Katrina M Sanders RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF


A clinical dental hygienist, author and international speaker, Katrina is a vibrant, passionate and charismatic award-winning educator with a unique approach to delivering continuing dental education. Katrina is the Clinical Liaison, Hygiene Excellence and Innovation for AZPerio, the country’s largest periodontal practice. She works alongside Diplomates to the American Board of Periodontology to instruct on collaborative professionalism and standard of care protocols while delivering education through hygiene boot camps and study clubs. Known as “The Dental Resultant”, Katrina is the co-founder of The Core Group, LLC, a boutique-style consulting firm focused at high-level standards, excellence and production. Katrina is the founder, CEO and keynote speaker for Sanders Board Preparatory and is a published author with Dentaltown, Today’s RDH, a columnist and advisory board member for Modern Hygienist and brand ambassador for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Her philanthropic efforts include dental humanitarian work in developing countries, supporting abused and homeless animals and spreading awareness about the benefits of organ and tissue donation.

Treating Gum Disease: a Sticky Situation

Gum disease, by its very nature, can create sticky situations within the dental practice. When do you “pull the trigger” on active therapy? How do you initiate therapy on existing patients? What verbiage is best used to guide patients through understanding the chronic nature of gum disease? In this program, Katrina Sanders discusses the clinical parameters of gingival and periodontal diseases, common chronic systemic diseases as they relate to oral disease and current available therapies for the management of these diseases. As a healthcare professional, learn how clearer and more concise diagnostics will align your periodontal model to more effectively prevent and treat disease while supporting patients in evidence-based care and enhancing hygiene production.


  • Understand the link between diseases of the periodontium and systemic diseases.
  • Evaluate the national incidence and prevalence of oral disease.
  • Describe the changes in classifying periodontitis as indicated by the 2018 American Academy of Periodontology.
  • Utilize appropriate CDT codes for the implementation of disease therapy.
  • Integrate improved communication techniques to better support patient understanding of chronic disease.