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Spring 2014

Mandatory Continuing Education

On July 11, 1996, Bill 7324A was passed by the Senate and the Assembly requiring that every TRIENNIAL registration period, registered dental hygienists must complete a minimum of 24 hours of education, inclusive of the previously required mandatory child abuse and infection control training approved by the State Education Department. Farmingdale State College is an approved provider of continuing education credits in New York State for both dental hygienists and dentists; the American Academy of Dental Hygiene is the approved NYS sponsor.

Infiltration Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide

The legal change to the Dental Hygiene Practice Act that went into effect as of August 2003 expands the scope of dental hygiene to include infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide.     The course for this certificate is offered late spring each year. It involves 4 days didactic and 2 ½ days clinical time. Dates and times will be available February, 2014. Check our website or call 631-420-2659 in 2014..


ALL courses are open to dental hygienists and dentists.

 Please click here for the registration form.


CRN # 40001 Course D407


What are the choices available to dental health professionals?

Overcoming patient fear from visiting the dental office has always been a challenge to the dental professional. Pain, noise and the uncomfortable vibrations experienced by both the fearful and non-fearful patient has been a factor in scheduling & keeping dental appointments. With the proper selection and administration of non-injectable anesthetic alternatives, better patient management can be achieved.

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

• Have an understanding of the evolution of non-injectable anesthetics use during the history of dentistry

• Have a better understanding of why & which patients are fearful of their dental experience.

• Have the tools to gain patient trust through patient management of discomfort from dental procedures through the use of non-injectable anesthetics.

• Identify which adjunctive is appropriate for

individual patients & their treatment.

• Identify the cautions and contraindications of these non- injectable anesthetics.

Instructor: Barbara Greene, RDH, BA, MBA

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department of Dental Hygiene

Farmingdale State College

Private Practice Hygienist

Dental Practice Management Consultant

Date:     Sunday, March 9, 2014                   CRN # 40001

Time:                9:00 A.M. – Noon

Tuition:   $65.           Contact Hours: 3                   CEU's: 0.3

Registration deadline: March 1, 2014


CRN # 40002 & 40003 Course G600


Farmingdale State College has been approved by the State Education Department as a provider for the mandated Barrier Precautions and Infection Control course. Those professionals affected by this mandate include dentists and dental hygienists. This course meets the necessary requirements.

You are required to take the course every four years. The instructor has been certified by the State Education Department.

Instructor:Carol McNamara, RDH, BS

Clinical Instructional Support Specialist

Department of Dental Hygiene

Farmingdale State College

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014           CRN # 40002

Time:    6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Tuition:   $65.   Contact Hours: 3     CEU's   0.3

Registration deadline:   March 3, 2104

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Date:      Sunday, April 13, 2014                 CRN # 40003

Time:      9:00 A.M. –   Noon

Tuition:   $65.   Contact Hours:   3    CEU's   0.3

Registration deadline: April 2, 2014


CRN # 40005 Course D908


Many dental offices have moved from traditional film to digital sensors to capture tooth images. This hands-on course will be spent in our radiology laboratory. The objectives of this course will allow the participant to expose films using both PSP and CCD sensors; experiment with a wide variety of digital sensor holders; trouble shoot sensor placement in light of oral anatomical limitations; and manipulate digital images using Eaglesoft's software.

Digital knowledge is required for active participation in this course.

Instructor :Janet Gruber, RDH, MS

Associate Professor, Dept. of Dental Hygiene

Farmingdale State College

Private Practice Hygienist

Date:     Wednesday April 2, 2014                 CRN # 40005

Time:     9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuition:   $75.                    Contact Hours: 3                     CEU's: 0.3

Registration deadline: March 21 , 2014


CRN # 40004 Course D203


The Role of the Dental Hygienist in Preventing ECC

Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is a serious, but preventable, form of tooth decay that affects children's primary dentition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of ECC is on the rise. Risk factors such as previous caries, cariogenic bacteria, visible plaque, diet, enamel defects, socioeconomic status, and lack of fluoride are associated with ECC's prevalence. Prevention of the disease is key. This course will focus on the dental hygienist's role in preventing ECC. Upon completion the participant will be able to:

Define ECC and learn which groups are most affected by the diseaseIdentify the risk factors associated with ECCUnderstand the consequences of ECC.Learn how to help parents, caregivers, and children in preventing ECC.

Instructor:Susan Vogell, RDH, BS, MBA

Adjunct Instructor, Dental Hygiene Department

Farmingdale Sate College

Date:          Sunday, April 6, 2014             CRN # 40004

Time:          9:00 A.M. – Noon

Tuition:       $65.           Contact Hours: 3    CEU's   0.3

Registration deadline: March 25, 2014


CRN # 40006   Course D204


Key factors and components for successful clinical outcomes

This course is based on current scientific literature providing the clinician with evidence based tools and strategies which include the use of periodontal risk assessment protocols, salivary diagnostics, incorporation of the dental exam and progressive treatment planning. Advantages of ultrasonic instrumentation will be examined as demonstrated in the current research for obtaining successful clinical outcomes while providing comprehensive patient care.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to;

Develop an understanding of the Evidence-based Decision Making (EBDM) process while providing a mechanism for current practice by addressing gaps in knowledge so that the clinician can provide the best possible care.Incorporate the patient's risk factors which include current medical status, dental and periodontal considerations, and total patient history.Discuss the use of salivary diagnostics in the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseaseExamine the use of chair-side testing for the presence of diabetes, c-reactive protein and other bio-markers which play a role in periodontal disease.Understand the unique relationship between oral and systemic conditions with emphasis on the inflammatory process.Develop an understanding of the role ultrasonic instrumentation plays in the delivery of successful preventive and therapeutic debridement through an examination of the current evidence based research.

Instructor:       Marianne Dryer, RDH, MEd

Northeast Clinical Educator

Dentsply Professional

Date:     Friday, April 11, 2014                       CRN # 40006

Time:    9:00 AM – Noon

Tuition: $65.          Contact Hours:   3         CEU's: 0.3

Registration deadline: April 1, 2014

This course is co-sponsored

by Dentsply Professional


CRN # 40007   Course D205


Caries Management by Risk Assessment, or CAMBRA, represents a shift from simply treating caries to proactive prevention and treatment. Through learning about CAMBRA, and implementing the recommendations and protocols, dental clinicians have a valuable opportunity to help patients take charge of their oral health.


Understanding the causes of dental diseases

White Spot Lesions, Gingivitis, Caries, Sensitivity

Determine how to evaluate a patient's disease indicators, pathological factors and protective factors to determine their level of caries risk.Understand accepted clinical guidelines and treatment options to help patients manage existing oral health issues based on their level of risk.Learn how to increase patient acceptance of oral disease treatment options

Review medication recommendations and product review

Instructor:   George J. Martinez

Regional Preventive Specialist

for 3M ESPE

Date:    Sunday, April 27, 2014           CRN # 40007

Time:       9:00 A.M. – Noon

Tuition:   $65.   Contact Hours: 3     CEU's   0.3

Registration deadline:   April 17, 2104

This course is cosponsored

by 3M ESPE


CRN # 40008   Course D206

to work for improved Oral Health:

A Story in 3 parts

1.  Metagenomics, Microbiota and Mycobiota  ( the 3 M's and the microbiome gene pool ... the new tools for dental

practice (your patients  are NOT what they eat, but what   their  BUGS eat!)

2.  The Microbial Clock, Aging and Oral Health:  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Tailoring oral care to age is


3.  Pre/Probiotics and Restorative Microbiology : The Salvation of Oral Care in the Post Antibiotic Era.  What

probiotics are your patients taking and what are their benefit / harm?

Instructor: Professor John G. Thomas, MS, PhD, HCLD

Professor Emeritus

West Virginia University

Date:     Friday, May 16, 2014                 CRN # 40008

Time:      9:00 A.M. –   Noon

Tuition:   $65.           Contact Hours:   3      CEU's   0.3

Registration deadline: May 6, 2014



To enroll in any of these courses, please complete and send in the registration form. If you do not have a registration form, you can download one from our website, (quick links – Dental Hygiene then Continuing Education) or you may request one by calling the Department of Dental Hygiene Continuing Education Office at 631-420-2659.


All courses offered will be taught subject to sufficient enrollment. We will give a full refund if you enroll in a class that we cancel. Requests to withdraw from a course that is not cancelled by us will be honored and a refund issued only when received in writing by the Department of Dental Hygiene five (5) business days prior to the start of the course.


Professor Sharon Struminger

Tel: 631-420-2534   Email:

Farmingdale State College

Department of Dental Hygiene

Gleeson Hall – Room #344

2350 Broadhollow Road

Farmingdale, New York 11735

Tel: 631-420-2659       Fax: 631-420-2582

Parking Permits

All vehicles must display a temporary parking permit on the dashboard. A parking permit and confirmation letter will be mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first day of class.

Questions or Concerns

Please call Dental Hygiene Continuing Education office at 631-420-2659 (Please note: Continuing Education office is open only part time, leave message and Eileen will return your call.)