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Continuing Dental Education

Course Information

Scaling Boot Camp

Course Closed Course Has Already Been Held
Date: Friday, August 9, 2013
Credit: 6.5 hours
Location: UNC School of Dentistry
Cost: $400.00 Dentist
$350.00 Team Member
Sponsor: Dental Ecology


Course Description:
The purpose of this hands-on instrumentation boot camp is to help each participant improve their instrumentation technique for better patient care outcomes, or help with preparation of future clinical board examinations. Instruments, cavitrons, and piezos will be available during this course (in the new Koury Simulation lab), as well as typodonts with varying amounts of calculus. A review of advanced fulcruming and ergonomics will be included in this boot camp. Each camp participant will have the opportunity to have scaling skills assessed if desired.

Recent Graduates may attend for $300.00
In order to receive the discounted rate, your registration and payment must be accompanied by a letter from your program director which includes your name, the program which you were enrolled, and date of successful completion.

This boot camp is designed to help improve instrumentation skills and help with overall confidence in calculus removal. Taking this course does not guarantee successful clinical board examinations outcomes.

Course Objectives:
At the completion of this boot camp each course participant will:
- Perform advanced fulcrums
- Review and practice calculus detection techniques
- Review and apply proper ergonomics for effective calculus removal
- Apply hand and ultrasonic instrumentation techniques for effective calculus removal
- Review common errors that can effect proper instrumentation for hand and ultrasonic adaptation and use
- Evaluate proper instrumentation technique through individual assessment

8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 - 9:05 Welcome & Introductions
9:05 - 9:40 Fulcrums and exploring techniques
9:40 - 10:00 Ergonomics
10:00 - 10:15 Morning Break/Questions
10:15 - 11:15 Hand instrumentation and skill assessment
11:15 - 11:30 Common errors and questions
11:30 - 12:15 Hand instrumentation and skill assessment continue
12:15 - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 Ultrasonic instrumentation and skill assessment
2:15 - 2:30 Common errors and questions
2:30 - 3:15 Ultrasonic instrumentation and skill assessment continue
3:15 - 3:30 Afternoon Break/Questions
3:30 - 4:15 Open Practice/Skill Refinement (Hand instrumentation, ultrasonic, or piezo)
5:00 PM Adjournment

Cancellations and Refunds
Since considerable advance planning is necessary for this continuing education program, a registration refund, less a $50 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by August 2, 2013. The cancellation fee is necessary to cover materials and facilities costs incurred for each participant, which are non-refundable to us. No refunds will be issued after August 2, 2013.

Ms. Shannon Mitchell, RDH, MS,Clinical Associate Professor
Ms. Mitchell is currently a clinical associate professor in the Department of Dental Ecology, Dental Hygiene Programs. She is the course director for the predoctoral periodontal scaling course, many of the courses in the Graduate Dental Hygiene Education curriculum, and is course director for the introduction to clinical teaching for BS dental hygiene students. Shannon' s specialty is in preclinical teaching and teaching advanced periodontal and ultrasonic instrumentation. In 2000, she received the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Presidential Citation for her leadership role with the section on dental hygiene education, specifically for her development of the clinical coordinators group. Presently she serves as chair elect of the ADEA Graduate Dental Hygiene Education Special Interest group and Vice President of the Supreme Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha.

Ms. Lattice D. Sams, RDH, MS,Clinical Assistant Professor
Ms. Sams is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dental Ecology, Dental Hygiene Programs. She currently teaches Community Dental Health I & II, Nutrition, Dental Health Education, and Dental Ethics for the Bachelor Degree Dental Hygiene Program. She is also a preclinical and clinical instructor for both Dental Hygiene Students and Dental Students at the UNC-School of Dentistry. Ms.Sams enjoys working with students to help them improve their scaling techniques.

The UNC School of Dentistry designates this activity for 6.5 hours of continuing education credits.

Sponsored by the Department of Dental Ecology, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. The UNC Continuing Dental Education program is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. UNC CDE's term of recognition is May 2012 through June 2015.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity.

As a continuing education provider, UNC School of Dentistry is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will fully refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, rental car or travel agencies.