1 Great Day of  In-Person Courses (7 CEs)

AAP Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases The Systemic Connection andPatient PrognosisMarianne Dryer, MEd, BS, RDH -Sponsored by Premier & Dentsply Sirona | The updated American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Classification System represents a multidimensional staging and grading framework for periodontitis, gingivitis and implant disease status. Thiscourse will examine the concepts of staging and grading to classify each patient by complexity of casemanagement, likelihood of less predictable response to therapy and potential for periodontitisdevelopment. The systemic connection as it relates to the grading portion of the classification system willbe examined with a focus on diabetes, heart disease and GI conditions and their relationship to oralhealth/periodontal disease.A hallmark feature of the updated system will bring opportunities for more case specific patient care andprognosis. The need for calibration and clinician alignment with the new classification system will bediscussed along with narrative examples for documentation and homecare recommendations. Learning objectives                         

  1. Examine the historical timeline and evolution of the AAP Classification System.
  2. Incorporate the staging and grading system for Periodontal Disease and Gingival conditions into clinicalpractice.
  3. Identify patients who may benefit from adjunctive strategies of disease management and overall healthsurveillance based on the appropriate clinical recommendations.
  4. Discuss the correlation and grading considerations for patients who have  systemic conditions affectingtheir prognosis. 


Dealing with Difficult People: Strategies for Managing, Patients, Co-workers, Bosses - Sue Scherer RDH,BS | Sponsored by Waterpik Do you have a patient that you feel you can never please? A coworker/employee who always seems to have an attitude? Or a boss who pressures andchallenges you at every turn? You are not alone. Everyone has had to face the challengeof dealing with a difficult person. This course will help you develop effective strategies tohelp you feel more confident and empowered to take control, manage the situation, andhave a more enjoyable work life.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the benefits of responding vs reacting• Identify strategies to maintain poise and self-control
  2. Discover the role of presence in developing confidence and personalempowerment 
  3. Discuss learning ways to say no for greater patient influence
  4.  Explain workplace rights 

Red, White, and Blue Lesions of the Oral Cavity- Dr. Mark Lerman |  The numerous oral mucosal diseases can be difficult to identify for even experiencedclinicians. This three-part session is designed to aid providers in the diagnosis andmanagement of oral pathology with an emphasis on formulating differential diagnoses basedon coloration. Red lesions, white lesions, and variously-colored pigmented lesions will bediscussed with a focus on distinguishing benign from malignant pathology and on approachesto treatment.

In this session, the participant will learn:

  1. To describe the etiology of various inflammatory, infectious, and neoplastic oral diseases
  2. To recognize clinical presentations for oral pathologic conditions presenting as red,white, or pigmented lesions 
  3. To formulate a differential for oral mucosal lesions based on coloration 
  4. To execute appropriate management strategies for oral mucosal lesions.

Why do I care if my patient is transgender?” Culturally Sensitive Care for TransgenderPatients - Tammy Marshall-Paquin, MSDH, RDH |  In the U.S. and Canada, there are an estimated 1.7 million individuals over the age of 13 who identify astransgender. While more oral health professionals report seeing patients who are transgender, there is alack of knowledge on providing care to this population. In medicine, low knowledge about transgenderindividuals has been linked to higher levels of stigma, discrimination, verbal harassment and evenphysical violence. This course will increase knowledge by defining key words used in transgender health.In addition, it will examine the disparities and determinants experienced by this population which mayhave oral complications and implications. This course will examine and discuss cultural competency,awareness, sensitivity, and humility and their role in patient-centered care. Finally, this course willidentify ways providers can create a more welcoming, safe, and culturally sensitive dental home for theirtransgender patients.

After this course you will be able to:

  1. Define key words and concepts commonly used in transgender healthcare
  2. Understand potential oral complications associated with medical transitioning-Identify disparities in this population and the associated oral implications
  3. Define the terms cultural competency, awareness, sensitivity, and humility and how they play arole in creating a patient-centered, safe and welcoming dental home for all patients.


*Reminder: For the second year in a row we will be collecting full-size personal care products to donate to the non-profit, Hope&Comfort. Thank you. 

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Learn about your speakers

Marianne Dryer MEd, BS, RDH  Dryer is one of dental industry’s most outspoken educators on subjects of periodontal instrumentation and a champion of early and advanced introduction to ultrasonic instrumentation into dental hygiene curriculums. Her dynamic presentations, articulate academic instruction, and insightful curriculum development consultation are founded on more than 30 years of oral health experience. As such, Marianne is sought after nationally and internationally for her presentations on ultrasonic technique, risk assessment, infection prevention and radiology technique. Marianne is currently the Program Director at Cape Cod Community College and also provides faculty in service programs on the 2018 AAP Classification Updates. She is a graduate of Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, Old Dominion University and received her Master’s in Education from St Joseph’s College of Maine. https://mariannedryer.com/

Sue Scherer, RDH, BS - Sponsored by Waterpik Education & Professional Relations Manager, Water Pik Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Church & Dwight, Inc. Sue has a bachelor’s in dental hygiene from Wichita State University. She has been a dental hygienist for nearly 20 years. She has experience as a chairside clinician, dental hygiene program instructor, CE speaker and author. She is an active volunteer with the New Jersey Dental Hygienists Association currently serving as their Vice President and the 2017 Cheryl Westphal Scholarship recipient. Sue lives in Mahwah, NJ with her husband and 2 son

Mark Lerman, DMD - Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He divides his time between teaching, clinical practice, and diagnostic histopathology at Tufts Oral Pathology Services, the school’s biopsy service. Dr. Lerman earned both his B.A. in history and D.M.D. from Tufts University. After completing a general practice residency in dentistry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he trained in oral and maxillofacial pathology at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in New York City. He was on the faculty for eight years at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine before returning to his alma mater in 2014. A Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Dr. Lerman has authored multiple articles in the peer-reviewed oral pathology literature.

Tammy Marshall-Paquin, MSDH, RDH - has been in dentistry for over 35 years, 32 of which she enjoyed as a clinical hygienist. Her passion for this profession began when she was a dental assistant helping people love their smiles again. Her focus in cultural competency and addressing disparities in care, especially for the LGBTQ+ population, came from developing deep friendships with members of this community and from research during her master's degree. In addition to clinical hygiene with extensive experience in pediatrics, periodontal therapy, and complex case management, Tammy has served as an OSHA, HIPAA, and Infection Control Compliance Officer, clinical/office manager and is currently adjunct clinical faculty at Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at MCPHS University, where she also earned her Master's in Dental Hygiene with a focus on education.

Amanda Berthiaume,RDH, CDA, MSDH - Graduatedin 2015 from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) andin 2020 from Forsyth at MCPHS University with her Master’s Degree indental hygiene education. An active ADHA member since 2013, she is proud toserve as the president of the MassDHA. Sheworks clinically for Wilbraham Dental Associates and as adjunct faculty in theSTCC dental sciences program

Course Contact: smdhaseminar@gmail.com

Course Categories: Patient Relations, Communications, Management,Periodontics (Diagnosis, Treatment (surgical/non-surgical), Maintenance, Scaling / Instrumentation, Supportive Perio Therapies),Oral Pathology (Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Pathosis, HPV/ Herpes Virus, Oral Cancer, Sexually Transmitted Infections)

Provider Approval: Associated, affiliated, sponsored, approved, accredited, or offered by the (ADHA) American Dental Hygienists' Association

Educational Type: Live

Educational Method: Lecture

Prerequisites :


Sponsor(s) : Sponsors-Colgate, Dentsply Sirona and Premier, Waterpik, Elevate, P&G, Haleon

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None

All CE Zoom related support: support.cezoom.com

Date / Time

Sun, Apr 30, 2023: 07:30 AM - 04:15 PM ET


Whites of Westport (Room: The Ballroom) - 66 State Road
Westport, MA


Member is $90, Non-member is $110.00