Southwest Component of the

Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association presents

Annual Fall CE at the Rivers Casino

Saturday, November 23, 2019

8:00-8:30am               Registration

8:30-11:30am            Course #1

11:30am-12:30pm  Brunch

12:30-3:30pm            Course #2



PDHA Academy Member


PDHA Member


Dentist/Non-Member Hygienist/Staff



Course #1:  Public Health and Teledentistry- The Perfect Pair:  Using Telehealth Technologies to Enhance Dental Care in your Community
Telecommunications technologies are used in every aspect of our lives and are now being utilized to enhance dental care. The success of teledentistry has been proven across a range of care settings and now provides new and exciting opportunities for providers in public health, private practice, medical/dental and other settings.
This course contains an overview of Telehealth and Teledentistry technologies combined with practical guidance on some of the ways to best implement teledentistry in everyday practice focusing on public health programs and settings.
Participants will be taught real-life applications for teledentistry and learn about a range of successful public health programs employing teledentistry technology. They will gain useful knowledge on incorporating teledentistry into existing workflows as well as creating new workflows to expand the hygienists reach and provide optimal care.


  • Discuss common challenges faced in Public Health Dentistry
  • Explore how teledentistry provides solutions to many of these problems
  • Apply best practice strategies in implementing teledentistry into a range of care delivery models

Eden Ivie is a dedicated dental hygienist with a strong interest in public health as well as holistic wellness and nutrition. She maintains dental hygiene licenses in three states and is a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner in the state of Pennsylvania. Eden has been practicing clinical dental hygiene since graduating from San Juan College in 2004 and earned her BSDH from Northern Arizona University in 2018.
She currently spends most of her time working as a Teledentistry Specialist for MouthWatch where she provides training and implementation guidance for a range of dental care models embracing teledentistry. Eden is able to use her PHDHP license to practice in a pediatric mobile dental unit that provides preventative care for children in Head Start Classrooms and other public health settings utilizing teledentistry technologies. 

course #2:  Fads and Facts: How vaping, medical marijuana, oil pulling, charcoal dentifrices effect oral health



Dental Hygienists are often confronted with an increasing number of patients using e-cigarettes (vaping), medical marijuana, oil pulling, and charcoal toothpastes. While patients may feel these are improved alternatives, they can be unaware of the effects on oral health. This course aims to present and empower dental professionals to educate patients on how the use of these alternative products can affect their patient’s oral health.



Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the usage and prevalence of e-cigarettes, medical marijuana, oil pulling, and charcoal toothpaste;
  • Appreciate the vital role Dental Hygienists play in patient education;
  • Gain evidence-based knowledge of the effects these products have on oral health;
  • Develop effective communication strategies to educate patients on the effect these products can have on their oral health.



Dr. Curtis G. Dugas completed his undergraduate and Master’s Degree from the University of New Orleans. He received his dental degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). Dr. Dugas was selected for direct commissioning as Captain in the United States Air Force. He has presented research at the Florida Dental Association, Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, GA, Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), and International Association of Dental Research (IADR) in South Korea. He received various research awards and scholarships including from the National Institute of Health (NIH). Dr. Dugas currently serves as a periodontics resident at the University of Pittsburgh.


Date / Time

Sat, Nov 23, 2019


The Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212