2022 Dental Hygiene Symposium

Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Join us for the annual Dental Hygiene Symposium at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry featuring Sherri M. Lukes on Oral Pathology through the Life Span & Lancette VanGuilder on Incorporating Airway Assessments into Routine Dental Appointments.


Cradle to Grave: Oral Pathology through the Life Span

Sherri M Lukes, RDH, MS


Every day in our dental practices, patients of all ages present with various oral pathologies. The astute dental professional with a keen eye for oral lesions can provide an elevated service to the practice, resulting in greater patient satisfaction.


This course is an overview of oral pathologic conditions affecting children, adolescents, adults and geriatric clients. Participants will be engaged during case presentations of both common and uncommon conditions. Etiology, clinical appearance, treatment options and relevance to dental hygiene will be discussed for each lesion/condition. Comparison images for inclusion in the differential diagnosis will also be presented. Many of the images and cases presented are from Ms. Lukes' personal collection of lesion images accumulated over 41 years. This course can serve as an excellent update for seasoned hygienists and dentists or a relevant review for new graduates entering the field.


You Will Learn:

  • To explain the etiology of various oral pathologic conditions affecting child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients
  • To describe the clinical appearance of various oral pathologic conditions
  • To cite treatment options for various oral pathologic conditions
  • To explain the importance of current oral pathology knowledge when conducting intraoral and extraoral exams
  • To compare and contrast lesions that can be considered in a differential diagnosis for each pathologic entity
  • To describe oral symptoms of various systemic conditions as presented in cases



Are You Air Aware? Incorporating Airway Assessments into Routine Dental Appointments

Lancette VanGuilder, BS, RDH


Healthy breathing is critical to optimal oral and overall health. Dental practitioners can be collaborative partners in screening for airway health, disordered breathing, sleep and TMD. This course will provide participants with information on the prevalence of disordered breathing, as well as the key medical, dental and mental symptoms of poor airway health.

Interactive activities will provide attendees an opportunity to use their cell phone to assess their own intraoral and extraoral photos to assess dental red flags for breathing concerns. There will be a demonstration on how to utilize intraoral cameras to capture airway images that can be utilized for airway education, referrals and documentation. A detailed course handout will be provided. Bonus material includes a comprehensive chairside screening. Upon completion of this course, attendees will gain the knowledge and confidence to have potentially life-saving conversations with patients and immediately implement airway screenings into routine dental appointments.


You Will Learn:

  • To understand the role of dentistry in screening and the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders
  • To identify the types of disordered breathing and various contributing factors for airway problems
  • How to utilize an intraoral camera to capture intraoral and extraoral images of airway concerns
  • To determine dental and medical treatment options to address airway concerns


Who Should Attend:

This informative symposium is intended for dentists, dental hygienists and other allied dental professionals.


University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry would like to acknowledge and thank Premier Dental, CloSys, Waterpik, and Ivoclar for their support of symposium speakers.


About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



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CE Credit

CEU: Units - 6

This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Tuition: $325 for Dentists, $215 for Allied Dental Professionals

$185 for CDHA Members*

Course includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning

*Contact cedental@pacific.edu for the CDHA discount code.


Sherri M Lukes, RDH, MS, is an associate professor emerita at Southern Illinois University and has 41 years of experience in dentistry. She taught general and oral pathology, with research concentrated in migrant oral health and oral pathology resulting in multiple publications. She is a member of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene (pathology fellowship) and the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and is past president of the ADHA/Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association. Her honors include Community Service, Research and Teacher of the Year Awards, the Illinois Department of Public Health Oral Health Champion Award and the RDH Award of Distinction.

Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS, graduated with her dental hygiene degree from the University of South Dakota in 1995 and has been actively involved in dental hygiene education, leadership and advocacy on the local, state and national level for over two decades. Lancette works as a clinician in private practice, in the corporate world as a professional educator, as a public health dental hygienist and is an internationally recognized continuing education speaker.



Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

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