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This Course is a Live Webinar and will be live-streamed:

8:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm CT, 6:00 pm MT, 6:00 pm AZ, 5:00 pm PT

This course is a first-hand account of triumph over abuse and finding purpose in the darkness. Through personal stories of abuse and a dental hygienist providing care to survivors of abuse, we learn our role in abuse and human trafficking. Dental professionals are key players in combating abuse and 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 victimization. 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 abuse cases. They will also be provided with appropriate language to use with potential victims. The participant will be provided with descriptions and examples of extra- and intra- oral signs of abuse, as well as outline the dental professionals’ responsibilities in the recognition, reporting, and management of such cases.

Learning Objectives 

        The learner will be able to identify signs of abuse and human trafficking.

        The learner will be able to appropriately document and report signs of victimization.

        The learner will be able to discuss the role of the dental professional in reporting suspected maltreatment of children, elders, and intimate partners.

Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH

Amber Lovato has been compassionately blazing trails personally and professionally for more than 10 years. As a clinician, educator, author, and champion for public health issues, she inspires industry colleagues with unique stories that include triumph over abuse and discovering her identity as “The Latina RDH.” Her recent work includes partnering with Crest Oral-B on their Closing Americas’ Smile Gap outreach initiative. Celebrated as her family’s first college graduate, Amber holds a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from The University of Texas School of Dentistry. Amber is recipient of numerous national and state awards and academic scholarships including being named 2021’s Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know & 2022 RDH Award of Distinction recipient. Amber is also 2023’s TIME Magazines’ TIME 101. Amber is the co-author of Smiles Por Vida a Spanish & Spanglish not for profit children’s dental book.  A powerful speaker and advocate, Amber empowers clinicians through presentations of perseverance and resilience.  

Course Contact: Angie.Michlig@smilebrands.com

Course Categories: Sexual Assault / Abuse /Human Trafficking/ Identifications and Reporting

Provider Approval: (AADH) American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Nationally Recognized (AGD-PACE) Academy of General Dentistry Program approval for Continuing Education

Educational Type: Live

Educational Method: Lecture

Prerequisites :


Sponsor(s) : Smile Brands, Inc

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None

All CE Zoom related support: support.cezoom.com

Date / Time

Mon, Nov 13, 2023: 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM CT