With over 27 years of experience, Joy D. Void-Holmes is considered a thought leader in dental hygiene and is recognized for her ability to evoke passion into her work to help elevate the knowledge of the dental community. She is an educator, writer, consultant, and researcher. Published author for multiple dental related articles, editor and chief of the Inspire the Future Newsletter, creator of the Dental Hygiene Student Planner, and co-founder of the Inspire the Future Summit educators conference. She is an accomplished speaker and has lectured nationally. Her continuing education presentations include a variety of topics such as instrumentation, ultrasonics, infection control, nutrition and biochemistry, health promotion models, and oral-systemic diseases. Joy currently serves as president for the Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association and is a consultant examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency Exams. Joy received her doctorate degree in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University.
The ultimate goal of manual and ultrasonic instrumentation (MUI) is to eliminate pathogenic bacteria and remove biofilm and calculus deposits while preserving tooth structure. The approach used to achieve this goal is inherently different based on the design of the instrument, sequence of use, and the technique utilized by the clinician. This course will help attendees work smarter not harder by applying the Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) process to treatment protocol selection. Attendees will learn how to effectively maximize ultrasonic and hand instrumentation to create an environment that encourages tissue health using a staged approach of MUI. A review of a variety of ultrasonic inserts and sharpen free hand instruments, including titanium instruments for implant surfaces, will be had. A discussion on air polishing for biofilm management will conclude the course.