Dental Hygienist
Study Club

Dental Hygiene Forum

Taking Continuing Education to a Higher Level
2014 – 2015

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Thursday, October 2, 2014
6.00 – 9.00 pm

“The Future of Lasers in Periodontal Therapy: Science, Hype or Snake Oil”

I. Stephen Brown, DDS, FACD, FICD

2.5 CE credits

Substantial controversy continues to surround the use of lasers in periodontal therapy. The results of recent research studies suggest that lasers provide a viable alternative to traditional periodontal surgery. Properly applied, lasers produce less bleeding, swelling and discomfort. Lasers treat the cause of periodontal disease rather than the effects, by specifically targeting identifiable periodontal pathogens. Regeneration of periodontal tissues around teeth and dental implants is the gold standard by which we measure treatment effectiveness. Evidence is emerging that lasers provide an enhanced method for achieving this elusive goal, while eliminating many of the negative side effects associated with conventional periodontal surgery.

Key Points will include:

  • How are lasers used to effectively treat periodontal disease?
  • What are the differences between the many lasers being used in dentistry and how they differ from each other? Are they all created equal?
  • How does laser periodontal treatment differ from traditional pocket-elimination surgery?
  • What is LANAP and is there evidence to support this treatment modality?
  • Information on LAPIP for the successful treatment of “Ailing-Failing” implants.
  • Is this method of treatment a “flash in the pan” or does this represent the dawn of a new future, solidly based on biology and physics?

Dr. I. Stephen Brown, a graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry, earned specialty certification in Periodontics and Adult Orthodontics at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine, and was the first dentist in the US to acquire this rare double specialty. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and The International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists, and The Academy of Osseointegration. He is a Fellow of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Founded in 1787, it is the oldest professional medical organization in the country. It is, indeed, an unusual achievement for a dentist to be honored by this prestigious society. Dr. Brown serves as Professor of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Professor of Periodontology and Oral Implantology at Temple University School of Dentistry, and Director of the Dental Implant Center at Albert Einstein Medical Center. He has recently been selected as an Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
6.00 – 9.00 pm

“Update on Anti-Infective Periodontal Therapy”

Thomas E. Rams, DDS, MHS, PhD

2.5 CE credits

This presentation will review the scientific basis and specific clinical protocols to optimize use of local and systemic antimicrobial agents in periodontal therapy. Microbiological testing methods, antibiotic resistance in periodontal pockets, and laser suppression of periodontal bacterial pathogens, will be among the topics discussed.

Dr. Thomas E. Rams graduated from University of Maryland School of Dentistry and earned his Postgraduate Specialty Certificate in Periodontics at the New York Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Rams also holds a PH.D Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Oral Microbiology) earned at University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Dr. Rams is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry.

Dr. Rams also serves as Professor of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Director/Clinical Consultant at the Oral Microbiology Testing Service Laboratory at Temple University School of Dentistry, and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Rams maintains a Private practice of periodontics in Washington, DC.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
6.00 – 9.00 pm

“Making Local Anesthesia Stick”

Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

3.0 CE credits


Due to their potential for producing life-threatening systemic adverse reactions, a thorough knowledge of the pharmacological and clinical properties of local anesthetic agents is essential for their safe and effective use. This program will provide participants with an overview of the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents commonly administered in dental practice and patient management techniques necessary with specific disease states.


Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the basic concepts of neurophysiology and nerve conduction and the mechanism
    of action of local anesthetic agents.
  • Differentiate between the two major classes of local anesthetic agents with respect to their distribution, metabolism, adverse effects, drug interactions and contraindications.
  • Discuss the rationale for the use of vasoconstrictors in local anesthetic solutions and their
    potential effects in common organ system disease states.
  • Specify the various local anesthetic agent combinations most commonly used in dentistry and the rationale for their use in specific clinical situations.


In addition to his daily practice of the profession of pharmacy, Thomas Viola also serves the dental professions as a clinical educator, published writer and professional speaker. Tom is a member of the faculty of eight colleges, as well as several national board exam review courses. He is a contributor to several dental professional journals, with pharmacology columns appearing regularly in General Dentistry, AGD Impact, Access Magazine and RDH Magazine. In addition, Tom currently serves on the Advisory Board for General Dentistry and as the Subject Matter Expert for Mosby’s Dental Drug Reference. Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses, nationally and internationally, in the areas of dental pharmacology and local anesthesia.

Monday, April 13, 2015
6.00 – 9.00 pm

“Sex, Drugs and Oral Cancer”

Robert J. Whitman, MSE

2.0 CE credits


Recent trends in oral cancer have heightened the importance of a proper oral cancer screening protocol for all medical and dental professionals. Oral cancer has risen each of the past six years, and the deforming disease is now affecting patients with no traditional risk factors. Due to a 225% increase in HPV related oropharyngeal cancers, oral cancer is occurring in younger populations, changing the perception of who to screen.

This course will introduce recent and emerging technologies for early discovery of oral cancer, including fluorescence technology and quantitative cytology. Clinical examples of these procedures will also be provided.


  • Understand Oral Cancer rates and risk factors
  • Understand the role of HPV and Oral Cancer
  • Learn proper Oral Cancer Screening protocols
  • Learn how to properly communicate with your patients
  • Learn how to incorporate adjunctive technologies for Oral Cancer screening
  • Interpretation of Oral Cancer screening with adjunctive technologies

Robert J. Whitman, MSE

A graduate of Tulane University with both a B.S. and M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering, Robert brings a medical engineering mindset to the dental industry. Robert began his career at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a Clinical Engineer utilizing fluorescence technology in the cervical cancer arena. Shortly thereafter, Robert joined the Research and Development department for Remicalm LLC / Trimira LLC, developing cancer screening products utilizing fluorescence technology from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Robert is now CEO and Director of Clinical Education of Forward Science LLC, a company that he co-founded with a vision for innovation of current cancer screening technologies into a better solution to save more lives.