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WVDHA Spring Symposium

March 25th, 2023

On March 25th, 2023 in South Charleston, WV, WVDHA will be providing 6 CE credit hours! This event is located at BridgeValley's Advanced Technology Center.  Please welcome our incredibly talented speakers covering CE on tobacco cessation (can go towards license requirement) and oral pathology. In addition to our speakers, CE credit will be awarded as we enjoy professional undergraduate presentations from students at BridgeValley Community & Technical College as well as one hour with our exhibitors. Lunch is provided, and our special guest Dental Hygiene Nation will be exhibiting with some great merch! We hope to see you soon. Please reach out to with any questions you may have!

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WVDHA Spring Seminar Agenda

March 25, 2023


BridgeValley CTC, Advanced Technology Center

aka Toyota Hall

2001 Union Carbide Drive

South Charleston, WV 25303


7:30-8:00: Registration & Breakfast

8:00-10:00: Oral Pathology: Oral Cancer Screening, Practical Application and Resources (2 CEU)

10:00-12:00: Tobacco Cessation (2 CEU) 

12:00-1:00: Lunch w/ Exhibit Hall (1 CEU) (Box lunches provided)

1:00-2:00: Student Presentations (1 CEU)

o Presenting from BridgeValley Community and Technical College

Dental Hygiene Program: Dalton Cork, Megan Gundy, Emily

Hatfield and Ariana Hunt

Tobacco Use and Cessation Efforts for West Virginia Oral Healthcare Providers
Presented by M. Suann Gaydos, BSDH, MSDH, NCTTP and Ashlee Sowards, BSDH, MSDH, NCTTP


1. Compare and contrast tobacco use in WV and nationally.
2. Describe the neuroscience of nicotine addiction.
3. Examine the sources of nicotine (cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, vaping, etc.)
4. Establish proper cessation protocols for tobacco-using patients.
5. Discuss motivational interviewing techniques.
6. Understand relapse and ways to successfully overcome it.
7. Relate the negative oral health effects of tobacco use disorder.

Oral Pathology
Presented by Juan M Bugueno, D.D.S., MS and Elizabeth Southern Puette, RDH, MSDH, CTTTS 


1.    Review epidemiology, etiology and clinical findings of premalignant oral mucosa lesions.
2.    Explain epidemiology, etiology, diagnostic techniques and clinical findings of malignant neoplasms of oral and maxillofacial territory.
3.    Discuss some clinical case scenarios of malignant oral mucosal lesions.
4.    Provide updates on the incidence of oral cancer and resources available in WV to improve access to care for patients with suspicious lesions.
5.    Reinforce the importance of implementing routine screening strategies during the dental hygiene visit to identify oral cancer lesions early and next steps; referrals, biopsy services, and adjunctive aids to help identify suspicious lesions.
6.    Educate dental hygienists on the importance of teaching patients how to complete oral cancer self-screenings between visits.
7.    Provide updated recommendations for screenings, vaccinations, and referral procedures from sources such as ADA, Academy of General Dentistry, American Cancer Society, and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.


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