All Together Now: The Oral Systemic Connection

1/31/2020 • 3 CEUs
Katrina Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF

The American Academy of Periodontology has clarified its paradigm for dentistry’s role in the Oral-Systemic Link: removing calculus is no longer the gold standard in the management of inflammation. Rather, optimal systemic health begins by implementing new, innovative and evidence-based protocols. These protocols require the dental professional to take an active role in the balance of the oral microflora, the management of inflammation and integrate screening techniques in the dental office.

This course offers supportive insight into the systemic health conditions related to active periodontal infections. It offers dental professionals a clear understanding of how their daily work can impact the overall health of patients with these conditions—both positively and negatively. Participants are provided with clear and actionable steps that result in a more ethical, productive and mindful periodontal therapy program for the dental practice.

Katrina Sanders, RDH, M.Ed presents this compelling, thought provoking course on the microbiology of bodily systems as they encounter bacterial invasion from diseases of the periodontium in a format that is motivating, meaningful, and based in research and industry-standard protocols. The course also includes a brief overview of current and newly approved techniques for the management of oral inflammation, including point of service HbA1c testing, discussion of the role of tethered oral tissues in systemic disease and the importance of nutrition in the management of oral inflammation.


  • Identify the microbiological and bacterial markers involved in microflora imbalances contributing to periodontal disease process
  • Analyze the biological processes responsible for the connection between oral and systemic diseases
  • Explore abstracts for current and newly suspected diseases related to active periodontal disease
  • Discuss evidence-based guidelines for the implementation of adjunctive services and their CDT codes to aide in the management of oral inflammation

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Katrina Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF:

 A clinical dental hygienist, author and international speaker, Katrina is a vibrant, passionate and charismatic award-winning educator with a unique approach to delivering continuing dental education.  A distinguished speaker with many dental hygiene study clubs, Katrina’s lectures incorporate a caring, comedic and supportive style.  She is passionate about educating, empowering and instilling compassion within the dental hygiene industry.  Katrina’s zest for dental hygiene is infused throughout her content as she lectures on provocative topics while leaving participants with a call to action and an abundantly renewed sense of pride for their industry.

Katrina is the founder, CEO and keynote speaker for Sanders Board Preparatory, a comprehensive program designed to supplement student learning and enhance understanding of concepts, terminology and procedures commonly discussed in preparation for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.

Katrina is the Clinical Liaison, Hygiene Excellence and Innovation for AZPerio, the country’s largest periodontal practice.  She works alongside Diplomates to the American Board of Periodontology to instruct on collaborative professionalism and standard of care protocols while delivering education through hygiene boot camps and study clubs.  Katrina is a published author with Dentaltown, Today’s RDH, a columnist and advisory board member for Modern Hygienist and brand ambassador for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.  Her philanthropic efforts include dental humanitarian work in developing countries, supporting abused and homeless animals and spreading awareness about the benefits of organ and tissue donation.  Visit: Handle: @thedentalWINEgenist.


8:30-9:00am - Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00-Noon - Lecture


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