Angie Stone, RDH, makes a point during a RDH Under One Roof seminar.
By Dee Humphrey, RDH, BHSc
Most hygienists know all too well the monotony of having to take continuing education courses to keep our licenses current and legal. Sometimes, we even grumble under our breaths, “Do I have to go?”
We search for courses that we are interested in and hope that we get what we paid for, all while listening to other hygienists about their negative experiences. We constantly wonder if the seminars are worth the money, the long trip, and the time spent away from home, work, or family.
But that is not the case with me!I recently went to RDH Under One Roof, which celebrated its 15th anniversary, dental conference in National Harbor, Md., on July 28-30. It was my second time to go to this specific conference (my first time was last year in Las Vegas) and it surely did not disappoint! Take it from me, the conference itself was nothing to complain about, nor was I stalling to go. I couldn’t wait until it finally arrived. It’s like Christmas for a dental hygienist! RDH Under One Roof (UOR) is an experience of a lifetime and should be known for its through-the-roof opportunities. There were more than 1,400 amazing dental hygienists present, 110 exhibitors ready to share their incredible products, and up to 20 continuing education credits available from seminars given by extraordinary speakers from all over the United States and Canada. Who could ask for a better event happening all in one remarkable spot? Better yet, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center was the “it” place to be that specific weekend, especially if you were a dental hygienist.
Not only did I get valuable continuing education credit from the incredible speakers, but I also got to spend some invaluable extra time with extraordinary companies, such as American Eagle Instruments and Crest & Oral-B. I learned from the best about the products for oral health, including the phenomenal new Boge 513 from American Eagle’s XP Technology no-sharpen instruments (I even got to meet Emily Boge, the designer of the instrument). This information is vital to any hygienist who is still working clinical and wants to take their patient care to the next level.
I participated in a research study for Crest’s HD toothpaste and brush my teeth on the exhibit floor while sharing my experiences—not to mention obtaining a free Oral-B Pro 5000 Smart Series with 3D action powered toothbrush for registering to RDH Under One Roof early. Then I also got to learn more about the new Genius Oral-B Smart series with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and Oral-B app, which is over-the-top amazing! It’s invaluable information that would excite any hygienist.
After going to the Mega Session on “Stress Less: You Management vs. Time Management” with Colette Carlson, I received amazing stress techniques and a Phillips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum powered toothbrush on the exhibit floor for participating. Two powered toothbrushes that I can give away for better patient care.
The copious amounts of samples given from the exhibitors was enough to fill my check-in baggage for the airport. I proudly paid the $25 to check my bag because I know the many faces in our office that will benefit from these products. I could go on for pages and share with the world everything I experienced on this through-the-roof experience at RDH Under One Roof in Maryland this year, but I’ll spare your eyes and attention span.
As I continued to scroll through social media, I also saw numerous comments about hygienists who didn’t get the opportunity to embark on this wonderful journey and their regrets about wanting to. Thoughts of sadness filled my heart for those who did not get the opportunity to make it to RDH Under One Roof this year. I wondered what kept them away or if it was fear of taking a chance on this phenomenal dental conference. Years earlier, I felt the same way too before I had actually got the opportunity to experience it firsthand. What are you waiting for? It is time to make a decision and go to www.rdhunderoneroof.com. Start getting familiar with all the information on their website. Don’t just take my word for attending, go to the “reasons to attend” section and hear or read about all of the other hygienists’ testimonies from all over the United States and Canada. It truly is the greatest conference on earth for those who proudly carry RDH after their name. Invest in yourself with this conference, and get the most out of your experience at RDH Under One Roof. I promise the possibilities are endless and the friends you meet will become like family year after year.
If you missed this year’s RDH Under One Roof’s dental conference, you lost out on an experience of a lifetime. Don’t make this mistake twice in a row! It’s time to make a decision and commit to come to the next RDH Under One Roof dental conference at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago in 2017. There will be opportunities to elevate your career, Chicago Style, obtain 20 CE credits and see over 110 exhibitors. So make sure to save the date and go!
Two thousand or so dental hygienists will be there ready to take this adventure with you. I am already registered and hope that I get to meet you at RDH Under One Roof in Chicago next year!
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Dee Humphrey, RDH, BHSc, has been infecting the masses with her contagious laughter and enthusiastic passion for dental hygiene. She has worked as a clinical dental hygienist and prevention specialist since 2010 in a tribal community dental clinic in northeast Oklahoma and has respectfully earned intuitive public health knowledge. Dee is an author and speaker who inspires and motivates people to take action and have faith. She received her dental hygiene and bachelor’s of science degrees at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.