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 2016-2017 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

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
Course Objectives: After completing this program, the dental professional should be able to: 
1. Recognize the massive need for dental professionals to be involved in the oral care of dependent adults and that people in this population is often times dying of dirty teeth 
2. Understand why teaching care teams about brushing and flossing dependent elder’s teeth does not translate to improved oral health of this population 
3. List the various simple advanced treatment modalities that exist to improve the oral health of dependent elders 
4. Discuss the ways a dental professional can assist care teams with improving their oral care efforts 
5. Realize how dental professionals can help dependent adults directly to not only improve their dental health, but also their systemic health through involvement with HyLife, LLC.
  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 15thSpeaker:  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 ReachCrest/OralB, and Sunstar. Our thanks to Crown Seating for generously donating the Ergonomic Saddle Stool to be raffled off at our April 2018 meeting. Raffle tickets available for purchase.

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 BCHA meeting, Speaker:  Rhoda Kublickis, RDH, MHS, FAADH, Topic:  The Nasal and Respiratory Benefits of Xylitol Location:  Total Wine  Community Room, Viera.  2 CEU's.
 Registration & Network: 6:00pm - 6:30pm. Presentation:  6:30 - 8:30.  
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 


Looking Back

January 6, 2016 Wednesday BCDHA 1st Annual Dental Team night meeting! 
Speaker: Linda Meeuwenberg, RDH, MA, MA, FADIA. Topic:  How Full is Your Bucket? Creating the Positive Office Environment.
Details - Interactions between people can affect their outlook, energy and fortitude. If the interaction is positive, a person’s “bucket” will be filled. If the interaction is negative, a person’s “bucket” will be diminished. People work most effectively and deal with stresses in life best when their bucket is full. This program will provide you with strategies for establishing positive relationships at work and in life. Once you learn these strategies, you will not only help those you work with, but you will help yourself as well. Bring the entire dental team to learn proven strategies from Tom Rath's book - How Full is Your Bucket? and watch your team soar with new energy! 
Time and Location:  Dining and Networking:  5:30-6:30, evening presentation 6:30-8:30 at Heritage Isle, Viera. Dental assistants & Front Desk Staff fee $20. Pay in advance with and avoid the $5 late fee or at the door. Meal selection: cheeseburger, turkey panaini, eggplant stack, cobb salad.

 Our thanks to our generous sponsors: Crest/OralB, Florida Probe, Crosstex, and Solution Research.

January 30, Tooth Trot 5K at Eastern Florida State College Melbourne Campus. Proceeds go to Give Kids a Smile Brevard. See Running Zone for registration.

February 9  Tuesday Smile Day on the Hill  registration deadline February 5. Tallhassee. $20 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch.  See FDHA web site for more information.

February 11 Thursday  BCDHA meeting, Speaker:  Dr. Mirda, DMDTopic: "Saving the World - One Baby Tooth at a  Time." Time and Location:   dining & networking 5:30 - 6:30 evening presentation 6:30-8:30 at Heritage Isle, Viera.
Much thanks to our sponsor Upper Cervical of Melbourne - Dr. Renee Hahn, DC. Register at Eventbrite or at the door.
Outline and objectives:  I. What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Thank heaven for baby teeth
What makes us unique
II.  The predictable patterns of Decay:
Gummy Cavities
Genetic Cavities
Drink Cavities
Habit Cavities
Hygiene (lack of) Cavities
III. Questions for Dr. Mirda
Presentation powerpoint

March 4 Friday Happy Kids, Happy Smiles 10 am - 4pm Volunteers needed. If any of you would like to sign up, if even for a few hours (it doesn't have to be the whole day) they would greatly appreciate it! You can earn up to 4 CE's toward your certification or licensure. They will also provide food and water to volunteers. If anyone has Spanish speaking abilities that would be a big plus as well!
Some of the positions they will need help with include screenings (RDH), assisting with sealants, taking X-rays, helping with paperwork, being a runner/escort, sterilization, operators disinfection, and there are sure to be some areas needed that aren't mentioned.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jessica Milford by email at or by phone at 321-433-7283. 

March 10 Thursday BCDHA meeting. Speaker is Susan Wingrove, RDH. Susan is an internationally known speaker, author, researcher, and implant instrument designer. Topic:  New Era of Regenerative Therapy- Manage, Repair, or Regenerate.      At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to: 
1.Gain an understanding of the new protocols, tools, and treatments for periodontal therapy (periodontal and peri-implant disease).  
2.Provide the new advanced comprehensive exam (A.C.E.) that includes a protocol for gingival tissue and furcation evaluation with an understanding on when is the optimal time for guided tissue/ bone regeneration (GTR/ GBR). 
3.Gain an awareness of the current regenerative principals and how they regenerate soft tissue and bone (osteogenesis, osteoconductive, and osteoinductive). 
4.Have an understanding and the verbal skills to talk to patients about adjunctive regenerative procedures to set the stage for implants; root coverage, socket preservation, sinus and alveolar ridge augmentation.
5.Learn the importance of 3D technology for a comprehensive level of disease diagnosis and treatment by viewing clinical doctor treatment cases
 Time and Location:  dining & networking 5:30 - 6:30, evening presentation 6:30-8:30 at Heritage Isle, Viera.
Register with Eventbrite and avoid $5 at the door late fee.
Our thanks to the following generous sponsors:  Paradise Dental TechnologiesTePe, and Procter & Gamble.

April 20 BCDHA/EFSC joint meeting and Student Table Clinic, 6 pm - 8pm in Building #20 at Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Campus. Earn 1.5 CEU's. Meeting free to all attendees. Visit Galxo Smith Kline Oral Healthcare Consultant who will be on hand to answer your questions about their healthcare products.

May EFSC graduation and pinning ceremony.

May 20-21 ​Special Olympics needs Volunteers. Registration is now open to volunteer for the Special Olympics Summer Games. Volunteers are needed to do dental screenings. The screenings are being done Friday May 20 and Saturday May 21 in Orlando at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Contact link 

June 8-14 ADHA Annual Session in Pittsburg, Pa

July 27-29 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. 

September 8th BCDHA meeting Topic: Preventing Occupational Pain in Dentistry. Speakers: Linda Meeuwenberg, RDH, M.A., M.A., Dr. Renee Hahn, DC, and Kim Smith, LMT. Dinning and Networking 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.. CEU Presentation: 6:30 - 8:30. New Location: Beef O'Brady's, 724 South Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. meals available for purchase. Fee: Free for ADHA members, $20 for non-members.

September 15-18 FDHA Symposium at Hilton Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, check web site for information. On-line registration begins July 15. General information at a glance

October 22nd Saturday BDHA meeting 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., All-Day CEU Medical Errors, Domestic Violence, Emergency Response, and Infection Control. Earn 6 CEU's from our group of experts. Location: Cocoa Beach Library. Breakfast and lunch included. Early registration ends September 30. ADHA Members: $95, Non-Members: $110, Student: $35.. After September 30th - ADHA Members: $110, Non-Members: $125. No refunds will be given after September 30. Register with brochure by mail or on-line using Eventbrite.  

We thank our generous sponsors: Crosstex, Crown Seating, Smile Reminder and Florida Probe/VoiceWorks. Raffle for Ergonomic Stool by Crown Seating ($850 value) tickets $10 for one or $25 for 3.

November 10th BCDHA meeting Speaker: Edie Gibson, BSDH, MS. Topic: Stop the Perio Go Round. Location: Community Room, Viera Avenue.6:30 pm - 8:30 speaker presentation.

Please send us with your comments or suggestions for CE's
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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