Sherri Lukes


Sherri Lukes
Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH has 38 years of experience in dentistry, 28 spent in academia. In 2014 she retired as associate professor from Southern Illinois University Dental Hygiene Program where she taught oral pathology, community oral health, multicultural dental hygiene and advanced periodontics clinic. Her research concentration was in oral pathology, migrant farm worker oral health, and challenges of other underserved groups, resulting in multiple peer-reviewed publications. A Pathology Fellow and approved speaker of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Sherri enjoys integrating her expertise from years of teaching and research into CE courses to empower hygienists in the delivery of care. Ms. Lukes is a Past President of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Community service projects include biannual mission trips to central Mexico, where accompanied by SIU dental hygiene students, she provides oral health care in an orphanage and remote villages. She received Community Service, Teacher of the Year, and Research Paper of the Year awards while at SIU, was named an Oral Health Champion by the IFLOSS Coalition and the Illinois Department of Public Health and is a past recipient of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction.

Upcoming Webinars

Date Category Faculty Member Webinar Title
02.05.20 Dental Hygiene Sherri Lukes From Zero to Hero: Managing Xerostomia for Optimal Patient Outcomes
From Zero to Hero: Managing Xerostomia for Optimal Patient Outcomes

From Zero to Hero: Managing Xerostomia for Optimal Patient Outcomes

Location: Online

A plethora of patients present with the complaint of dry mouth, also known as xerostomia. From autoimmune conditions to pharmacologic therapies, a whole host of etiologies exist for this uncomfortable condition, resulting in an increased risk for dental caries. As preventive care specialists, hygienists must be knowledgeable about xerostomia etiologies and preventive strategies, to address increased caries risk. This course will discuss xerostomia as a subjective patient complaint, its various causes, how it affects the oral cavity to increase caries risk and strategies for both professional and at-home prevention.

At the conclusion of the webinar participants will be able to:

  • Explain the subjective complaint of xerostomia as described by dental patients
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of xerostomia from various oral conditions.
  • Describe how xerostomia increases the risk for dental caries
  • List preventive strategies hygienists can implement for professional caries prevention
  • List preventive strategies hygienists can suggest for patient utilization to reduce caries risk.
Credits: 1.5
Cost: Free