Dental Workshop
 
Oral Health Care & Living with Diabetes 
On Thursday, April 13th, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., our Dental Assisting program will hold a seminar aimed at helping all members of your dental team better understand their field's connections to diabetes. The event includes dinner prepared and served by the students in our Culinary Arts department and networking opportunities with your fellow dental professionals.
 
 
Keynote Presentation
Oral Health Care & Living with Diabetes
Most of us know that diabetes can harm the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important systems in the body. But did you know diabetes can also cause problems in your mouth?
 
As a dental professional, you will likely find yourself caring for people who have diabetes. Diabetics are at special risk for periodontal disease, which can lead to painful chewing and even tooth loss. Dry mouth, often a symptom of undetected diabetes, can cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay. 
 
It is important for you to be able to identify oral health problems that can help your diabetic patients control their blood glucose levels. People with poor blood glucose control get gum disease more often and more severely than people whose diabetes is well controlled. Daily brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups, and good blood glucose control are the best defense against the oral complications of diabetes.
 
After the presentation and the sharing of a personal story of diabetes, you'll will have a greater understanding of the relationship between oral health and systemic health, and you will be able to:
 
• Define diabetes.
• Understand the prevalence and incidence of diabetes.
• Interpret basic anatomy as it pertains to diabetes.
• Understand the different types of diabetes.
• Discuss obesity rates.
• Identify oral signs of diabetes.
• Understand hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia and how it relates to your dental practice.
• Outline different medications used in the treatment of diabetes.
• Discuss alternative treatments and modalities utilized to control and monitor blood sugar.
 
 
Following the keynote presentation, attendees will be entertained by the lighthearted and funny view of life in a dental office with “You Can’t Make This Spit Up” by Luann Ellsessar.    
 
 
About the Presenters
Amy Booth, CDA, RDH, MEd, has more than 29 years of experience in the dental hygiene field. Her career has been multifaceted including, clinical dental hygiene, dental hygiene education, speaking locally and being a member of ADHA. Amy is a Professor of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting at Quinsigamond Community College. She also has been certified to teach exercise and fitness for the past 25 years and is currently a spin instructor at a local fitness center. Amy has a strong background in health and nutrition and encourages all to live a healthy lifestyle. She has been living with Type 1 diabetes for 33 years and likes to educate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals 

Luann Ellsessar, CDA, RDH, is an adjunct instructor in the dental hygiene/dental assisting programs at Quinsigamond Community College. She began her career as a Dental Assistant & received her RDH & BS in Health Education from The Ohio State University. She has over 35 years of clinical experience in dentistry & is a Certified Dental Assistant, Registered Dental Hygienist & a Certified BLS Instructor with the American Heart Association.  
 
 
Sign-Up Today & Earn CEUs
 
Thursday, April 13th
 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
in the BVT Cafeteria
 
 
Reserve your seat for this seminar 
and dinner online for $45 per person.
Reservations must be made 
by March 30th.
 
 
  Proceeds will benefit
BVT's Dental Assisting program. 
 
 
 
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