2013-2014 Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location: St. Naum of Ohrid Church
1150 Stone Church Road (East of Upper Ottawa St.), Hamilton, Ontario
Registration: 7:00 pm     Meeting: 7:30 pm     Click here for Map and Directions

Tuesday Sept. 17th, 2013

Sandy Lawlor and Sharon Cavanagh

CDHO Standards of Practice are very clear that the dental hygiene process of care must take into consideration the determinants of health. These include not only known risk factors and behaviors but income, social status, employment, working conditions, access to health services and the physical environment.

Join Sandy Lawlor and Sharon Cavanagh for an introductory discussion on the identification of these factors and how to utilize this knowledge to provide better dental hygiene care and advocacy for your clients.

SANDRA M. LAWLOR, RDH, RSW is a dental hygiene graduate from the University of Toronto. Sandy has practiced dental hygiene in various roles as a clinician, administrator, educator and advocate for 37 years. A Past President of the Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association (ODHA), she has been the recipient of the ODHA Distinguished Service Award and the ODHA Award of Honors for her contribution to dental hygiene in Ontario. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology combined with a Bachelor of Social Work from McMaster University. She works two days a week in the field of social work in violence against women. Sandy has provided remediation in the areas of Quality Assurance Portfolio and Ethics & Jurisprudence for the CDHO. Sandy currently is the President of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.

Sharon Cavanagh is a dental hygienist who has spent most of her professional life in education and program development. A Niagara graduate, she taught at Seneca for 20 years followed by several years in the private education system – in development and administration. She was the prime developer of the CDHA on-line self-initiation program. She’s been on the CDHO council, Dentists at Risk and the Hamilton District Health Council. She’s presented many topics to dental hygienists across Ontario and works primarily with individuals and small groups in personalized dental hygiene education including Portfolio; Process of Care; Record Keeping; Health and Safety & Jurisprudence.

Wed. October 9th, 2013

Bio Film: Adjunctive Rinsing – Just the Facts!
Speaker: Lisa Shoemaker

Clinical protocols for maximimum biofilm reduction are better than ever! Going beyond calculus removal is essential in our battle with inflammation. Explore the facts and fiction around chemotherapeutics and calibrate your knowledge against the most scientific information available.


Lisa Shoemaker is a registered restorative dental hygienist with 20 years of experience in clinical practice and education. She is an Alumnus of the University of Guelph, Confederation College and George Brown College, and brings with her a range of experiences from these reputable institutions.

Currently registered to practice Dental Hygiene in Ontario, Lisa is active in clinical dental hygiene practice, education and in clinical curriculum support in the area of ultrasonics to a number of dental hygiene colleges and faculties in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Lisa has held a faculty position at George Brown College in Toronto for the past 11 years where she teaches preclinical instrumentation and clinical client care with the Dental Hygiene students. She teaches in the Continuing Education program in the area of Orthodontics, and is a clinical examiner for CDHO. In 2010 Preventive Dentistry Canada added Lisa as a member of their Advisory Group.

November 23rd, 2013  H&DDHS Continuing Education
Victoria K. DaCosta, RDH, BSDH, SHC   

Location: St. Naum of Ohrid Church
1150 Stone Church Road (East of Upper Ottawa St.), Hamilton, ON
Registration form.
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December 2013 Christmas Dinner - $60.00


Cost is $60.00
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Those who have already paid need not call unless you need to cancel.
Please let Audrey know by Thursday November 29th.
Jan 18th & 25th 2014 CPR
Pre-registration is required on the “Contact Us” web-site page. Cost: $50.00.
Feb 13th, 2014

A Holistic Nutrition View of Inflammation...”Cause and Cure”
Speaker: Marcia Culbert, R.D.H., C.N.P.

We know inflammation causes gingivitis and periodontal disease. Have you connected the dots to inflammation in the body? What can that look like? What causes this? How can it be controlled?

Join us for an evening of discovery and action planning to help our clients and ourselves in controlling inflammation in the body and feeling healthier along the way.

Marcia Culbert, R.D.H., C.N.P.

Marcia received her Dental Hygiene diploma from Niagara College in 1984. While working in several great offices, she expanded her knowledge and insight into dentistry and client care. In 2012, she graduated with honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Mississauga and is doing individual consultations for clients on whole body wellness, as well as Dental Hygeine.

Holistic Nutrition focuses on finding the root cause of imbalance in the body. She empowers her clients to make positive lifestyle changes to improve their body, mind and spirit. She also offers workshops and small group educational sessions to spread the word of how holistic nutrition can improve our quality of life.

March 24th, 2014

Contemporary Prosthodontics: Evidence Based Treatments and Future Trends.
What does the Dental Hygienist need to know?

Speaker : Dr. Oliver C. Pin-Harry, DDS, MS, Cert. Prostho, FRCDC
Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics
Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontist

Synopsis: This evening lecture will provide the Dental Hygienist with an overview of current, proven state-of-the-art treatment solutions in the Specialty of Prosthodontics. To achieve excellent functional and esthetic outcomes for patients, the role of an evidence based approach to improve diagnosis and treatment planning will be emphasized. Participants will also understand how the current research knowledge base may be directing future choices and trends for both clinicians and patients. The presentation will include dental implants, esthetics, causes of cervical abfraction lesions, bruxism / acid-erosive tooth wear and complex rehabilitations of the compromised dentition.

After the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Become aware of the contemporary state-of-the-art prosthodontic treatments available to their patients.
  • Help patients understand available options, benefits and risks associated with their treatment choices
  • Understand the basis and role of an evidence-based dentistry in making good treatment decisions.
  • Gain insight in future trends and innovations in tooth restoration and replacement

April 17th, 2014

Xylitol- a natural birch sugar that's not just a cavity fighter.
Speaker: Hardy Limback

The following topics will be discussed in depth in the lecture.

What is xylitol?

  • Most sugar alcohols are non-cariogenic but xylitol, a natural-occurring sugar alcohol first found in birch trees by the Finns (xyl[on] is from the
  • Greek meaning 'wood'), is unique.

What are its properties?

  • Xylitol actually inhibits growth of S. mutans but is non-toxic to human cells (we make some of it in our own bodies).
  • It is roughly as sweet as sucrose, with one third less calories and has been used by diabetics for years because it does not stimulate insulin.

How is it used?

  • It is primarily effective in chewing gum, but also useful in lozenges, chocolates, candies and syrup.
  • Many toothpastes and mouth washes are sweetened with xylitol especially those sold in health food stores.

Are there any side effects?

  • Excessive ingestion of xylitol has some unwanted side effects that will be discussed in the lecture. It is especially harmful to dogs.

What else can it do?

  • There is some evidence that xylitol encourages remineralization.
  • It is also quite helpful in treating inflamed nasal passages
  • Xylitol has been shown in clinical trials to reduce inner ear infections in toddlers.

Why don't more dental offices promote it?

  • As a therapeutic agent, xylitol remains poorly understood by the dental profession in North America
  • It is under-promoted by the manufacturers of the products sweetened with xylitol.
  • Dental hygienists appear to be uniquely positioned to educate their clients about this useful caries preventive agent.

Dr. Hardy Limeback (BSc, PhD, DDS)

Dr. Hardy Limeback is a recently retired full professor and former head of Preventive Dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, a position he served for 18 years. His career started with a BSc and PhD in Biochemistry, followed by dental school with graduation in 1983. As a professor, he conducted laboratory research on the proteins responsible for tooth development and studied the effects of fluoride on teeth and bone. An author (and co-author) of over 150 papers, book chapters and abstracts, Dr. Limeback served as president of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (1998-99) and served on the US National Academy of Sciences Subcommittee on Fluoride in Drinking Water. He recently authored and edited a textbook in preventive dentistry (Comprehensive Preventive Dentistry – Wiley-Blackwell, June 2012). His clinical experience included working part-time as an associate general dentist and as Chief Dentist for the Metropolitan Toronto Homes for the Aged. Since 1993 he has been operating his own dental office. Dr. Limeback continues to practice today as a solo practitioner in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

We are honoured and delighted to have Dr. Limeback’s wealth of experience and knowledge shared on our informational website.

May 15th, 2014

Lasers in the dental office
Speaker: Joanne Jones

Lecture Synopsis: As the profession of dental hygiene evolves, so does the technology that we employ. Discover how the assistance of a specific laser can provide the ultimate in client care and comfort, treatment outcome and become the “instrument of choice” to complement our existing periodontal therapy program. How may a dental hygienist use the laser and what is the evidence behind the integration? The integration of the laser into non-surgical periodontal therapy and specifically laser bacterial reduction will be supported by compelling evidence. An introduction to the latest, innovative and affordable soft tissue diode lasers for immediate integration into dental hygiene practice will be highlighted.

Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

Jo-Anne is a well recognized international speaker inspiring dent audiences to embrace the profession they have chosen with a renewed confidence and enthusiasm. She is also a consultant, author and President of RDH Connection Inc. RDH Connection is a practice management and clinical training company focused on delivering results-oriented solutions for today’s dental practice. Jo-Anne has been appointed to serve on the advisory board for Dentistry Today and invited to join Dentistry Today’s 2013 CE Leaders for the 4th consecutive year. Jo-Anne was nominated for a Dental Excellence Award for the Most Effective Dental Hygiene Educator by her peers and is PennWell’s award recipient for writing “The Most Important Dental Story Published in 2012.”

When Jo-Anne is not reading a dental journal, she enjoys spending time with husband, Stan and 4 children, 5 grandchildren and yellow lab Marley!