Dear Colleague:

We want to thank you all for your commitment and dedication to our continuing education community. Despite weathering a year of persistent change, separation, and unforeseen obstacles, our shared passion for improving the quality of our patient’s lives through education has never wavered. With this said, we are thrilled to announce that our Fairfield County hygiene Club is returning with a new and exciting lineup for the 2021-2022 season.

We wanted to kick off the year with a returning speaker, Dr. Thomas Viola. He is an expert in pharmacology and will discuss pain management in a dental setting on 09/30/2021. With the mounting concerns of opioid addiction in the United States, it’s crucial to understand how pain medications work and serve our patients better by minimizing opioid prescriptions.

Our second seminar is on 11/16/2021, when I will be discussing new advances in periodontal regeneration. I will review the general trend in periodontal therapy, especially LASER therapy, to treat periodontal disease. Since its introduction in dentistry, It has changed the approach we treat periodontal diseases. Although it’s still not a magic bullet to cure the disease, it certainly helps us manage our patients and the condition better.

We will finish the year by introducing Dr. Stephanie Koo, who has joined our practice on 12/2020. We are excited to have her on board and looking forward to her presentation on Aggressive Periodontitis in Children on 2/1/2022.

Mark these dates in your calendar and join us: Please look at the enclosed Registration Form for more information on evening seminars. We look forward to a year filled with thought-provoking topics, expert speakers, and lively discussions.

Get vaccinated and get enrolled for this wonderful 2021-2022 FCHC season!

– Rui “Ray” Ma DMD and the Team of Fairfield County Hygiene Club

Form Downloads

FCHC Itinerary and Registration Form 2021-2022

September 30, 2021 – Dr. Thomas Viola
“Hurts So… Good!” Management of Acute Dental Pain and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing

Management of acute odontogenic pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates both opioid and non-opioid analgesics. However, moderate to severe dental pain often occurs well after office hours and away from our immediate supervision. Thus, it is critical for clinicians to be able to accurately identify a patient’s need for pain control, develop an individualized pain management plan, and assess the efficacy of analgesic agents employed.
This program will provide strategies for effectively managing dental pain with opioid and non-opioid analgesics and analgesic adjuvants, while also mitigating associated risks. Special emphasis will be given to appropriate practices for prescribing analgesics as well as identification and treatment of opioid analgesic abuse

November 16, 2021 – Ray Ma, D.M.D
“Periodontal regeneration- updated”

Major advances in periodontal therapy have resulted in paradigm shifts in the periodontal field. Over the last decade, there was realization that the periodontal structures can be regenerated, rather than simply repairing the tissue after periodontal disease has occurred. How do we recognize and screen patients for the appropriate therapies? When should clinicians intervene?
This course will review the diagnosis, etiology and treatment options of the bony defects around teeth. Biological principles of periodontal regeneration, clinical application of tissue regeneration, and the regenerative materials will be discussed.

February 1, 2022 – Stephanie Koo, D.M.D.
“Importance of Early Detection of Aggressive Periodontitis in Children”

One out of every 100 children exhibits localized aggressive periodontitis, formerly known as juvenile periodontitis, in America. It is a rare but debilitating periodontal disease in children that can have a lifelong impact on their oral health and function. The bone loss pattern around incisors and molars can be detected as early as in primary dentition and ultimately affect the permanent dentition that follows. Recognizing risk factors and working with periodontists and physicians in a timely manner can prevent our young patients from extensive dental treatment and loss of dentition in the future.
The goal of this presentation is to understand the epidemiology, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment for young patients with rapidly progressing periodontitis in incisor/molar pattern.