Continuing Education Poll


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Due to the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, we are making some changes to the way we provide live continuing education. We will be moving towards a virtual platform for the CEs provided by your local component for the following year. Follow our blog and Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on upcoming CEs.

MAY 17-24, 2020
Continuing Education POLL

Your 2020-2021 board of directors have agreed to transition the upcoming lecture series to a virtual platform moving forward for the following year. We value our members and we want to “see” you there, so please check the option(s) below that best describe your preferred day/time to complete CE.

Poll closes on Sunday May 24th at midnight.

Blue Sky Family Dentistry in search of Full-Time RDH!

UPDATE (5/18/20): This position has been filled


Blue Sky Family Dentistry is looking for a registered dental hygienist with a passion for providing empathetic care to our wonderful family of patients. We are growing and are looking for someone who is able and willing to work with patience and compassion for people of all ages and backgrounds. We see children and adults and even some patients with special needs.We are a full service dental office providing everything from comprehensive general dental care to Invisalign and dental implants. Our philosophy here at Blue Sky Family Dentistry is to treat our patients as family, to not just see teeth but to see the larger medical story and how all of that works together. We deal frequently with nervous patients, and we see it as our job to make everyone feel comfortable and never to feel judged for where they might be on their oral health journey. Compassion, empathy, and a warm personality are key, along with excellent communication skills.

  • Being able to discuss treatment needs is a plus.
  • Candidate should have N2O monitoring and sealant certification.

Look us up online to see what we’re about! We’re on Facebook and Instagram and there’s some info on us on our website. If possible, we are looking for someone to start within the next few weeks.We look forward to meeting you!Blue Sky Family Dentistry is located in Circle C in South Austin. Our hours are 8:00-12:30, an hour lunch, 1:30-4:30 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and every other Friday. Please e-mail a cover letter about yourself and why you are interested in this position as well as your resume. These will be needed in order to be considered for the position. We will contact you to schedule a phone interview. Pay is competitive and dependent on experience.



RDH Hearing Survey

Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Dental Hygienists Regarding Occupational Noise

Hey Austin! One of our members, Heather Milner, needs hygienists to take her survey as part of her thesis research on hearing loss risk for dental hygienists. Let’s help her graduate on time! Feel free to share this with your colleagues!

Take Survey


83882071_2642847895812034_7762860848707534848_nA note from Heather

“I am pursuing a Master of Science at Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, MCPHS University. I am requesting your participation in a survey about dental hygienists’ knowledge, practices, and attitudes in regard to occupational noise.. You will not be asked for any identifying information and all responses will be anonymous.

You are eligible to participate in the survey if you meet these requirements:

You are a registered dental hygienist within the US; you are fluent in reading and speaking English; you must have been providing patient care in a clinical setting at least 3 day/week for the last year; have access to and the ability to complete a web-based survey; and be at least 18 years of age..

If any questions or concerns about the study arise, participants may contact my thesis advisor, Dr. Linda D. Boyd at or myself at

The research has been approved by the MCPHS University Institutional Review Board and assigned protocol # IRB033120B.

Thank you for your support!

Heather Milner, RDH”

Officer Election Results


We want to thank all that attended our April General Meeting and participated in the election of our 2020-2021 officers. Please help me in congratulating our 2020-2021 Secretary, Josette Chen and our 2020-2021 Vice President, Trine Santa.

Our 2020-2021 board of directors will be installed at the May 7th CE. If you haven’t RSVPd yet, you can do that HERE.

President, Trustee: Melissa Vetter
President Elect: Vacant
Immediate Past President: Yvette Wagner
Vice President: Trine Santa
Treasurer: Julia Levitt
Secretary: Josette Chen

The President-Elect officer position remains vacant. If you are interested in this position, please leave a comment below or visit our officer page to show your interest. The President-Elect position requires 1 year on the executive board.

Committee appointments will be accepted throughout the year so if you are interested in participating in your component’s efforts to advocate for hygienists and our community, please visit our officer page for a list of committees and to submit interest. Currently, our committees are as follows:

Community Outreach: Melissa Vetter – Chair, Heather Milner, Yvette Wagner, Kym Whitehead, Michelle Landrum
Communications: Melissa Vetter
Continuing Education: Trine Santa – Chair, Yvette Wagner, Melissa Vetter, Kirsten McGee Young, Heather Milner
Student Affairs: Melissa Vetter – Chair, Kimberly McDougall, Josette Chen
Membership: Kirsten McGee Young – Chair, Melissa Vetter
Legislative: Sandy Tesch – Co-chair, Nancy Cline – Co-chair, Heather Milner, Kym Whitehead, Melissa Vetter
Budget and Finance: Julia Levitt – Chair, Karen Tuel

Philips Free Live Webinar


Thursday, April 16th

2 speakers. Register for each individually 

2:00 PM Central & 3:15 PM Central
Live CE Webinar 1 CEUs each

Live, web-based lecture with summation quiz {for LIVE CE credit)

2:00 PM Speaker and Course Details:

Screen Shot 2020-04-13 at 1.19.54 PMDr Uche Odiatu, DDM, CPT is the author of “The Miracle of Health,” an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a practicing dentist inOntario, Canada.

“Your Patients’ Microbiom: What Every Dental Professional Needs to Know”
Course Description: 
Do your patients have the guts to douse the flames of inflammation? Our patient’s gut flora make very powerful anti-inflammatory agents when fed key nutrients. Learn what impacts gut integrity: antibiotics, jet lag, fast food, artificial sweeteners… and what we dental pros can do! The latest science from the National Institute of Health shows the microbiome impacts overall health as much as our genes. Attend this insightful session and enjoy a novel path to lower patients’ inflammatory burden.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight into the human microbiome.
  • Learn why new findings about gut flora are shaking the foundation of healthcare and nutrition.
  • Understand why the dental professional is perfectly positioned to help people live more vibrant lives
  • Discover the foundational role of your patient’s gut integrity and inflammation.

Register Here


3:15 PM Speaker and Course Details:

Hughes_MaryRDH-2015_blubkg-copyMary Hughes, RDH, BS is a Dental Education Partners CEO, Founder, and Instructor. After 20 years as a clinical dental hygienist, Mary transitioned to corporate dentistry where she held training, sales, and executive roles in manufacturing. Her passion for dental education led her to start her own consulting and education business, focused on hygiene growth. She is a recognized dental lecturer, has been published in dental journals, and is a member of the ADHA.

Course Description:
Every historical health crisis has changed the way we practice, some in more profound ways than others. The mark that COVID-19 leaves the world and our industry is still to be determined. As healthcare providers, now more than ever we are being put to an existential test. As hygienists, what can we do NOW in the midst of the pandemic to make a difference? And what can we do to prepare for the future beyond the crisis when we can resume preventative, elective and other parts of our normal scope of dental hygiene. This webinar will emphasize ways to keep your patients and practice healthy during COIVD-19 and beyond!

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of the latest ADA, ADHA and AAP Coronavirus Guidance
  • Discover ways for hygienists to make a difference during COVID-19
  • Steps to bring your patients AND practice back to health when we return to our “new” normal
  • Listing of resources providing dependable information and credible, medical/research-based sites for pandemic updates

Register here



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

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

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