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March 2015
San Diego County Dental Hygienists’ Society
Bulletin!
Inside this issue:
Dinner CE Meeting - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
March CE Course 2-
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“Recent Evidence in Public Health Dentistry”
with Dr. Howard Taras, MD
April CE Course
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Registration Begins at 5:45pm
CEUs: 2
Handlery Hotel - 950 Hotel Circle North - San Diego, CA 92108
President’s
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*Dinner will be provided*
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Course Description:
This course, titled “Recent Evidence in Public Health Dentistry”, will provide an overview of current public health research findings related to oral health. Examples of
specific topic to be covered are: what researchers really know about Xylitol, vitamin
D, fluoride varnish and sealants; what has been shown to relieve patient anxiety; and
the association between dental disease and social factors, breast feeding, obesity
and other conditions.
Message
2015 HOD
Delegation
February CE
Highlights
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Community
Events Recap
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U.S. Navy Humanitarian Mission
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Programs &
Seminars
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Continuing Education Seminar - Saturday, April 25, 2015
Red, White and Blue, what does that mean to you? Nutrition and the
Dental Office
With Amber D. Riley, RDH, MS & Dr. Mary O’Connor DDS
Brought to you by: Scripps Oral Pathology
Registration Begins at 7:30 am
CEUs: 4
Rady Children’s Hospital - 3030 Children’s Way San Diego, CA 92123
*Continental breakfast will be provided*
Course Description:
Oral lesions are a common finding in dental hygiene practice. During this course attendees will receive not only a
“refresher” program on the topic of oral pathology, but will also be brought up to date with the most current, relevant
discussions of widespread oral pathologies including their origins, treatments and outcomes. The audience will learn
valuable insights and techniques that can be immediately introduced into their clinical practice to improve patient care.
Bulletin!
 Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Dinner Continuing Education 
“Recent Evidence in Public Health Dentistry”
with Dr. Howards Taras, MD
Registration Begins at 5:45pm
Handlery Hotel
950 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108
*Dinner will be provided*
Course Description
This course, titled “Recent Evidence in Public Health Dentistry”, will provide an overview of current public
health research findings related to oral health. Examples of specific topic to be covered are: what researchers really know about Xylitol, vitamin D, fluoride varnish and sealants; what has been shown to
relieve patient anxiety; and the association between dental disease and social factors, breast feeding,
obesity and other conditions.
Objectives:
 Be able to identify which health promotion activities are substantiated by sound research?
 Be able to identify which health promotion activities appear to be good practice, but have only modest
supporting evidence?
 Know what preventive and supportive practices have the best chances of improving oral health.
 Know where you can direct patients interested in research studies/outcomes.
CEUs: 2
You can now register online using PayPal!
Visit www.sdcdhs.net for more info!
For more information contact Ashley Quezada at [email protected] or (703) 477-9886
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About the speaker: Dr. Howard Taras, MD
Howard Taras, MD was born in Montreal, received his medical degree at McMaster University and completed his residency in Pediatrics at University of Toronto –
both universities located in the province of Ontario, Canada. He has been a professor of pediatrics at University of California, San Diego for 29 years. At UCSD
he directs the Community Engagement division of UCSD’s Clinical & Translational Research Institute and has directed the UCSD Contract for “Share the Care
Dental Health Initiative”, with the County health department for almost 10 years.
In these roles, he is responsible for improving the appreciation for health-related
research among members of the general public and clinicians, and encouraging
researchers to include community members and clinicians’ input into what they study and how they
do it. He works with a team of very competent and committed dental hygienists to promote oral
health in San Diego County.
During each General Meeting and Saturday seminar, we will be collecting donated toiletries. If you have any of these items lying around
the house, your donations would be greatly appreciated! These
items will be collected and distributed to the women’s shelter .
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 Saturday, April 25, 2015 Breakfast Continuing Education Seminar 
Red, White and Blue, what does that mean to you?
Nutrition and the Dental Office
You can now register online using PayPal!
By: Amber D. Riley, RDH, MS &
Dr. Mary O’Connor DDS
Visit www.sdcdhs.net for more info!
Brought to you by: Scripps Oral Pathology
Time: 7:30am
Rady Children’s Hospital
3030 Children’s Way
San Diego, CA 92123
SCRIPPS ORAL
PATHOLOGY
SERVICE
*Continental breakfast will be provided*
Course Description:
Oral lesions are a common finding in dental hygiene practice. During this course attendees will receive not only a “refresher” program on the topic of oral pathology, but will also be brought up to
date with the most current, relevant discussions of widespread oral pathologies including their origins, treatments and outcomes. The audience will learn valuable insights and techniques that can
be immediately introduced into their clinical practice to improve patient care.
Learning Objectives:
• Fundamental overview of the histology and pathogenesis of common and
frequently encountered oral lesions, pathologies and the oral manifestations of
systemic disease encountered in dental hygiene practice.
• Recognition and differentiation of Red, White and Pigmented oral lesions and the
scientifically supported protocol for evaluation and treatment.
• Recognition of tissue alteration due to physical trauma or habit, localized disease
and systemic illness.
• Learn and implement a succinct yet thorough extra/intra oral examination
process into routine dental practice.
CEUs: 4
For more information contact Ashley Quezada at [email protected] or (703) 477-9886
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About the speaker: Amber D. Riley, RDH, MS
Amber began clinical practice in 1998 as a graduate of Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. She completed her Baccalaureate from Wright State University and
Masters from Boston University. In addition to private practice in San Diego, CA,
Amber is a dental board examiner for 19 states and the forensic dental autopsy
technician for the San Diego County Office of the Medical Examiner. She is a
member of the ADHA, American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO), American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Academy of Clinical Technology,
and Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) Region 10. She
lectures professionally on the topics of oral pathology, laser-assisted periodontal
therapies and forensic odontology
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President’s Message
The spring season of events is underway, with monthly continuing education
opportunities for our dental hygiene community. This April, we will be having a
breakfast event with a Oral Pathology review to take place at Rady’s Childrens
Hospital. We are excited to try this new venue, and hope our members enjoy
the change of scenery.
In addition to our CE’s, there are also interesting volunteer opportunities, like an
opportunity to take a trip on the U.S. Mercy as a dental hygiene volunteer. Details can be found in our Bulletin and on our website. We will also be making
and dispensing Women’s tote bags for those who like to participate and help out.
This month we will also be voting in a new group of officers to sit on our Executive Board. If you
have ever considered volunteering, and want to make a difference in your profession, please attend our March 24th meeting and we will put your name on the Ballot. Being a part of the San Diego Dental Hygiene board is rewarding. Not only do you make new friends and network among
other professionals in the same field, but you also learn about how the political process works
and how decisions are made.
Finally... I would like to congratulate the students that are on the verge of graduation, or who
have recently graduated. As an educator, I get to witness first hand the stress and hard work
these students put forth to earn their degree. When the students are at the end of their rope, I often hear the phrase “keep your eye on the prize”. Once you’ve been working in the profession for
many years, it’s hard to remember what the “prize” is. Burn out is so prevalent. Therefore, I would
like to personally thank the students for reminding me how lucky I am to be part of a giving, growing and rewarding profession. They continually motivate me to be better and not to take for granted my degree or my job.
Congrats Students!
Darcie E. Bell, RDH. BS
SDCDHS President
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2014-2015 Executive Board Nominations
The following SDCDHS members placed their name in the ring to run for an Executive Board
Position for the 2015-2016 term. There are a few positions still available, so we will take nominations from the floor as well as for all positions. All candidates must have a current license
and be a member of SDCDHS. Elections will be held during the General Meeting on Tuesday,
March 24th.
President – Brad Cushman
President-Elect - Accepting nominations from the floor
VP/Professional Development – Kayley Krage, Also accepting nominations from the floor
Recording Secretary – Candidate, Julia Torres. Also accepting nominations from the floor
Treasurer – Accepting nominations from the floor
Trustee - Candidate, Heidi Coggan. Also accepting nominations from the floor
Alternate Trustee - Candidate, Stephanie Johnson.. Also accepting nominations from the
floor
Immediate Past President – Darcie Bell
2014-2015 HOD Delegates and Trustee
Delegates as voted upon: Heidi Coggan, Julia Torres, Marilyn Jacobson, Kesa Hopkins, Michelle Knittle,
Ashley Quezada, Sharon Kropp, Jeri Badour, Krystlelyn, Stephanie Johnson, Sneha Patel, Darcie Bell,
Brad Cushman, Jackie Buchanan
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February General Meeting Highlights
The Handlery Hotel on Feb. 24 was the setting for
SDCDHS General Dinner CE meeting, Student
Night and the CDHA House of Delegates elections. The tables were beautifully decorated with
purple and white orchid centerpieces arranged by
Krystlelyn Mendoza Paras. The 105 attendees
included Registered Dental Hygienists along with
Sr. Dental Hygiene students and their Faculty
from Concorde, San Joaquin, and Southwestern,
Colleges. Kristy Menage Bernie RDH, BS, RYT.
GC America’s sponsored speaker, gave a humorous and informative presentation on “30 Ways to
Use Your Floss”. This meeting allowed the attendees to talk to and receive product samples
from various Corporate Exhibitors and gave the
Students an opportunity learn about our Component and to see SDCDHS in action as it elected
it’s 2015 CDHA HOD delegates.
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Children’s Smile Boxes
In celebration of February National Children’s Dental Health Month, SDCDHS members; Jeri Badour,
Krystlelyn Paras, Heidi Coggan, Jackie Buchanan, Marilyn Jacobson, and Catherine Matthews met early
morning, on Valentines’ Day, at the SDCDHS storage unit to assemble 88 Smile Boxes. The Smile Boxes
will be given to several community organizations and will distribute to Foster kids in San Diego County.
Jeri Badour brought 28 Smile Boxes to the Encinitas Community Resource Center on Feb. 20 and they
will be given to the kids at Carol’s House; which is a safe-house for abused women and children.
Smile Box Assembly at the SDCDHS
storage unit
Jeri at the Encinitas
Community Resource Center
Share the Care
At Darnall Head Start, on Febriary 5th, Joan
Vrielink-Capito ,RDH, Share-the-Care Community Health Program Dental Educator; Phuong Tri,
Southwestern College Senior DH student; and
Jeri Badour, RDH BS, provided dental screenings and applied fluoride varnish to 130-plus
Head Start students. At Spring Head Start, on
February 12, Ashley Church, Southwestern DH
student, and Jeri Badour, RDH BS, provided
dental screenings and applied fluoride varnish to
48 Head Start students, along with Joan Vrielink
-Capito, RDH, Share-the-Care Community
Health Program Dental Educator.
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Loma Linda University “Dental Hygiene Alumna of the Year”
At the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA, on Feb., 6,
2015, SDCDHS Past President and current Historian, Jeri Badour, RDH BS was presented with
the Loma Linda University “Dental Hygiene
Alumna of the Year” award by Kristi Wilkins,
BSDH, Loma Linda University, Dental Hygiene
Director. She received this award in recognition
for her years of dedication and leadership to the
dental hygiene profession. Congratulations to
Jeri!
U.S. Navy Humanitarian Mission
The U.S. Navy will be conducting two humanitarian missions this year on two separate
hospital ships; the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort from April to September. The
USNS Mercy will be traveling to Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and the Philippines. The
USNS Comfort will be traveling to 11 countries - Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Dominica, Honduras, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican
Republic. The U.S. Navy is in need of civilian dental hygienists to come onboard and
take part in the mission. The UCSD Pre-Dental Society (PDS) is a non-governmental
organization that is able to serve as a direct channel to put on interested dental hygienists with the Navy's approval.
We are looking for interested dental hygienists to participate in the missions. The minimum commitment is two weeks. You will be responsible for only your airfare to and
from the mission sites. The U.S. Navy will provide room and board onboard the hospital ship. The application fee is $250 (by check) and will ONLY be cashed if selected by
the U.S. Navy to participate. If interested, please contact Justin Montenegro
at [email protected] or 619-920-3286 for more information as well as an
application to apply.
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