Happy National Tooth Fairy Day! 

National Tooth Fairy Day is celebrated twice annually to remind children of the importance of healthy teeth. As dental hygienists, part of our job is educating our youngest patients that good oral care can go a long way and it is best to start healthy habits early on. Educating our patients’ parents is equally important. It’s often not enough to tell your child to “go brush your teeth.” Checking the child’s brushing technique is good practice and necessary to avoid caries. Here is some great tips to provide parents on how to check their child’s teeth and a printable coloring page of the tooth fairy for the kids to enjoy!

tooth fairy coloring page

Lift the Lip Poster



September CE (2 CEUs)

“What are the Roles of Dental Hygienists in the Treatment of Our Patients with Head and Neck Cancer?”

September 17, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
2 CEUs

Location: Highland Business Center Room 201
*Overflow parking is permitted at the Holiday Inn next door. 

Sponsored by Patterson Dental

Speaker Carl F. Driscoll, DMD
Program Director, Professor, Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics

Course Description: The National Cancer Institute predicts that there will be approximately 48,000 new patients with oral and/or pharyngeal cancer this year. Your patients will be included in this number. Various treatment modalities that dentists can provide will be shown via multiple clinical reports of the devastation resulting from the benign to the malignant cancer therapies. Appropriate discussion will ensue to cater to patients currently in your practice as many of our patients and office personnel are not aware of what is available to them. This clinical presentation (no histological slides) is suitable for general dentists, prosthodontists, periodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, laboratory technicians, hygienists and assistants.

Course objectives: 

  1. Learn the various stages that your patients may go through when faced with the diagnosis of cancer.
  2. Learn methods using common dental supplies that are used to treat the dental cancer patients.
  3. Learn avenues of treatment and appropriate referrals to those health care providers with the skills to treat the more complex patients.
  4. Learn to realize the dental team must play an integral role in the treatment of the cancer patient.

Speaker bio: Dr. Carl F. Driscoll currently serves as a Professor at the University of Maryland Dental School and was the Director of the Prosthodontic Residency for 21 years. He also served in the same capacity at Walter Reed Army medical Center for three years prior to being at Maryland. Dr. Driscoll retired from the U.S. Army after twenty years of service. He is especially proud of being one of very few dental officers selected for Below the Zone (early) promotion to the rank of Colonel. Dr. Driscoll is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and the Academy of Prosthodontics. Dr. Driscoll has served as President of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, President of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and as President of the ACP. He has been awarded both the Garner-Staffanou and Moulton Awards from the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and was recently named the ACP’s Educator of the Year. Dr. Driscoll has given over 450 presentations nationally and internationally to study clubs, dental schools, residencies and at major prosthodontics meetings. His lectures are praised by attendees for the quality of the information and for the humor that he injects. He has authored over 75 publications and under his guidance, his residents have won many research awards. In addition, he is in private practice in Bethesda, MD.Screen Shot 2019-07-31 at 3.55.40 PM

RSVP today! 



RDH Faculty Wanted



Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas is seeking a full-time instructor for their Dental Hygiene program. In this position, you will provide instructional services; perform academic advising; engage in continuous academic development in both teaching and discipline-specific theory and practice; participate in department activities, and perform other duties as assigned.


Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas is seeking part-time clinical instructors. The goal of the clinical instructor is to provide instruction to dental hygiene students through demonstration and exercises while in the dental clinic area. Additional duties may include the following: supervision and evaluation of students in pre-clinical, clinical and laboratory dental hygiene sessions, dental radiology, oral science or dental materials lab sessions.

Hygiene Licensing Happy Hour

Join us as we celebrate our newly licensed hygienists to the profession of dental hygiene. TSBDE will be having their 3rd annual Hygiene Licensing Expo and we’ll be set up right next door at The W Austin – Screened Patio room- with a glass of wine waiting for the happy grads and new to Texas RDH’s.

We would love our Austin area hygienists to come and greet our new grads to mentor and encourage them as they step into our profession, and to share a glass of wine.

WHEN – Friday, June 7th 2-5PM
WHERE – The W Austin

You can find location details on our website.

Thank you to our GOLD sponsor Dental Integration Services!


Hope to see you there!

Wrap Up!

2018-2019 was a huge success! We built a new website, had some pretty amazing CEs and even more amazing sponsors (looking at you @CloudDentistry.com and @dentalauxiliaryservices!), and we even joined Twitter @atxdha! We still have some tasks ahead of us including finishing out this legislative session. We’re still asking everyone to talk to your dentists and legislators to know that it’s time Texas gets with the times and provide hygienists with the opportunity to learn and give local anesthesia to the patients that need it most. Summer is also the time where we find community service events to participate in. If you know of any volunteering opportunities that we haven’t posted about yet on our community page, let us know, we’d love to promote it! We will be having our first board meeting of the 2019-2020 year this June to start planning dates and speakers for the fall and spring. Once again, thanks for an amazing year!