Online Registration

Six (6) hours of continuing education credit will be provided.


Saturday, May 4, 2024
Registration & Exhibits
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Satish Kumar
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Break & Exhibits
9:30 am - 10:00am
Jodi Deming
10:00 am - 11:30am
Lunch & Exhibits
11:30 am -12:30 pm
Antonia Teruel
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Break & Exhibits
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Lynn Atkinson
2:15 pm -3:45 pm

Six (6) hours of continuing education credit will be provided.

Peri-Implant Diseases and Implant Maintenance

Satish S. Kumar, DMD, MDSc, MS


This lecture will describe the clinical rationale for long-term regular implant maintenance for peri-implant health and function. It will discuss various etiology, biological, and prosthetic risk factors, prevention and management of peri-implant diseases. Clinical guidelines supported by evidence for supportive periodontal and peri-implant therapy including professional in-office maintenance and patient at-home maintenance will be discussed with clinical examples.


  • Describe clinical rationale for long-term regular implant maintenance for peri-implant health.
  • Define peri-implant health and peri-implant diseases.
  • Explore various etiology, biological, and prosthetic risk factors for peri-implant diseases.
  • Discuss prevention and management of peri-implant diseases.
  • Outline supportive peri-implant maintenance protocols including professional in-office maintenance
    and patient at-home maintenance.


Dr. Kumar currently serves as a tenured Professor & Director (Chair) of Periodontics at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH), A.T. Still University (ATSU) in Mesa, Arizona. As full-time faculty, Dr. Kumar provides surgical care at ASDOH. He treats patients, supervises students, lectures, does research, oversees clinical operations & administration. Before joining ASDOH, Dr. Kumar served as full-time faculty and provided patient care at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. His education includes advanced specialty training in periodontics, dental implant surgery, oral medicine, temporomandibular disorders, and orofacial pain, all at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California, LA. Dr. Kumar is a board-certified specialist and Diplomate of the American Boards of Periodontology, Oral Medicine, and Orofacial Pain. His training includes basic science research in oral cancer, clinical research design and management, and evidence-based health care. He’s a Fellow of the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Leadership Institute and Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He’s a certified evidence reviewer by the American Dental Association (ADA) Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry where he taught and served as a consultant to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. He provides continuing education courses in his areas of clinical expertise throughout the country. He’s won many awards for his efforts in education and research and has published 75 original articles, reviews, critical summaries, and book chapters. He is a member of many professional organizations including ADA, AAP, and Western Society of Periodontology (WSP) He serves on numerous committees & national organizations including AAP, AAP Foundation, and ADEA. He’s a peer reviewer for scientific journals in dentistry and medicine and served as editorial contributor in Practice Update Clinical Dentistry, an online resource for evidence summaries from published research in dental journals.

Unleash the Master Clinician Within



Science tells us that passion is contagious. Passion leads to mastery. This presentation is intended to inspire you with current science and technology. The future of Dental Hygiene is worth getting excited about. Literature tells us periodontal disease and oral inflammatory conditions have increased and continue to surge. Doing the same thing expecting a different result was Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. As a profession, we must rise to the occasion recognizing the time to change is now. The abundance of research implicating the impact of oral inflammation on systemic conditions provides us an opportunity to influence the health and wellness of our patients. We will redesign the hygiene visit to exceed patient expectations and be rewarded by improved outcomes.


  • Entertain and educate: Ignite curiosity of each participant to embrace evidence based innovation.
  • Ability to describe biofilm/microbiome and it’s role in oral medicine.
  • Demystify the new disease model Polymicrobial Synergy and Dysbiosis.
  • Convey to patients the role they have in biofilm control. Motivate/Educate. Seeing is believing.


Jodi started practice as a dental hygienist in 1988. In the early 1990’s frustrated with the understanding of the etiology of periodontal disease became involved with biofilm research. At that time the term was rarely used in dentistry except in the context of dental unit waterlines. As a clinical research associate Jodi was involved with biofilm growth and therapeutic product development evaluating the effect on dental biofilms. Understanding biofilms, she developed a passion about non-surgical therapy, root morphology, and the results of thorough periodontal debridement. Jodi has worked 28 years mastering non-surgical periodontal therapy techniques and procedures. She currently works in both periodontic and prosthodontic practices. Jodi is a national and international educator, clinician, and lecturer. She has presented over a 150 lectures and workshops on advanced integration of ultrasonic and hand instrumentation. Jodi has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry, Department of Dental Hygiene and at Spear Education. She is a Friends of Hu-Friedy Thought Leader valued for her involvement with biofilm research, instrument development and training. She is nationally recognized as an expert in endoscope and ultrasonic instrumentation.

Sponsored by: EMS

When the Jaw Hurts: Insights into Orofacial Pain and TMJ Disorders



‘When the Jaw Hurts: Insights into Orofacial Pain and TMJ Disorders’ is a continuing education course designed to provide an overview and evidence-based update on common topics in temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain conditions. The course will begin with an overview of clinical signs and symptoms of common TMD and orofacial pain conditions. Conditions such as arthritis, internal derangement, and myalgia affecting the TMJ and some uncommon conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia and other neuropathies will be presented along with their etiology and pathogenesis. Evidence-based management modalities to manage these conditions will be discussed, as well as common considerations while providing routine dental care to patients with TMD and orofacial pain will be presented.


  • Describe various TMD and orofacial pain conditions.
  • Explore etiology and risk factors that predispose TMD and orofacial pain.
  • Identify clinical features of common TMD and orofacial pain conditions.
  • Explain management modalities and routine dental considerations in management of TMD patients.

About Antonia Teruel:

Dr. Teruel is passionate about helping her patients and takes great pride in being able to help patients with chronic orofacial pain, temporomandibular joint disorders, neuropathic pain and neuralgias, sleep apnea, among others. Dr. Teruel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Teruel has vast experience in patient care and teaching since 2008 and has taught in major universities including Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California in Los Angeles, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in Pittsburgh, and Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Teruel maintains a full-time private practice at the Head Pain Institute, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She provides continuing education courses in her areas of expertise and is a published author having contributed several publications and book chapters. Dr. Teruel is a member of American Academy of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Teruel is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Comprehensive Care and Planning for the Dental Hygienist

Lynn Atkinson


The dental hygienist plays an integral role in the process of comprehensive diagnosis and delivering the treatment plan with the dentist. But how does the dental hygienist gather the necessary information, deliver, and educate the patient in an efficient and effective manner? This course will introduce technology, protocols, diagnostics, and communication skills to add value to the practice and provide the patient with highest quality of comprehensive care. Guided Biofilm Therapy, lasers, and voice activated charting systems will be introduced with therapeutic values to the patient and practitioner.


  • Describe the ideal comprehensive care appointment.
  • Learn how to achieve the best delivery of information and education to your patients.
  • Identify which technology and protocols to use to be effective and efficient.


Lynn Atkinson, RDH, has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 30 years. She graduated from Cypress College, California with a degree in Dental Hygiene. Her passion for utilizing technology while delivering the highest quality of patient care keeps her practicing four days a week as the Clinical Hygiene Director for a high-performing, patientoriented dental practice in Mission Viejo, California. Lynn lectures and provides clinical, hands-on training to dental professionals on successfully incorporating lasers and other adjunctive therapies into their protocols. For the past several years, Lynn has been a speaker at numerous conferences across the nation, speaking on a variety of topics. She lectures locally in addition to her hands-on courses, has authored several published articles, and has been a guest speaker on industry audio media platforms, enjoyed nationwide. Lynn is an active member and participant of multiple dental associations and organizations. Lynn is a key opinion leader for several dental manufacturers and companies, as well as a speaker and trainer for US EMS Guided Biofilm Therapy. She serves on the Board of Directors at the Academy of laser dentistry as Auxiliary Chair, a member of the ALD Speakers Bureau, Education, Conference and Testing Committees. Lynn is the honored recipient of the ALD 2022 Leon Goldman Clinical Excellence Award.



5201 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

Online Registration

Six (6) hours of continuing education credit will be provided