FDC2018 Session Directory

The Secret Lives of Biofilms

Course Code: C16
Speaker: Ms. Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2:00 PM
End: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists


Microbial biofilms are interesting and important! Understanding biofilms leads to better management and control of human and animal health and disease. Biofilms are vital to life, and also may be an important source of disease and contamination in fluids, equipment, and natural or built environments. This lecture will explore methods, strategies and products to prevent, remove and manage unwanted biofilms in dental buildings and equipment, and will address biofilm infections of dental relevance.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • understand the microbial and physical nature of biofilms.
  • identify known risks and benefits of biofilms in various settings.
  • discuss biofilm diseases.
  • apply strategies to manage dental office reservoirs for biofilms.
  • find resources and products to continue learning about biofilms.

Partial Sponsor(s):

Speaker: Ms. Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS

About the speaker: Bachelor's degree, University of Southern California; nationally recognized speaker, author and consultant; adjunct dental hygiene professor, West Coast University.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.

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