Dental Hygiene Symposium

Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Join us for the annual Dental Hygiene Symposium at Dugoni School of Dentistry featuring Alan Budenz, Richard Nathan and Lancette VanGuilder.


What the JUUL?

Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS


Vaping, e-cigarettes, and the new harmful trend you may not know about. These devices are sleek, easy to use, and all the rage among teens and young adults. But what is the impact on health?


You Will Learn:

  • Identify e-cigarette, vaping/smoking trends and products
  • Understand overall and oral health risks associated with vaping devices
  • Review current research on e-cigarette use
  • Discuss the role of the healthcare provider in vaping education, prevention, and cessation.


Diagnosis and Management of Periodontitis and Peri-implantitis for the Dental Hygienist

Richard Nathan, DMD, MS


Given the fact that millions of dental implants have already been placed and are in the recall programs of the nation's dental offices, it is imperative that hygienists have a working knowledge of the diagnosis and management of peri-implantitis as well as periodontitis. This course will focus on subjects including the etiology, signs and symptoms of periodontitis and peri-implantitis as well as non-surgical and laser therapy for the management of these diseases.There will be a discussion of the cofactors that may predispose patients to future implant failure. Also, we will discuss the current research as it relates to the issue of periodontitis and systemic diseases such as heart disease, preterm low birth weight babies and even the incidence of Alzheimer's disease.


You Will Learn:

  • To identify the signs and symptoms of periodontitis and peri-implantitis
  • To learn about the possible non-surgical and laser therapies to treat peri-implantitis
  • To understand what factors are predispose patients to implant failure
  • To discuss the decision making needed to determine when teeth need to be extracted and replaced by implants.
  • To discuss the relationship of periodontal disease to systemic outcomes
  • To discuss the systemic host response to periodontitis/peri-implant


It's New, But is it Any Better? An Update on Local Anesthesia

Alan W. Budenz, MS, DDS, MBA


This lecture is designed for anyone who wishes to expand their understanding of the newest pharmacologic agents and delivery techniques of local anesthesia. A wide range of techniques and tips alternative anesthesia modalities will be presented, including compounded topical formulations, buffering of local anesthetics, computer-controlled delivery systems, and more! This course combines the latest innovations with local anesthesia with the best newer techniques for delivery.


You Will Learn:

  • The common causes of local anesthesia failures and how to better overcome these failures
  • How to achieve more effective and predictable anesthesia for any dental treatment procedure.
  • The science behind anesthetics and techniques that are now available in the dental marketplace or that are currently being researched.
  • How to apply the latest anesthetic agent technology to your daily practice, and describe new trends in achieving profound patient comfort.


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.


University of the Pacific wishes to acknowledge and thank Glaxo Smith Kline, Ivoclar Vivadent, Premier Dental , and LumaDent, Inc., Zirc Dental Company, Inc., Cetylite 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: $225 for Dentists, $169 for Allied Dental Professionals

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


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.

Alan W. Budenz, MS, DDS, MBA  is Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and is Vice-Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. He received his graduate degree in Anatomy from UCLA, and his dental degree from UCSF. Dr. Budenz has taught Anatomy courses at the University of the Pacific since 1984, and has extensive experience in head and neck anatomy, dissection, and nerve tract identification with particular emphasis on dental local anesthesia, and has lectured nationally and internationally on local anesthesia, anatomy, oral medicine/oral diagnosis, and cariology topics. Dr. Budenz has over thirty-five years of general practice experience in San Francisco, has served as clinical Group Practice Administrator, and as Chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Emergency Services, and as a general dentistry clinical instructor at Pacific. Due to his background, Dr. Budenz is well qualified to combine basic anatomical instruction with practical clinical application for dentists and hygienists alike, and for thirteen consecutive years, from 2005 – present, has been recognized as an Annual Leader in Continuing Education by "Dentistry Today".

Richard Nathan, DMD, MS, is a professor of periodontics at both UCSF and the Dugoni School of Dentistry and was a private practitioner for 35 years. Dr. Nathan has lectured internationally on periodontics and has published articles in the Journal of Oral Surgery  and the  Journal of the California Dental Association. He received his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and an MS in oral biology and Certificate in Periodontics from UCSF.



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