Dental Hygiene Seminar held at Lone Star College-Kingwood

 Research on patients with HIV/AIDS or the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) have brought about changes on how professionals in the dental community provide treatment.

In keeping dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and students in the field up-to-date on changes throughout the past 30 years, Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Dental Hygiene program and Continuing Education department will host Dr. Mark Nichols, of the Bering/Omega Clinic, who will present a course on HIV/AIDS and Emerging Oral Cancers. This seminar isApril 27 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $119 and will be held in the college’s Student-Conference Center.

“HIV/AIDS and HPV has become everyday language in the dental field. Many times patients don’t tell their dentists that they have HIV/AIDS, but they need to stay on top of their oral health,” said Maribeth Stitt, Dental Hygiene program director. “This seminar is a great opportunity to network with other dental professionals in the area and visit the college campus.”

During the morning, dental professionals will learn about the changes in treating HIV/AIDS patients. In the afternoon, Nichols will provide an oral health update, which will include the latest research into the prevalence of HPV in the oral cavity. Attendees will learn the importance of educating dental patients about the relationship of HPV and oral cancer and describe the changes in treatment of HIV/AIDS patients both medically and dentally.

“Nichols is regarded as an expert in the field of HIV/AIDS and dentistry. He will be bringing up-to-date information on this epidemic as well as current information on the huge increase in oral cancers related to HPV,” Stitt said. “We are excited to welcome Nichols to our campus.”

The Dental Hygiene Seminar will offer seven continuing education hours. In addition to learning about HIV/AIDS and HPV, attendees will also receive information about other emerging diseases and their consequences on oral health.

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.lonestar.edu/CE-registration or call 281.312-1660.


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