Kelli Swanson-Jaecks, RDH, MA

 Kelli Swanson-Jaecks, RDH, MA

Kelli Swanson-Jaecks, RDH, MA

1. Thursday, April 8, 2010
1:30 pm -4:30 pm
Recommended for: Entire Dental Team
3 CE Credits
 
2. Friday, April 9, 2010
9 am – 12 pm
Recommended for: Entire Dental Team
3 CE Credits
 
ODA courses
 
 

  

1. Burning Down the House: Understanding Inflammation’s Role in Oral/Systemic Connections

Inflammatory mediators are key players in the body’s normal host response of inflammation. While the inflammatory response is considered of prime importance to the body’s immune system in fighting disease, it can also have deleterious effects. Understanding how inflammatory mediators act at the cellular and tissue levels brings clarity to their role in linking periodontal disease with many systemic conditions.

Current research emphasizes these connections and the need for medical and dental professionals to collaborate on shared patients. In these challenging times, it is important to include the patient as part of the healthcare team and to provide homecare options that are user-friendly. To this end, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory oral rinses will be highlighted as positive adjuncts to oral hygiene care and disease prevention.
 
At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:
 
  • Recognize the mechanism and role of inflammation in the body
  • Identify key inflammatory mediators and their systemic action
  • Understand periodontal disease as a chronic inflammatory disease
  • Explore the connection of inflammation and periodontal disease with other systemic conditions
  • Address the role of OTC anti-inflammatory rinses in disease prevention

  2. What’s New Pussycat?: Understanding Perimenopause in Ourselves and Our Patients

 
Perimenopause and menopause will affect most of the 153 million women in the United States today. The aging female experiences hormonal changes that affect many bodily systems, including the gums and dentition. Menopausal signs and symptoms can range from annoying to debilitating. As healthcare professionals, we can offer insight and understanding to patients undergoing this change of life.
 
What can be done about these symptoms? What are bio-identical hormones and how do they work? How can I support others in my life that are facing this transition? This course will bring understanding to the how’s and why’s of bodily changes and offer solutions to living healthy, fulfilled lives during this season of life. Women will be empowered to manage their symptoms and make choices that work for them. An attitude of celebrating change will help participants understand how to help themselves, their patients and all women in their lives.
 
 
At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:
  • Understand the clinical definition of perimenopause and menopause
  • Identify signs and symptoms of perimenopause
  • Describe systemic systems affected by hormonal changes including vasomotor, cognitive, and dental
  • Identify coping skills to manage the change of life
  • Assess the use of bio-identical hormones in management therapies
  • Describe the role of the dental professional in understanding and educating patient
Ms. Kelli Swanson Jaecks holds a Master’s degree from Oregon State University in Communication and Adult Education. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1996. Ms. Swanson Jaecks has over 14 years of clinical practice experience, including establishing periodontal treatment protocols, new product assessment and implementation and adjunct faculty status. Kelli currently is a faculty member at Western Oregon University. She is an American Dental Association Cell Seminar Series speaker for 2009-2010, and an active leader in the American Dental Hygiene Association, serving at the local, state and national levels. Ms. Swanson Jaecks is president of Verbal Impact, LLC, an educational company offering health care courses that include both lecture and interactive formats. She is a nationally published author and speaker on issues of health awareness, leadership, and collaboration. Kelli invites your comments at kelli@verbalimpact.org.