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School of Dental HygieneDental Hygiene Winter Weekend

Dental Hygiene Continuing Education Conference

February 24-26, 2023

Earn 15 hours (1.5 CEU's) during one information packed weekend. This year's Dental Hygiene Conference will be offered virtually via live and recorded webinars.

Winter Weekend 2023

February 24-26, 2023

Join us February 24-26, 2023 for our annual, intensive Continuing Education Program. Earn 15 hours (1.5 CEU's) during one information packed weekend. This is a virtual conference. This year's Winter Weekend courses will be offered virtually via live and recorded webinars. All sessions will be virtual.

New for 2023: All Winter Weekend attendees are invited for this exclusive event! Join us for an in-person Winter Weekend Exhibit Hall! The Exhibit Hall will be open from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the ODU Health Sciences Building/School of Dental Hygiene on Saturday, February 25, 2023. Tours of the current Dental Hygiene Care Facility and refreshments will be provided!

Individual Registration Cost:

  • $150 Early Bird (available until 1/16/23)
  • $175 Standard (beginning 1/17/23)

Registration open until 2/17/23

For program questions, contact Laura Padron at lpadron@odu.edu or 757-683-3338.

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Session Information:

Session 1

Session 1: You've got to see this! Using Intraoral Cameras Alongside the Comprehensive Head and Neck Examination to Educate, Identify, and Raise Awareness About Airway Health.

Friday, February 24, 2023

1-4 PM

Sponsored by: Premier and BioGaia

Healthy breathing is critical to optimal oral and overall health. Dental practitioners can be a collaborative partner to bridge the medical-dental divide by implementing airway assessments during routine dental visits. Integrating airway assessments alongside the head and neck examination is a quick and easy way to assess oral and overall health. Join in as we discuss intra/extra oral photos that the dental team can use for patient education and screening for airway health and sleep disordered breathing.


  1. Learn how the intraoral camera can be a vital education tool
  2. Identify common intra/extra "red flags" of disordered breathing
  3. Gain confidence to perform airway screenings during routine dental appointments
  4. Incorporate airway photos into daily practice

Presenter: Lancette VanGuilder, BS, RDH, PHEDH, CEAS

Lancette VanGuilder, BS,RDH,PHEDH,CEAS graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1995 and has spent the last two decades actively involved in the dental industry as a speaker, author, clinician, and public health advocate.

Lancette is a past president of the Nevada Dental Hygienists Association, is a past recipient of the Nevada Dental Hygienist of the Year and received the Innovative Career Vision Award for her work in all 7 professional roles of the dental hygienist. She served on the board of directors for the American Dental Hygienists Association and has been honored at the national level by receiving the ADHA Irene Newman Professional Achievement award, recognizing her for her contributions to advancing the art and science of the dental hygiene profession over the last 15 years. Out of 230,000 dental hygienists, she was selected as one to the Top 6 Dental Hygienists to know in 2021, by the national publication Dimensions in Dental Hygiene. In 2022, she received global recognition, receiving the Denobi "All-Star" award for her public health, mobile dentistry, advocacy, speaking and vaccine accomplishments. Most recently, she received the highest honor given by the American Dental Hygienists Association by being recognized with the ADHA Award of Excellence. This award has only been given to a small number of select individuals over the last 100 years.

Lancette is an internationally recognized continuing education speaker and serves as a key opinion leader in the dental industry. She serves as the clinical director for Sierra Sleep, Airway and Wellness Center in Reno, Nevada. In addition, she works as a clinician in private practice, owns a mobile dentistry business, a national CE company and provides ergonomic coaching. Amidst the pandemic, she became a proud COVID vaccinator with Battle Born Medical Corp and has traveled across the globe advocating for vaccine administration by dental hygienists. Most recently, she co-founded a non-profit called The RISE Experience. RISE retreats provide education/training and support for women in healthcare who want to make an impact in the world and pursue entrepreneurship.

Session 2

Session 2: Superheroes of Dentistry: Community-Based Dental Care

Friday, February 24, 2023

Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Sponsored by: Crest Oral B

As dental professionals, we are wired with the desire to make an impact in our community, but often do not know where to begin. This course will provide the learner with strategies for implementing community outreach initiatives. It will also educate the learner on the variety of public health settings and ways to combat disparities. As well as barriers facing the community and providers seeking to make an impact. Included in this course are examples of outreach initiatives implemented to address disparities such as disabilities, geographical barriers, language, cost, and low health literacy. We will also discuss grant writing strategies and funding initiatives. The learner will be given the tools to initiate their own outreach program and support community initiatives. Additionally we will discuss trauma-informed care when working with at risk populations and tips from a mother of children with autism on how to care for people with disabilities.

● The learner will be able to plan and implement community outreach initiatives.

● The learner will be able to describe community-based dental care.

● The learner will be able to identify barriers to community dental care and how to address these barriers.

● The learner will be able to organize creative fundraising and donation initiatives to support their community projects

Presenter: Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH

Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH, has been compassionately blazing trails personally and professionally for more than 10 years. As a clinician, educator, author, and champion for public health issues, she inspires industry colleagues with unique stories that include triumph over abuse and discovering her identity as "The Latina RDH." Celebrated as her family's first college graduate, Amber holds a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from The University of Texas School of Dentistry She now hosts A Cuento De Dos Higienistas podcast. Amber is recipient of numerous national and state awards and academic scholarships including being named 2021's Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know & 2022 Sunstar Award of Distinction recipient. Amber is the co-author of Smiles Por Vida a Spanish & Spanglish not for profit children's dental book. Amber also has a monthly column with RDH Magazine. A powerful speaker and advocate, Amber is one of the American Dental Hygienists' Association's powerhouse allies for underserved populations. Her leadership has included the influence of oral health public policy in her home state and beyond as she motivates and empowers clinicians through presentations of perseverance and resilience. Amber is also the founder of Latin RDH, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering the Latin dental hygiene community.

Session 3

Session 3: From Burnout to Recovery-Strategic Solutions to Address and Manage Burnout

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Sponsored by: Pulpdent and BioGaia

According to the World Health Organization, burnout syndrome is a result of chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. Healthcare providers suffer from burnout at an alarming rate. Healthcare providers who suffer from burnout may deliver less than satisfactory patient care due to their overwhelming stress level. This interactive discussion will provide an overview on how to identify burnout and successfully implement strategies to overcome the damaging effects.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize the signs of burnout.
  • Identify effective strategies to address and manage burnout.
  • Reframe the clinical mindset to recover from the trauma associated with burnout.
  • Arrive at actionable strategies to bring about impactful change that will positively affect their life.

Presenter: Kari Carter-Cherelus, RDH, DA

Kari Carter-Cherelus RDH, DA is a consultant, coach, speaker, instructor, website content creator, and an author. Kari knows first hand how working in a hostile work environment can contribute to the feeling of burnout, negatively effecting ones overall health and confidence. Her passion to help others in her field motivated her write the book The Ultimate Guide for Dental Hygienist Burnout. As CEO and Founder of KMC Strategic Solutions she helps improve the work culture in teams and organizations, as well as coaches individuals. She firmly believes that it is only when we have made positive changes from within ourselves that we can influence change within others. You can contact her at cherelussmiles@gmail.com

Session 4

Session 4: Oral Microbiome and Link to GI Health

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by: WaterPIk

Emerging studies are starting to show a strong link between oral health and gut health. Periodontal bacteria have been shown to worsen inflammatory bowel disease and potentially play a role in the development of colon cancer. This course will examine the emerging evidence on how the oral microbiome and subsequent inflammation play a role in gastrointestinal health

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how p.gingivalis may contribute to a dysbiotic gut microbiota
  • Explain how oral inflammation plays a role in worsening Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Evaluate the research linking periodontitis to colon cancer and pancreatic cancer
  • Discuss the role periodontal therapy and good oral hygiene may have on gastrointestinal health

Presenter: Carol Jahn

Carol Jahn, RDH, MS has a BS in dental hygiene from the University of Iowa and an MS in Continuing Education from the University of St Francis. She has been a dental hygienist since 1982; she practiced clinically for 14 years in general and periodontal practices. She is an international speaker and author, and industry leader. Currently, she is the Director of Professional Relations & Education for Water Pik, Inc. Carol received the ADHA/J & J Award of Excellence in 2013 and served on the board of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and been a delegate to the International Federation of Dental Hygiene. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her partner, Larry, and their dog Toby.

Session 5

Session 5: Mysteries of the Medical History

Sunday, February 26, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Sponsored by:

Do you have what it takes to read and interpret a patient's medical history and identify potential contraindications to dental treatment and/or treatment plan modifications? What potential complications lurk behind the patient's medical history that may impact dental therapy, alter treatment plans and perhaps even result in medical emergencies? Armed only with a summary of past and current disease states and a list of current medications, will you be able to decipher the clues, solve the mystery and employ innovative treatment strategies to save the day? This program will provide practical tools every dental professional can use every day to assist them in interpreting the information about medications, supplements and substances of abuse contained in a patient's medical history and understanding their impact on dental treatment planning and patient care.

Learning Objectives:

Discuss the medications, supplements and substances of abuse most frequently encountered on a patient's medical history and their impact on dental therapy.

Describe medication-induced and systemic illness-induces xerostomia and specific clinical technologies dental professionals may employ to combat its negative effects.

Explore innovative treatment options available with injectable and topical anesthetics for managing pain in medically complex patients.

Identify the clinical signs and symptoms of undiagnosed systemic illness which may be present during routine oral examination.

Presenter: Tom Viola

With over 30 years' experience as a board-certified pharmacist, clinical educator, professional speaker and published author, Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P. has earned his national and international reputation as the go-to specialist for making pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team. As the founder of Pharmacology Declassified, Tom provides valuable insight on the complex interplay between pharmacology and physiology so that clinicians may be knowledgeable about not only the dental considerations of medications used to treat systemic illness but also the systemic considerations of medications used to provide dental treatment. As an educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of over 10 dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. As an author, Tom is well known for his contributions to several professional journals, has served as a contributor, chapter author and peer reviewer for several pharmacology textbooks and currently serves as a consultant to the American Dental Association's Council on Scientific Affairs. As a speaker, Tom has presented over 1000 informative, humorous and engaging continuing education seminars and webinars to dental professionals internationally since 2001. Meeting planners and attendees agree that Tom is their choice to educate within this dental specialty.

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to lpadron@odu.edu BEFORE February 17, 2023. Failure to attend the conference will not constitute an acceptable reason for a refund. Refunds are returned via the original form of payment.

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