Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to introduce the lineup of speakers for the Fairfield County Hygiene Club 2019-2020 season. This year, we start off with Dr. Paul Levi reviewing the new AAP periodontal and peri-implant classification. Then we will have Kelly Brenner and Grace Demio covering Infection control and culture diversity which satisfy bi-annual mandatory hygiene CE requirement. Lastly, Dr. Matt Rhee will discuss accelerated orthodontic treatment with conventional braces and Invisalign.

We hope you will join in us for another exciting year. Looking forward to seeing all of you in the fall. Please take a look at the enclosed brochure, and be sure to mark your calendars today!

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

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FCHC Itinerary and Registration Form 2019-2020

September 10, 2019 – Paul Levi, DMD
“Classifying Periodontal Diseases”

Communication is a key factor in periodontal therapy. Since most periodontal or peri-implant diseases are bacterially related infection, as is dental caries, and the patient must be the primary therapist, patient education is critically important in motivating patients to do excellent daily dental plaque removal.

Understanding the 2017 Classification System created by the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology will greatly facilitate conveying accurate information regarding a patient’s periodontal status to the patient, to periodontists, to general dentists, to all dental specialists, and to physicians. Periodontal diseases must be considered as inflammatory systemic diseases
The goal of this presentation is to explain the Classification System of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and discuss the breadth of these diseases.

Learning objectives for the participants:
Understanding the 2017 Classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases
Appreciation for the interaction between periodontal/peri-implant diseases and general health.
Assisting our patients in the understanding of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and helping to motivate them to be concordant with caring for themselves to improve their oral and systemic health.

November 5, 2019 – Jessica Wilson, MPH
“Infection Control in Practice”

This seminar will introduce to you the infection control principles and best practices pertaining to sterilization and disinfection of patient care items as well as dental unit waterlines, in accordance with the CDC guidelines. You will learn strategies to assist you in maximizing safety and efficiency of instrument processing. In addition, you will learn how to optimize the quality of water that you deliver to your patients.

Sterilization & Disinfection Course Objectives:
Proper steps of instrument processing
Proper flow of central processing areas
Benefits of various products and practices related to instrument processing that can help you increase efficiency and safety

Dental Unit Waterline Course Objectives:
Need to treat waterlines
Need for your office to “clean” and “maintain” waterlines
Dental unit waterline technologies and treatments available to achieve recommended water quality level

February 13, 2020 – Grace Demio, M.S.
“Cross Cultural and Diversity Inclusiveness in the Dental Practice”

As the population you work with becomes more diverse, do you and your team sometimes struggle to understand why colleagues and patients think and act in ways different from how you do?
This interactive session is designed to help participants develop knowledge, awareness and skills to interact effectively with diverse populations. The concept of culture is broadened to include “dimensions of diversity.” The pervasive and negative impact of attitudes such as stereotyping and blaming the victim are explored, and a tool for debunking one’s own stereotypes and biases is provided and used. Communication skills are learned for effectively working with diverse populations.

• A conceptual framework of cultural competence
• The impact of social determinants of health on health inequities and health healthcare adherence
• The pervasive and negative impact of attitudes such as stereotyping and blaming the victim; a tool for debunking one’s own stereotypes and biases
• Communication skills for effectively working with diverse populations

May 5, 2020 – Matthew Rhee, DMD
“AAO – Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics”

This course will provide attendees with an in-depth knowledge about Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics, or AOO. The instructor will review the Regional Acceleratory Phenomenon (RAP) and how it allows an orthodontist to move teeth faster, thus shortening treatment time. A variety of treatment modalities and appliances will be presented which allow a clinician to accomplish this. The instructor will also discuss how AOO incorporates the addition of a bone graft, and how this provides patients with additional benefits, including more conservative and esthetic orthodontic treatment outcomes, and healthier post-treatment periodontal health.

The goal of this workshop is to explain why the orthodontic patient benefits from a multidisciplinary treatment approach, and to provide the attendees with the knowledge to educate their patients about the importance of periodontal health when considering orthodontic treatment.