Theresa McCarter dental speaker

HygieneWize
Salinas, CA

(831) 840-3625

HygieneWize@gmail.com
HygieneWize.com


TOPICS:

  • Clinical
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Health and Wellness
  • Infection Control

Theresa McCarter, BSDH, RDH

An educated and empowered team lies at the heart of an efficient, synchronized practice.

Whether it’s gaining a deeper understanding of generational differences, compliance issues, oral hygiene products or applying healthy body mechanics in the office, Theresa McCarter, RDH, BSDH is passionate about helping teams reach their full potential.

A practicing clinical hygienist for 20+ years, Theresa’s courses help teams stay relevant and empower them to deliver the best possible patient care. In her highly interactive, engaging presentations, attendees deepen skillsets and understanding of current and practical dental topics.


Keeping up with clinical advances in dentistry is hard enough: Then we enter the OTC oral healthcare aisle.

When patients observe multiple choices in dental products that all feel vaguely the same, they can feel a great deal of “choice overload” (especially when they aren’t experts in the field).

This may explain why many dental patients still grab a familiar tube of the same toothpaste they’ve been using since they were kids—even when better, newer, more advanced formulas might help to significantly improve their oral and systemic health.

As patient advocates and educators, we can help.

Every day, new oral care products enter the marketplace, and dental professionals need to understand them to be able to inform patients about better choices and oral care habits.

In this course, Theresa McCarter explores the oral care aisle from top to bottom, covering new formulations, ingredients, active properties, characteristics and mechanisms of action. Explore current trends in oral health product development and the latest entries to the market in toothpastes, toothbrush designs, mouth rinses, interdental cleaning aids, denture cleaners and fixatives, saliva substitutes and more.

Become the expert your patients need to navigate the oral healthcare aisle and make the right choice for their individual healthcare needs.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain updated knowledge on products in the oral health industry
  • Master the efficacy of toothbrushes, floss, toothpastes, and mouth rinses on the market today
  • Explore new products in the oral health industry along with their benefits and deficits
  • Understand products for oral malodor and xerostomia and the ingredients that help produce the best product for each condition
  • Analyze products relating to remineralization, whitening and sensitivity

Suggested Formats: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop
Suggested Audience: Dental Professionals

Sitting at work all day can be a real pain in the neck. And in the back, arms, wrists, sacrum, hips, heart, lungs…even the blood sugar.

Dental professionals are particularly at risk for a variety of health conditions that can be dangerous and painful that are exacerbated by excessive sitting. In this practical and bodysaving course, Theresa McCarter takes a unique approach to traditional body mechanics from the perspective many of us spend the greater part of each day in: the chair.

Through a lively discussion based on industrial history, human anatomy & physiology, kinesiology and best practices in behavior change, Theresa helps to bring home the consequences of prolonged sedentary working positions. This course will offer realistic techniques and evaluates innovative equipment that can mitigate the risk of prolonged sitting.

Learn how too many hours of sitting and repetitive stress movements can serve as catalysts to painful and even life-threatening conditions for dental professionals. Gain simple, affirmative actions which can mitigate injuries and help you attain/maintain a healthy, pain-free life.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the changes in the daily lives of people in the last century
  • Understand the normal function of the human body and how it relates to our movements in everyday life
  • Recognize the detrimental health effects that come from prolonged sitting
  • Understand the connection between repetitive behaviors and mortality
  • Implement practical changes to sedentary behavior
  • Understand why exercise before or after work isn’t enough and what you can do about it
  • Discover effective and essential ergonomic devices that alleviate and eliminate musculoskeletal pain

Suggested Formats: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop
Suggested Audience: Dental Professionals

Infection control training isn’t just something we do to satisfy OSHA requirements on paper once a year. It’s something we do to protect health and lives—our own and our patients’.

As rates of infections and novel mutations of bacteria (including antibiotic-resistant strains) and viruses keep news crews busy around the globe, it sometimes feel like The Walking Dead out there. But what about in the dental practice? We see evidence of infection control breaches reported in media regularly; the last thing any practice needs is to become the public face of a serious infectious outbreak.

The best line of defense against infection for dentists, staff, and patients is a strong offense. That’s your infection control program.

In this lively, interactive course, Theresa McCarter brings the importance of infection control to life, tracing the paths of contagion in the dental practice from sources to transmission vectors. She helps staff visualize and internalize even tiny vulnerabilities in the infection control chain and understand how strong infection control protocols shut them down, cutting off every possible avenue of escape.

From disinfection to sterilization to education to the critical importance of vaccinations, Theresa’s unique approach to this topic is…infectious.

Learning Objectives

  • Review and comprehend OSHA regulations and their importance
  • Recognize potential modes of transmission in the dental setting
  • Understand aerosol transmission and how to screen for potential hazards
  • Recognize and be able to implement the steps to be taken to protect the dental professional
  • Understand the importance of vaccinations, education and how exposure plays a key part in the cycle of infection
  • Define prevention strategies that can be implemented in the dental office
  • Review safe injection practices
  • Understand and perform proper hand hygiene
  • Understand how to implement the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Suggested Formats: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop
Suggested Audience: Dental Professionals

When it comes to providing care for each of the generations, all things are not equal.

The social, economic, technological and medical advances our oldest patients have experienced in their lifetimes are incomprehensible to teens who have never known a world without cell phones and the internet.

Treating geriatric patients requires special skills in both clinical and interpersonal communications. Multiple morbidities and medications increase the incidence of xerostomia in older patients, placing them at greater risk for periodontal disease, oral infection and caries. Cognitive impairment can reduce their ability to perform appropriate oral care at home thus modified approaches during dental appointments and patient education are required.

Theresa McCarter provides a comprehensive overview of the generations and insights into working with patients over 65. Gain skills for managing medication induced xerostomia, along with special considerations in oral health. She also reviews the critical importance of regular, professional dental care to reduce oral-systemic implications. Learn the protocols for over-the-counter medication selection and management in this special population.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the future growth of the elderly population
  • Understand the health obstacles of today’s geriatric population
  • Develop an increased understanding of geriatric vulnerability to medications
  • Examine current studies that correlate poor oral health to other age-related conditions (physical, cognitive and sensory)
  • Identify the oral challenges associated with a geriatric adult living alone and know what signs to watch for
  • Understand the elements of xerostomia, the pH of a dry mouth and the signs and symptoms relating to this condition
  • Translate and transfer knowledge of oral health products specifically designed for patients with low salivary flow
  • Gain perspective on how to effectively earn the trust and confidence of patients in aging populations
  • Explore how to bridge the generation gap in providing oral health to the aging population

Suggested Formats: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop
Suggested Audience: Dental Professionals

The practice environment presents seemingly endless challenges. A healthy and knowledgeable team can ensure your practice is ready to tackle challenges head-on and continue to deliver exemplary patient care.

A practicing clinical hygienist in California, Arizona and Alaska with over 20 years experience in the industry, Theresa McCarter, RDH, BSDH knows that a successful practice starts with an educated team. Theresa is passionate about helping teams reach their full potential through continued education and her continuing education company Hygienewize, LLC, meets this need. Not only does life-long learning help teams stay relevant within the industry, continuous learning also empowers team members to deliver the best possible patient care.

Theresa is a part time clinical instructor at Carrington College in San Jose, California. She is a licensed training provider for The American Red Cross and provides CPR and BLS training across California and Arizona. A community health speaker for the Monterey Bay Dental Society, she is also a member of the National Speakers Association, Dental Speakers Bureau and Dental Speaker Institute. Her passion for education is further exemplified in her role as a substitute elementary teacher.

Theresa specializes in educational courses designed from personal experience. As a result, her courses are not only current and practical, they are also interesting and highly engaging. Her rule number one is “You Gotta Have Fun”.

(Partial Listing)

  • Advance Dental Conference: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (multiple)
  • Natividad Medical Center: Extended Care-Salinas
  • San Diego County Dental Hygiene Association
  • Foothill College Dental Hygiene-San Jose, CA
  • Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene School-Aptos CA
  • Carrington College Dental Hygiene: San Jose, CA (multiple)
  • Monterey Dental Society (multiple)
  • Salinas Union High School District
  • Loma Linda University Dental School
  • Monterey Bay Dental Hygiene Association
  • Active Seniors: Salinas, CA
  • Elks Lodge, Salinas, Ca
  • American Red Cross: Licensed Training Provider
“We have worked with Theresa McCarter on several CE presentations. She is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker. She is energetic, easy to work with and her energy is contagious. We will definitely work with her again!”

– Debi Diaz, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Dental Society


“I’ve been a hygienist for over 27 years and after attending one of Theresa McCarter’s courses, I actually learned about new ideas that can actually help me in the operatory. Fun and energetic!”

– Debra Papazian, BSDH, RDH


“I’ve been working with Theresa for over 15 years and she is my “go to” person when I need information on new products or equipment. She always has the answers to what products will benefit our patients and knows what the ingredients are in each product. She does our trainings in our office when we implement a new piece of equipment or therapy.”

– Tiffany Scott, RDHEF2


“I really enjoyed Theresa’s style. She is energetic, funny and knowledgeable. My students were engaged and participated in the presentations and they received valuable and practical information. I highly recommend her classes.”

– Jenn Doupnik, BS, RDH, Educator, Carrington College Dental Hygiene School, San Jose, CA


“Theresa’s style in teaching is full of energy. After taking her BLS class for re-certification, I found that I really learned the information and skills while having fun.”

– Asheley Lafayette, RDHEF


“On behalf of the Southern Arizona Dental Hygienists’ Association, I want to thank Theresa for speaking at our CE course. It was very informative and energetic and we can tell you have a passion for education. Perk! You live part –time in Arizona!”

– Lynn Raoller, RDH, SADHA President

Why choose Theresa?
  • Theresa’s courses help teams stay relevant and empower them to deliver the best possible patient care. In her highly interactive, engaging presentations, attendees deepen skillsets and understanding of current and practical dental topics.
  • Theresa is a licensed training provider for The American Red Cross and provides CPR and BLS training across California and Arizona.
  • Theresa specializes in educational courses designed from personal experience. As a result, her courses are not only current and practical, they are also interesting and highly engaging. Her rule number one is “You Gotta Have Fun”.

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