Dr. Joy is an in-demand national speaker who leaves an impact on every audience she speaks to. Her expertise is Faculty Calibration, Dental Hygiene Instrumentation, Human Needs Theory, and Nutrition. Dr. Joy also delivers courses on Creating Profitable Hygiene departments and Desensitizing Products for the Oral Cavity
The majority of the adult population has some form of periodontal disease; therefore, it is critical that dentist and dental hygienists are equipped with the skills to provide safe and effective periodontal therapy. In private practice, hygienists are forced to think out of the box and get creative with their instrumentation skills when treating less than ideal patients. Overtime, bad habits develop, exposing the practitioner and patient to increased risk of injury. This course will review the basics of instrumentation, while exploring new instrumentation technologies and techniques that will enhance knowledge, confidence and skills of the practitioner.
It is not uncommon for hygienists to use one or two instruments to treat their patients. Often, these instruments are similar to what they used in dental hygiene school and often times, these instruments are not suitable to treat patients with advanced periodontal conditions. As hygienists become more proficient with instrumentation skills and knowledge of the dentition, they should improve their hygiene armamentarium. Hygienists are also using instruments far beyond the time they should be replaced for various reasons. The result is poor care, an uncomfortable appointment, and puts the operator and patient at risk for injury. Hygienists need to explore new options that will help improve patient care and help them ergonomically. Over the past decade, the dental hygiene instrumentation market has exploded with new and innovative designs that change the way care is provided to patients. Unfortunately, many hygienists are unaware of the newer technologies. With so many new instrument styles and designs being introduced, it can be challenging to try instruments on a tight budget. This hands-on course will provide detailed information on the latest cutting-edge instrument designs from various manufacturers including ultrasonic and sharpening devices. This course will also assist dental hygienist with creating hygiene packs that require fewer instruments that fit within budgetary constraints and allow the clinician to treat patients with advanced periodontal conditions.
The goal of faculty calibration in the clinical environment is to promote uniformity in instruction and feedback and create fairness and transparency in evaluative methods, so that students can achieve clinical competency. Calibrated faculty foster a constructive learning environment, enhance student satisfaction, and promote mastery of clinical skills. Yet, faculty calibration can be difficult to achieve because of time constraints, faculty schedules, differing opinions, and instructor bias resulting in variations in instruction, frustration and confusion with students, and low student performance because of inconsistent evaluation. The benefits of faculty calibration are invaluable to ensure mastership of clinical dental hygiene concepts
Good nutrition is integral to overall health. The mouth is the window to the body, what we eat affects general health, but also directly impacts oral health. The first signs of a nutritional deficiency often appear in the oral cavity. Patients who consume too many calories, fermentable carbohydrates, non-nutritious snacks, and sugary sweetened drinks are at risk for developing tooth decay, periodontal disease, and various systemic diseases. To that end, it is essential that dental professionals possess basic knowledge about nutrition, the physiological processes that occur in the body after food is consumed, and the effects of nutrition on the body and oral cavity. This information will position the dental professional to provide a thorough nutritional assessment to their patients