School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

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Winter Dental Hygiene Seminar

Winter Dental Hygiene Seminar: Contemporary Caries Assessment and Management & Over-the-Counter Products Review

Friday, February 20, 2015

Do you find it hard to keep up with all the new over-the-counter (OTC) products on the market? Do you know how to weigh the scientific evidence available relative to manufacturers’ claims? Could you use a comprehensive update on caries risk assessment and management?

In today’s world, your patients are educating themselves about oral health products and may come to you for final confirmation on their product choice. With so many OTC products coming out so rapidly, you may find it difficult to stay current. Accomplished clinician, author and educator, Ms. Judy Bendit, will help you decipher claims made by OTC product manufacturers and will show you where to find accurate information on products and techniques. She will also guide you in developing case-specific remineralization strategies for effective caries control, based on the latest risk assessment systems.

This program is funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, in addition to Ms. Bendit's honorarium being paid by Premier Dental.


In this two-part continuing dental education program, you will learn how to:

  • implement a Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) protocol within your practice.
  • apply the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) used to assess the stages of carious lesions.
  • develop a case-based risk analysis to guide your therapeutic recommendations.
  • evaluate the science behind many of the OTC products.
  • identify the most reliable resources for information on products and techniques.
  • apply Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) to your daily clinical routine.
Who Should Attend

Dental hygienists who would like to update their knowledge of caries risk assessment and management and receive a review of today’s OTC oral health products.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures and discussions.

Guest Speaker

Judy Bendit, R.D.H., B.S., received her dental hygiene degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Program in Dental Hygiene in 1981, followed by a baccalaureate degree from New York University’s Health Education Department in 1983. She holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Periodontology and Implantology at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Bendit has authored numerous articles featured in RDH Magazine and Dentistry Today and has been an invited speaker at more than 300 dental and dental hygiene meetings in the United States and Canada. She has worked as a Professional Sales Representative for dental product manufacturers, and more recently as an educational consultant for various companies. Ms. Bendit was also voted a Leader in Continuing Education by Dentistry Today each year from 2009-2013. She is a member of the Allentown, Pennsylvania Medical Reserve Corps and volunteers for Global Smile Foundation, performing community outreach throughout the world. Ms. Bendit was raised in a dental office and has over 40 years of experience in dentistry. She is a longstanding member of ADHA and a Distinguished Academy Member of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Association. Ms. Bendit serves as an educational consultant to multiple companies, including Colgate, Crown Seating, Dentsply, Hu-Friedy, LM Dental, Premier Dental, Orascoptic, Procter & Gamble, Sunstar Butler and Surgitel.

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