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Dental Hygiene Symposium 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Green Dentistry: Cannabis and Oral Health
Barry Taylor, DMD

Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.  Thirty-three states currently have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, while 10 states have legalized it for recreational use. 
This course is an unbiased and evidence-based presentation of marijuana and its role in dentistry. Dr. Taylor will present an introduction to the history of marijuana and trends pertaining to its use. He will also provide a basic science review regarding the cannabis plant, the drug marijuana and the endocannabinoid system. He will discuss how marijuana use affects the oral and general health of patients and will address areas of possible dental research related to cannabinoids. 

You Will Learn

  • To comprehend the endocannabinoid system, what cannabinoids are and how marijuana is connected
  • How marijuana affects oral health—specifically oral pathology, dental caries and periodontal disease
  • To understand how marijuana affects your patients’ general health
  • Possible interactions of marijuana with commonly prescribed medications
  • How to communicate with patients regularly using marijuana

The Myths, Legends and Realities of OTC Products
Judy Bendit, RDH, MS
How many times a day do patients come into your operatory telling you about some new product they bought on Amazon or at a health food store? It’s hard to keep up with all of the latest products. It’s overwhelming for any dental professional…let alone your patients. Let’s look at the historical progression of many dental products along with many of the DIY modalities to figure out what is best for your individual patient’s needs.

In this fun and interactive webinar, we will explore a wide range of dental products. We will also take a look at dental marketing—including some vintage television commercials—and discuss how they have helped shape our philosophies as well as the challenges of getting the right products into the hands of our patients.

You Will Learn

  • To analyze trends in dental marketing and how they shape our decision-making process
  • How to formulate a homecare protocol
  • To evaluate the science behind many OTC products and DIY products
  • To compare the current rinse products available for in-office and in-home use

Who Should Attend
This program is designed for dental hygienists. The topics covered are also appropriate for dentists and other allied dental professionals.

Tuition: $169 Allied Dental Professionals;* $225 Dentists*
Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Format: Live, interactive webinar via Cisco Webex
Credits: This activity is designated for 6 units of  continuing education credit.

*CDHA members and dues-paying Dugoni School alumni receive a $30 discount. Contact for the discount code.

About the Instructors

Barry Taylor, DMD, is an assistant professor of restorative dentistry at the Oregon Health and Science University, School of Dentistry.  He is also a part-time associate in private practice at Woodburn Community Dental. Prior to attending the OHSU School of Dentistry, he worked as a research assistant for two years in the field of neuropsychopharmacology at the U.S. Veterans’ Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Taylor is currently president of the Oregon Dental Association and served as editor of the ODA for nine years. He is a member of the ADA’s Council on Communications. 

Judy Bendit, RDH, MS, is an adjunct periodontic faculty member at Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry. She has written many articles on dental-related topics and is a volunteer for the Global Smile Foundation. Following her years of practice as a clinical dental hygienist, Judy served as a sales representative for manufacturers of dental products for 12 years and served as an educational consultant for several dental manufacturers. She has been recognized as a “Top Leader in Dental Education” by Dentistry Today. She is a member of the ADHA and Academy of Dental Hygiene.


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