education and tools to fully maximize their protentional as a preventive disease specialist

Thursday Courses
Th318 - Progressive Periodontal Therapy
Time: 12:30 - 2 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: General    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Identifying disease at its earliest stages is essential to prevent the progression of oral and systemic diseases. Proper classification of our patient’s risk factors, and potential rate of progression enables the dental hygienist's role to be fully maximized. This creates a practice that is in full alignment with the standard of care, results in raving patients, and a thriving practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Access the 2017 AAP Periodontal Classifications and review case studies.
  • Discuss treatment recommendations based on patients stage and grade.
  • Evaluate communication techniques to increase patient acceptance.
  • Discover common billing errors that prevent insurance coverage.
  • Review new and innovative ways to improve the chairside experience for both the patient and the clinician; including voice recognition technologies, instruments, and new homecare items that will optimize patient compliance.
  • Identify best practices of power instrumentation and latest hand scaling techniques.
Friday Courses
Fr231 - Prevention Convention
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $180.00  Other Fee: $110.00

Ms. Karen Davis

Consider the Evidence:  Aerosol Generating Devices for the RDH

9 - 10:30 a.m.

In this course dental professionals will be able to consider the evidence surrounding the safe use of aerosol-generating devices amidst a worldwide pandemic. As guidelines by the CDC, and research surrounding the virus and aerosol usage continue to shift, some clinicians have questioned the safety of whether or not to incorporate aerosol-generating devices into dental hygiene procedures. Needs of the patients have not changed, but the environment in which we practice has. This course is designed to equip clinicians with evidence-based information regarding the use of power technology known to generate aerosols, as well as steps to help mitigate risks of exposures.


Ms. Amber Auger

The Dental Hygiene Detective

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

There are many clues that provide evidence of diseases, such as occlusal wear, recession, bleeding, fissured tongues, erythemic tissues, incipient lesions, and many more. Determining our patient's high-risk factors for oral disease and systemic health is multi-factorial and our role as dental professionals allows us to evaluate the first signs of disease. This program will help you and your team review the patient's risk factors in-depth. While empowering the clinician to compare clinical technologies that align with the patient's lifestyle to reduce decrease disease.

Review the role of pH in the caries risks assessment and learn to identify stages of demineralization and remineralization
Learn how to expedite risk assessments to enhance patient education and prevention
Prioritize the patients high-risk factors to comprehensively decrease their risks of oral disease and systemic health
Evaluate the latest clinical technologies and homecare technologies to decrease patients oral and systemic disease risks.


Lunch is on your own from 12 – 1 p.m.


Dr. Dan Dunwody

The Clinical Screening Essentials to Recognizing Chronic Airway Obstruction and Sleep Apnea in Children and Adults

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Begins facially, moves to the smile and malocclusion followed by a review of the medical history. Explore the optimal treatment timing for children with airway obstruction. Educate the adult about the health benefits of an open airway. Help the patient and family co-discover and understand the consequences of chronic airway obstruction and commit to improve their oral and general health. Save a smile, bite and enhance the quality of a life.


Dr. Susan Maples

Perio, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: Connections and Collaborative Treatment in the Dental Office

2:30 - 4 p.m.

The old-school treatment of periodontal disease with a sharp instrument and a piece of string is gone. Now we recognize the causes are multifactorial including inflammation and bacterial infiltration. Become sophisticated diagnosticians and learn individualized treatment planning for full mouth disinfection.


Fr259 - From Pockets to Pathogens: Maximize Technology for Optimal Periodontal Therapy Success
Time: 1:30 - 3 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $45.00  Other Fee: $45.00

Are you tired of treating patients with bleeding gums? We know that healthy gums don’t bleed, therefore having a team approach to inflammation reduction is essential. Most private practices lack the protocols and systems to effectively treat periodontal disease, therefore this course is designed to empower the entire team, both clinicians and business team members.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify 7 steps to promote patient compliance with treatment recommendations, while increasing productivity.
  • Access the 2017 APP Periodontal Classifications and review case studies.
  • Discuss DNA testing, chairside microscope education, and laser implementation.
  • Review new and innovative ways to improve the chairside experience for both the patient and the clinician; including voice recognition technologies, instruments and new homecare items that will optimize patient compliance. 
Saturday Courses
Sa368 - You Are What You Eat! Is Your Patient Feeding the Periodontal Pathogens?
Time: 1 - 2:30 PM
Room: Omni,
Type: General    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

How much of what your patients eat contribute to their periodontal condition? The following learning objectives of this course that will help you help them:

  • Review common periodontal pathogens Identify the role of nutrients in the progression of periodontal disease.
  • Explain how certain foods promote inflammation and create oral environments where bacteria thrive.
  • Determine which foods are contraindicated and preferred for periodontally involved patients.
  • Implement proper nutritional counseling in current periodontal protocols.
  • Access chairside technologies to effectively remove biofilm.