The Periodontists at Shoreline Periodontics and Dental Implants in New London, CT Host Virtual Study Club on Cultural Competency

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The New London, CT and Westerly, RI periodontists at Shoreline Periodontics and Dental Implants recently hosted a virtual Hygiene Study Club for dental hygienists on communicating effectively with multicultural patients and ways to improve ergonomics.

Drs. Marianne Urbanski and Gregory Toback, Periodontists in New London, CT

Periodontists, Drs. Marianne Urbanski and Gregory Toback, Host Virtual Study Club on Cultural Competency

Instead of scalpels and sutures, this innovative technology uses laser energy to gently and effectively clear away the bacteria responsible for gum disease.

Periodontists Dr. Gregory A. Toback and Dr. Marianne Urbanski of Shoreline Periodontics and Dental Implants in New London, CT and Westerly, RI, went virtual when they hosted a recent 2020 Hygiene Study Club seminar. Offered exclusively to local dentists and dental hygienists in Southeastern CT and RI, this session fulfilled cultural competency continuing education (CE) requirements.

“Cultural Competency” featured guest speaker Cathie Collier, RDH BEd, a well-known dental hygiene educator. The seminar covered verbal and nonverbal communication with patients from diverse cultures and how this is integral to understanding the reason behind their healthcare decisions and values. Participants learned strategies for effective communication by using different styles and skills to overcome potential cultural barriers. Drs. Toback and Urbanski believe that good communication is as integral to delivering compassionate care as leveraging state-of-the-art gum disease treatments.

Shoreline Periodontics offers permanent dental implants and periodontal disease (gum disease) treatment, including advanced LANAP® laser dentistry. LANAP is a minimally invasive alternative to osseous surgery. Instead of scalpels and sutures, this innovative technology uses laser energy to gently and effectively clear away the bacteria responsible for gum disease. This approach results in less pain, postop sensitivity, and gum loss, as well as greatly decreased downtime after treatment.

In addition to good communication, safety is also a top priority, which is why the Shoreline Periodontics Hygiene Study Club was presented virtually. The practice has also taken extra steps to protect patients during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to following infection control recommendations from the ADA, CDC, and OSHA, the number of people allowed in the office is limited.

To learn more about Shoreline Periodontics, their compassionate periodontists, and cutting-edge services, visit their website at http://www.shorelineperio.com or call 860-443-2428 for the New London, CT location, or 401-596-0000 for the Westerly, RI office.

About the Periodontists

Shoreline Periodontics is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients since 1998 and is located in New London, CT and Westerly, RI. Leading board-certified periodontist, Dr. Gregory A. Toback, received his B.A. from St. John’s University and his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut. He also received advanced training in periodontics and dental implants at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Marianne Urbanski has been voted one of Connecticut’s top dentists for more than seven years by Connecticut Magazine. Dr. Urbanski graduated cum laude from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where she earned a Bachelors’ degree in Biology. She also received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and her Masters’ of Dental Science degree from the University of Connecticut Dental School. Dr. Urbanski and Dr. Toback pride themselves on offering caring, professional treatment to each patient. Dr. Toback and Dr. Urbanski focus on minimally invasive surgeries including LANAP® laser gum surgery and are certified to offer the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ for treatment of gum recession. To learn more about Shoreline Periodontics and their dental services visit their website at http://www.shorelineperio.com or call 860-443-2428 for the New London, CT location, or 401-596-0000 for the Westerly, RI office.

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