About the Speakers and the Courses

The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic: Safer Through Science

Presented by David Carsten, DDS

SARS-CoV-2 has caused the first pandemic in over 100 years. The world was not prepared. There are more cases and more deaths in the United States than any other country. This worldwide public health crisis can be managed with the application of the facts and infection control strategies that are well established. 


Learning Objectives:

·         Define the term pandemic and identify what grants an infective agent pandemic power.

·         Describe a corona virus and the natural history of this virus family.

·         Understand epidemiology, the variations seen in countries, and the predictions.

·         Understand prevention, treatment, and recovery.

·         Understand ramifications for dentistry from management and clinical perspectives.

·         Understand challenges of transmission and practical solutions of infection control.

·         Create a plan for safe clinical practice during a pandemic.


Dr. David Carsten is a dentist anesthesiologist and an Assistant Professor in Hospital Dentistry at the Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) School of Dentistry. He is a sitting commissioner for the Department of Health, Washington State Dental Commission, chairing their Infection Control Committee. He is a lecturer and published author on diverse topics, and he received the Award of Distinction in Continuing Education from the Academy of Dentistry International. Dr. Carsten has held various leadership positions in the local and state dental associations, amongst them president of the Clark County Dental Society twice and a member of the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference Leadership Committee.  He has also been a national delegate for the Academy of General Dentistry and a state delegate for the Washington State Dental Association He currently is a member of the ADA steering committee for the DLOSCE. Dr. Carsten graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a DDS from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. 





Saturday, October 24, 2020

10:00-11:50 AM


The Art of Listening: A Dental Professional’s Principles for Success

Presented by Kelly Tanner, PhD, RDH


Effective communication is crucial for the success of dental professionals in any role. Listening in most situations is more important than speaking…and don’t you agree that it is more important to be interested than interesting? This course will discuss principles of emotional intelligence and motivational interviewing that are essential to communication, building trust, conflict management, and influential negotiation. 

Learning Objectives:

·         Learn how the principles of emotional intelligence drive communication and decision making.

·         Apply principles of negotiation in instances of conflict management and leadership.  

·         Discuss the psychology of communication and how to build trust and influence. 


Kelly Tanner, PhD, RDHKelly has served in areas of dental hygiene including academia, corporate, clinical, entrepreneur, researcher, and has also been active with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association at both the State and National Level. She has been recognized for her outstanding leadership within health care and university settings and is a recipient of the ADHA and Johnson & Johnson Award for Excellence. Kelly offers workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching to aid in the personal and professional growth of individuals and groups. Through the study and practical application of proven leadership methods, she helps individuals, teams, and organizations break through to achieve not only their immediate goals but also their full potential.





Saturday, October 24, 2020

12:30-2:20 PM


The Dental Hygienist’s Role in Diagnosis & Treatment of Erosive Tooth Wear & Bruxism

Presented by Ward Noble, DDS, MS

Sponsored by Crest Oral-B


Erosive tooth wear is an acid disease. Consumption of acidic drinks and foods results in an increase in acid in the oral environment. This decrease in pH is related to increased caries, erosive tooth wear, hypersensitivity and even periodontal disease. The effects from these acids can be minimized by modifying the oral environment, protecting the tooth surfaces from acid challenges and by minimizing the effects of damage from attrition (bruxism), abrasion (toothbrushing). The important role of the hygienist in the management of this acid disease will be discussed.


Leaning Objectives:

·         Help dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants DIAGNOSE various aspects of tooth wear including attrition, abrasion, acid erosion, bruxism and cervical lesions (NCCLs/abfractions).

·         Explain ways in which dentists and dental hygienists can help patients CONTROL risk factors related to tooth surface loss.

·         Discuss how practitioners can help with the MANAGEMENT of tooth wear utilizing minimally invasive procedures which can be performed by various members of the oral health team.

·         Provide hygienists with the tools to discuss dietary and behaviorial changes to improve the health of their patients.


Dr. Ward Noble graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and then completed a prosthodontic residency program at the University of Michigan. After being in private practice and teaching at UCSF for 35 years, he is now a Professor at the University of Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where he has received Excellence in Teaching Awards from both the faculty and students. Dr. Noble recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontists. He has given over 250 presentations and has published numerous book chapters and articles.





 Saturday, October 24, 2020

2:30-4:20 PM


The Toxic Truth About Sugar

Oral Health Implications of E-Cigarettes & Vaping

Presented by Ward Noble, DDS, MS

Sponsored by Crest Oral-B


The Toxic Truth about Sugar

Dental hygienists play a key role in education of patients regarding oral health issues, but should also be aware of serious general health problems among the population. The current increase in obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome is shortening our lifespan and creating an increasingly unhappy, stressed and depressed American population. Much of the problem is related to the increase in sugar and processed foods in American diets. An increased understanding of these problems will help us improve our health and the health of our patients. This presentation will provide useful information and tools to hopefully motivate both oral health professionals, patients, family and friends toward making positive lifestyle changes. 


Leaning Objectives:

·         Understand how sugars are metabolized and their effects on body organs.

·         Use food labels to make better food choices.

·         Understand why processed foods are bad for our health.

·         Explain why “a calorie is not a calorie.”


Oral Health implications of E-Cigarettes & Vaping

The current pandemic has redirected attention away from the e-cigarette health issues, but it still is a serious concern.  While combustible cigarette use has decreased, the use of e-cigarettes has increased dramatically, especially among adolescents and young adults. This presentation will provide an overview of e-cigarette prevalence and emphasize the oral health effects associated with these products.


Leaning Objectives:

·         Discuss the prevalence of e-cigarette use.

·         Describe oral health effects associated with e-cigarettes.

·         Discuss how to minimize the oral health effects of vaping


Dr. Ward Noble graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and then completed a prosthodontic residency program at the University of Michigan. After being in private practice and teaching at UCSF for 35 years, he is now a Professor at the University of Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where he has received Excellence in Teaching Awards from both the faculty and students. Dr. Noble recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontists. He has presented over 250 presentations and has published numerous book chapters and articles.





Sunday, October 25, 2020

8:00-9:50 AM


Don’t Get Caught with your Pants Down: New Dental Products Review

Presented by Judy Bendit, RDH, BS

Sponsored by WaterPik


How many times a day do patients come in to your operatory telling you about some new product they bought on Amazon or at some health food store? It’s hard to keep up with all of them. Do you remember when the dental care aisle in your local pharmacy was actually just a small section of an aisle and only contained a handful of toothbrushes, toothpastes, and maybe some mouthwash? Clearly, times have changed. Now the dental care is truly an entire aisle (or two) and is filled with a variety of products including toothbrushes, toothpastes, mouthwashes and rinses, and so much more. It’s overwhelming for any dental professional…let alone for your patients. In this abridged virtual course, we will look at the historical progression of many of these products along with many of the DIY modalities to figure out what is best for our individual patient’s needs. Let’s not get caught with our pants down…


Leaning Objectives:

·         Look at trends in dental marketing and how they shape our decision-making process

·         Evaluate and discuss the science behind many OTC products and DIY products.

·         Use this information to formulate a homecare protocol based on individual patient needs.


Judy Bendit, RDH, BS was born and raised in a dental office. She has over 45 years of experience in dentistry as a clinician, author and speaker. She serves on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she is active with the alumni board. She also serves on the advisory board for the dental hygiene program at Palm Beach State College. Judy is a member of the CAMBRA coalition, American Academy of Cariology, and American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Oral Health.  She is a longstanding member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and a Distinguished Academy member of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association. Judy has been listed in Dentistry Today as a top speaker for over a decade. She enjoys volunteering as a clinician both at home and abroad.





Sunday, October 25, 2020

10:00-11:50 AM


Lasers in the Hands of Dental Hygienists

Presented by Angie Wallace, RDH


During this 2-hour virtual seminar, we will discuss and meet all of the course objectives. We will quickly and effectively go through all of the needed information for you to have an understanding of how lasers can be beneficial in your dental practice. The last 15 minutes will be open to questions using the chat box and if time allows also live questions. Information will also be provided for in-office laser certification.


Leaning Objectives:

·         Gain a basic understanding of the physics and fundamentals of lasers in dentistry.

·         Discuss benefits of using laser technology in dental practice.

·         Review case studies to understand what lasers can do in the hands of a dental clinician.

·         Describe how to use a laser in periodontal pocket

·         Describe how to care for and maintain laser equipment.


Angie Wallace, RDH has been a clinical hygienist for over 30 years and has been using lasers for over 20+ years. She is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), where she obtained her Advanced level proficiency, her Educator Status and received her ALD Recognized Course Provider 2007 and her Mastership with ALD in 2008. Angie is currently serving as Chair for ALD Education Committee, Co-Chair for Regulatory Affairs and serves on other committees for the ALD Board of Directors. She was the recipient of the 2014 John G. Sulewski, Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Angie has been recognized as a worldwide speaker teaching Laser courses, webinars, and she also works with several laser manufacturers, making sure that their lasers are great for hygienists., She also is an In-Office Laser Consultant, providing laser certification and training courses.  She has several articles and chapters published about Lasers and has co-authored her own book about laser hygiene. She continues to work 4 days a week in clinical dental hygiene. Angie can be reached at: [email protected].





Sunday, October 25, 2020

12:30-2:20 PM


Modern Mobile & Teledentistry Opportunities for the Dental Hygienist

Presented by Sonya Dunbar, RDH, MHA & Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDHEP


It’s never been a more exciting time to have a career as a dental hygienist! Thanks to a shift in consumer mindset mobile and virtual delivery of healthcare is in demand. In this jam-packed course, participants will discover how emerging and innovative technologies have helped make dental care more convenient and relevant to all patients, with dental hygienists at the forefront of the movement. We’ll discuss the history of mobile dentistry, the recent demand for teledentistry, the roles of the dental hygienist in performing these services, and more! The dental hygienist will play a pivotal part of the future of dentistry...and the exciting news is the future is already here!


Leaning Objectives:

·         Define what modern mobile dentistry means to dental professionals.

·         Understand how teledentistry can impact delivery model, increase patient touchpoints, and create new opportunity for dental hygienists. 

·         Identify case scenarios where mobile and teledentistry can be used to deliver care.

·         Review the history of mobile dentistry and teledentistry and the impact the COVID-19 shutdown had on both.

·         Discover the various roles dental hygienists will play in the future of dentistry.


Sonya Dunbar, RDH, MHA is an oral health educator on a mission to reduce the health risks and morbidity among seniors due to poor oral health. She has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 27 years and a TEDx and national public speaker. Her passion for the geriatric community is always demonstrated when she speaks - guided by decades of dental experience in private practice, skilled nursing facilities and academia. Sonya is co-owner of Mobile Dental Xpress, providing comprehensive dental care to residents in skilled nursing facilities. She is a US Navy Veteran and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Gerontology. Sonya is the CEO of The Geriatric Toothfairy and is a published author of Golden Nuggets For Life.


Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDHEP An award-winning thought leader, influencer and dental advisor, Melissa works to improve the dental experience for both patient and provider. She is sought after for her extensive knowledge in mobile dentistry, teledentistry, workplace wellness, and PR/marketing. Melissa is Chief Hygiene Officer for Cellerant Consulting and is a nationally published author and speaker. In addition to being the co-founder of the National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference and the American Mobile & Teledentistry Alliance, Melissa is the creator of the social networking group, I Heart Mobile Dentistry. She is affectionately known on Instagram as @thetoothgirl.






Sunday, October 25, 2020

2:30-4:20 PM


Patient Home Care Matters!

Presented by Heather Kelley, RDH, MSDH

Sponsored by TePe Oral Health Care, Inc.


Oral healthcare products are being purchased, yet we still have a high prevalence of gum disease. Understanding the timeline of our microbiome will help us strategize what assessment factors are important when deciding recall intervals. After we have decided how often we will see our patients, how will we achieve patient compliance? Next, we will discuss how we administer oral hygiene instruction in the framework of researched behavioral change models. The delivery makes a difference. Lastly, not every patient is the same, so we must tailor the home care regimen recommendations. Based on research and specific patient needs, we will discuss what types of modalities to recommend.


Leaning Objectives:

·         Identify appropriate continuing care intervals.

·         Strategize an effective approach to professional oral hygiene instruction.

·         Deliver individualized home care recommendations based on patient needs


Heather Kelley, RDH, MSDH is the Professional Relations Manager for TePe Oral Health Care and works one day a week clinically in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MSDH from Idaho State University. She has over a decade of experience working clinically as a hygienist in both periodontal and general practices. Heather has been adjunct faculty at both Pasadena Community College and Pacific University. She has served and supported the American Dental Hygienists’ Association at both the state and local levels as Treasurer, Trustee, and as a delegate. Heather has presented CE lectures in collaboration with Western Society of Periodontology, gives webinars on interdental cleaning, and has presented on advocacy for underserved populations.