Reboot Your Professional Passion as a Healthcare Hygienist
Speaker: Melissa A. Obrotka, BS, RDH
Date & time: Friday, 8/26/22 at 8:30am -11:30am
CE’s : 3.0 CE hours cdts (virtual)
Over the last two decades, medical science has made countless discoveries that demonstrate dental healthcare providers’ ability to decrease non-communicable health risks, enhance patients’ long-term systemic health outcomes and lessen the national medical financial burden. In the United States, the statistics demonstrate more than half the population exhibits some form of periodontal disease1; when we include gingivitis into that data, the number dramatically increases. Despite numerous studies have demonstrating that patients who receive routine comprehensive preventive and periodontal care have fewer emergency room visits and reduced overall medical expenditures2, many patients are not able to access this life-saving care.
There is an epidemic in dentistry where dental healthcare practitioners provide routine prophylaxis to patients with inflammatory diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis due to the dictation of care by third party payees. Frequently, there is a missed opportunity to leverage the dental hygienist’s comprehensive knowledge and skills to suitably treat the unhealthy patient population, which has a dynamic effect on healthcare delivery system and the lives of the patients they get to serve. There has never been a better time for dental professionals to optimize their practices to offer integrated dental healthcare, which utilizes all dental professionals to the top of their medical and dental scope of practice.
Advancements in science and dental technology demand dentistry to promote the dental healthcare provider’s role in the early disease detection and risk mitigation of many non-communicable systemic health conditions and embrace oral health’s impact on overall health and practice Healthcare Hygiene.
In this course, attendees will discover:
- Identify the incidence of oral and systemic disease in America
- How inflammation impacts dental and systemic health
- How integrate medicine in dentistry in your operatory
- Guided biofilm therapy protocol
- The importance of the research phase of the dental hygiene appointment
- Adjunctive therapies for improved patient compliance
- Eke PI, Dye BA, Wei L, Thornton-Evans GO, Genco RJ; CDC Periodontal Disease Surveillance workgroup: James Beck (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA), Gordon Douglass (Past President, American Academy of Periodontology), Roy Page (University of Washington. Prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010. J Dent Res. 2012 Oct;91(10):914-20. doi: 10.1177/0022034512457373. Epub 2012 Aug 30. PMID: 22935673.
- “Preventive Dental Treatment Associated with Lower Medical Utilization and Costs,” national Cigna study presented at the International Association for Dental Research Meeting, March 2015, Boston.
Presented by: Melissa Obrotka, RDH
Melissa A Obrotka, BA, RDH, holds over 25 years of experience in the dental field and concentrated clinical experience with the dental implant patient population. Melissa’s core objectives for patient care are focused on a “wholestic” approach to dental prevention, disease remission, and therapies that encompass total body health and wellness. Her approach to patient care is focused on biofilm disruption strategies for periodontal and peri-implant health and longevity while providing healthcare advocacy to patients. In addition, Obrotka is a dental hygiene motivator, educator, podcast host, change agent, influencer, and industry thought leader. Obrotka served as a clinical adjunct professor at her alma mater, Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, for six years. She elevated clinical education by instructing students on the oral microbiome, biofilm disruption and introduced the Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) methodology. Obrotka was nationally recognized in 2016 as a Master Clinician for her outstanding clinical expertise. In 2017, Obrotka was named one of the “Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know’’ by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene and now serves as the US GBT Education Manager for EMS Dental.
Sponsored by: EMS