A webinar with continuing education credit will be held August 28 on new fluoride recommendations, following in-person programs in Newburgh and Rochester. Chatting at the Rochester CE were: Tiffany Kerns, DHASNY Treasurer; Laura Leon, Executive Director, NYS Dental Foundation; Erin Knoerl, Project Coordinator Oral Health Workforce Initiative/Community Water Fluoridation Program Manager, NYS Health Dept.; Meg Atwood, Associate Professor, SUNY Orange Dental Hygiene Program; Matt Jacob, Director of Communications and Outreach, Children's Dental Health Project; Mercedes Susi, Grant Project Coordinator, Dental Foundation; and DHASNY President Michele Rase.

President's Message
Focus on Education

Dear Dental Hygiene Colleague:

Just a short message, like the short summer we are having.

I wanted to thank the New York State Dental Foundation’s collaboration with DHASNY in bringing the Chairside Fluoridation Program in a condensed format. We will be able to reach more dental hygienists across the state in the free webinar on August 28. See notice at right.

Kudos to Tiffany Kerns, DHASNY Treasurer, who suggested the idea at the Rochester event!   Laura Leon, Executive Director of the foundation, cannot say enough about the enthusiasm of our association and the dental hygienists of New York State embracing the new fluoridation recommendation program and our collaboration in “improving oral health of all New Yorkers.” (We were the first professionals to volunteer of Mission of Mercy, too.)

The plans for the Empire Conference and Annual Session in Rochester are winding up, just as summer is. Our host component, 7th District Dental Hygienists' Association, Rochester/Finger Lakes Region, is planning extra “goodies” for DHASNY members and getting keyed up for the President’s Dinner on Saturday, November 8th. Be sure to register for this event. In addition to education, there will be many fun surprises and an exceptional good time!

Once again, I THANK YOU for support of our professional organization and the future of dental hygiene.  See you in November.

Yours in oral health,

Research and Studies

A study by University of Adelaide researchers shows that lifelong damage is caused by acidity to the teeth within the first 30 seconds of acid attack, warning of the effect of acidic drinks.

A report in the British Dental Journal finds difference in recommendations on toothbrushing methods by dental associations in 10 countries,, toothpaste and toothbrush companies and in dental textbooks.



Webinar Set Aug. 28 on New Fluoride Recommendations
Earlier this year, new recommendations were issued for the use of fluoride toothpaste by children, and a new federal standard for water fluoridation will soon be finalized. Understanding these changes and why they have occurred will enable dental hygienists to continue effectively educating patients and the public.

On Thursday, August 28 at 6 p.m., DHASNY,  the New York State Dental Foundation and Children's Dental Health Project are co-sponsoring a 90-minute webinar about the new fluoride recommendations with an emphasis on the upcoming change for fluoride levels used in water fluoridation. Participants can earn 2 CE credits from this webinar.

You may join the webinar either over the Internet or through audio-conference only. See procedures to connect with the webinar. Instructions to receive CE credits will be given at the end of the webinar. 

Register Now:
DHASNY’s Empire Conference
Nov. 7-9, 2014

Hyatt Regency Rochester
Multiple CE hours, networking, product and service exhibits, and more. 

Registration and hotel information here.

A sampling of 3 of the CEs:

-Gain the latest information on infection control from Pat Pine, RDH, who presents across the country on this topic;

-At the Friday forum, hear Frank Catalanotto, DMD, national speaker and writer, on workforce needs that go beyond the traditional;

-In the Current Issues program, learn about the new collaborative practice law for RDHs, effective January 1, 2015, and more on the public policy front.

Check out these programs and others at the conference. Meet you in Rochester.
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