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Dental Hygienists & Therapists

What you Missed in 2023:

In the Dental Hygienists & Therapists Programme, lectures covered an array of clinical topics from use of airpolishing to decontaminate All on 4, to prevention and management of peri-implantitis and even handling zygomatic implants. Shaam Shamsi also provided some very useful information on medicolegal record keeping with implants, with a wealth of guidance on how dental hygienists and therapists can protect themselves while caring for patients with implants.

In the afternoon, the programme took delegates on a journey of “Dental Success and the Human Factor”, with Ganase Dharrie-Maharaj and Andrew Perkins. They covered some very interesting concepts designed to help professionals better understand how they work and what they can do to enhance their skills and experience at work. The speakers talked about cognitive capacity boundaries and how we each have a limit on how much stress we can take in a day before our “bucket” overflows and we stop coping well. By recognising the symptoms of cognitive overload in ourselves and others, we can take steps to avoid it from happening and therefore improve the operational efficiency of the entire team, ultimately, improving patient care.

At the end of the day, one dental hygienist and therapist commented:

“This was my first time at the ADI Team Congress. I came because we have a new airflow in the practice and I wanted to see how we could incorporate it for implant cleaning. I enjoyed the session on this and also that on medicolegal record keeping. The last session on human factors was also very good, the speakers were chilled, comical and interactive which was great. The exhibitors were also very good.”