Course Title

CRUISE-Downright Disgusting and Dirty Discussions to Have with Your Patients

Cruise Dates:
February 16-20, 2017

Course Dates:
Friday, February 17, 2017 and Sunday, February 19, 2017

Course Description

As dental professionals, we have knowledge of many topics we often tend to avoid discussing with our patients, when in actuality they could benefit from us doing so. This lecture will focus on new perspectives on some of these seldom-discussed (but often disgusting) topics. Evidence-based information will be presented on oral biofilm and its role in oral disease, as well as its relationship to halitosis/malodor, toothbrush contamination, social smoking trends and elder oral health and neglect. The discussions promise to be lively, interesting and useful to take back to work on Monday!

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Discuss the basic biology of dental plaque biofilms

    • Review examples of bacterial biofilm in disease

    • Discuss current strategies for the prevention and treatment of toothbrush contamination

    • Compare current strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of halitosis/malodor

    • Evaluate several disgusting social trends such as use of hookahs, vapors and marijuana

    • Become aware of issues relative to elder oral health and neglect.

About the Presenter(s)


Gena Tribble, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. She earned a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from East Carolina University School of Medicine. She was awarded an NIH Fellowship while completing postdoctoral training at The University of Texas at Austin, followed by a year as a postdoctoral associate and three years on the faculty of the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She joined the UTSD faculty in 2007 and has been honored with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Young Investigators Award and a Dean’s Excellence Award for Research. Dr. Tribble is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the International Association for Dental Research, and the American Association for Dental Research. She has served the AADR’s Houston Chapter as president, president-elect and councilor. At UTSD, she is a member of the Dean’s Academy of Teaching Scholars.



Donna Warren Morris, RDH, MEd, is a Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston where she serves as the director of the dental hygiene program. She is a member of the UT Consortium on Aging, American Dental Education Association and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Her teaching has been recognized with numerous awards, including two John P. McGovern Awards, the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental Hygiene Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, and the ADEA/Procter and Gamble Dental Hygiene Teaching Excellence Award. She is a frequent lecturer on oral disease prevention, elder issues, tobacco cessation and other topics. She was recently featured as one of the “20 Top Dental Professors in Dental Hygiene” by Medical Technology Schools.


Credit Hours

158 Tobacco Cessation - Lecture: Hours - 2
490 Periodontics - Lecture: Hours - 2
752 Geriatric Dentistry - Lecture: Hours - 2

Time and Location

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM

8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

The Carnival Liberty from Galveston, Texas

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Contact Us

PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge Street, Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054
Ph: 713-486-4028
Fax: 713-486-4037



Registration Information

Paid Registration:

$320 - Dentist**

$120 - Allied Dental Personnel**

**Seating at this seminar is limited. Due to pricing consideration and amenities, only those guests who book through Cruise and Travel Partners will be eligible to attend the seminar.

Cruise Booking:
(800) 856-8826


Registration & Cancellation Policy:
Full tuition must accompany each registration to ensure your registration for a course. Tuition is completely refundable if a course is cancelled by the PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education or if the registrant cancels more than 21 working days prior to the course date. Registrants who cancel 10-20 working days prior to the course date may apply the entire course tuition toward another course or receive refund of 50%. No refunds are given for cancellations made less than 10 working days prior to the course date, but tuition may be applied towards a future course. A $75 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations 10 working days prior to the course date. A set deadline is required for certain courses; no registrations or cancellations are accepted after the course set deadline. Please see the specific individual course for the set deadlines. 'No shows' for a course will forfeit the full registration tuition. The PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education must receive all cancellations in writing prior to the course date for the appropriate refund and/or credit to be issued. The PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education cannot be held responsible for a non-refundable airline ticket in the event of a course cancellation.



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UTHealth School of Dentistry
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge St, Suite 6152
Houston, Texas 77054
Fax: 713-486-4037



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