Dental Hygiene Symposium

Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Join for the first ever Dental Hygiene Symposium at Pacific featuring Kristy Menage Bernie, Lory Laughter, and Peter Jacobsen.


Who Should Attend

This lecture program is designed for Dental Hygienists and will focus on issues and topics that are of particular interest to hygienist in their role in the dental office. The topics covered are also appropriate for dentists and other allied dental professionals.


Insulin Resistance, Diabetes and Systemic Disorders

Lory Laughter, RDH, MS

Insulin resistance (IR) is considered a chronic and low level inflammatory condition. Periodontitis is the most common oral diseases. Data in the literature supports a 'two-way relationship' between diabetes and periodontitis. The co-existence of systemic and oral inflammatory diseases warrants closer examination by dental professionals. Appropriate health history questions and review is essential in helping patients maintain oral health.

You Will Learn

  • Understand the role cytokines play in inflammatory disease.
  • Recognize the relationship between IR and diabetes related to oral health.
  • Develop health history questions designed to recognize possible inflammatory problems.
  • Provide education for patients to help them play an active role in addressing inflammatory diseases.


#Top Trending Topics in Dentistry

Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, MS, RYT

Today more than ever consumers are being 'educated' through social media, home shopping networks and the press regarding not only the latest and greatest oral health technologies and products, but 'news' debunking long standing oral hygiene practices. This high energy lecture with explore the top trending topics that impact dental hygiene practice. The session goal is to facilitate change by providing participants the opportunity to experience the skills presented, direct the content of the seminar and to generate action items that impact clinical practice leading to optimal oral health.

You Will Learn

  • Understand and appreciate of the impact of social media on patients' dental 'IQ'.
  • Develop strategies to educate patients about trending topics and associated research or lack thereof.
  • Implement an action plan to monitor trending topics and be prepared to provide evidence-based responses.

The Oral Medicine of Dental Hygiene

Peter L. Jacobsen PhD, DDS


The oral medicine of Dental Hygiene is complex and multifaceted and ranges from identifying oral signs and symptoms consistent with bacterial, viral and fungal infections to preventing a medical crisis in medically complex patient secondary to their dental hygiene visit. The course will identify the signs and symptoms of common oral infections, autoimmune diseases and the oral manifestations of systemic diseases and outline their management. It will also outline the various medical problems that suggest that prophylactic antibiotics would be appropriate for a dental hygiene visit to prevent systemic infection. The course will also touch on common concerns such as the management of canker sores, angular cheilitis and why xylitol is now Out (sort of) and silver diamine fluoride is now In (sort of) to manage dental decay.


You Will Learn

  • The national guidelines relative to prophylactic antibiotics for specific medical conditions.
  • The signs and symptoms of oral bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
  • The common anti-infective medications used in dentistry
  • The types of medical problems that make patients susceptible to local and systemic infections following a dental hygiene visit.
  • The pharmaceutical management of dental decay.


University of the Pacific wishes to acknowledge and thank Glaxo Smith Kline, Procter & Gamble / Crest + Oral B Division, and SDI (North America) Inc for their generous support of this program.




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.



CE Credit

CEU: Units - 6

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

Course Fees

Tuition: $199 for Dentists, $169 for Allied Dental Professionals

*Course includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning

Dues-paying Dugoni School alumni & CDHA members receive a $30 discount. Contact or CDHA for the discount code.


Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, MS, RYT, Director of Educational Designs, celebrated her 30th year in dental hygiene by going back to school! She earned a MS degree with honors from the University of California, San Francisco in 2015, where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor. Kristy, an international speaker, has been quoted in Esquire Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, interviewed by ESPN Radio and featured on the cover of RDH. She is also a registered yoga teacher. 

Peter L. Jacobsen, PhD, DDS, lectures extensively on Dental Pharmacology and the Dental Management of Medically Complex Patients and his newest topic, Life Style Medicine. His information is practical and clinically relevant for dentists as well as dental hygienists. Dr. Jacobsen has a national reputation for being very entertaining, making his presentations lively and enjoyable. Dr. Jacobsen’s Ph.D. is in Comparative Pharmacology and Toxicology and he directed the Oral Medicine Clinic Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, in San Francisco for over 25 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and past Chairperson of the Council on Dental Therapeutics of the ADA. Ten years in a row he has been named as one of the, Leaders in Continuing Education, by Dentistry Today magazine. He writes the Dental Drug Booklet, a succinct handout and reference on commonly prescribed dental medications.

Lory Laughter, RDH, MS has been an active dental hygienist since her graduation from Idaho State University with a BS degree in 1994. In 2015 she earned a Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of California, San Francisco. Today she has a variety of career roles including academics, speaking and writing. Lory is an Assistant Professor of Periodontics at University of the Pacific, Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. In the past, she has been a consultant with Nuvora, Inc and Livionex, a Clinical Educator with American Eagle Instruments, Inc and Dental Hygiene Educator with Interleukin Genetics. A passion for learning has fostered a desire for sharing that passion with all health care professionals.



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