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96th Iowa Dental Hygienists’ Association
Annual Session 2017

IDHA greatly appreciates the support of our corporate partners for the 2017 Annual Session.

Front row: 
Premier-Kay Neumann, Delta Dental-Maren Lenhart, Q-Optics-Megan Singletary, Midwest Dental-Christina Truong, Designs for Vision-Kevin Brennhofer
Second row:
Premier-Connie Taylor, Crosstex-Gaylene Baker, Orascoptic-Dave Colgan, Colgate- Rory Berigan and Janette Dillinger, Henry Schein-Lori Kearney, Young Dental-Nicol Schreiber
Waterpik-Tracy Clausen, American Eagle-Sharon Rosengren
Back row:
Patterson Dental-Todd Sycord

Crest Oral B - Greg Slaymaker and Luis DeCubas


Licensees can earn up to 14 CEU's in one weekend. It is a great time for networking with other hygienists from across the state, viewing table clinics, and hearing two internationally renowned speakers in Dental Hygiene. There will also be plenty of exhibitors available, and several raffle and marketplace opportunities. Read the Annual Session Flyer

Carol JahnFriday May 5th presenting Carol Jahn.

Carol Jahn, RDH, MS is the Director of Professional Relations & Education for Water Pik, Inc. She has presented more than 350 courses, published more than 85 papers, and contributed to 7 textbooks, including Clinical Periodontology (9th, 10th, 11th eds).She has been a presenter at 40 state/national dental hygiene association meetings, including ADHA and RDH UOR. She has presented at 20 state/regional dental meetings including Chicago Midwinter and Yankee Dental. She was a 2013 recipient of the ADHA Award of Excellence.

There is No Generation Gap Here: How to Treat Patients from Ages 8 to 98: Does it seem as though more and more patients of all ages have a complex medical history? It is estimated that 3 in 4 adults over age 65 and 1 in 15 children suffer from 2 or more chronic medical conditions. Rising rates of obesity and a sedentary lifestyle is prevalent in all age groups. It contributes to the early onset of disability and many chronic conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and asthma. This course will empower you understand and feel confident caring for all age groups.

Practicing Smarter, Not Harder: Getting to Yes with Periodontal Patients: Do you have patients who just don’t seem to get it? Those who would benefit from periodontal therapy but somehow never schedule the treatment or worse, ask for a prophy? The reason patients don’t accept treatment isn’t that they didn’t have the information but rather that the information didn’t speak to their feelings. Both knowledge and positive emotion are key components in motivation. This course will raise confidence and empower you to reframe your patient conversations for better treatment acceptance. Best practices in initial periodontal therapy and evidence-based standards of care will also be reviewed.

Saturday May 6th, 2017

Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, BS, MBA has more than four decades in dentistry. Her business, Watterson Speaking/Consulting LLC is based in Lexington, NC.   Since 1997, Dianne has been published extensively, including authoring two monthly columns in national dental publications- one in Dental Economics called “Practice Wisdom” and the other in RDH called “Staff Rx.”  Dianne is a well-known provider of continuing education for dental professionals and has presented for associations and major dental meetings across the US.  In addition to serving on the editorial board of RDH magazine, Dianne is a co-author of Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist, a text used in many hygiene programs. She has published two books: Manage Your Practice Well and The Consummate Dental Hygienist. Dianne was honored by DENTSPLY™ as a "Distinguished Dental Professional" in 2005. Also, Dianne was honored by Colgate™ in 2009 and 2010 as a "Key Opinion Leader" and serves on their Oral Health Advisory Board. Dianne has been chosen as a Leader in Consulting/Speaking by Dentistry Today every year since 2006. She is a member of Christian Medical/Dental Association, American Association of Dental Office Managers, American Academy of Dental Hygiene, and American Dental Hygienist Association.

“Ten Things You Should Never Say to Patients: Communication Tools You Need”
Every superb dental professional needs two things - clinical or technical expertise and good communication skills. Clinical/technical expertise is not enough to build and maintain thriving patient relationships. This seminar dissects some of the most challenging communication scenarios in the dental office, such as what to say when patients reject treatment recommendations or when discussing third party benefits and financial matters. Other topics include one-on-one communication about patient care issues, barriers to communication, developing a superb chairside manner, reducing disappointments, verbal and non-verbal communication, and using effective analogies to assist patient understanding in discussions about dentistry. Every attendee will gain useful information to improve his/her own communication skills. Doctors and all staff members can benefit from this seminar.

Following Dianne’s Presentation, the 96th Iowa Dental Hygienists’ Association House of Delegates will be held on Saturday Afternoon at the Hotel at Kirkwood.

Place:  The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Registration flyer and link will be available spring 2017.

2017 Exhibitors: Delta Dental of Iowa, Designs for Vision, Colgate, Orascoptic, Patterson, Crosstex, Young Dental, American Eagle, Crest/Oral B, Henry Schein, Premier Dental Products, Water Pik, GSK, Midwest Dental, Q-Optics