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The Dental Hygienist’s Role in Supporting Patients with Substance Use Disorder
Ms. Stephanie Botts, RDH has practiced clinical dental hygiene for 12 years. She currently works full-time at Town Center Dentistry and Orthodontics in Denver. Stephanie is passionate about dental hygiene, especially the role hygienists can play in a patient’s overall health. She has spoken at the Denver Cardiology Summit, advising physicians and cardiologists about the oral/systemic link and the damaging effects of medication-induced dry mouth. She has spoken at numerous dental hygiene annual sessions about street drugs and their effects on the oral cavity, and the oral-systemic link. Stephanie is excited to provide the dental team, specifically dental hygienists, with communication strategies in advising patients about substance use disorder.
Target Audience
Dentists, Dental Team Members, Physicians, Nurses, Advanced Practice Providers, and Physician Assistants.
Webinar Description
The dental hygienist can play a vital role in supporting patients with substance use disorder. Often hygienists are the health care professional spending the most one-on-one time with patients. Therefore, they are in a position to screen and advise patients on this issue. Patients often feel the most comfortable and have the strongest relationship with the hygienist, making it natural for hygienists to initiate this oftentimes difficult conversation. With the right skills and confidence, dental hygienists can serve as the first line of defense against risky substance use.
Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Identify substance use disorder as a treatable medical condition
  • Recognize physical and psychological changes consistent with substance use disorder
  • Practice effective communicate with patients about substance use disorder
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 08/20/2023
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 Attendance Credit
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 6H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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