BAY AREA/SPRING DENTAL HYGIENISTS’ ASSOCIATION PRESENTS:
Amber Lovatos, RDH is the Clinical Director of Dental Services at TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries, a non-profit medical and dental clinic. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, Key Opinion Leader for Crest Oral-B, Government Affairs consultant for MouthWatch, and speaker. Amber speaks on teledentistry, abuse, and human trafficking. She has presented numerous times, both nationally and regionally, including at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association in 2019. She is also the co-founder of Dental Hygiene Spark, a social media platform dedicated to empowering dental hygienists. Amber is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Dental Education Association’s Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygienists’ Pursuing Academic Careers, ADEA Sigma Phi Alpha Scholarship, and ADHA Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship. Amber values leadership and organized dentistry. She is a member of American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association, Texas Oral Health Coalition, Houston Equality Dental Network, and Hispanic Dental Association. Amber has served on all levels of the ADHA’s tripartite. She is currently the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Membership Director and the Immediate Past President for the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Association, the largest component in the ADHA. In her free time, Amber enjoys crafting, volunteering, and spending time with her husband and two teenage boys.
“Courageous Conversations: The Dental Professionals Role in Combating Human Trafficking”
Friday, February 5, 2021 9am – 12:00pm 3CEUs
The United States Department of State estimates that 24.9 million individuals worldwide are being victimized and robbed of their freedoms through human trafficking. A 2017 study by Syme, RDH showed that 26-50% of human trafficking survivors sought medical and dental care while being bought and sold. Dental professionals are key players in combating human trafficking as they are equipped with the knowledge to identify abnormalities and signs of abuse in the head and neck. This course aims to break down misconceptions associated with human trafficking and human trafficking victims. After completion of this course the learner will be able to identify indicators of abuse and human trafficking. The dental professional will be equipped with the appropriate steps to implement in suspected human trafficking cases. They will also be provided with appropriate language to use with potential victims. This course was created in collaboration with brave survivors of human trafficking and their fight to combat human trafficking through sharing their stories.
The learner will be able to identify signs of human trafficking.
The learner will be able to appropriately document and report potential signs of victimization.
The learner will be able to differentiate between the various types of human trafficking.
The learner will be able to construct appropriate communication techniques.
Kathryn Gilliam, BA, RDH, FAAOSH, is a practicing dental hygienist, lecturer, author, and consultant. She is a proponent of incorporating the latest scientific research on the multiple oral – systemic links into practical clinical protocols.
Kathryn’s interest in the medical side of dentistry led her to years of advanced study into the oral-systemic links, including twice graduating with an advanced arterial wellness certification from the prestigious Bale Doneen Preceptorship for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention for Healthcare Practitioners. Kathryn has completed level one of the Functional Oral Systemic Health Mini Residency of the renowned Exceptional Dental Courses, and in 2018, she earned a Fellowship in the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Kathryn earned her certification in Biological Dental Hygiene from the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine in 2020.
Kathryn has been on the front lines of early detection of oral and oropharyngeal cancer throughout her career. She serves as the Director of Education for Oral Cancer Cause and serves on the Dental Hygiene Advisory Board of the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Kathryn is a faculty member and dental hygiene specialty coach for the Productive Dentist Academy. She is a national speaker and a key opinion leader and has published multiple articles and continuing education courses. Kathryn also serves on the peer-review board for the Dental Academy for Continuing Education.
After 30 years as a dental hygienist, Kathryn still loves and is passionate about her career as a dental hygienist and she feels her purpose is to love her patients back to health.
“Medical Protocols for Periodontal Therapy”
Friday, February 5, 2021 12:30PM – 3:30PM 3CEUs
Traditionally, dental health care practitioners have not approached dental disease in the same way that medical doctors approach systemic diseases. There is much to be gained by adopting certain medical strategies, such as performing risk assessment, seeking the root cause, employing laboratory testing, and utilizing wound care protocols, into our routine dental care.
As knowledge of the oral-systemic connections have become widely understood and accepted, the next step is to integrate that knowledge into practical clinical protocols. It’s time to elevate our identities as healthcare practitioners in this new age of integrated medicine and dentistry.
In this course you will:
- Discover four tenants of medical management of periodontal disease: risk assessment, root cause, laboratory testing, and wound care
- Illuminate the significance and challenges of oral biofilm
- Explore leading edge practices to integrate medical protocols into dental routines efficiently and effectively