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Continued Education

We are committed to
our Members

Providing our members with the latest in cutting edge education. Networking and collaboration are key elements in planning our continuing education calendar. We empower Tri-Counties finest dental hygienists' through an emphasis on technology, therapeutic techniques, and
best practices. [see more below]

    Featured courses:
  1. Infection control considerations for the dental practice (3 CE credits)
  2. The missing link in today's periodontal therapy program (3 CE credits)
  3. Dental professionals' guide to chemical dependency (3 CE credits)

  5. Webcast:
    1. RDH Evening Express: Optimizing infection control protocols
      (register here)
    2. DE Study Club: Dentures don't bite! Tips for ill-fitting dentures
      (register here)



volunteer Vacancies


A dentist from Carlson Family Dentistry is looking for a hygienist for Mondays 7 am - 2 pm and possibly Tuesday 10 am - 7 pm.

If you're interested, please contact
Grace Carlson, DDS.
1007 Calimesa Blvd., Ste C
Calimesa, CA 92320



Please contact Teresa Savage @ the Assistance League of Redlands
Manager: Teresa Salvage

If you are an RDH interested in Volunteering to participate in doing screenings & referrals for Kindergarten children, any morning in the month of May (Monday-Friday). Whatever time you may have free, please consider donating your time to help these children, you are desperately needed!


Upcoming CEs and Socials

  1. April 21, 2018 - Periodontal Disease presentation featuring Dr. Hassan. Details to follow
  2. April 24, 2018 - Senior Appreciation Night - Randall Visitor's Center, Loma Linda, CA
  3. April 27-28, 2018 - CDA Cares Anaheim - Anaheim Convention Center, Hall E 800 W Katella Ave Anaheim, CA 92802
    About CDA Cares
    Each CDA Cares clinic provides dental services at no charge to to an average of 1,950 individuals in just two days. We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make it happen. General dentists, oral surgeons, hygienists, assistants, lab techs, physicians, nurses and pharmacists share their clinical skills. Community volunteers register patients and volunteers, help set up, enter treatment data, escort patients, interpret and more.

    Anaheim Convention Center, Hall E
    800 W Katella Ave
    Anaheim, CA 92802

    Friday, April 27, 2018
    Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Welcome to CDA Cares Volunteer Registration. Thank you for your interest in being a part of CDA Cares. Our events rely on the time and talents of hundreds of generous volunteers.

    The jobs listed below are still open and need volunteers. Click on this link for details and shift options.

    Volunteer Check-In
    Please check in at the volunteer registration area to pick up your name badge and shirt. Onsite orientation will take place near volunteer registration.

    Hotel Information
    Hilton Anaheim
    777 Convention Way
    Anaheim, CA 92802
    Phone: 877.776.4932

    Group name: CDA Foundation
    Room rate: $159 per nighton a room with either one king or two queen beds
    Internet and Health Club are complimentary
    Self-parking is $16 and valet parking is $22

    The Hilton Anaheim is located across the street from the Anaheim Convention Center and just one mile from Disneyland® Resort, making them the perfect choice when visiting Orange County. Comfortable rooms and suites, fantastic dining and first-class facilities for business and recreation all combine to ensure you have an unforgettable stay in Anaheim, California.

    Event Location Directions
    View maps and driving directions from your location. The Anaheim Convention Center also provides maps, directions and parking information on their website.

    Free Parking is available at the Anaheim Convention Center. We will post special instructions related to parking as we get closer to the event.

  4. May 18, 2018-Spring Scientific Session is right around the corner!

    This is CDHA’s largest CE and sponsored event of the year.

    Registered Nurse registrations are also available! CDHA also has CE approval for nurses and one of the speakers is a registered nurse. If you have any nurse contacts in southern California, please forward them the information and encourage them to join.

    Spring Scientific Session - 8 CEs in One Day!

    Join us on Friday, May 18, 2018 for the Spring Scientific Session. Three exceptional speakers will present on today's hot topics. The program also includes Student Table Clinics, Marketplace hours, a hosted luncheon, product review sessions, prizes and MORE!

    Friday, May 18th
    8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Sheraton Park Anaheim
    1855 S. Harbor Blvd.
    Anaheim, CA 92802

    Click Here to register and view the program
    When Dementia Affects a Patient
    2 CEs
    Keri Walker, MS

    With the increasing proportion of older adults in society, it is more likely than ever that dental hygienists will encounter patients who have dementia. This course provides an overview of what dementia is, and how the disease impacts individuals' behaviors and ability to communicate. Participants will learn practical techniques and tips for working with patients with dementia, which will enhance safety and overall outcomes. Applied activities will provide opportunities to practice the presented techniques.

    The New Wellness Exam
    3 CEs
    Dr. Tim Donley, DDS, MSD

    Make no mistake about it: When it comes to overall health, the dental hygienist is the most important member of the health care team. Today's dentistry is no longer just about the teeth...it's about inflammation. Inflammation is at the root cause of many of the chronic diseases of aging. The evidence is clear that the mouth can contribute to the overall level of inflammation when periodontal disease persists. Many of the risk factors for systemic disease also affect periodontal disease. By managing the risk factors we have in common with medicine, today's dental hygienist can help their patients achieve better oral and overall health. This course presents a comprehensive exam protocol for easily incorporating wellness screening and therapy into existing dental practices. This is a fast-paced learn-it-today-use-it-tomorrow seminar supplemented with practice management materials, making managing patient's oral and overall information easy and efficient.

    Oral Health Does the Heart Good
    2 CEs
    Kim Newlin, RN, CNS, ANP-C

    Course Objectives:
    1. Summarize the links between oral and general health
    2. Review evidence of the relationships between oral and cardiovascular health
    3. Identify patients who need prophylactic antibiotics and/or modifications to their anticoagulant and antiplatelet medications prior to dental procedures
    4. Know guidelines for care of CVD patients in the dental office

    Student Table Clinics & Marketplace
    1 CE
    Speed Date Your Vendor
    Visit the Marketplace and Student Table Clinics for a BONUS CE.
    FREE to CDHA Members!

    Sean McDonald
    California Dental Hygienists’ Association
    1900 Point West Way, Suite 222
    Sacramento, CA 95815
    (916) 993-9102

[Free Downloads]

The Essential Guide to Infection Control by Hu-Friedy

From transportation and cleaning, to sterilization and storage, each step in dental instrument reprocessing is critical to maintaining a safe, healthy, and efficient environment for you, your staff and your patients. Our two-part series about infection control provides a practical guide that can be used to help every office:

• Comply with best practice & industry standards in infection prevention
• Ensure patient and employee safety
• Reduce risk and liability
• Operate at optimal efficiency

Part 1 of The Essential Guide to Infection Control focuses on the importance of infection prevention and best practices for running a successful infection control program.

In Part 2: Instrument Reprocessing, we share easy-to-implement best practices highlighting the applicable guidelines and regulations that come into play.

> Download Part 1
> Download Part 2




Education Part 2 . . .

Healthy Gums, Health Life

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Visit the Dimensions CE library today, where you’ll find more than 140 timely and relevant continuing education (CE) courses written for you—the practicing dental hygienist—by world-class educators and researchers. These clearly written, evidence-based courses each offer 2 CE units and cover everything from amorphous calcium phosphate technologies to the latest therapies for managing xerostomia. Learn with Dimensions CE! Click here to visit our CE library.

Featured courses: (login required)

  1. The Treatment of Cleft Lip and/or Palate
    - With the advent of presurgical infant orthopedics, the role of oral health professionals in caring for this population continues to grow. By Matthew K. Geneser, DDS

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)

  2. Providing Ethical, Culturally Competent Care
    - Oral health professionals are charged with encouraging open communication with patients, and understanding their perception of health and disease, as influenced by traditional beliefs. By Pamela Zarkowski, BSDH, MPH, JD

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)

  3. The Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin Technique
    - Created with patients' own donor tissue, the placement of L-PRF encourages healing following a variety of dental procedures. By Joseph W.Evans, DDS, and Kyndall A. Hudson, RDH

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)

  1. Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking
    - Oral health professionals need to be able to recognize the signs of victimization to effectively assist this vulnerable population. By Sheryl L. Syme, RDH, MS; Susan Camardese, RDH, MS; and Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, PhD

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)

  2. Addressing Ulcerations of the Oral Cavity
    - Careful assessment of these common oral conditions is critical to ensure early detection of any malignant ulcerations. By Reid Friesen, DDS; Vandana Singh, BDS, MMSc; and Pallavi Parashar, BDS, DDS, FRCD(C)

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)

  3. The Role of Homeopathy in Oral Health Care
    - As the number of patients interested in complementary and alternative medicine grows, clinicians should be aware of this modality. By Diana Bronstein, DDS, MS, MS

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)

  4. Strategies for Meeting Infection Control Protocols
    - In order to protect the health of both patients and oral health professionals, compliance with infection control guidelines must be a top priority. By Fiona M. Collins, BDS, MBA, MA

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)

  5.  NEW Breaking the Genetic Code
    - Genetic testing may provide oral health professionals with a new avenue to customize patient care and improve preventive treatments and outcomes. By Leciel K. Bono, RDH-ER, MS

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)

  6.  NEW Digital Technology Integration
    - The following strategies can help oral health professionals implement new technologies into daily clinical practice. By Dennis J. Fasbinder, DDS, ABGD, and Stephen J. Sterlitz, DDS, MS, ABGD

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)

  7.  NEW Changing the Trajectories of Diabetes And Periodontitis
    - Oral health professionals who understand the interrelationship of the inflammatory burden shared by these two chronic diseases will be best prepared to provide customized treatment. By Casey Hein, BSDH, MBA

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)

  8.  NEW Adverse Birth Outcomes and Oral Health
    - This literature review investigates the evidence surrounding the association between periodontal disease and preterm births and low birth weight. By Erin A. Kierce, RDH, BA, MS, MPH, and Lori Rainchuso, RDH, MS, DHSC

    > Read article & educational objectives
    > Purchase Course ($22)






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-  October 16-20, 2017

Photos from #ShowUsYourPurple 2017

Some of our favorite submissions from the biggest #ShowUsYourPurple yet!

This year, in honor of its fifth anniversary, the #ShowUsYourPuple event was the biggest ever, spanning five days. Many proud hygienists submitted their purple photos. Here is a small selection of some of our favorites!
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Oct. 19, 2016

Dental Hygienists Wear Purple
with Pride

October 19th was Show Us Your Purple Day, and RDH’s showed off!
We’ve collected some of our favorite photos from the 4th annual Show Us Your Purple Day.

America's favorite dental hygiene advocate, Esther Wilkins, dressed in her finest purple for Show Us Your Purple Day 2016.

Dr Esther Wilkins prepares to mark a milestone
Send your birthday greetings to Esther as she turns 100!
Share your birthday wishes. Click Here




Robyn Watson, President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (right), came all the way from Australia to pay Hu-Friedy a visit during National Dental Hygiene Month. Here, she is pictured with Patti Parker (left).




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