USC Presents Advanced Dental Hygiene Clinical Techniques Hands-on Workshop
|Diane Melrose, RDH, BS, MA
Anna M. Pattison,
Stanley F. Malamed, DDS
Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California (USC)
in Los Angeles will present its first ever Advanced Dental Hygiene
Clinical Techniques Hands-on Workshop July 30 to August 2.
Individualized instruction will provide dentists and dental hygienists
with information on the newest technologies, products, and techniques,
including hand instrumentation, caries management by risk assessment
(CAMBRA), remineralization, advanced ultrasonic instrumentation,
periodontal endoscopy, and advanced local anesthesia techniques.
The 4-day workshop, conceived and conducted by renowned members of the USC faculty—including Dimensions of Dental Hygiene
Editor In Chief Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS—will provide dental
hygienists with the opportunity to receive in-depth post-graduate
clinical continuing education.
is to enhance the clinical abilities of dental hygiene and dental
educators and clinicians to help them achieve excellence and to provide
them with tools for more effective clinical teaching," said Diane
Melrose, RDH, BS, MA, chair of USC's dental hygiene program who will
lecture on CAMBRA at the workshop.
will kick off the event with a lecture on advanced periodontal
instrumentation, followed by a hands-on laboratory course the next day.
Up-to-date information on new instruments and techniques designed to
help dental hygienists effectively treat patients with moderate to
advanced periodontitis will be presented.
addition to lectures by Pattison and Melrose, Gayle Myers, RDH, BS, will
offer a hands-on lab and lecture on periodontal endoscopy (perioscopy),
while Donna Smith, BS, MSEd, will teach a session on ultrasonic
equipment and techniques. Stanley F. Malamed, DDS, will offer a local
anesthesia lecture and laboratory course that will provide dentists and
dental hygienists with a comprehensive review of the newest local
anesthetic agents, devices, and techniques for use in clinical practice.
For more information, visit www.uscdentalce.org.
|Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Sponsors Award at
NYU in Honor of Alla J. Wheeler
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene
is proud sponsor of the Alla J. Wheeler Ethics and Professionalism
Award at New York University (NYU), College of Dentistry. The award
honors Alla J. Wheeler, RDH, MPA, a clinical assistant professor of
dental hygiene at NYU and an important member of Dimensions'
Peer Review Panel who passed away from cancer in June 2010. The annual
award is given to a graduating dental hygiene student who has exhibited
the highest levels of professionalism and ethics during coursework and
clinical training. Dorrie Ann Miller, a 2011 graduate of the school's
Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program, is the inaugural
winner of the award. Dimensions' Executive Editor Kristen
Pratt Machado presented her with the honor at NYU's dental hygiene
awards dinner on May 5. Miller was nominated by fellow classmate, Lauren
native New Yorker, explained that a childhood dental-related incident
ignited her interest in dental hygiene, and her coursework at NYU has
further fanned her passion for dentistry. "Dental hygiene is a field
that is always growing and changingâ€¦I'm so excited to be a part of
it," Miller said. "Having the opportunity to bring happy, healthy smiles
to my patients' faces is priceless."
studied dental hygiene under Wheeler, called the award a privilege.
"Being the recipient of this award is a tremendous honor. Professor
Wheeler was such an amazing woman," Miller revealed. "Any time I would
go to her with a question, instead of jumping right to the answer she
would talk me through it until I came up with the answer myself.
recognition has truly touched my heart. I am blessed to have had the
opportunity to know and learn from Professor Wheeler."
Annual Report Shows Improved
Children's Dental Health
Center released its 2011 report card on children's dental health in May,
revealing a slight improvement in oral health care for children. The
annual report grades each state and the District of Columbia on four
core policy areas and eight key policy benchmarks, which are then used
by policymakers to improve accessibility to dental care.
year's report shows that many states are making great strides in oral
health policies. However, the report also dem on strates the
ever-present need to improve access to care.
In total, 27
states earned grades of an A or B. Twenty-three states and the District
of Columbia received a grade of C or lower. Grades were raised in 22
states, (Arkansas, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Utah, and West
Virginia) improving by at least two letter grades.
The report found
that grade improvement was mostly due to physician reimbursement for
preventive dental services, expansion of water fluoridation, and an
increase in the number of Medicaid-enrolled children who received care.
|ADA Launches Seal of Acceptance Website
American Dental Association (ADA) announced in May the launch of its ADA
Seal of Acceptance website. The Seal of Acceptance site allows dental
hygienists, dentists, and their patients to review detailed information
about all products with the ADA seal.
designed the new ADA Seal of Acceptance Web area to provide information
that will be helpful to the public in selecting dental products and to
dental professionals when discussing products with their patients," said
Ada Cooper, DDS, an ADA Consumer Advisor spokesperson and practicing
dentist in New York.
to peruse the ADA database, which has more than 300 ADA Seal products.
Visitors of the website will also be able to compare the attributes of
up to six products at once, as well as search for products by name,
category, or manufacturer.
participation in the ADA Seal is voluntary, ADA surveys have revealed
that the majority of consumers prefer products with the seal.
Additionally, many dental professionals hold the ADA Seal in high
regard, and manufacturers agree that the ADA Seal of Acceptance "conveys
truth and legitimacy."
NIDCR Participates in Town Hall Meeting on Oral Health
University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore hosted the event
"Bringing Oral Health Research Home" in April, the first in a proposed
series of town hall meetings aimed at diminishing health disparities.
hall meeting, led by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial
Research (NIDCR) acting director, Isabel Garcia, DDS, MPH, stressed the
importance of conducting research on dental diseases.
majority of infectious dental diseases, we know how to prevent them,"
Garcia said. "We know their cost to health. Now, affecting behavior
change, to enable people to do the right thing, is needed to get people
also spoke about the funding of NIDCR research to create new tools and
approaches to improve health. For example, she revealed how a
NIDCR-funded research team recently used molecular biology to implicate a
bacterium in severe cases of early childhood caries.
an example of a tangible finding that might provide avenues for better
identification of problems," Garcia revealed. "We knew it was in the
oral cavity but it was never implicated as a pathogen. The reason we
were able to identify it is that we have better tools and better
technology to identify [pathogens]."
the largest public funder of oral health research, and its network
includes 700 practices in the United States with more than 30 studies
comprising more than 30,000 patients.
University of Maryland was a symbolic backdrop for this town hall
meeting, as the school is, according to Garcia, "a fabulous example of a
dental institution that draws strength by spanning many areas of
|Dental Hygienist Wins 2011
Mrs. America Pageant
dental hygienist April Lufriu, RDH, has reason to smile—she was just
crowned Mrs. America 2011. Lufriu, who was named Mrs. America during the
televised pageant in April, has practiced dental hygiene for 17 years.
of three, dental hygienist, model, and business owner was first crowned
Mrs. Florida in February before entering and winning the national Mrs.
America pageant. She will use her title to spread awareness of retinitis
pigmentosa, a retinal degenerative eye disease that leads to incurable
blindness. Both she and her children are affected by the disease.
is to give the visually impaired hope and encouragement to live life
without limits," Lufriu said, adding, "I thank the Mrs. America
organization for giving me this open door to share my story with the
Consumer Advocacy Group
Calls for Latex Glove Ban
consumer advocacy group Public Citizen announced it has filed a petition
to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the use of latex
and powdered medical gloves. Citing health consequences ranging from
rash to shock to possible death, the group is hopeful that newer
latex-free alternatives will become mandated.
petitions against the use of latex is nothing new to the FDA—in fact,
this is the group's second petition on the hazards of latex
gloves—Public Citizen hopes that safer powder-free and latex-free
options will become the preferred gloves of choice.
Riley, a spokeswoman for the FDA, said the administration would review
Public Citizen's petition and respond to it within 180 days.
From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. June 2011 ; 9(6): 18.