Brevard County Dental Hygiene Association
Never Stop Learning

Please check to location offered for each of the  BCDHA classes.  We are using new locations for the 2017-2018 calendar. Registration from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Speaker presentation begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. for evening classes.

Looking Forward

 Our thanks to Crown Seating for generously donating the Ergonomic Saddle Stool to be raffled off at our April 2019 meeting. Raffle tickets available for purchase.

Jan. 17, 2018  BCDHA Meeting, Speaker:  Kathi Carlson.  Topic:  Pathway To Optimal Case Acceptance, A Patient’s Perspective. Location: Total Wine Community Room, The Avenues, Viera.Time:  registration and networking 6:00 pm - 6:30, presentation 6:30 - 8:30.  
Course description: More often than not, patients want the best that dentistry has to provide when it comes to treatment opportunity. The challenge often lays in the conversations that take place between
the dental team, including chair side assistants, hygienists, administrative team and the doctor.
There is often a disconnect and lack of continuity on the information shared. These critical
conversations are vital and very important to the process of acceptance by our patients. The
discussions in this program will provide an opportunity to help us discover more about patients,
what they are seeking from dentistry and WHY they are sitting in your office. Keeping
perspective allows us the privilege to help those who enter our practices. I hope to share these
ideas and concepts with you soon! Earn 2 CEU's. RSVP to
Thank you to our presentation sponsors  SONICARE & STRAUMANN   

January 27, 8:00 AM Tooth Trot 5K Run/Walk, Location:  Wickham Park Community Center 
Race Director: Jerilyn Bird,  Email :  Race Director Phone: 321-848-5940
Website Address:
Beneficiary: Give Kids a Smile. Give Kids a Smile, providing free dental care to children in need within Brevard County, Florida. All dental care is provided free of charge by member dentists of the Brevard County Dental Society (BCDS). The proceeds raised by the Tooth Trot aids the BCDS in providing dental health education supplies, as well as tooth brushes and toothpaste for the children and their families.  Cost: $25, after 1/19/18 - $30.

February 3 Give Kids a Smile at Eastern Florida State College, Cocoa Campus Dental Clinic, Building 20, Health Science Room 111B. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, shifts available for volunteers.  Free dental services for children ages 3 -14. Sponsored by BCDS. For questions, contact (321) 636-1820 or

Feb 22nd Thursday Smile Day on the Hill. Tallahassee. Focus on educating Representatives on what Dental Hygienists do and our role in the community. Meet the Representatives who protect our profession, and make your voice heard. See FDHA web site or schedule/registration page for information.

 Feb. 28  BCDHA Meeting, Speaker:  Deb Zafiropoulos, RDH, Topic: See spot? Don't run! What to do and say when you see changes in your patient's mouth. Location: Total Wine Community Room, The Avenues, Viera  
Time:  registration and networking 6:00 pm - 6:30, presentation 6:30 - 8:30.  Earn 2 CEU's
Course Description:   With the rise of under diagnosed and under treated biofilm infections effecting overall health and wellness added to the epidemic of late stage diagnosis of oral cancer associated with the HPV virus, the dental profession is seeing an increase in soft and hard tissue abnormalities. This course is designed to address the clinical manifestations clinicians are apt to see and openly communicate the risks without guessing and eliminate the procrastination of care. Learning Objectives:
1.Address the why and how to effectively combat chronic diseases that increases the risk of cancer
2.Increase patient awareness and collaboration thru proactive communication examples.
3.How to implement preventive interventions and integrate screening technology to increase proactive activity versus reactive on nonreactive responses. 
 Our thanks to the generous February meeting sponsors - PlaqueHDCloSYSStellaLife, & Crest/OralB 

March 15 BCDHA Meeting, Speaker: Nancy Miller, RDH, BA Topic:  Power Off Biofilm, 
Location:  Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 3050 North Highway A1A, Indialantic, Florida 32903 
room 101
 Time:  registration and networking 6;00 pm - 6:30, presentation 6:30 - 8:30 
Course Description: How can the implementation of air polishing and micro ultrasonic technologies compliment each other therapeutically and benefit your patients?
Participants will learn (objectives of the course):
Biofilm’s role in inflammatory disease 
Implications of inadequate biofilm removal
New research and theory on air polishing subgingivally
Air polishing practical hints and tips 
Indicated use on and around implants 
The latest in types of ultrasonic inserts and units
Contrasts in piezoelectric/magnetostrictive technologies
Use on healthy not just perio patients 
An ergonomic and “time economic” instrumentation sequence 
​Earn 2 CEU's
Our thanks to our generous sponsor:  Hu-Friedy 

April  18, Speakers:  Class of 2018 EFSC Dental Hygiene Students. Topic: Student Table Clinics, Location:  Eastern Florida State College, Clearlake Road, Cocoa. Earn 1.5 CEU's. 
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 - Registration, Awards Presentation, raffle drawings, and networking
7:00-8:30 - CE program. 
 Fee: Free to ADHA Members and Non-Members. Light refreshments and snacks provided thanks to GlaxoSmithKline
Join us for an evening of learning, networking, and fun. Earn 1.5 CEU's. Raffle tickets available for the Crown Seating Saddle Stools and for one year membership to ADHA.
Our thanks to our April Meeting sponsors: American Dental Partners (BCDHA meeting sponsor) and GlaxoSmithKline
( EFSC meeting sponsor)

May EFSC graduation and pinning ceremony.

June 20-25th  ADHA Annual Session in Columbus, Ohio. 

July 24th Tuesday Oral Health Florida check web site for conference information. Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando 32809. Earn continuing education credits and find out about updates in Florida public health matters. Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

September 20-23 The Annual Symposium takes place at Hilton Orlando at Lake Buena Vista from September 20th to 23rd. Register online until Wednesday, September 12, 2018. After that, Symposium Registration will be available onsite at the symposium registration desk. Hotel registration for FDHA rates ends September 7th. For more information and registration, visit the FDHA web site.

September BCDHA meeting TBA.  2018-2019 calendar is in the planning process. Please check later for more information.

October 16th BCDHA meeting.  Speaker:  Edie Gibson, RDH, MS. Topic:  “One Nation Overdosed: Unmasking Opioid Addiction” Place:  Total Wine Community Room, Viera, Fl.
Time: 6:00 p.m. Registration and Networking, 6:30 - 8:30 Presentation, Earn 2 continuing education credits.
Thank you to our generous sponsors 


Course Description
​This program will uncover the mysteries of these addictive drugs and elevate our awareness as health care professionals. At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:
• Appreciate the cycle of addiction
• Identify the current trends in opioid use, including Fentanyl, Heroin and others
• Recognize signs and symptoms of opioid addiction
• Understand the treatment options available to help those battling addiction

Our October speaker Edie Gibson and Crown Seating have generously donated a Crown Seating Ergonomic stool to be raffled off at the meeting. Enter for a chance to win this very comfortable stool.

November 14th CFDHA meeting  Wednesday. Speaker: Rafael Rondon, RDH, BS. Topic:  Periodontal Treatment Update and Proper Codes. Location:  Total Wine Community Room, Viera. Time: registration and networking 6:00 pm - 6:30, presentation 6:30 - 8:30. Earn 2 CEU's. Thank you to our generous sponsors  Crest/Oral B   and VOCO.     RSVP to   

Course Description
Attendees will learn about  updates in periodontal treatment.  Rafael Rondon will also discuss proper coding to ensure correct documentation and billing.


Looking Back

January 19th 2017 Speaker: Angie Stone, RDH, BS. Angie Stone is a nationally known speaker and author of, "Dying from Dirty Teeth." . Course Description: As our population continues to age, and more and more people become dependent on nursing home care, the problem of poor oral health is growing quickly. And it turns out that teaching care providers to brush and floss their client’s teeth is not really the best answer. Something needs to be done to stop this epidemic and the needless suffering of our elders. This course addresses oral care issues facing dependent adults, with a focus on nursing home residents and their primary care givers, namely nursing assistants and nurses. This course will get attendees energized about caring for this population. Come hear about opportunities to help this population and feel the excitement! Appropriate for Dentists, Hygienists and Dental Assistants

  Location: Holy Name of Jesus School, Conference Room, 3050 N Highway A1A, Indialantic, FL. The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School is located on the west side of A1A (opposite The Hilton Hotel) We will be meeting in Conference room 101 with entrance on the south side by the Gym. Feel free to bring dinner/drinks.
Networking & registration: 6:00pm - 6:30pm, Presentation: 6:30pm - 8:30pm, 2 CEU.

Special thanks to our corporate sponsor GSK for January's Meeting! Meeting their representative to learn more about how their dental products can help your patients.
January 28 Tooth Trot 5K at Wickham Park Pavilion, Melbourne. 8:00 am. See Running Zone web site for information & registration. Proceeds go to Give Kids a Smile. Hygienists and hygiene students who complete the 5K and attend the BCDHA February meeting will be reimbursed the registration costs.

February 4th, 8 a.m. - 4p.m. Give Kids a Smile at Easter Florida State College, Dental Clinic, Cocoa Campus1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa FL 32922, Building 20 Health Sciences Room 111B . Dentists, hygienists, and assistant volunteers needed to provide dental services to children ages 3 -14 of financially disadvantaged families. Contact Sherryl of Smile Angels Foundation at or Brevard County Dental Society at (321) 636 -1820 or for more details. Morning and afternoon shifts available.

Looking for away to participate in Children's Dental Health Month? Sherryl Worst is seeking volunteers to give school presentations for February Children's Dental Health Month? Her phone number is (321) 626-3058​

February 15th: Speaker: Dr. Barlow, DD, MS Topic: Orthodontics versus Restorative treatment: 6 keys in the Decision Making Process , Networking & registration: 6:00pm - 6:30pm, Speaker presentation: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Location: Total Wine Community Room, The Avenues , 2302 Harnett Drive, Viera, earn 2 CEU's.

A big thanks to our February meeting sponsor - COLGATE.

March 15th: Speaker: Kristine Van Workum, RD, CSSD, LDN Topic: Updates in Nutrition - Eating Well for Life. Networking & Registration: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Speaker Presentation: 6:30 pm - 8:30. Earn 2 CEU's. Location: Total Wine Community Room, The Avenues, Viera. Speaker's Bio: Kristine is a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and licensed dietitian/nutritionist in the state of Florida. She is a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and also specializes in weight management/bariatric nutrition and eating disorders. Kristine has been working as a dietitian for over 16 years. Kristine now works for Health First Medical Group in Melbourne, FL as a bariatric dietitian for the NewFit program under Dr. Allison and Dr. Tieu, as well pediatric dietitian for Dr. Omar Hudson. She also represents the Dairy Council of Florida to provide updates in nutrition and discuss nutrition applications to dental health. 

Our thanks to our March meeting generous sponsors - SONICARE and YOUNG DENTAL

March 23, Smile Day on Capital Hill, Tallahassee. Focus on educating Representatives on what Dental Hygienists do and our role in the community. Meet the Representatives who protect our profession, and make your voice heard. See FDHA web site or schedule/registration page for information.

April 26:  Eastern Florida State College Student Table Clinic. Location: Eastern Florida State College, Cocoa Campus, Clearlake Road, Cocoa, Florida. Time: TBA

May EFSC Dental Hygiene Class of 2017 Graduation and Pinning Ceremony.

June 14th - 20th ADHA Annual Session in Jacksonville, FL

September 14-17 FDHA Symposium at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista, Disney World Resort. Registration opens in July.

September 27th  BCDHA meeting. Speaker: Linda Meeuwenberg, RDH, MA, MA, FADIA. Topic: Creating Balance - Maximizing your Clinical Practice. Location: Total Wine Community Room, Viera. 2 CEU's. Time: Registration & Network: 6:00pm - 6:30pm. Presentation: 6:30 - 8:30. Free wine tasting 5:30 - 6:00 at location. Our generous September meeting sponsors are PDT , Solution Reach, Crest/OralB, and Sunstar.

October 14th BCDHA All-Day Continuing Education Course, Speaker: Dr. Leda Mugayar, DDS, MS. Topic: Silver Diamine Fluoride - the Voice of the Future. Speaker: Anne Guignon, RDH, MPH, CSP. Topic: Exploring the Oral Microbiome - Stunning Revelations about how Microbes actually create Disease. Earn 6 CEU's. Location: Cocoa Central Public Library. See brochure for more information or register on-line at Eventbrite. Lunch and breakfast included. Meet our vendors. Raffles for Ergonomic Saddle stool. Early registration ends October 7th.

November 15th  Wednesday BCHA meeting, Speaker: Rhoda Kublickis, RDH, MHS, FAADH, Topic: The Nasal and Respiratory Benefits of Xylitol. Location: Total Wine Community Room, Viera.  
 Registration & Network: 6:00pm - 6:30pm. Presentation: 6:30 - 8:30. 2 CEU's. 
A big thanks to our sponsors Crest/OralB and Xlear/Spry.  

Course description: Health begins right up front, in the nose and mouth. The nose and the mouth are the gateways to our respiratory system and our entire digestive system. Bacteria that enter through these portals and simply pass through do not cause any problems, but when harmful bacteria reside in the respiratory tract, they breed and multiply. This invasion can lead to sinus infections, pneumonia, ear infections, and can even trigger asthmatic attacks. A revolutionary approach to inhibiting this bacterial assault is the utilization of xylitol.Objectives:
• Discuss nasal breathing benefits
• Describe natural nasal defense mechanism
• Examine the history of xylitol research 
• Understand the overall health benefits of xylitol 
• Explain how xylitol interferes with bacterial function 

November 16th, Brevard County Dental Society meeting. Speaker: Debbie Zafiropoulos. 
Topic: “Patient Sensitivity and Protocols” Sponsored by Crest and Oral B
Time: 6:30 pm cocktails, 7:00 pm dinner/meeting, Location: Holiday Inn Express, 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa, FL 
Cost: $35.00, Earn1 CE hour, RSVP to

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Due to state regulation, if you arrive after the CEU begins or leave before it ends you will not receive your CEU.  BCDHA registers with CE Broker.  No BCDHA meetings for May, June, July, August, and December.  Meetings will resume in September.   


We are continuing our donations to the South Brevard Women's Center Wish List Drive.  Please help this worthy organization by bringing an item to the monthly BCDHA meetings.  You can also bring donated items to their Drop off wish list items on Wednesday,  from 2 - 4pm at:        1425 Aurora Road, Suite C
Melbourne, FL 32935

The South Brevard Women's Center is in need of the following items: 

Diapers - All sizes (Newborn to Pull ups)
Gift Cards - Publix, Target & Wal-Mart
High Efficiency Detergent (HE)
Toiletries -
     Shampoo and Conditioners
    Toothpaste and toothbrushes
    Sanitary napkins and/ or tampons
School supplies
    Unisex book bags without wheels
    white school glue or glue sticks
    washable markers
    marble composition notebooks
    three (3) ring binders
    multicolored constructions paper
    wide ruled notebook paper
    pencils and pens
    Crayons (24 count)
    folders with pockets