Ms. Marianne Dryer Hygiene Barnstable, MA

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  • Dental Hygiene Program Director
  • Educator and Speaker
  • Chair, New England Dental Hygiene Program Directors

Thursday Courses
Th107 - From Assessment to Ascension: Components of the Exceptional Dental Hygiene Treatment Plan – What’s in Your Operatory?
Time: 9 - 11 AM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Participation    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $195.00  Other Fee: $195.00

 While most clinicians strive to achieve clinical excellence, the opportunities are limited to receive hands on instruction to improve one’s skill set in the areas of scaling, biofilm disruption and coronal polishing. This course delivers a combination of theory and clinical application. Elements of evidence-based decision making through a well-defined assessment process will be examined incorporating the new 2018 AAP Classifications. 

Learning  Objectives:

  • Review the A’s of instrumentation – adaptation, angulation and activation with hand/ultrasonic instrumentation.
  • Discuss the value of a blended, sequenced approach to non-surgical periodontal instrumentation.
  • Create a calibrated and consistent schedule to evaluate wear of instruments and review various sharpening technologies available. Incorporate ergonomically enhanced instruments and handpieces to provide better clinician comfort .
  • Demonstrate proper clinical parameters with coronal polishing such as pressure, speed and paste application. Incorporate desensitizing and remineralization products into the appointment sequence.
Th227 - Taking Diagnostically Acceptable Radiographs: The Importance of Being a Straight Shooter
Time: 1 - 2 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $25.00  Other Fee: $25.00

The need for quality, predictable, diagnostically acceptable radiographs while minimizing radiation for the patient is at the core of providing evidence based dentistry. This course will examine a variety of ways to ensure patient safety while achieving predictable quality radiographic images.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Examine the critical role radiographs play in the assessment and diagnosis of dental disease.
  • Recognize advantages, varieties and limitations of digital xray systems.
  • Identify common errors clinicians experience and solutions to overcome these.
  • Examine the products available to help achieve radiographic success.
  • Explore trends in radiographic technology and additional training needed to recognize disease and anomalies in varying image systems.
  • Understand the rules and regulations pertaining to state requirements and other governing agencies.
Friday Courses
Fr332 - The AAP Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases: Aligning the Dental Hygiene Diagnosis
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: General    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

This course will examine the concepts of staging and grading to classify each patient by complexity of case management, likelihood of less predictable response to therapy, and potential for periodontitis development. Diagnosing, treatment planning, and executing appropriate and necessary periodontal therapies will be reviewed utilizing case presentations and group activities. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the historical timeline and evolution of the AAP Classification System. Discuss the new staging/grading system for periodontal disease and its benefits. 
  • Create treatment modalities that are evidence-based protocols for specific types of periodontal diseases.
  • Identify patients who may benefit from adjunctive strategies of disease management and overall health surveillance based on the updated classifications.
  • Develop individualized homecare regimens utilizing staging/grading to motivate patients.
Fr342 - The Polishing Spin: A look at the Science, History and New Technologies
Time: 1 - 2 PM
Room: Omni,
Type: General    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Polishing the dentition is a topic of much debate. New, updated research allows us to reconsider our position on polishing. This program will provide current evidence based information on different aspects of the polishing procedure including the science behind equipment and technique choices, selection of polishing agents and various therapeutic products along with options for aerosol control.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the historical and current trends in coronal and subgingival polishing.
  • List current types of polishing materials and technologies including those providing therapeutic and cosmetic benefits.
  • Evaluate ergonomic attributes of different polishing techniques.
  • Explore air polishing vs rubber cup polishing. Discuss the current CDC Guidelines for handpiece sterilization.