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Winter Dental Hygiene Seminar

Winter Dental Hygiene Seminar: Chairside Caries Management for the Dental Hygienist

Friday, February 26, 2016

Are you able to discern which of your patients are likely to get new carious lesions? Do you know what can be done to help those who continue to develop caries? Are you familiar with current methods to prevent non-cavitated lesions from becoming cavitated? Would you like to know which techniques and products are best?

You will get the answers to these questions and more during the 2016 Winter Dental Hygiene Seminar focused on caries assessment, prevention and clinical management strategies for the dental hygienist. Dental hygienists are uniquely positioned to identify caries risk factors, communicate with patients and provide interceptive care. In this targeted program, Dr. John Maggio will share the latest evidence for rethinking dentistry’s approach to caries as a disease and will provide you with specific strategies for prevention and minimal intervention. You will benefit from numerous clinical case presentations that will help you directly apply this information to your daily clinical practice.

This program is supported in part through an unrestricted educational grant from GC America.


Upon completion of this continuing dental education course you will be better prepared to:

  • assess a patient’s caries risk.
  • conduct a thorough chairside dietary sugar analysis.
  • identify patients who would benefit from in-office fluoride treatments and the most effective way to deliver these.
  • describe the clinical indications for chlorhexidine, xylitol and CPP-ACP paste.
  • determine when to apply sealants and which materials and techniques are best.
  • utilize alternative options for non-cavitated proximal lesions, i.e., remineralization, interproximal sealants and “resin infiltration.”
  • recognize methods to remineralize unsightly white, yellow, or brown lesions on anterior teeth.
  • apply guidelines for evaluating existing restorations.
  • identify and manage tooth brushing and occlusal habits leading to the formation of non-carious cervical lesions.
  • recognize when treatment for non-carious cervical lesions is indicated.
Who Should Attend

Dental hygienists seeking to enhance their knowledge and skill in assessing and predicting carious activity in their patients and are interested in adopting evidence-based management approaches.

Educational Method

Illustrated lectures and discussion

Guest Speaker

John J. Maggio, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Maggio directs Cariology and Direct Restorations courses and also teaches in the undergraduate dental clinic at SUNY. He serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association and delivers interactive, evidence based continuing education courses in restorative dentistry and caries management. Dr. Maggio is a 1989 graduate of SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He maintains a private general dental practice in Tonawanda, New York.


Here’s what hygienists at Dr. Maggio’s previous programs had to say:

“One of the best speakers ever!”

“Very well done. He is awesome! Very down to earth.”

“Very good speaker and information. Will use it in practice and would take another course by this speaker.”

“Dr. Maggio is very knowledgeable. Respectful to hygienists – he sees us as equal professionals.”

“Moved along nicely. Just the right amount of humor.”

“Great CE course – was engaged the entire time! Would look for future lectures from speaker. Useful information. Five stars!”

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