2–3 or Full Day for associated CEU credits

Course Description:

A look at periodontal disease through childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.

Many sources shed light on the fact that the majority of the population will experience periodontal disease at some point in their lifetime. We also know that the risk is significantly higher as people age. But when does periodontal disease start? Are we doing enough to prevent it and most importantly, are we doing enough to catch it at its earliest stages?

  • Explore demographics of the youth population in the US
  • Discuss oral health challenges of today’s youth
  • Review systemic considerations of periodontal disease
  • Review comprehensive periodontal assessment and classification
  • Investigate the need for office protocols for comprehensive periodontal assessment
  • Review case study
Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS graduated with her dental hygiene degree from the University of South Dakota in 1995. For the two last decades, she has been actively involved in dental hygiene leadership and advocacy on the local, state and national level. She has expertise as dental hygiene faculty with public health programs, periodontics and local anesthesia. She has facilitated strategic planning, legislative efforts and leadership training for dental hygiene associations in 6 states on the west/pacific coast and has worked with legislators in Nevada and Washington DC on access to care issues. Lancette is a past president of the Nevada Dental Hygienists Association and is a past recipient of the Nevada Dental Hygienist of the Year award. On the national level, she recently served for 4 years on the board of directors for the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) and currently serves on the national ADHA Leadership Development Committee.

Currently, Lancette works as a clinician in private practice, in the corporate world as a professional educator, as a public health dental hygienist and is a member of the Premier Dental Professional Speaker Bureau. Lancette also launched a nonprofit school based oral health program in rural communities in northern Nevada in 2016. In this current school year alone, her program may reach over 10,000 students ranging from age 4 to age 20. She has the opportunity to work independently and provide all dental hygiene services to underserved populations with her Public Health Endorsement. Her experience in dental hygiene education, leadership and clinical practice has enabled her to develop CE courses that are relevant for the entire dental team.