Fairfield County Hygiene Club

Dear Colleague:

The role of a Dental Hygienist has grown and expanded in recent years right alongside dentistry and technology. Hygienists have an even greater responsibility when it comes to managing and maintaining a patient’s dental and systemic health. The Fairfield County Dental Club is exceptionally proud to continue to offer a first-class education to dental professionals in our state-of-the-art facility and teaching center located in the heart of Fairfield, Connecticut. We are very excited to present the speakers for our upcoming 2018-2019 season.

The goal of the Fairfield County Hygiene Club is to provide hygienists with an atmosphere and comradery which promote and further enhance the caliber of the exceptional education and speakers which the study club provides. All licensed dental hygienists are welcome to join the study club and experience the unique opportunity to interact, share, and collaborate with their fellow colleagues. Additionally, we offer continuing education credits for all attended courses.

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

Form Downloads

FCHC Itinerary and Registration Form 2018-2019

September 18, 2018 – Michael Sonick, DMD – “Creating and Maintaining Peri-implant Health”

Course description:
Remember We Can Still Save Teeth — The advent of modern implant dentistry with success rates in the high 90th percentile has resulted in a paradigm shift in dentistry. Tried and true techniques for saving teeth are often forgotten, deemed passé, or have never been learned. The algorithm of when to save periodontally and restoratively involved teeth or to extract and place a dental implant is still evolving. An attempt to make sense out of the multiplicity of treatment planning options will be explored.

November 13, 2018 – Brad Gilden, DPT – “Transforming Health Through Sleep Restoration”

Course description:
Lack of sleep is one of the leading health epidemics that humans face today. Current literature shows many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, stroke and obesity are all linked to short or fragmented sleep. What if some of the difficulties related to sleep are linked to poor breathing mechanics that can be readily identified and corrected?

This lecture will guide participants through the most important aspects of sleep as it relates to current research and practical applications which impact our health. We will look at ways to identify breathing dysfunction through live demonstrations and work through some techniques to restore proper breathing habits.

March 7, 2019 – Thomas Viola, RPh – “Sugar? Yes, Please!”

Course description:
Diabetes mellitus remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Of the estimated 29.1 million Americans that have diabetes, only 21 million are diagnosed, leaving 8.1 million individuals undiagnosed. Diabetes, and its systemic complications, are often accompanied by, and exacerbated by, numerous co-morbid conditions. This program will provide participants with an overview of diabetes mellitus, the arsenal of medications used in its treatment and the impact of both the disease and its treatment on dental therapy. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be placed on the complex interplay between diabetes and the oral-systemic connection, as well as developing patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning and proper care of our diabetic patients.

June 6, 2019 – Ray Ma, DMD – “Challenges in Implant dentistry ”

Course description:
Dental implants have enjoyed great success over the past 30 years. However, it is possible for complications to occur which may endanger the implant or final restoration. If the problems are not treated, implant failure may result in loss of bone around the implant, crown, and/or the loss of the implant. Just like periodontitis, inflammation around the implant may also endanger overall systemic health of the body. This course will focus on classification, diagnosis and treatment options for peri-implant diseases. It will help clinicians to recognize diseases early so they can be treated effectively. Most importantly, the presentation will discuss how to prevent complications from happening in the first place by way of comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning.