Live Stream Webinars

Purely Essential – Using Natural Antimicrobials in Your Practice

2 AGD PACE Approved Hours

Course Description

Patients increasing demand for natural products has caused the dental industry to seek options outside the traditional products we’ve been accustomed to. But with all the natural antimicrobial products available, how do we differentiate between them, and do they really work?

Course Objectives
  1. 1. Trends in Natural Oral Care

    3. Natural Antimicrobials in Clinical Studies

    3. Ingredients for Effective Gum & Oral Care

    4. Problems with Traditional Antimicrobials

    5. Natural Oral Care Products

About the Speaker

Cherise McCrea has over 30 years’ experience in the dental industry spending the first 26 in the dental office working as front desk administrator, an assistant, and finishing those years as a dental hygienist. Currently she is the national clinical educator for the Dental Herb Company as well as a consultant to companies who wish to incorporate health and wellness protocols into their business. Cherise presents live in person and online webinars on topics related to oral and systemic health, travels locally to medical and dental offices providing education to their patients and team members raising the awareness of the oral systemic connection, and is thrilled to present to the audience at Wizdom DES.

Human Trafficking: The Role of the Dental Professional

2 AGD PACE Approved CE Hours

Course Description

Human trafficking is a public health issue in the United States. This course will equip dental professionals to understand the problem and health consequences of human trafficking. Participants will learn to identify victims in a healthcare setting using trauma-centered interviewing techniques, recognize key factors that put people at risk for human trafficking, where to report suspected victims, and national human trafficking resources.

Course Objectives
  • Identify the different forms of human trafficking.
  • Discuss the global epidemic of human trafficking.
  • Identify vulnerable population groups in human trafficking.
  • Recognize red flags to identify victims in healthcare settings.
  • Identify interviewing strategies to assess and identify victims in a healthcare setting.
  • Discuss the psychological, health, and social consequences of human trafficking.
  • Recognize the national human trafficking resources and reporting agencies available to survivors.
About the Speaker

Dr. Ileana S. Pino is the President of the South Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association, former Executive Director of the Florida Allied Dental Educators, Professor at the Miami Dade College Dental Hygiene Program, and adjunct faculty at Fones School of Dental Hygiene Bachelor and Doctorate of Health Science Programs at the University of Bridgeport. Dr. Pino received her Bachelor of Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College, and Master’s and Doctor in Health Sciences degrees from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Pino has created health promotion programs to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS testing among college students, oral health literacy, environmental issues that affect health, motivational interviewing for dental professionals, and advanced dental hygiene clinical concepts. Since 2015, Dr. Pino has been raising awareness of human trafficking. With her team, she developed an online professional faculty development human trafficking course. She presents to numerous professional and community organizations, and works with anti-trafficking organizations to help survivors receive the dental services they need. She is often on radio and television to bring more awareness in her community. Dr. Pino received the 2020 Faculty Changemaker Award, 2020 Association of Florida College Distinguished Professor Award, 2019 Institute of Civic Engagement for Democracy’s Civic Leader Award, 2019 Global Innovative Network Human Trafficking Advocacy Award, and the 2019 Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association Swann D. Knowles Leadership Award for her leadership and service to dental hygiene.

Advancements in Laser Dentistry

January 23rd, 2021
12:30 pm EST - 2:30 pm EST

2 AGD PACE Approved Hours

Course Description

In this course, we will discuss the different dental lasers on the market. This will include laser physics, wavelengths and the pros/cons of each. We will also walk through a full-range of dental laser procedure capabilities including videos.

Course Objectives
  • Learn about the full-range of dental lasers and wavelengths currently available.

  • Learn about laser capabilities in dentistry and the benefits of using laser vs traditional modalities 

  • Understand how adding lasers can boost the practice and offer better clinical outcomes for patients.

Leaky Gut, Leaky Gums: A Missing Link

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2 AGD PACE Approved Hours

About the Speaker

Karen Thomas MSc, CNS®, LN, ND, RDH BS, FDN-P, CHHC, Certified Biological Dental Hygienist.


Karen is the CEO and Founder of Holistic Digestive Solutions. Karen’s passion for the healthcare industry began at the age of 15 in dentistry. Over 39 years later, her passion has grown to include functional medicine to improve the overall health of her clients.


She is a Licensed Nutritionist, Nutrition Dietician, Certified Nutritionist Specialist®, and Certified Biological Dental Hygienist, Certified Integrative Nutrition® Health Coach, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P), and a motivational speaker, educator and the award-winning author of Overwhelmed & Undernourished: Use Food as Medicine and Turn Your Life Around and the 2020 Recipient of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.


Karen’s own health took a downward spiral when chronic stress led her into a 2-year, bed-ridden battle to regain her wellness. Without a proper diagnosis, she searched for the answers none of her physicians could give her. Karen was forced to figure it all out herself. Her research led her to several great resources, including the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. This taught her the health benefits of appropriate nutrition and grew her ever-expanding journey into helping others find answers to their own, similar health mysteries.


She currently works with private clients in addition to working with physicians who seek her counsel on finding the root causes of mysterious autoimmune diseases for their own patients. Karen uses functional medicine laboratory testing to accomplish this. She then designs bio-individual protocols to aid in reversing chronic health diseases.

Course Description

Dental professionals are well educated regarding the impact the oral microbiome has on the oral cavity. This area of knowledge is forever changing, and we now know oral bacteria is not contained to the mouth. 


Hearts, lungs, brains have all been shown to be affected by bacteria such as Klebsiella pneumonia, Fusobacterium species and H Pylori. The oral microbiome can be a confusing and scary place. 


An area that is underestimated and not widely understood, especially in dentistry, is the influence of the oral microbiome on the gut, and vice versa.



Educating patients about the link between symptoms within the body and gut microbiome is powerful. While dental hygienists are tasked with sharing knowledge with patients, they are also an integral link between dentistry and medicine. 


This course will take attendees on a journey from the gums to the gut and beyond, all while discovering associations to common autoimmune diseases and chronic health conditions.

Course Objectives
  1. Identify imbalances in the oral microbiome

  2. Recognize GI issues as an indicator of a much larger picture of health, or lack thereof

  3. Understand how to recognize potential signs of a deeper health concern

  4. Learn the science behind the oral systemic link between the gums and the gut

  5. Evaluate options for communicating the of science of microbiome to patients and its importance