Registration 8:00am, Lecture 8:30am – 4:00pm
Registration fee includes all handout materials, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and complimentary parking.
The chances of seeing a patient with cancer in your practice is rising. The dental and oral health care needs of patients with cancer are very unique, often coming with life-long restrictions and limitations related to dental care. The dental hygienist is poised to be a critically important member of the cancer care team as oral health becomes increasingly more important with the use of immunosuppressive chemotherapy protocols and/or head and neck radiation treatments. This course is designed to teach essential concepts of the oral/systemic link specific to the cancer patient and highlight ways a dental hygienist can adapt the skills she or he already has to provide excellent care to the individual battling cancer. Knowing how to effectively and safely care for the patient with cancer can provide an undeniable sense of personal satisfaction and greatly enrich the dental hygienist’s career.
At the completion of this course, the dental hygienist should be able to:
1. Understand why specialized care is essential to properly manage the oral health of the patient undergoing treatment for all forms of cancer.
2. Know what is meant by immunosuppression, understand how to determine the immunostatus of a patient, and know how to manage the tisk of systemic infection stemming from an oral origin.
3. Be familiar with the roles of other members of the cancer care team and realize why communication between team members is essential for providing optimal care to the patient.
SPEAKER Dr. Dennis Abbott, DDS
Dennis M. Abbott, D.D.S. is the founder and CEO of Dental Oncology Professionals, an oral medicine based practice dedicated to meeting the unique dental and oral health needs of patients battling cancer. In addition to private practice, he is a member of the dental oncology medical staff at Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Abbott is also the founder of the American Academy of Dental Oncology and serves as a consultant to the national American Cancer Society in the development of oral monitoring guidelines for post-treatment cancer survivors. Dr. Abbott lectures internationally on the topics of dental oncology and oral cancer.
Dr. Abbott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Rice University in Houston, and is an honor graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry. After dental school, Dr. Abbott studied immunology, microbiology and oral medicine at the School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition to private practice, he is a member of the dental oncology medical staff at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center and Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Abbott also serves as a consultant to the National American Cancer Society in the development of oral monitoring guidelines for post-treatment cancer survivors.
Dr. Abbott has most recently conducted studies focusing on bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw and xerostomia in patients with cancer. He is the previous recipient of the Dentist Scientist Award and the National Research Service Award, both granted by the National Insititutes of Health. Dr. Abbott is a guest author for many national dental publications on the subject of dental oncology and is a sought-after lecturer by various international companies on the topics of dental oncology, oral cancer, the role of oral health in systemic wellness, and antioxidants and oxidative stress in the oral health care of patients with cancer.
AWARENESS, Inc. is an independent, volunteer, not-for-profit continuing education organization that provides high quality continuing education for the dental hygiene and dental community.
AWARENESS began in 1972 through the efforts of founding co-chair Tillie Ginsburg and Virginia Chybowski, with representatives from Marquette University’s Dental Hygiene Alumni Association and Sigma Phi Alpha chapter, and several members of the Milwaukee Regional Dental Hygienists’ Association. They sought to bring students, faculty, professional association representatives, practicing dental hygiene and dental professionals together for seminars reflecting current, high quality research on all aspects of dental hygiene and dental care.
AWARENESS programs are planned by a Board of Registered Dental Hygiene volunteers from the dental hygiene programs at Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College, MATC and WCTC Sigma Phi Alpha chapters, Milwaukee Regional Dental Hygienists’ Association and Marquette University School of Dentistry.
AWARENESS supports life-long learning for all dental professionals, offering an annual seminar on the first Saturday of November.
AWARENESS utilizes the proceeds from its annual seminar in support of the endowed dental hygiene scholarships at Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College, as well as the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Dental Hygiene Student Conference. Previously, AWARENESS supported the ADHA Carol Baus Benson Memorial Scholarship and the Marquette University Program in Dental Hygiene Scholarship Fund.
AWARENESS does not sponsor, recommend or endorse any third party, product, service or information.
If you would like to become a board member of AWARENESS please email your interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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