Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS

 Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS

Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS 

Friday, April 8, 2011
1. 9 am – 12 pm
2. 2 – 5 pm
Saturday, April 9, 2011
3. 8 – 11 am
4. 1:30 - 4:30 pm
All Courses Recommended for: Entire Dental Team
3 CE Credits each
ODA courses

  1. Headliners: Breaking News and Its Effect on Health Care

As the dental patient population continues to become more aware of the impact overall heath care strategies have on oral health, the dental hygiene professional needs to likewise keep abreast of breaking news involving dental, medical and other scientific breakthroughs in order to appropriately address patient concerns and develop truly comprehensive treatment plan protocols. Recent, potentially ground-breaking topics will be explored in an interactive, relaxed forum utilizing a variety of information sources—from radio broadcasts, newspapers and television to refereed professional journals, popular consumer magazines and laboratory studies. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring any information of interest to this seminar for discussion purposes—be sure to include where the information was obtained (for sharing purposes). 

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the potential impact of many recent research findings on the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene
  • Discuss with confidence current topics of interest to the discerning dental patient
  • Evaluate sources of information available to the consuming public based on validity and reliability

 2. Hormones, Heart ,Health and Hygiene: Exploring How Oral Health Affects Women’s Systemic Well-Being

This course is designed to enlighten audience members on how gender specific issues impact women's oral and systemic health. Presented in a relaxed forum encouraging audience participation, attendees will learn about the effects of estrogen and progesterone on the oral cavity. Discussion of hormonal gingivitis, the impact of periodontal diseases on pregnancy outcomes, and other oral maladies associated with hormonal fluctuations will be included. Because cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death of women in the United States, dental hygiene clinicians need to keep abreast of the latest findings involving the effects of inflammation on cardiovascular health. An in-depth look at how oral inflammation impacts heart attack and stroke incidence will be presented in conjunction with treatment protocols designed to positively impact cardiovascular health. Gender specific issues relating to the stress response and their affect on the immune system will allow course participants to fully understand the impact stress has on oral and overall health. Come prepared to learn, laugh, and leave the course with valuable information on how dental hygiene care can make a positive difference in the health and well-being of the female patient.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the roles of progesterone and estrogen in oral inflammation
  • Recognize the impact of oral inflammation on pregnancy outcomes
  • Discuss the link between inflammation and heightened cardiovascular risk
  • Understand gender differences in responding to stress
  • Discuss home care options designed to reduce inflammation to the female dental hygiene patient

 3. Microbes on Parade: The Amazing Roles They Play in Health and Disease

Microbial organisms are phenomenal creatures capable of impacting our lives in a variety of positive and negative ways. Because the oral cavity contains the highest concentration of microbes in or on the human body, it is imperative that the oral healthcare provider understand bacterial and viral dynamics in order to render effective care and provide patients with appropriate homecare recommendations. Microbiology—an often daunting field of study to master—will be presented to course participants in a relaxed, fun, dynamic manner that maximizes learning while providing truly amazing facts to ponder and incorporate into treatment strategies. Be prepared to be amazed by the microscopic world!

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand microbial dynamics
  • Relate bacterial cell wall structure to pathological potential
  • Recognize how microbial resistance develops and impacts treatment protocols
  • Understand biofilm dynamics in recommending oral care treatment strategie

4. Diet Wars: Looking at Today's Dieting Trends and Their Impact on Dental Systemic Health

South Beach? Atkins? The Zone? Weight Watchers®? Jenny Craig®? CortiSlim®? Cabbage Soup? Eating Right for Your Blood Type? Caveman? Grapefruit? Russian Air Force? 7-Day All-You-Can-Eat? Confusing???? You bet! America’s obsession with weight loss has lead to increasingly complex diets that impact general and oral health. This course will provide participants with an overview of current dieting trends in an effort to minimize confusion and maximize understanding of the effects of today’s dieting revolutions. Presented in a relaxed forum, clinicians will be able to incorporate information garnered in this course to provide more comprehensive nutritional counseling to dental patients as well as recognize possible sequelae of dieting trends. Come prepared to learn, enjoy and share your insights.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the physiology behind adipocyte development
  • Recognize health risks associated with deep apple fat
  • Differentiate between dieting trends
  • Recommend healthy alternatives to poor dietary choices


Armed with degrees in dental hygiene and oral biology, Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS, presents scientifically-based dental and dental hygiene continuing education programs nationally and internationally. Avidly committed to making the dental sciences understandable and relevant, Betsy devotes time and energy to publishing articles and book chapters designed to enlighten and inspire clinicians. Her continuing education presentations include a variety of topics involving the biologic basis for oral and systemic disease prevention, microbiological and immunological aspects of oral disease, implications of stress on oral and systemic health, oral pathological concerns, oral piercing and body modification considerations in care delivery, head and neck anatomy and scientific developments affecting oral health care delivery. Betsy lives in her home state of Idaho Idaho where she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and taking in the breathtaking scenery with friends, family and her two dogs.