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WVDHA 2018 Mid-Winter Session & CE Event

Ashlee Sowards, RDH, BSDH, MSDH, TTS,West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Is an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University, School of Dentistry, Department of Dental Hygiene. Originally, from Princeton, WV, Ashlee graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She earned a Master's degree in Dental Hygiene Administration and Education in 2011. She is junior/3rd year clinic supervisor, course director for Dental Materials/Expanded Functions, Senior Board Review Course and freshman course, Intro to Dental Hygiene and 1st year Seminar.  She is a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, TTS.
New Advances in Subgingival Biofilm Management - 2 CEUs


  •  Review air polishing for stain removal.
  • Define use of air polishing for biofilm management.
  • Compare/Contrast available powders for air polishing.
  • Discuss patient contraindications for air polishing.
  • Discuss proper patient preparation and use of subgingival air polisher.
  • Develop protocol for biofilm management using air polishers.

Courtney Huffman, RDH, MSDH, graduated from West Virginia University with a BSDH in 2000 and an MSDH in 2002. At WVU, she received the 2000 Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award as the outstanding senior dental hygiene clinician.
A Professor of Dental Hygiene in the Sarah Whitaker Glass School of Dental Hygiene at West Liberty University, Huffman has been a highly-respected full-time faculty member at the university since 2002.
In addition to recently being honored as the 2017 WLU Professor of the Year, an award she also won in 2009 and 2010, Huffman was the recipient of the university's 2010 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and was a 2011 inductee to the WLU Liber Society. The Liber Society is the university's ranking women's honorary for excellence and leadership in the classroom, on campus and in the community.

Prevention for the Preventer – 2 CEUs
Course Description: As dental hygienists, we care for our patients as well as those around us on a daily basis. Repetitive movements, stress, and time constraints can lead to stiff bodies, injuries, and decreased quality of life.

  • Review repetitive stress injuries associated with the dental hygiene profession and the effects of poor ergonomics and lack of body movement.
  •  Examine how small daily changes can have a positive impact on your overall health and professional longevity.
  • Practice in-office techniques that will improve flexibility and reduce stress quickly and efficiently.
  •  Need a yoga mat? No! We’ll be implementing techniques that can be done in your operatory while in scrubs.

Dr. Klenk is currently serving as Department Chairman of the BridgeValley Community and Technical College Dental Hygiene Program. She received a Governor’s appointment and completed 3 years of service on the West Virginia Board of Dentistry. She also continues to serve as a dental hygiene member/examiner of regional board organizations Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (formerly NERB) and Southern Regional Testing Agency. She serves the American Dental Association as a Dental Hygiene National Board Test Construction committee member and as a site visitor of the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Dr. Klenk is a graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s of science degree in Dental Hygiene. She earned a master’s degree in Dental Auxiliary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in Education Administration from WVU. She is a consultant and continuing education presenter in the dental field specializing in the areas of OSHA/Infection Control, Substance Abuse, Medical Emergencies and Medically Compromised patients. She is a current member and past president of the West Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association and a member of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention.

Substance Abuse and the Dental Hygiene Process of Care – 2 CEUs

Following this course the participant will be able to:

  • Assess dental hygiene patients for substance abuse disorders, recognizing general, extraoral and intraoral signs and symptoms.
  • Develop a dental hygiene diagnosis based upon assessment findings related to substance abuse
  • Develop a dental hygiene care plan for patients suffering from substance abuse disorders
  • Contribute assessment findings to the dental care plan for patients suffering from substance abuse disorders
  • Implement dental hygiene care to accommodate for or address substance abuse related conditions
  • Assess office policies for management of patients suspected of abusing substances.
  • Discuss legal and ethical implications of treating patients suspected of abusing.
  • Investigate local resources to assist in care for those patients involved in abusing substances.









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