A message from our TDHA president

To: Dental Hygienists of Texas

From: Marian Tajchman, RDH, MS TDHA President

Dear Colleagues,

As we continue to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that have been placed on individuals and businesses, TDHA urges you to heed the information that has been provided by the various agencies and associations, especially those that are related to the dental profession. Without self-regulation we are obliged to follow this information. I also encourage you to view ADHA’s response, updates and for answers to your questions at https://www.adha.org/covid19.

In the Town Hall meeting with Governor Abbott broadcast last evening on television stations across Texas, the state director of Medicaid services stated many individuals have access to medical information without having to leave their homes with the aid of Telehealth. In the last Texas Legislative session TDHA filed a bill (SB792) and its sister bill (HB1756) and actively lobbied legislators in regards to allowing oral healthcare providers, specifically dentists and hygienists, the ability to provide Teledentistry for emergencies if Telehealth regulations were relaxed to include Teledentistry. The bill made it out of the Health and Human Services committee but failed to be heard on the Senate floor and essentially died. With this being said, I would encourage you to reach out to your legislators in your district and begin communication on this issue.

The time is now in preparing for the next session in 2021, and we need ALL hygienists to respond. If this bill would have passed, the dental scenario might have looked different regarding this pandemic. If you are uncertain as to who your legislators are, you can go to https://wrm.captiol.texas.gov/home.

This will be a learning experience for all and, I believe that much good will come from it over time. TDHA and ADHA, along with the other dental associations and agencies, will continue to monitor the situation, give out information as it becomes available, and answer or direct your questions.


Marian Tajchman

Philips CE Event Postponed


The Philips April 3rd CE Event has been postponed. A future date will be determined when CDC social distancing recommendations are canceled. Thank you!

Request Your Refund

Please submit your refund request to Leigh Reeves at leigh.reeves@escvent.com. She will assist you with your refunds for this event. Please include “Austin CE Refund Request” in the subject line and she will help you out!

We will keep you updated on the future date as soon as we can!

Here are some helpful links you can reference to keep updated with COVID-19 spread and containment.





We are excited to partner with Philips this year! This will be the best deal you’ll see all year for 5 CEs, lunch, a free Sonicare toothbrush, a Kendra Scott booth, and the ability to network with other hygienists!

DATE: Friday, April 3, 2020 TIME: 8:45AM – 3:30PM (doors open at 7:45 AM)

LOCATION: Omni Hotel Downtown Austin, 700 San Jacinto Street, Austin, TX, 78701

SPEAKERS: Olga Ibsen, RDH, MS & Mary Hughes, RDH, BS 

REGISTRATION: Online, one (1) registration per e-mail address. Full day participants will receive the following: 

  • 5 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) based on lecture and participant interaction 
  • A delicious, healthy lunch in the Omni Hotel 
  • A gift bag with a Philips Sonicare power toothbrush and other fun products 
  • Registration is $69.00 and will be taken on a first come, first served basis online 
  • Please register before March 26, 2020 – Visa, MasterCard and American Express are all accepted. 

RSVP’s are only accepted through online registration on the following secure website with ESC Ventures: https://www.escvent.com/my-events/pwc-austin-432020 


  • Registrations will not be accepted at the door! If you do not provide your credit card and receive email confirmation for your payment you are not registered for the symposium. Registration questions: please reach out to leigh.reeves@escvent.com 
  • This is an exclusive, invitation-only event; please check with the GADHA if you have any doubts regarding this exceptional offer. 

Speakers and Course Details: 


OLGA A. C. IBSEN RDH, MS, FAADH Olga A.C. Ibsen is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut and formerly an Adjunct Professor at New York University College of Dentistry in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine. She has made significant contributions to the Dental Hygiene Profession as an educator, clinician, author and editor. Olga has played a significant role in the clinical practice of dental hygiene for over 35 years. She co-authored the textbook “Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist” published by Elsevier (now in its 7th Edition). Ms. Ibsen is a contributing author to all eight editions of Mosby’s Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene and to Mosby’s Review Questions for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. She presents CE courses on Oral Pathology at dental and dental hygiene meetings nationally and internationally. She is a Consultant Member to the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (formerly NERB) where she prepares and evaluates test questions. Additionally, she serves on the editorial advisory board for “Dimensions of Dental Hygiene”. In 2016, she received The Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene from the ADHA and in 2017 the Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award from Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. 

Course Title: Oral Pathology for the Dental Professional Course Description: Oral Pathology for the Dental Professional -This course covers the seven diagnostic methods that contribute to a final diagnosis. They include the following features: clinical, radiographic, historical, laboratory, surgical, therapeutic, and differential methodology. Several lesions and conditions in each category will be discussed from etiology to prognosis. The strength of the diagnosis for each lesion will come from one or more diagnostic methods. Lesions will include those associated with the inflammatory process, immunity, infectious disease, developmental disorders, genetics, neoplasia, and oral manifestations of systemic disease. Documentation procedures, biopsy techniques and referral options will also be explored. Remember that statistically, one patient dies every hour of every day from oral cancer. This course will provide you with an enlightened, highly informed approach to managing oral lesions and conditions. 

Participant Objectives: 

  • Describe the ‘gold standard’ in the diagnosis process 
  • List seven diagnostic methods with examples of successfully diagnosed lesions/conditions 
  • Identify the characteristics of both benign and malignant pathology 
  • Differentiate patient medical history information that may be contributory to a successful diagnosis 
  • Identify and describe leukoplakia, erythroplakia, radicular, residual, dentigerous and primordial cysts 
  • Define and describe three genetic conditions discussed under clinical or historical diagnosis 


MARY HUGHES, RDH, BS – is Dental Education Partners CEO, Founder, and Instructor. Her passion for dentistry, training, and helping individuals achieve their full potential is a hallmark of her career and the founding of Dental Education Partners. Mary has always brought a passion to deliver the highest standard of periodontal care for patients. She began her career as a Registered Dental Assistant and fell in love with dentistry, continuing her education as a clinical dental hygienist after graduating from the State University of New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. Mary became an expert in staff training and effective patient communication coaching methods, which tripled daily hygiene production for the office and operatories of colleagues she also coached. As a natural educator, her career transitioned to corporate dentistry to professionally consult with dental offices, emphasizing comprehensive treatment and increasing treatment enrollment. Mary was promoted to roles including International Training Manager, Senior Director of North American Sales, and Senior Director of Professional Relations. Mary has the unique credential of being certified as a Professional Selling Skills Trainer by Achieve Global®. She is a member of the ADHA and has been published in peer reviewed dental journals. Mary joined Tralongo as Vice President of Clinical Growth and is dedicated to serving the organization to achieve excellence and maximize growth opportunities. 

Course Title: Oral Cancer Screening – When You Know Better, You Do Better Course Description: One American dies every hour from oral cancer – how many are your patients? Let’s face it, most dental practices still screen for cancer with a white light exam which cannot detect cancer until it is in stage 3 or 4 squamous cell carcinoma. As dental professionals, once we know better we must do better. Attendees will learn the latest statistics and risk factors, review the rationale for adjunctive screening devices, and discover a protocol they can easily implement in their office. In addition, attendees will learn tips for patient campaigns and communication. 

Participant Objectives: 

  • Oral cancer statistics and health risk factors 
  • Rationale for adjunctive screening technologies 
  • Protocol for oral cancer screenings 
  • Tips for creating Oral Cancer Awareness in your office 
  • Best practices for patient communication 

Philips reserves the right to cancel the program and refunds will be provided to all paid registrants. Cancellations requested within 11 days of the symposium will not receive a refund. Contact Leigh Reeves with any questions at: Leigh.reeves@escvent.com 

Approved PACE Program Provider FAGD/MAGD Credit Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. 1/1/2019 to 12/31/2022. Provider ID# 217878. 


YOUR Hygiene Political Action Committee

Ok, it’s been nearly 7 months since last legislative session. It’s time to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and dust off our block-walking sneakers! This is the year where we are going to get your legislators to our CEs, our community events, and at the table when we fight our best fight defending our profession while increasing our patients’ access to care.

What if I don’t want to get involved politically? Donate money to the HyPAC!

What if I’m not an ADHA member? Donate money to the HyPAC! Our HyPAC is for ALL HYGIENISTS.

What if I don’t know who my representative is? Go to https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home

How do I donate money to the HyPAC? Fill out the form below and mail it to Connie Groves, our 2020-2021 HyPAC treasurer.


Recurring Donation Form

RDH Employment Opportunity


Dental Hygienist (North Central Austin)

Our General Dentistry Practice located in North Central Austin is currently looking for a full-time registered dental hygienist (RDH) to provide quality dental care in a quality focused environment. This position is 3-4 days a week.
We are seeking a dental hygienist who is committed to exceptional customer service and works well in a team environment! A proactive attitude with patients is a must and being able to identify areas of concern beyond oral hygiene is essential.
We want a professional hygienist who is comfortable with educating our patients, recognizing and treating Periodont
al Disease and discussing restorative and periodontal treatment needs.
As part of our team, you must be a self-starter with a positive, upbeat attitude and have an eagerness to be flexible within a growing practice.
CPR Certified and Nitrous Certification
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
*Great communication with patients and doctors; team player
*Chart periodontal health and take digital x-rays
*Gentle and excellent instrumentation
*Proficient computer skills
We work hard, play hard and LAUGH a lot! If this sounds like you, send the following:
1. Send your resume
2. Compensation requirements
Email to Dr. Smith at admin@brilliantsmiles.com

Volunteer Opportunity

Texas Mission of Mercy


Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) is a mobile dental clinic that travels around the state providing free basic dental care to Texans with limited resources and/or access to care. Our volunteer dental professionals’ primary focus is on relieving pain and preventing infection by providing extractions, fillings, and cleanings. In limited cases, replacing missing front teeth or repairing partial dentures may be available to restore a smile.

There is a need for registered dental hygienists and registered dental assistants for the Feb 21-22 event in Killeen.

While you’re there, talk to each of the dentists about why it’s important to speak out in favor of expanding Texas hygienists’ scope of practice. Imagine all that could be done if hygienists were allowed to utilize all their skills in specific settings like at TMOM to increase access to care. If you know a dentist that is in favor of of expanding Texas hygienists’ scope of practice, email their name, email, and residential address to LeeAnne Winkler, our Governmental Affairs Chair at gigiwinkler@icloud.com 

Feb 21-22, 2020
Fairway Middle School
701 Whitlow Dr.
Killeen, TX 76541

Register Here