Dental Professions

Current Course Offerings

Community Dental Care
During this course we will review the required screening process for clients, infection control protocols, treatment options, patient care and education. We will discuss the potential of impact that dental care may have on the patient in need; as well as their family and friends. Dentists and other clinic volunteers will share personal experiences of providing treatment in the free dental clinic and the results that are evident immediately as well as long term.

Abbotsford is fortunate to have a free dental clinic in downtown Abbotsford. The Abbotsford Food Bank’s Free Dental Clinic was the vision of a local dentist who served overseas and wished to continue this charity at home. A team of very dedicated dentists, hygienists, and certified dental assistants volunteer their time and services. The clinic has been up and running since the summer of 2007 in the upstairs portion of the Abbotsford Food Bank. It helps patients with low incomes and little or no dental coverage.

The Abbotsford Food Bank Free Dental Clinic’s mission: To provide free dental care for those unable to provide it themselves. We believe charity starts at home, and our hope is to affect the lives of both the patients and volunteers in a positive way.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(80218 HLTH DP222 A3A) Brenda Molnar, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75.
Starts Oct 29

Current Standards in Oral Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Oral health management is increasingly becoming focused on assessing risk for disease and implementing primary prevention strategies. We will discuss current expectations and accepted paradigms to assess risk for oral and related diseases from infancy through tot the elder years. A holistic, client-directed approach to health promotion will be emphasized. The role of dental team members in promoting a preventive practice philosophy will be reviewed.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(80217 HLTH DP228 A3A) Leta Zaleski, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75.
Starts Oct 22

Dental Treatment Case Presentation
Learn the skills necessary to help patients make an informed decision regarding their dental treatment options. An effective treatment coordinator, CDA, hygienist or receptionist should be effective in presenting the benefits of proposed treatment as well as the risks of declining the recommended treatment. Polish your speaking and listening abilities as you learn to watch for nonverbal messages that often say more than words alone. Identify the obstacles and the motivators for different types of patients. Implement strategies to assist your patients as they resolve concerns and move forward to success in accepting the dental treatment required. Learn to use strong interpersonal skills to help your patients recognize and achieve their oral health goals.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(80219 HLTH DP229 A3A) Brenda Molnar, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75.
Starts Nov 19

Denture Care Planning
Meeting the expectations of your patients who need a removable prosthesis can be very challenging. Learn how to create a treatment plan and educate your patients that are in need of denture care. During this course, you will explore various treatment options for fully and partially edentulous patients, including immediate dentures, acrylic, cast and flexible partials, and dentures over implants. We will also discuss why dentures need to be replaced and serviced on a regular basis and the relevant steps required to make well-fitting dentures. Last but not least, we will explore how denture materials such as teeth and acrylic have evolved and how CAD/ CAM is revolutionizing the future of denture fabrication.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(80221 HLTH DP227 A3A) Markus Fischer, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75.
Starts Oct 15

Infection Control
Infection prevention and control is an important part of safe patient care. Concerns about the possible spread of blood-borne diseases, and the impact of emerging, highly contagious respiratory and other illnesses, require practitioners to establish, evaluate, continually update and monitor their infection prevention and control strategies and protocols. These guidelines are significantly broader than previous documents, and they reflect current knowledge of the transmission of infection, and how to prevent and control it. Although the principles of infection control remain unchanged, new technologies, materials, equipment, and data require continuous evaluation of current infection control practices. The unique nature of many dental procedures, instruments, and patient care settings also may require specific strategies directed to preventing pathogen transmission among dental health care personnel and their patients.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(80220 HLTH DP108 A3A) Anna Slazkiewicz, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75.
Starts Nov 12

What’s New in Dentistry 2014
Each year there are new advances and new materials to be familiar with in the dental practice. This course will include an overview of what’s new in dental sundries for your office, as well as information about the tried-and-true favourites. We will discuss the benefits of new materials and update you with the latest and newest products for the dental industry. Demonstration and samples will be available along with opportunities for questions and discussion.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(80127 HLTH DP174 A3A) Shannon Sewell, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75.
Starts Oct 8


For complete details, contact Heather Chapman at 604-864-4626, or 1-888-504-7441, local 4626, or

updated July 8, 2014

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