School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

Fall Dental Hygiene Seminar

Fall Dental Hygiene Seminar

Friday, September 9, 2016

Plan to reconnect with colleagues while fulfilling your core competency requirement at this annual multi-topic update for the dental hygiene practitioner.

Explore a diversity of timely topics and clinical tips during this fast-paced program designed with “use it in practice on Monday” application in mind.   Seven well-versed speakers will share key insights from their clinical fields and will respond to your specific questions. You will receive helpful updates on:
1) addiction and pill seeking patients, 2) dental implant failures, 3) the new Call-It-Quits tobacco cessation program, 4) infection control protocols, 5) evidence-based periodontal treatment protocols, and 6) applying risk assessments to enhance patient care.


This year’s continuing dental education program will show you how to:

  • apply more effective language and tools in managing the addicted patient.
  • describe the variety of presentations of a failing implant.
  • explain how participation in the Call-It-Quits tobacco cessation program can positively impact a patient’s life.
  • provide "The Safest Dental Visit" infection control protocols to each patient encounter.
  • construct an evidence-based periodontal management protocol for your practice.
  • describe how utlizing risk assessments can improve patient care.
Who Should Attend

This program is designed exclusively for dental hygienists.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lecture and panel discussions.


Gregory B. Hanson, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Operative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Hanson has served as dental consultant for the Call It Quits program by training dental teams throughout Hennepin and Ramsey counties to assist patients in their tobacco cessation efforts.

Lisa A. James, D.D.S., Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. James maintains a part-time private practice in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Mark W. Jurkovich, D.D.S., M.B.A., M.H.I., has practiced dentistry in Minnesota since graduating from the U of MN School of Dentistry in 1978 and has been very active in the ongoing development of electronic records systems, consulting with software vendors, third party payers and standards organizations.

Patricia A. Lenton, B.S.D.H., M.A., C.C.R.P., Director, Oral Health Research Center, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Brianna Longeway, Administrator, Call-It-Quits Referral Program; Tobacco Treatment Coordinator, Tobacco Prevention and Control Unit, Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives Division, Minnesota Department of Health. This division funds a statewide grant targeting three core community health improvement areas: healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco use.

R. David Resch, D.D.S., general dentist, Associated Dentists, St. Paul, MN; member of the Organization for Safety and Aseptic Procedure.

Charles Reznikoff, M.D., Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine doctor at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Reznikoff serves on many committees to improve the management of controlled substance prescriptions in the state. He also teaches addiction medicine at the University of Minnesota, with a particular interest in the overlap of addiction and pain.


Here’s what some of last year’s participants had to say about the program:

“Great evidence-based information for take-aways.”

“Nice pace.”

“Great presenters, relevant topics, good answers to follow up questions.”

“Always enjoy the choice of speakers that are here.”

“Practical use that can be immediately used in my practice.”

“Kept my interest.”

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