October CE wrap-up

Wow! Certified Orofacial Myologist, Tracey Brizendine really gave us some great things to chew on. We walked away with things we can do to help our patients and tools to use when confronted with what may have seemed like everyday occurrences, but now we see as potential problems to our patient’s well being.

If you attended the LIVE webinar, keep an eye on your inbox for your CE Certificate. If you purchased a CE ticket but were not able to attend, you will be notified by email to watch the recording via Zoom. It will only be available for 30 days and will receive a self-study CE Certificate after the 30 day viewing period if logs show you watched the video in its entirety.

I want to thank Tracey again for a wonderful presentation and for donating her honorarium to a great cause, Texas HyPAC! Speaking of HyPAC, all the proceeds to today’s CE is being donated as individual donations to Texas HyPAC and we were able to raise $914! Thank you to everyone for making this such a successful educational fundraising event!

Our next event we’ll be hearing from Amber Lovatos as she takes us to the future of Teledentistry! Sign up here.

Teledentistry user guide

Teledentistry passed in Texas! Great! Now what?

TSBDE does not have the rules set yet for Teledentistry; we can technically work using tele dentistry as of September 1st. So what does that mean? Well, it is a gray area at the moment, however, Legislative co-chair has shared a great resource on how teledentistry is used nationally. Please review this manual from the National Network for Oral Health Access for some interim guidance

NNOHA Teledentistry User Guide

Trustee Report: Fall 2021 TDHA Meeting

This past weekend, I represented Austin at the TDHA Fall Board Meeting. We continued working towards accomplishing our strategic plan of providing more resources to the general public about what a hygienist does and to hygienists and how they can help lift each other up and work collaboratively for improved professional development.

National Dental Hygiene Month

This month, we will have a social media campaign and raffle to reward a few lucky hygienists! Aerosol Assist will be giving away 3 HVE kits and Ambience will be giving away 3 loop shields. Follow on social media to learn more about the raffles and how to enter.

We also have a few public-facing videos debuting this month that explain what a hygienist does. If you have 30 seconds and a smartphone, please record yourself giving us a quick tidbit about what a hygienist does – what YOU do – and what it means to you to be a dental hygienist. Be creative, you don’t have to follow a script. Some questions to think about: What is your favorite part about being a hygienist? Why did you choose this field? Why are you a member? What would you like all your patients to know about what a hygienist does? Finished? Send your videos to greateraustindha@gmail.com.

TDHA Board Positions

There a handful of board positions available and TDHA is seeking volunteers interested in stepping up to lead our constituent. The position of Secretary, Legislative Director, and ADHA Delegate. If you are interested in any of those positions, contact greateraustindha@gmail.com for more information on qualifications.

Austin Delegates

We have an upcoming election on Delegates to represent Austin. If you haven’t submitted your name yet, please fill out this form.

Resolution committee is starting work on reviewing proposed resolutions and have requested that all proposed resolutions be submitted by December 15th.


TDHA Communications has requested content for their annual newsletter. Please submit any content to Kym Whitehead via greateraustindha@gmail.com by October 22.

Social media content requests were also made. If you want to submit anything hygiene-related, please send them to Shawna Greer via greateraustindha@gmail.com

TDHA Annual Conference

Date: Feb 4-6th

Fees: $130 / Student , $290 / Professional

You can start booking your rooms now. Delegates, please wait so we can book all at one time.

Continuing Education (6 minimum) provided through Annual Conference this year will be HYBRID with both a live and virtual component. Fees for the hybrid CE are still being worked out.

Student and Educator components of the conference will be only available LIVE.

HOD assemblies will most likely be available virtually but it has not been finalized.

Marketplace will cost $25/table. All merchant-types welcome.

TEXAS HyPAC is hosting a Spy-themed casino night on February 4th at Houston’s Marriott Westchase, $45/professional, $10/students. It is BYOB.


We have a few IOH Fundraisers coming up this season with a LynchCreek Farms holiday decorations where IOH will receive 15% of all purchases made through the end of the year.

IOH will also have a fundraiser walk-a-thon again this year during annual conference.


Melissa Chagollán Vetter, RDH
Greater Austin Dental Hygienists’ Association

Any questions, please send those to Melissa Vetter via Greateraustindha@atxdha