Oral Health Considerations in Oncology
2 AGD PACE Approved Hours
Jill Meyer-Lippert, RDH
Jill began her dental career in 1992 as a Dental Assistant and Receptionist. At the same time, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Helplessly watching her mother suffer horribly with oral side effects from chemotherapy, she developed a strong interest in the oral concerns of cancer survivors. Jill earned her degree and became licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1994 and continued to pursue knowledge to help this very underserved area of cancer care. After losing her father to Hodgkin’s Disease in 2005, she developed an enhanced level of motivation to do more. Jill created a volunteer program providing oral care kits with product samples and patient education at a local oncology department from 2006 to 2012, and earned a certificate in Oncology Management from the University of Southern Indiana. She is the founder of Side Effect Support LLC, which is dedicated to helping cancer survivors manage short-term oral side effects and long-term damage to oral health associated with chemotherapy and radiation of the head and neck, and some targeted therapies. Jill is a 2014 recipient of the Sunstar Americas/RDH Award of Distinction, a member of the Registered Dental Hygienist Advisory Board for the Oral Cancer Foundation and part of the Triage Cancer Speakers Bureau.
Oral care is one aspect of cancer treatments that is often overlooked. Oral side effects and untreated dental diseases can cause added pain, financial hardships, psychological distress, and a diminished quality-of-life for those being treated for cancer. Oral effects can also lead to complications or delays of treatments, which can compromise treatment outcomes. Oral changes may have a continued negative impact long after cancer treatments have been completed.
This presentation will review potential oral side effects associated with cancer treatments, as well as ways to avoid or manage them by focusing on prevention and patient education. We will discuss ways for the medical and dental teams to work together to provide a well-rounded approach for optimal patient care.
- Describe oral side effects of cancer treatments and how they may affect quality of life and mortality.
- Discuss ways to avoid and manage short-term and long-term oral side effects.
- Develop strategies for the medical team and dental team to work together to improve patient care.
Advancements in Laser Dentistry
1.5 AGD PACE Approved Hours
David Williams has been involved in sales in the dental industry for 35 years. His has specialized in practice management software, digital x-ray units and intra-oral cameras. He was also involved in dental consulting as well. David spent 12 years with Millennium Dental Technologies and served as Director of Sales the last 4 years. His primary focus being the NdYAG laser. David is now a representative for Fotona lasers where he manages the southeast United States territory. In his spare time, David loves fly fishing and spending time with his family.
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.
- 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.
Chemical Dependency / Workplace Violence
1.5 AGD PACE Approved Hours
Kelly provides OSHA and HIPAA training and consulting to help medical and dental practices maintain compliance within their facilities. She conveys the importance of a safe environment for employees while reducing the risk of penalties for the practice. In addition to delivering training, Kelly performs mock OSHA and HIPAA audits to help clients take corrective action to help reduce the risk of penalties before they happen. She also contributes to the Compliance Quarterly and the OSHA and HIPAA compliance manuals produced by DoctorsManagement.
Kelly engages her audience with enthusiasm as she conveys the importance of employee safety and patient privacy as well as the details of protecting the practice from risks and penalties that result from OSHA and HIPAA violations. Kelly is a breath of fresh air to all who have the pleasure of working with her. Clients also appreciate that she has hands-on experience as a registered dental hygienist.
In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from East Tennessee State University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Walden University, Kelly has successfully completed the General Industry for OSHA course, is a Certified Healthcare OSHA Professional (CHOP®) through the American Academy of Provider Offices and Laboratories and is a Certified Medical Practice Manager (CMPM®) through DM University. She is currently attending Walden University to obtain her Doctorate in Healthcare Administration.
In today’s dental office, there are many things the staff may experience. Two of them include workplace violence and chemical dependency. Workplace violence can occur within the working environment as well as with the patients we see. The same can be said about chemical dependency.
In this webinar, a discussion about what causes workplace violence, identifying the issue and how to help control the situation, along with incident response. With chemical dependency, there will be points made on types, uses and effects of certain substances, and how to manage the situation by identification and options on treatment.
- Describe workplace violence and being prepared.
- Discuss causes and effects of chemical dependency.
- Review incident response in both workplace violence and chemical dependency.