It All Starts Here is the theme of the 2014 Yankee Dental Congress (YDC). It is New England’s largest dental meeting and will be held January 29 through February 2, 2014, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC).
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RDH Under One Roof will also have a track on Friday, January 31. Courses offered on the RDH track include "Women's Oral Health Through the Life Stages," "Sex and Oral Health: What’s the Connection?," "Meth Mouth and Dental Considerations," and "Shining the Spotlight on New Products! Launched Since Yankee Dental Congress 2013."
The course "Women's Oral Health Through the Life Stages" will be taught by Maria Perno-Goldie, RDH, BA, MS, and will focus on a comprehensive review of women's oral health care needs from puberty through menopause. Different topics, including eating disorders, oral contraceptive use, pregnancy, lactation, menopause, hormone replacement therapy, and osteoporosis, will be presented. The course is offered from 8:00—10:00 a.m.
The course "Sex and Oral Health: What’s the Connection?" will be taught by Jo-Anne Jones, RDH, and will focus on the growing need for dental professionals to be educated on the emergence of viral, sexually transmitted diseases affecting the oral cavity. Jones will review the extraoral and intraoral examination, and will also introduce an innovative device that is designed to address this growing health concern. The course is offered from 10:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
The course "Meth Mouth and Dental Considerations" will be taught by Noel Kelsch, RDHAP, and will focus on the growing number of people exhibiting oral complications from methamphetamine use and dental professionals' need to be informed of this trend, as Kelsch has observed an uptick in the number of dental patients exhibiting these symptoms in the past few years. Kelsch personally searched for information about the affects of methamphetamine use, which she turned into a toolkit of information for dental professionals so that they can successfully treat and/or refer these patients. This course is offered from 2:00—4:00 p.m.
Finally, the course "Shining the Spotlight on New Products! Launched Since Yankee Dental Congress 2013" will be taught by Tricia Osuna, RDH, BSDH, FAADH, and will inform dental professionals of new technologies, products, and equipment launched since the last YDC. Participants will learn how new advancements can be used in dental hygiene practice as well as how they will benefit their patients and practice. This course also is offered from 2:00—4:00 p.m.
YDC is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Dental Society, in cooperation with the dental associations of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Nearly 28,000 dental professionals from around the U.S. are expected to attend this informative and fun-filled convention in Boston, with the opportunity to choose from over 300 dental continuing education courses and events taught by leading experts in dentistry.
YDC also features a robust Exhibit Hall floor with the latest in dental products and technologies from 450+ exhibitors, along with a variety of continuing education programs on the show floor. Healthy Living Pavilion, Live Dentistry, and Dental Office Pavilion are back again by popular demand! New to the show floor for YDC 2014 is Social Media Hot Spot, a chance to earn continuing education credits while learning the value of social media in marketing a practice.
Entertainment and fun are large parts of YDC 2014. On Thursday, January 30, join Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn for a Lunch with Author session in the afternoon. On Thursday evening, come together in fellowship and friendly competition for interactive games, music, stage acts, light snacks, prize giveaways, and more, free for everyone at Going for the Gold at Yankee! Join Dan Abrams—Man Down for a fun and interesting afternoon on Friday, January 31. Celebrate the Massachusetts Dental Society’s 150th anniversary at its free commemoration on Friday evening.
YDC 2014 offers admission to select free courses, alumni events, and computerized continuing education record-keeping.
For more information on Yankee Dental Congress 2014, please call (877)-515-9071 or visit www.yankeedental.com.