2023-2024 Meeting Agenda


TOPIC:  Evidence Based Alternative Therapies for Periodontal Disease 


TIME:  7:00 – 9:00

This course will review the precipitating factors of periodontal disease and how to address them using complementary therapies to improve treatment outcomes.

From evaluating pH to the use of ozone, a combination of complementary and conventional treatment modalities can increase and improve treatment outcomes for a more “wholistic” approach that addresses the oral-systemic link for improved operator and patient satisfaction.

Fran Horning is a Certified and Accredited Biological Dental Hygienist and Associate Director of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine; she serves on their Board and is the Hygiene Committee Chair. She also is a Hygiene Committee member, mentor, and lecturer for the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. She lectures at and for several biological and traditional organizations across the country, is an international public speaker, and performs individualized on-site office training. She is the Qualitative Director in charge of training biological protocols in the most prominent biological practice in her state. Additionally, she is a coach and trainer of biological dentistry and biological dental hygiene and the owner of Integrative Perio Solutions LLC and Hygiene Naturally. Fran is an active member of the IABDM, IAOMT, ADHA, and AAOSH. Her presentations and training receive rave reviews.


TOPIC:  Getting to the Roots of Dental Decay

SPEAKER:  Barbara Tritz BRDH, MS,   Specialist in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy 

TIME:  7:00 – 9:00

Defeated by repeated dental caries? Patients are frustrated when they do everything we recommend and still have new decay. Unfortunately, the best predictor of future decay is current decay. 

It’s time to think beyond “more toothbrushing, flossing instructions, and fluoride” and get to the real roots of decay and solve this age-old problem. 

-What is happening in the body that allows enamel, the hardest substance in the body, to literally dissolve?  

-What is happening within the tooth that allows demineralization of enamel/cementum and ultimately dentin?

-Why do some people “get” decay while others who “never” brush have healthier teeth? 

-How do we help these patients get well and maintain a healthy mouth? 

-How can we predict who might be at risk for decay? 

-We’ll explore nutrition, sugar (but not in the way you think), leaky gut, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, pH, dry mouth, emotions, sleep, breathing, fluoride, and even improper chewing. How do they combine to create the “perfect dental decay storm”?   

-Tools, tips, and strategies to add to our armamentarium will be reviewed. Dental decay is at epidemic levels. Dental hygienists are prevention specialists. Let’s look at decay from a new preventive angle and truly defeat caries once and for all. 

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

-Outline a dental caries prevention plan.

-Identify at-risk patients.

-Analyze products to include in self-care recommendations.

-Create a 21st-century Decay Prevention Program

-List the root causes of dental decay. 

Barbara K. Tritz BRDH, MSB, BSDATE is an international guest speaker, writer, and practicing biological dental hygienist in the office of Green City Dental in Edmonds, Washington. She is also the owner of Washington Oral Wellness in Kirkland, WA where she practices orofacial myofunctional therapy.  

She completed her accreditation in Biological Dental Hygiene through the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology where she is chair of the Biological Dental Hygiene Committee.  Biological dental hygiene and finding the root causes of dental disease has been her driving passion.  

Barbara’s interest in all things health-related spilled over to creating a blog and website: Queen of Dental Hygiene.net. She loves to share her knowledge and help others find their total body health.  She lectures everywhere from local school health classes to professional continuing education courses worldwide. 

In 2019 Barbara received the HuFriedy-American Dental Hygienist Association Master Clinician Award.   She is a Patient Impact and Rise Above Honoree for August 2022. 

She can be reached at contact@queenofdentalhygiene.net

JANUARY 20TH, 2024                              CPR

Pre-registration is required on the “Contact Us” web-site page. Cost: $50.00

DATE: Wednesday Feb 7th, 2024

TOPIC:  Early Detection and diagnosis of Oral Cancer: 


TIME:  7:00 – 9:00


Dr. Karl Cuddy 

BSC, DDS, MD, MSC, FRCD(C) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Specialist

Dr. Karl Cuddy was raised in Burlington, and studied at McMaster University where he received his BSc prior to starting professional and graduate studies at Western University and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his studies in dentistry and medicine, receiving DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and MD (Doctor of Medicine) degrees. Hospital based residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was completed over 6 years through the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, London Health Sciences Center and St. Joseph’s Healthcare London. Additionally, Dr. Cuddy completed a MSc in Pathology, studying tumour markers in cysts and tumours of the jaws.

Following residency, Dr. Cuddy furthered his training as a fellow in Advanced Craniomaxillofacial Surgery and Trauma through the Head and Neck Institute, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Portland Providence Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Cuddy works as an Assistant Professor and Director of Education and Maxillofacial Trauma at the University of Toronto with the graduate training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His research interests include the use of technology (ie. computer aided surgery and intraoperative imaging) to improve patient outcomes in orthognathic and craniomaxillofacial reconstructive surgery, including for patients with defects and deformities acquired through trauma, congenital anomalies or tumours of the head and neck.