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(Radisson Midtown at USC)
March 24,  2018 -   
7 Continuing Education Credits

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After Thursday, February 15, 2018 for Participant $215.00


"Ruth Ragland Continuing Education course is always 1st class. Very fun and educational." Joyce Mayes, RDH

"I absolutely would not miss this course. I so look forward to it every year. Very informative and supports the fact of how important our profession is." Anonymous

"The Hygiene Symposium is the best continuing education resource for hygienists in the region." Anonymous


This course will be held at the Radisson Midtown at USC. 3540 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Tel: 213-748-4141.


The Ruth Ragland Symposium is designed to present cutting edge information on periodontal nonsurgical therapies, clinical techniques, anesthesia, preventive strategies for dental caries and methods for the effective delivery of oral health care.

Anti-Inflammatory Eating and Dental/ Medical Health - Susan B. Dopart

Do you ever wonder how to talk to patients about their diet to assist with dental health? How is an anti- inflammatory diet related to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's? This presentation will give detail to how diet contributes to various medical issues including dental disease. Included topics will be how insulin resistance and the Western diet contributes to periodontal disease, supplements that foster health and anti-fiammatory eating.

Implants Are Good, Teeth Are Better - David Levine

Current trends in the treatment of periodontal disease around natural teeth and dental implants will be discussed. Implants are good and have a very high success rate, but are they always the best solution? Various treatment methods for retention of teeth with moderate to advanced bone loss have, also, shown long- term success rates. This presentation will bring about a lively discussion regarding the treatment of periodontal disease and the importance and reliability of periodontal therapy to maintain teeth. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Craniofacial Surgery: How Dentistry has Made All the Difference - Mark M. Urata

This will be an introduction to the field of craniofacial surgery. With the recent release of the movie Wonder, there is increased interest in the reconstruction of children born with facial differences. The presentation will introduce the author?s experience having trained as both an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a plastic surgeon and how that unique combination has affected treatment paradigms and research.


This course is intended for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.


  • Learn how anti-flammatory eating assists with lowering risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer's
  • Identify how the imbalance of the Western diet increases risk of periodontal disease
  • Learn how controlling insulin resistance and glycemia lowers risk of periodontal disease
  • Identify which supplements foster health
  • Evidence-based approach for determining the predictability of treating periodontal disease around teeth and dental implants
  • Different treatment modalities for the treatment of periodontal disease around natural teeth and dental implants
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different treatment options
  • Be able to distinguish between a LeFort I, LeFort II, and LeFort III osteotomy.
  • Understand the multi-disciplinary nature of treating children with craniofacial anomalies.
  • Understand how dentistry plays an important role in the treatment of children with craniofacial anomalies


Diane Melrose, RDH, BS, MA (Symposium Chair), Susan B. Dopart, MS, RD, CDE, David Levine, DDS, Mark Urata, DDS


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