WDHA Annual Session

Tickets are be available for purchase !!!

September 20th and 21st 2019



Laramie County Community College

1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82007

(307) 778-5222

Pathfinder Building - As shown below

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Friday 9/20/19


Registration/Light Breakfast ~ Sponsored by Patterson Dental


Susan Cotten, RDH, BSDH, OMT ~ Head & Neck Oral Cancer Screening: It’s MORE than what CATCHES the EYE


Break for Lunch ~ Campus Community Center Dining Room- LCCC



David Okano, D.D.S., M.S. ~ An Overview of the New Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions



* Afternoon snack provided by Young Dental *

Saturday 9/21/19


Light Breakfast ~ Sponsored by Patterson Dental


Trisha Hansen, D.M.D, ~ When to refer to a periodontist?




Julie Seager, RDH, BSDH ~ Sweeten Your Practice Going Beyond the Basics of Xylitol


Break for Lunch ~ Campus Community Center Dining Room- LCCC


John Kretzschmar, D.D.S, MPH ~ “ Putting Prevention into Practice: A Global Initiative to Curb the Spread of Oral Disease with Xylitol”

* Afternoon snack provided by Young Dental *


Speakers Biography & Course Description

Susan Cotten, RDH, BSDH, OMT

Having worked as a dental hygienist in private practice and public health as an Integrative dental hygienist, Susan Cotten, RDH, BSDH, OMT, is passionate about oral health, particularly oral cancer and screening. She is owner and founder of Oral Cancer Consulting, has served as a regional coordinator for The Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) since 2011 and is past recipient of the OCF Volunteer of the Year. Susan serves as the Oral Cancer Screening Coordinator for Colorado Mission of Mercy, is part of the Denver Homeless Head and Neck Cancer Screening and Care Group and founded M.A.D. for Healthy Smiles as part of the Donny Osmond Make a Difference program. She’s organized countless free screening and awareness events and is a frequent guest speaker and consultant on the subject at schools, offices, professional meetings, and a local radio talk show Rush to Reason in Denver, CO. In 2018 she was selected as a recipient of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction and the Colorado Dental Hygienists’ Association’s (CODHA) Outstanding Contribution Award. Susan is an active member of American Dental Hygienists’ Association, with CODHA, and was also selected to serve as an RDH Advisory Board member for The Oral Cancer Foundation in 2018 and a Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board Member in 2014. A 1994 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Dept. of Dental Hygiene, Susan has additionally completed coursework in Myofunctional Therapy at the Coulson Institute.

Course Description:

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, one person dies every hour of every day of oral and oropharyngeal cancer in the U.S. For years the leading cause was tobacco use in all forms and heavy alcohol use. That has changed with the emergence of the human papilloma virus, and approximately 10% of oral cancer diagnoses have no known etiology. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Expanded screening techniques and protocol are essential as these cancers are continually on the rise. This interactive discussion will teach and review best practices of the head and neck oral oropharyngeal cancer screening and office system. We are uniquely positioned to screen for abnormalities and change the lives of countless patients. However, expanded screening protocols are the key as HPV-16 has necessitated the watch for additional signs and symptoms. Join us as we review HPV, discuss additional risk factors, screening and office system best practices, including a hands-on demonstration of this modern life-changing safeguard against head and neck and oral cancer.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify potential signs and symptoms of HPV caused oropharyngeal cancer, and additional risk factors.

  2. Apply best practice clinical techniques for the head and neck oral oropharyngeal cancer screening.

  3. Formulate a head and neck oral cancer office system.

David Okano, D.D.S., M.S

David K. Okano, D.D.S., M.S. is a native of Wyoming having been born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He attended the University of Wyoming, receiving a B.S. in Zoology. David graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, receiving his D.D.S., M.S and certificate in periodontics from this institution. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. David was in the private practice of periodontics and dental implant surgery in Rock Springs for 30 years and recently transitioned to a full-time academic position at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. He is an Associate Professor and Section Head of Periodontics. A Past-President of the Wyoming Dental Association and former long-term Delegate to the ADA House of Delegates, David has a long history of involvement with organized dentistry. He was a Trustee on the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Board of Trustees. David is now the Secretary/Treasurer Elect of the AAP and will become President of the AAP in the Fall of 2022.

Course Description:

An Overview of the New Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions The first new classification of the periodontal diseases since 1999 was released in June 2018. This joint effort of the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology represents a completely different approach to the diagnosis of diseases and conditions affecting the periodontal supporting tissues. Dentists and dental hygienists must prepare for a paradigm shift in the manner in which they approach the classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions. The unique diagnostic and treatment needs for each periodontal patient are considered for personalized periodontal treatment planning, and ultimate care.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the new definitions for periodontal health and gingivitis

  2. Transition from chronic and aggressive periodontitis to the new system of diagnosis in which the terms Stage and Grade are now utilized

  3. Review new terminology for mucogingival defects and understand goals of gingival grafting for the various types of gingival recession

  4. Present the criteria for the first formal definitions of the peri-implant diseases

  5. If time permits, additional information regarding other periodontal conditions will be presented (non-biofilm induced gingival conditions, acute periodontal conditions, occlusal concepts, endodontic/periodontal lesions, restorative relationships)

* Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and dialogue during this fast paced presentation *

Julie Seager, RDH, BSDH

Sweeten Your Practice ~ Going Beyond the Basics of Xylitol

By now dental professionals are aware of the proven caries-protective benefits of xylitol but there is a lot more this magical sugar can do! This course will give a basic overview of xylitol’s dental benefits but will delve deeper into the science of its anticariogenic properties. Also discussed will be how xylitol works in the respiratory tract to keep us healthy during cold, flu, and allergy seasons.

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand xylitol’s mechanism of action on biofilm

  2. Create an easy-to-follow xylitol patient protocol

  3. Understand how xylitol can improve respiratory health

  4. Be familiar with the latest research in this specialized area

  5. Appreciate how this knowledge applies to dental professionals


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$89.00 per night

Red Lioon Hotel Cheyenne - SOLD OUT

204 West Fox Farm Road, Cheyenne, WY 82007


Comfort Inn & Suites

201 W Fox Farm Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82007



Silent Auction items


Necklace and Bracelet



Beautiful Stained Glass Decoration

Engraved beveled glass (Center) created in 1983

Finished by adding stained glass border

Created by Terry Cook

Size 6” X 7.75”

Thank you so much for our sponsors

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Young Dental is a leading US manufacturer of clinically advanced dental hygiene products headquartered in Earth City, MO. The company was founded in 1900 by Dr. Young, who serves as the company’s namesake. Young employees take great pride in developing innovative products that are endorsed by hygienists and manufactured with strict quality standards.

The Young brand is most commonly associated with the disposable prophy angle. Trusted by dental professionals, Young manufactures over 200 preventive products to include hygiene handpieces, prophy pastes, fluoride varnish and infection control products.

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Patterson Companies, Inc. was founded in 1877. John and M.F. Patterson purchased a Milwaukee drugstore and began selling dental and surgical supplies in addition to their regular stock of medicines and toiletries. Patterson Companies, Inc. is a value-added distributor focused on providing best-in-class products, services, technology and experiences to the dental and animal health markets. In 2017 Patterson was named to the Fortune 500 list of American’s largest companies by revenue for the first time in its 140-year history.



Thank you so much to those who donated generously

Nelson & Page Dental donated Hotel accommodations for a speaker

Dr. James Gilman donated Hotel accommodations for a speaker