Elevating Preventative and Diagnostic Care in Your Hygiene Practice

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Effective Date: December 06, 2017
Expiration Date: December 05, 2020
Format: Self Instructional - Audio Visual Voice-Over with Slides
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Original broadcast supported through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Sunstar Americas Inc.

Dental practices today provide a remarkably similar set of offerings to their patients. The lack of significant differentiation between practices provides an opportunity for these practices willing to embrace oral systemic links (OSLs) as a significant way to enhance value to your patients. Understanding and rooting our hygiene practices in the systemic links between oral and overall health positions our hygiene teams to be true advocates for the health of our patients. This session examines how OSLs can inform the system protocols: oral self -care and nutrition, diagnostics and technology approaches you take with your patients. We focus, in particular, on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and pregnancy outcomes through the lens of several case studies with my patients. We conclude that the benefits OSLs bring to our practices make for healthier practices, more inspired teams, and distinct and sustainable identities for our practices.

Target Audience

The target audience for this course is Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants from novice to advanced professionals.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this CE activity attendee will be able to:

  1. Understand the similarity in the core offerings in dentistry today.
  2. Understand the opportunity to enhance service offerings to our patients.
  3. Understand the role Oral Systemic Links can play in inspiring your practice.
  4. Understand the technology, protocols, and team development approaches required to maximize an Oral Systemic Links approach.
  5. Understand the relationship between oral health and chronic diseases.


Cindy Purdy, RDH, BSDH, CEAS

Sara Paone, RDH, RNCP

Sara Paone has spent over twenty five years as a practice-building, registered dental hygienist, including the last ten years as a consultant, author, and educator. Sara’s clinical work, consulting, and teaching are predicated on the belief that dentistry has a vital role to play as a primary preventative strategy for our patients’ overall health, a role driven by the systemic links between our oral and overall health. Sara’s passion is to work with patients, dental practices and teams to help them integrate this perspective for the betterment of patients’ health, and the practices of which they are a part. Sara, through her hygiene clinic, Mouth Matters, is proudly a strategic part of an Integrated Health Care Facility located in High Park, Toronto. Sara is also a co-founder of the Oral Wellness Learning (OWL) Institute in Dentistry, a teaching institute based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada rooted in oral health and its link to overall systemic wellness.

Recognition and Credits

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PennWell Corporation is an ADA CERP recognized provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Continuing education credits awarded for participating in the CE activity may or may not apply toward license renewal or specific license requirements in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state licensing board(s).

PennWell designates this activity for 1 credit hour of continuing education credits.

Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/goto/cerp.

AGD PACE LogoThe PennWell Corporation is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from (11/1/2015) to (12/31/2019) Provider ID# 320452.

PennWell Corporation is an American Academy of Dental Hygiene (AADH) approved provider, January 1, 2017-December 31, 2018.

Dental Board of California: Provider 4527, course registration number 01-4527-15240.
“This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 1 unit of continuing education.”

Requirements For Successful Completion

To receive credit for your participation in this webinar you will be required to complete the online program examination. To complete the online examination participants must be registered and signed-in to this website and have reviewed the program in its entirety. At the end of the program a link will be provided directing you to the program course exam. Once completed and submitted an immediate grade report will be displayed. All participants scoring at least 70% on the examination will receive a CE Verification Form verifying 1 CE credits. Verification forms may be viewed and printed immediately as well as accessed anytime in the future (24/7) from within the user records page of this website.

Not enough time to complete your online examination? No problem, online examinations may be completed anytime during the effective period of the program. Participants requiring more time to complete an examination may return to this website, sign-in and complete the online examination.

Disclosure Declaration

Presenter Disclosure: Sara Paone, RDH, RNCP discloses that she does have a leadership or financial relationship to disclose related to this continuing education activity.

Commercial Support: This course was developed with commercial support provided by Sunstar Americas Inc.

Provider Disclosure: PennWell Corporation’s Dental Division does not have a leadership or financial/commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in any of the educational activities presented.

CE Planner Disclosure: Craig Dickson, VP & Group Publishing Director, has no relevant financial interest which may create a conflict of interest related to the DE Study Club. Heather Hodges, Conference Manager, has no relevant financial interest which may create a conflict of interest related to this activity.

Provider Contact Information: Heather Hodges, Conference Manager, hhodges@pennwell.com or direct at 918-832-9317.

Image Authenticity: No images in this educational activity have been modified or altered.

Scientific Basis: All content has been derived from references listed and/or the author’s clinical experience.

Known Benefits and Limitations: Information presented in this educational activity represents best practices in evidenced based dentistry with potential benefit for the patient and clinician. No off label or experimental treatments are discussed.

Educational Disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.