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Dental Management of Medically Compromised Patients
Presented by: Dr. Sanjukta Mohanta, DDS
Dr. Sanjukta Mohanta is a general dentist at a community health centre in Brampton where she treats patients on publicly-funded dental programs.  She was a clinical and theoretical instructor at the Canadian Academy of Dental Hygiene from 2003-2011. She was the president of the Halton-Peel Dental Association in 2015 and was on the Canadian Dental Association's Future of the Profession Task Force in 2017. She is an active volunteer with the Ontario Dental Association and received the ODA Award of Merit in 2018. She is engaged in promoting community oral health and advocating to improve public dental plans. 
Course Description:
Learn about common medications taken by patients and the dental management of medically compromised patients. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be informed about common medications
  2. Recognize which common medications affect oral health
  3. Identify which medications affect dental treatment
  4. Understand what modifications are necessary when treating medically compromised patients
Date: Monday September 16, 2019
Time: Sign-in 6:30pm, lecture 7:30-9:30pm
Location: John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Rd, Mississauga
Exhibitor: OralB
Healthy and Respectful Workplace
Presented by: Donna Wells & Melanie Martin (CDHA)
Donna Wells, RDH, BA:

Donna is a graduate of the dental hygiene program at the Canadian National Institute of Health and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Carleton University. After working several years in both general and periodontal practice, Donna became a theory and clinical educator, and most recently held the position of pre-clinical coordinator at the Canadian National Institute of Health. Donna is the manager of professional practice at the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.

Melanie Martin RDH, MA:

Melanie began her career in the dental field as a dental assistant, graduated from the dental hygiene program at Cambrian College, and holds a master’s degree in leadership from Royal Roads University. She has 28 years of experience as a dental hygienist and has worked in a family practice, as an educator, and as an independent dental hygienist. Melanie is the director of dental hygiene practice at the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.
Course Description:
Results from CDHA’s 2018 healthy and respectful workplace survey indicate that members are facing workplace issues with harassment, bullying, abuse, and violence in the workplace. This presentation will provide an overview of the results from this survey. The session will also include a workshop on having difficult conversations in the workplace and how to lead the way to a positive work environment. 
Date: Tuesday October 15, 2019
Time: Sign-in 6:30pm, lecture 7:30-9:30pm
Location: John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Rd, Mississauga
Exhibitor: CDHA
Clinical Advances in Modern Periodontics
Presented by: Dr. Naheed Mohamed, DDS
Dr. Naheed Mohamed is a Canadian Board-certified Periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He received his dental training at Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine and went on to complete his post-graduate training in Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Mohamed has particular interest in modern technology and minimally invasive approaches to surgery. He has focused on dental implant and related site development surgery through bone augmentation and reconstruction. He also provides numerous cosmetic procedures to enhance your smile aesthetics from smile design gum contouring to lip augmentation. Dr. Mohamed is a member of the Ontario Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.  Dr Mohamed practices in Mississauga and Oakville.  
Course Description:
This lecture will focus on the cuttin edge and latest advances in periodontics and implantology. Focus will be placed on minimally invasive techniques along with the use of digital technology to facilitate surgery as well as patient treatment acceptance. The program will cover various topics which will include minimally invasive procedures like periodontal microsurgery for soft tissue grafting and bone regeneration, with the adjunctive use of growth factors, blood borne biological modifiers, and 3D printing. Modern implantology will be showcased though the use of digital technology to plan and execute bone reconstructions of alveolar defects in preparation for implants using CT scans, intra-oral scanners, facial scanners, and 3D printing. The use of computer guided surgery and live guided navigation will also be presented. Come join us for a fantastic evening about where periodontics has evolved to and a look into where it is going in the future.
Date: Wednesday November 13, 2019
Time: Sign-in 6:30pm, lecture 7:30-9:30pm
Location: John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Rd, Mississauga
Exhibitor: Butler GUM


Understanding and Caring for Patients with Dental Anxiety or Phobia
Presented by: Linda Douglas, RDH, BSc
Linda M. Douglas, RDH, B.Sc. graduated as a dental hygienist from the Royal Dental Hospital in London, England in 1982. After working in periodontology at the Royal Dental Hospital, Linda moved to Toronto, Canada, where she has worked in private general and periodontal practice since 1990. Linda’s desire to understand and support patients with dental anxiety or phobia instigated an in-depth study of this topic, which has evolved into her writing articles. Linda has lectured at rdhu, the Annual Townie Meeting,  the Toronto Academy of Dentistry Annual Winter Clinic, and the Dentistry in Paradise convention in Barbados
Course Description:
Have you ever encountered patients who totally mystify you? As clinicians, we have probably all seen patients who are non-compliant. I was inspired to create this presentation after hearing comments from exasperated colleagues about our more challenging patients. For example: angry, or seemingly apathetic individuals; those who refuse to be reclined in the chair when there is no obvious physical impediment; irregular attenders; and those with poor self-care. These behaviours might be a result of mental health issues, like dental phobia, but with understanding, we can help these individuals feel good about their dental appointments, and achieve good oral health.

Educational objectives

  • Describe common causes of dental anxiety and phobia
  • Define trauma-informed practice and sensitive practice
  • Discuss the benefits of Motivational Interviewing for behavioural change
  • Describe modalities for pain relief and anxiety reduction
  • Implement the ‘Umbrella of Safety’ in your practice.
Date: Monday January 13, 2020
Time: Sign-in 6:30pm, lecture 7:30-9:30pm
Location: John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Rd, Mississauga
Exhibitor: GSK
Telling Tongues: Stories from the Oral Cavity
Presented by: Neli Gontier
Neli is a key opinion leader and registered dental hygienist with many years of experience as an educator, practice management consultant and corporate manager.  In her role as an Education & Training Specialist for a national non-profit, she authored several books on the subject of neurological diseases and caregiving, as well as a book and webinar for the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility on the subject of invisible disabilities and neurological diseases.  As a Senior Trainer/Facilitator for CSPN and their international corporate clients she has developed and delivered many training programs in the areas of leadership, customer service, privacy and accessibility.  Her talks and webinars on biofilms, oral diseases, infection control and other relevant topics have been very well received by numerous dental societies and associations, including the ODHA and CDHA.  She is the mother of two boys with whom she enjoys being outdoors hiking, swimming and riding in her spare time.  Her goal is to inspire others to become lifelong learners, and to continually improve their practice standards.
Course Description:
The tongue and the rest of the oral cavity can speak volumes of the health of an individual. Are you listening (or rather, watching)? This interactive program will highlight some of the most common oral signs and symptoms of disease, and will help you come to identify and understand the different microbiological, nutritional and systemic causes for many oral conditions. It will also provide you with applicable treatment options, guidance and references to help you help your patients.
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2020
Time: Sign-in 6:30pm, lecture 7:30-9:30pm
Location: John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Rd, Mississauga
Exhibitor: OralB


IPAC What Now? What's the Latest?
Presented by: Michelle Aube-Simmonds, RDH

Michelle is a professional and enthusiastic leader who has the ability to motivate and create a positive environment and uplifting learning atmosphere!  Her accomplishments are as follows:

  • Founder and owner of Positive Impact Dental Consulting
  • Fanshawe College Dental Hygiene Theory and Clinical Educator
  • Fanshawe College Continuing Education Department IPAC Educator
  • Maxill’s Continuing Education Manager, Researcher and Speaker
  • Clinical RDH for 25 years
  • ODHA Re-energize conference Speaker
  • CDHA Publication Article Writer
  • Strauman Implants Speaker
  • Past CDHO QA Assessor
  • Past CDHO IPAC Remedial Course Facilitator
  • Past Acteon North America Clinical Trainer
Course Description:
This course will review where dental offices currently sit with the latest IPAC information from Public Health Ontario and regulatory bodies.  A series of new resources have been released and  will be discussed for their application into every day practice.  Hot topics will include: Process Challenging Devices, Bowie Dick Testing, Sterilization of Handpiece Motors, PPE Gowns, SAL (Sterilization Assurance Levels) of 24 Hr BI’s compared to Rapid Release BI’s, the CDHO Practice Profile IPAC questions, etc.  This fact filled lecture will also include a live demonstration with blue light technology and glow in the dark gel to simulate cross contamination during PPE removal!  A fun filled interactive lecture that can’t be missed!
Date: CANCELLED - rescheduled date TBD
Time: Sign-in 6:30pm, lecture 7:30-9:30pm
Location: John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Rd, Mississauga
Exhibitor: Maxill
Communication and the Social Determinants of Health
Presented by: Tanya Stricek CTE Cert Health Coach
Tanya has been a registered dental hygienist for 22 years and a member of Halton Peel since she graduated. Passionate about whole body health, she is also a certified mindful eating and health coach, certified tobacco educator, and holistic nutritionist, who volunteers in The Center for Addiction and Mental Health’s TEACH project, where health professionals find education and resources in tobacco addiction and health behavior.  
Course Description:
Has this popped up in your Self Assessment?: "Learn about effective communication techniques to enable me to discuss the relationship of determinants of health with my clients.”  Let's discuss what the social determinants of health are, and how they relate to your dental hygiene client. Review communication techniques that help you understand how the social determinants of health may be affecting your client, and become an "active listening" practitioner.
Date: CANCELLED - rescheduled date TBD
Time: Sign-in 6:30pm, lecture 7:30-9:30pm
Location: John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Rd, Mississauga
Exhibitor: Colgate



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