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C’ya Calculus, Bye Bye Bio-films, Adios Aerosols

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ultra Sonic scaling; Start to Finish

registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

AM: Ultrasonics Lecture
PM: Ultrasonics Mini Workshop /(The A.M. session is a prerequisite to the P.M workshop and The P.M. portion is limited to 50)

Note:  Partial sponsorship thru Dentsply

The Speakers Bios: 

Dani Botbyl is a leading authority in ultrasonic education, who, for the past seventeen years, has served as the National Clinical Educator with Dentsply Sirona Canada.  Dani has developed and presented evidence-based educational programs specific to ultrasonics to dental hygiene students, pre- and post-doctoral dental students, faculty and practicing clinicians nationally and internationally.  She has published numerous articles in industry and peer-reviewed journals. Current research interests include educational preparedness of dental hygienists for ultrasonic instrumentation with results guiding the implementation of her effective teaching methods around the world.  Past appointments include a faculty position at Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology in Welland, Ontario Canada, Editor-in-Chief of Preventive Dentistry Canada and Quality Assurance Assessor for the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario.  Dani’s dynamic presentation style coupled with clinically relevant topics and a passion for enhancing the practice of dental hygiene creates learning experiences that aren’t to be missed!

  Nadia Valji B.Sc., RDH. Nadia is a Registered dental hygienist with over 18 years of experience in clinical practice and education and is an alumnus of the University of Alberta. Currently registered to practice in Ontario, Nadia is active in clinical dental hygiene practice and is currently a Clinical Product Specialist for Ottawa and eastern Ontario for Dentsply Sirona.  She is an expert in ultrasonic instrumentation and has specific interests in cavitation and biofilm disruption. For nearly a decade, Nadia has been assisting dental practices across Canada with the implementation of ultrasonic and preventive-related technologies.

Denise Hetu graduated from Cegep de Maisonneuve in 1986 and has more than 30 years of professional experience.  During her professional life she’s touched on many different facets of dental work like general dentistry, restorative, periodontal and surgical.  Participants appreciate Denise’s enthusiasm as well as her relevant, current and practical approach and can easily take what they’ve learned from her lectures and apply it into their own clinic.  Denise brings plenty of knowledge and experience and never hesitates to share it with her dental peers.

Course Description (Morning Session)

The science behind ultrasonic debridement is changing rapidly!  Current research shows that Canadian Dental Hygienists are under utilizing and incorrectly implementing ultrasonics.  Clinical images and video will be used to guide participants through cutting edge science guaranteed to improve ultrasonic technique. Aerosol control strategies will also be discussed.  This course is suited for RDHs of all levels and users of magnetostrictive or piezoelectric technology.  Note:  this course is a prerequisite for the afternoon workshop.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the elements of bio-film that influence periodontal debridement decision making and the selection of hand instruments, ultrasonic instruments and subgingival air polishing.
  • Describe the benefits and challenges of ultrasonic technology for the removal of calculus and BIO-FILM and state the differences and similarities between traditional and contemporary ultrasonic debridement.
  • Discuss various strategies for the selection and sequencing of ultrasonic instruments for the successful removal of calculus and bio-film in healthy, gingivitis and periodontal cases without the support of hand instrumentation.
  • Describe benefits and limitations of straight and curved ultrasonic instruments; gain confidence using left & right inserts/tips for subgingival and supragingival sites.

    Course Description Afternoon  Workshop

    A.M. portion is pre-requisite for this P.M Workshop; maximum 50 registrants

    This workshop is a continuum of the prerequisite morning lecture.  Developed to engage and enthrall, participants will be guided through activities using typodonts and magnetostrictive and piezo inserts/tips.  The course facilitator will enhance learning using case studies and live demonstrations; as participants follow along, ‘ultrasonic coaches’ make themselves available for learner feedback. .

    Participants will:

    • LEARN TECHNIQUE OVERSIGHTS THAT HINDER CLINICAL OUTCOMES: Demonstrate the most effective principles of ultrasonic instrumentation including grasp, fulcrum, insertion, lateral pressure, activation and adaptation.
    • INCREASE REMOVAL OF CALCULUS & BIOFILM: Demonstrate a minimum of 6 technique recommendations that can be implemented to improve access to biofilm and calculus in furcations, concavities, deep periodontal pockets, tight spaces and at the CEJ.
    • SIMPLIFY CURVED LEFT & RIGHT INSTRUMENTS: Demonstrate effective curved instrument adaptation in all 4 quadrants of the oral cavity.
    • LEARN TO REDUCE ILLNESS & ERGONOMIC RELATED RISK: Describe effective, efficient, safe options for client/clinician positioning while using an HVE device during an ultrasonic procedure.


Morning session a prerequisite to Afternoon Hands on portion.  Lunch provided for Afternoon session only.



February 29
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


RA Centre
2451 Riverside Dr.
Ottawa, ON ON K1H 7X7 Canada
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