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2019 CE Course C1: “Your Patient with Hepatitis C or Type II Diabetes”

May 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$50.00 – $85.00

Friday May 3, 2019
Vermont Technical College, Room 401A, Williston, VT
9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
3 CEU’s
Presented by: Maureen Archer Festa, DDS


Based upon 2015 statistics, diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. The dental office should be an integral part of the patient’s total health and, by asking pertinent questions, can potentially detect a person with an undiagnosed diabetic condition. This course will help oral healthcare professionals understand the bi-directional relationship of oral and systemic health with regards to glycemic control and inflammation.

From 2012 to 2017, the number of new hepatitis C infections reported to CDC has nearly tripled, reaching a 15-year high. The majority of the 3.5 million Americans already living with hepatitis C are baby boomers; however, hepatitis C infections are increasing most rapidly among young people primarily the result of increasing injection drug use associated with America’s growing opioid epidemic. This course will discuss the acute and chronic conditions associated with a hepatitis C infection.

Course Objectives

  • Review the Diabetes Fast Fact
  • Understand the mode of transmissions and long term complications of Hepatitis C
  • Discuss the pathophysiology algorithm “Ominous Octet”
  • Learn the direct acting antiviral cure rates and length of treatment
  • Learn the oral implications related to chronic hyperglycemia
  • Identify high risk groups for Hepatitis C
  • Understand the interventions to improve the oral health of the diabetic patient
  • Using the head and neck exam identify undiagnosed chronic Hepatitis C infections
  • Learn lifestyle interventions for our patients and ourselves
  • Learn the considerations when establishing a treatment plan for patients with chronic Hepatitis C

This course is sponsored by an educational grant from Colgate.

Presented by: Maureen Archer-Festa, DDS

Dr. Archer-Festa has been practicing dentistry for 30 years. Currently her primary responsibility is a Professor at New York City College of Technology, Department of Dental Hygiene. She is the Dental Hygiene Clinic coordinator for the 2nd year clinics and is responsible for teaching a didactic course which includes a diverse content area including cariology and strategies for implementation of CaMBRA, dental erosive tooth wear, as well as treatment plan considerations for patients with chronic conditions and older adults.

She has extensive knowledge in the management of medically complex patients in the dental setting. She is a clinical consultant with the New York/New Jersey AIDS education and training center and has strong foundational knowledge about the HIV disease process. She has published related to the topic of Hepatitis C and HIV testing and erosive tooth wear.

She completed her 2 year general practice dental residency at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center and has maintained an interest in strategies to help underserved communities gain knowledge about oral health care and prevention strategies.



May 3
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50.00 – $85.00
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Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association
(802) 881-6525


Vermont Technical College (401)
401 Lawrence Place
Williston, VT 05495-7166 United States
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