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Hygiene CE Express

Thursday, November ​14, 2019

  • Teledentistry: Emerging Dental Delivery Model, ​Nathan Suter, DDS
  • Career Paths for the Dental Hygienist, ​Patricia Inks, RDH, MS
  • Cultivating Culturally and Linguistically Competent Care Through Interprofessional Collaborations, Romana Muller, RDH, MS

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1:00 ​PM - ​4:30 ​PM (15 min. between each presentation) | 3 CDE
Educational Method: Lecture
Subject: Technology, Self-Improvement, Human Relations
Recommended for: Hygienists

Fee: $10 | $20 After Oct. 17
Event Code: T19 


  • To demonstrate an innovative dental delivery model capable of reducing the burden of dental disease and increasing access to affordable dental care.  
  • Display full utilization of the skills to improve patient and provider outcomes.
  • Learn how can you work to the top of your scope of practice.
  • Understand opportunities and career paths available for the dental hygienist.
  • Assess cultural competence as it relates to dental care.
  • Define linguistic competence and its application in patient-provider communication.  
Join us for three brief one hour presentations on the timely topics of teledentistry​; career paths and scope of practice; and cultural competency.  

In the course, we will explore the emerging dental delivery model of teledentistry, sharing strategies for successful implementing and maintaining a teledentistry program and how to apply effective clinical teledentistry interventions. All in all, we will show how through the utilization of care coordination, and teledentistry methodology we have spearheaded an innovative approach to increase access to care in multiple settings that is replicable and sustainable. 

Career Paths
This course will look at current and future career paths for the dental hygienist in Missouri and other states, and how to take advantage of those pathways.

Cultivating ​Culturally and ​Linguistically ​Competent ​Care 
Today’s ethnically diverse population benefits from culturally and linguistically competent dental care. As oral health professionals, we must identify barriers to care in communities we serve and create solutions, bringing change through implementation of culturally appropriate programs. But how do we get past the barriers that surround minority groups, such as language and culture? This course will demonstrate the power of inter-professional collaborations and enable you to visualize collaborative opportunities that may exist in your community.

Speaker Bios:
Nathan Suter, DDS, is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Suter also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis. Dr. Suter was the Oral Health Director and a practicing dentist at COMTREA Comprehensive Health Center, a federally-qualified health center, in Festus, from 2013 to 2018. In 2016, Dr. Suter received the National Network for Oral Health Access Outstanding Clinician award and the American Dental Association Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award. Dr. Suter implemented the first teledentistry program in the state of Missouri, increasing access to dental care for more than 1,200 patients in the first year of operation. In 2017, Dr. Suter purchased a rural private practice in House Springs, Missouri. He splits his time between COMTREA and his private practice. Financial Relationship - Grants/Research Support: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; Consultant: Suter Consulting LLC DBA Access Technology
​Patricia Inks, RDH, MS, is ​director of dentistry in the community and integrated community service partnerships for A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH).  She received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from West Virginia University and master’s degree in professional leadership, training and development from Carlow University. Ms. Inks is a member of ADHA, ADEA, and AAPHD. She has been a dental educator for almost 20 years. Prior to joining MOSDOH, she taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and served as the dental hygiene program director at Fortis Institute-Erie. Financial Relationship - none reported
Romana Muller, RDH, MS. is an assistant professor at A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Center. Her teaching experience includes didactic and clinical instruction of dental and dental hygiene students, with a focus on evidence-based dentistry and patient-centered care. Muller holds a master of science degree in dental hygiene with an emphasis on higher education, public health, and research. Muller is a member of the American Dental Education Association, American Dental Hygienists Association, and Missouri Coalition of Oral Health. Financial Relationship - none reported