Changing the Face of Dental Hygiene: Expert Clinician and Prevention Specialist and The Mystique in Changing a Patient’s Behavior

8th Annual Generations Conference

Friday, September 13, 2019

Changing the Face of Dental Hygiene: Expert Clinician and Prevention Specialist



As we witness a changing trend in healthcare delivery in our country, it is evident that the dental hygienist plays an integral role in a patient's overall health. The hygienist stands at the front line in advocating prevention, esthetics and therapeutic advances. This program will highlight the potential skills necessary to adapt to this changing model as we explore alternative approaches to treatment settings, changing demographics and advancing technologies. Course participants will recognize the need for skills in risk assessment, advanced instrumentation and technologies while implementing these skills in the dynamics of their involving practice settings.



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

  • Brainstorm potential opportunities and alternative career paths for the hygienist
  • Discuss and implement an effective disease risk assessment for patients of all ages
  • Explore the need for diagnostic technologies and best-practice screening systems
  • Recognize where new technologies and emerging products can enhance treatment outcomes
  • Develop greater confidence in your selection of advanced instrument designs
  • Discuss current recommendations in maintenance of implant patients
  • Demonstrate effective supervision skills in a patient's desire for teeth whitening.


The Mystique in Changing a Patient's Behavior

Use of “Motivational Interviewing Technique” in Healthcare Settings



The concept of “motivational interviewing” is now recognized in oral health care as becoming the best practice in guiding patients to make positive changes in their health and lifestyle behaviors. By eliminating those prior tactics of judging or forcing our patients to make changes, we are now embracing a more effective patient-centered approach to coaching.  Patients will embrace positive changes only if they can see the value for themselves. Course participants will learn the key principles that underscore the process of using motivational interviewing techniques in the workplace.  Video clips and interactive discussion will bring about a productive environment for learning this concept while having fun during the seminar.



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

  • Discuss and apply the four guiding principles of the motivational interviewing practice
  • Discuss the stages of motivational interviewing using the concepts of D.A.R.N.
  • Reinforce the implementation of open-ended questions in gaining insight into a patient's behaviors
  • Define ambivalence and discuss how to guide patients through their challenges in adopting new behavior patterns
  • Observe the video demonstrations of dental hygienist and patient interactions, and provide suggestions and input to improve the tactics of motivational interviewing.


One Day, Two Course Options:
Education for Your Entire Team


Course ONE:
Diagnostic Considerations and New Treatment Options for Difficult Cases


Course TWO:
Changing the Face of Dental Hygiene: Expert Clinician and Prevention Specialist and The Mystique in Changing a Patient’s Behavior

Limited Space Available!

As a courtesy, please register for all courses at least two weeks in advance. For your convenience however, you may register up to 72 hour prior to the day of the course with no additional charge.

Note: an additional non-refundable fee of $35 per person, per course will be assessed to any registrations received 72 hours or less prior to the start of the course, including any walk-in registrations.

Tuition | Course Fee

$345 Dentist + 1* Allied Dental Personnel
$225 Allied Dental Personnel

*Information for allied dental personnel is required upon registration.
Unregistered allied dental personnel attended with dentist will be assessed the $225 course fee plus $35 walk-in fee.

Course fee is due at time of registration.

We aim to accommodate walk-in registrations for all programs; although lecture room and hands-on training space is limited. Pre-registration is suggested to guarantee your space.

Jack R. Winston, DDS Professorship in Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

The professorship was established at the School of Dentistry in 1981 by the late Jack R. Winston, DDS class of 1943. Dr. Winston wanted to set a professional example by demonstrating the significance of continuing dental education. His personal credo was to help others by contributing his time, skills and resources. Offered to undergraduate dental students and faculty of the School of Dentistry, the lecture will emphasize the field of restorative dentistry. Nationally recognized speakers and distinguished practitioners have presented the lecture yearly since 1983.

About Our Speaker


Lillian Caperila, RDH, BSDH, MEd, is a licensed dental hygienist whose professional career of 40 years includes dental assisting, clinical practice dental hygiene, university instruction and her current role as a professional educator.  She has provided more than 400 seminars in the U.S. and more than 65 programs internationally.  With a bachelor's degree from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and a master’s degree in education from Pennsylvania State University, Caperila has utilized her higher education to expand opportunities in global education and corporate training at Premier Dental Products Company. Caperila is past-president of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and continues to be active with PDHA and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association in their efforts to increase membership, career planning and professional leadership. Caperila is the 2010 national award recipient of the ADHA Irene Newman Award in Professional Achievement.  In 2009, the Board of Trustees of Montgomery County Community College selected Caperila as one of five inductees to the college’s hall of fame.  In 2014, they selected her as one of the “Fabulous Fifty Alum” as the college celebrated its 50th year.

For their continued support and participation in our sponsored programs, UTHealth School of Dentistry gratefully acknowledges:




Credit Hours

490 Periodontics - Lecture: Hours - 3
557 Patient Education/Motivation - Lecture : Hours - 3



Registration & Exhibits | 7:00 AM
Introduction | 7:50 AM

Presentation | 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Alumni & Friends Social Scoop | 3:00 PM

Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch


UTHealth School of Dentistry - Garza Classroom
7500 Cambridge Street
4th Floor Room 4340
Houston, TX 77054

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UTHealth School of Dentistry
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152

Houston, TX 77054
Ph: 713-486-4028
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