Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH, FACE

 Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH, FACE


Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH, FACE
Saturday, April 14, 2012
1. 8 – 11:00 am
2. 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants
ODA Courses
3 CE Credits each
NOTE: These are new course offerings.  They were not included in the conference Preview Program.


1.  New Answers to Maintaining the Health of Dependent Adults (Course 287)
Oral care for dependent adults has scared the bejezzes out of most CNA and even some nurses.  While dentistry has strived to keep people in teeth, we’ve missed the boat in teaching care givers about the advances in oral care and not shared ways of decreasing oral biofilm without the emphasis on brushing and flossing. This course is for clinicians who want to offer more than a guilt trip about brushing and flossing.  Oral care is more fun, and easier than ever before, spoken like a true squelcher of the Floss Nazi mentality.

Learning outcomes:
  • Bridging the gap between oral health care providers and LTC providers
  • The nature of a biofilm
  • How good oral health of the residents can make nursing easier
  • How confections and functional foods are the savior
  • How to teach these methods to care givers

2.  Xylitol: 5 Reasons to Start (Course 288)

There are many reasons to start your patients on xylitol, there are no reasons to stop. In the esthetic practice xylitol can work wonders as a pre procedural product to restore the mouth to health. Healthy tissue is a must for after photos and as a foundation for any esthetic work.
Xylitol is not just for children, find out how to use it, recommend it and when to start incorporating it.

Learning outcomes:

  • The milestones in time when xylitol is the most effective
  • The mechanism of action xylitol has
  • Product selection for optimum results


Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH, FACE is an international speaker, writer, and practiced general dental hygienist. She is a graduate of Marquette University and the school of hard knocks.  Ms. Gutkowski is an award winning writer and international speaker. She also publishes and authors of The Purple Guide series of books. She is the past President of the Wisconsin Dental Hygienists’ Association and CareerFusion coach, Leadership Award Winner from the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry. She is also the 2008 Alumna of the Year award winner from Marquette University School of Health Science. Her courses center on early diagnosis and minimal invasion by the care providers. Her books are available online at