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Best Practices in the New Era of Hygiene


Presented by: Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA and Patti DeMatteis, ASDH, RDH

Original Publication Date: May 20, 2020


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This course is available for CE Credit as a "Members Only" benefit. Not a Member? CLICK HERE to learn more about AAOSH Membership.

Course Description:

Hygiene Warriors! Your patients need your oral systemic care and understanding of underlying healthcare risks more than ever. The DHEmethods' Protocol, Test Treat Repopulate, Can Help You Prepare Yourself and Your Patients for their Dental Appointments. During this course, we will talk candidly about hygienists returning to work and strategies they can implement to decrease stress and work more efficiently. We will address testing from COVID-19, antibodies to the host response, and bacterial pathogens. This course will give you the confidence to protect yourself and your patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Implement strategies with oral-care probiotics & pre-procedural rinses to reduce aerosols in the operator.
  • Understand the importance of screening & testing protocols.
  • Learn communication techniques to create value for treatment amidst the increase in gingival & periodontal diseases.

Speaker Bios:

Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA, is co-owner of DHEmethod. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from The Ohio State University in 1995. She continues to work in private practice as a periodontal therapist while running her business as a dental consultant. Lora is a member of the ADHA, ODHA, and CDHA. She has served as Continuing Education Chair for the CDHA and as a liaison for the ODHA to the OSDB. She is a founding member of AAOSH and a Preceptor for the Bale/Doneen Method. Her passion lies in improving the quality of life for every patient by implementing oral-systemic care into practice through the DHEmethod.

Patti DeMatteis, ASDH, RDH, is the founder of DHEmethod. Patti received her Dental Hygiene Degree from Western Kentucky University in 1972. After practicing for twenty-five years as a periodontal therapist, she founded Dental Hygiene Excellence in 1997 while living in Scottsdale, Arizona. Patti is a founding member of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and a Bale/Doneen Method Preceptor. Her passion for dentistry focuses on comprehensive patient care and helping dental colleagues enjoy their profession in the fast-paced oral-systemic movement toward prevention and wellness.