Ms. Karen Davis Health & Wellness/Dental Hygiene Richardson, TX

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  • Top Clinician in Continuing Education, recognized by Dentistry Today
  • Columnist, RDH Magazine
  • Practicing RDH 

Thursday Courses
Th211 - Cannabis, Cancer and Chronic Pain: Exploring the Connections
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

Do you know how many of your patients living with cancer or suffering with chronic pain use various forms of cannabis regularly? Do you inquire about cannabis usage during health history updates? Dental professionals need a robust understanding of the potential pros and cons within the oral cavity of chronic cannabis usage. Increased availability of cannabis for medicinal purposes is increasing rapidly across North America so clinicians should expect to see increased oral manifestations with chronic usage. Is it possible anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis can off-set pro-inflammatory outcomes commonly documented with daily cannabis users? How should clinicians coach cannabis users to best protect the oral tissues? These questions and more are thoroughly examined during this eye-opening course.

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.


Fr260 - The Magic of Air on Dysbiotic Biofilms
Time: 1:30 - 3 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $45.00  Other Fee: $45.00

Clinicians worldwide are shifting paradigms on how pathogenic biofilm is managed professionally. “Guided Biofilm Therapy” refers to the shift in technology and protocols incorporating low-abrasive air polishing powders for biofilm management around teeth and implants. This course unpacks the science, the benefits and the shifts required to capitalize on this novel approach to biofilm removal. Learn how to make the shift to effortless biofilm management with minimally-invasive techniques that patients find comfortable, and clinicians find effective. The “return on investment” using the synergy of air, powder and water to manage dysbiotic biofilm is magically easy.

Saturday Courses
Sa283 - Optimal Sleep to Optimal Perio
Time: 12 - 3 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

 Dental patients present with a variety of needs and desires, yet rarely do they independently seek non-surgical periodontal treatment, or solutions to sleep disordered breathing. Generally, patients are unaware of periodontal inflammation compromising supporting bone and vascular health, or airway issues affecting quality sleep and systemic inflammation. How do we educate, motivate and initiate advanced dental/medical protocols for our patients? We find expert clinicians, with years of experience, to guide us… like Wilkerson and Davis! Today’s oral-systemic environment yields itself to capitalizing on the prevention of downstream effects of active periodontal diseases and airway disorders. This rapid paced, interactive presentation, features strategies that optimize the synergy between dentists and dental hygienists for screenings, diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and interventions.