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Fireside Chat: Understanding and Implementing Salivary Diagnostics

March 25 @ 6:30 pm

Are you curious about salivary diagnostics and how it can be implemented in your practice? Do you use the latest technology, such as salivary diagnostics, to identify risks and improve your patient outcomes? In this discussion with Kerry and Dr. Jim, we will explore how to use the patient’s health history, periodontal status, and assessment information to determine when testing is recommended. Knowing the type and quantity of pathogens present is essential in developing a treatment plan that can reduce their numbers and maintain oral and systemic health. We will also discuss some systemic diseases associated with periodontal pathogenic bacteria and how this information can be conveyed. Oral bacteria tests are smart, safe, and simple and can help us identify the hidden oral pathogens that pose a future threat to your client’s oral and systemic health.

Suggested QA Categories: D1,D2,D3,D6, E2,E3


Course Objectives:

  1. Understand how to identify clients who could benefit from bacterial testing based on their health history, periodontal status, and other risk factors.
  2. Acquire knowledge on how microbiology, periodontology and oral systemic link are connected.
  3. Identify high-risk and moderate-risk pathogenic bacteria and their treatment solutions.
  4. Discuss how to implement salivary testing in your practice.
  5. Gain knowledge on how to communicate the report findings with your patient.


Kerry Lepicek, RDH is a registered dental hygienist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She has worked in various practice settings and currently works part-time in general practice. As an international speaker, she has delivered lectures throughout Canada, the United States, and Bermuda. Kerry is knowledgeable on the topics of oral biofilm, halitosis, the oral-systemic connection, and the dental hygiene process of care. Her primary focus is on educating her patients as well as the dental profession on periodontal health and wellness. In addition to being a section editor for The Hygiene Corner with Women In Dentistry, she serves on the Advisory Board of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health and is a cast member of The RDH View. She is a published author and has been interviewed on numerous podcasts. Kerry will provide you with practical advice that will transform your practice and the health of your patients.

Dr. Jim Hyland B.Sc., DDS graduated from the University of Toronto in 1976 and has always been one of the first to implement the latest techniques, research, and philosophies in oral care. In addition to working part-time in private practice, he is also the CEO of OraVital. Dr. Hyland has taught at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, Seneca College, and George Brown College and served on the dental staff at North York Hospital. During his downtime, he lectures and writes on a variety of topics related to the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease as an oral infection, interceptive preventive care, oral-systemic risk, and halitosis. Dr. Hyland’s nickname is “Dr. Hygiene.”



March 25
6:30 pm
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