Annual Session

2019 Annual Session 
April 12-13, 2019

Lincoln, Nebraska


For two days in April, dental hygienists from across the region come together in Omaha or Lincoln, Nebraska to take advantage of leading education programming, share ideas, and learn about products applicable to everyday work life.

* Up to 13 hours of continuing education available, featuring sessions delivered by nationally recognized, knowledgeable speakers.

* Attend the General Membership meeting where the annual awards for NDHA will be presented.

* With an anticipated attendance of more than 300 dental hygienists, networking opportunities are plentiful!

Registration for the 2019 NDHA Annual Session is now open online!

View rates and special conference registration information by clicking on the registration link below. You must register and pay online - there will be NO mail in registrations this year! All registrations will go through CE Zoom.

Due to the simplicity offered by CE Zoom, the Association will be using CE Zoom once again for this year's annual session. With an account you can maintain your license information, track your continuing education effort against your specific states requirements, store of all your CE certificates, and much more! Manage your expenses, find, and schedule all from CE Zoom for FREE.

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The Graduate Lincoln is just a dash to campus and amid all the historic Haymarket District fun. The lobby is decked in vibrant greens and warm rich wood – a nod to Nebraska’s vast parklands and grand landscape with forest green hand glazed tile, cozy emerald sofas, rustic herringbone floors and exposed brick walls. A block of rooms has been reserved for April 11-12, 2019. The discounted rate of $114 will be available until March 21st and any reservations after that date will be at the regular hotel rate.

Speakers and Sessions


ADHA Mega Issues Forum (1 CE)

We will kick off the annual session with an ADHA Mega Issues Forum so that your voice can be heard on important topics related to our profession. Lisa Moravec, RDH, MSDH 2018-2019 Vice President of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) and Erin Haley-Hitz, RDH, MS, PhRDH, ADHA District VIII Trustee (Ill., Iowa, Kan., Mo., Neb.) will lead our forum. Mega issue discussions provide great opportunity for you to learn about and provide input on the hot emerging issues.


Every Conversation Counts: Optimal Patient Health-365 Days Per Year (1.5 CE)

Dental Professionals have always known how critical oral health is to overall health. Finally, dentistry is moving towards optimal care! Your dental hygiene diagnosis and treatment planning are key elements to maintaining or improving your patients' health. This program will enhance your clinical conversations and offer solutions for the remaining 300+ days of the year.

Gen Z: Choices and Challenges (1.5 CE)

The current and sometimes shocking health behaviors and trends in the teen generation can influence their oral and systemic health. Dental professionals have a clinical opportunity to identify risky behaviors. Encouraging Gen Z to make positive health decisions could impact their choices when challenged. Participants will engage in a lively discussion on timely topics relating to Gen Z. Dialogue may include oral and overall health issues associated with nutrition, obesity, eating disorders and substance abuse.Gen Z, also known as the Global Generation, engage in multiple platforms of social media. This course identifies and addresses many of the platforms that influence teen's venturous decisions.

Manuka Honey: Its Role in Oral Health (2 CE)

Manuka honey is one of the most unique and beneficial forms  of honey in the world. It is used to treatment for a variety of  conditions such as healing sore throats, digestive illnesses, to  curing Staph and wound infections. This presentation will  provide an overview of Manka honey and discuss how dental researchers are beginning to investigate its role in
oral health.

Current Concepts in Coronal Polishing (2 CE)

Coronal polishing has been a mainstay in the dental hygiene process of care. However, recent technological changes within corded and cordless prophylaxis hand pieces have revolutionized this procedure. In addition, specialized prophylaxis pastes are now being introduced in a varying array to address extrinsic stain to dentinal hypersensitivity. This session will explore this new world of coronal polishing from its evolution to its revolution.


Propelling the Profession: A panel discussion on pathways to degree  completion and advancement (1 CE)

Working in a private dental office continues to be the primary place of employment for  dental hygienists. For today’s dental hygiene professional, there are many other career  pathways to explore as well. Never before has there been more opportunity for  professional growth. How and where you work today is up to you.


Dr. Wanda Cloet, RDH, BSDH, MS, DHSc, Lisa Moravec, RDH, BSDH, MS, Pat Brinkman-Falter, RDH, BSDH, MS, Ryan Rutar, RDH, BSDH, MAM, Julie Niles, RDH


Putting Out The Fire: Hygienist’s Role in Inflammatory Disease (2 CE)

If you are fedup watching disease progress, falling into never-ending pockets, and encountering constant resistance from your patients, this course if for you. If your frontline detection of periodontal disease is a probe and radiographs, this course will blow your mind! Discover how microscopes, lasers, oral DNA testing and oral antibiotics can innovate your care. Educate patients on how to implement care for oral health at home with evidenced based products and practices.




Release the Savvy Hygienist Within (1 CE)

Sometimes in dental hygiene you can get stuck in a rut.  This session will addresses some of the sources that may be causing you to feel stuck and help you to work on your energy levels. This session is all about helping hygienists feel empowered to create change.  It will help you to understand the business of dental hygiene and how you can contribute to the practice.




Periodontics for the Modern Hygienist (2 CE)

Periodontics is the dental specialty devoted to the treatment of the supporting structures of the teeth -- that is the gums, bone and other associated tissues. With the evolution dentistry in 21st century, this course will cover a potpourri of periodontal topics to assist the hygienist in treatment of their periodontal patients.

Topics covered will include a review of the new AAP Periodontal Classification System, How to treat non-responding periodontal pockets,  Periodontal maintenance protocol for implants, When to determine if surgery is indicated, and much more!

Preventing Infectious Diseases Transmission
in Dental Settings (2 CE)

All dental settings, regardless of the level of care provided, must make infection prevention a priority and should be equipped to observe Standard Precautions and other infection prevention recommendations contained in CDC's Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings. This session will present strategies to prevent infectious diseases transmission in dental settings. Topics will include up-to-date guidance on disinfection and sterilization, personal protective equipment, hand hygiene, and vaccination to keep the audience and their patients safe.



Student Research Session

Research is vital to advancing the dental hygiene profession. We integrate the best research into our daily work to provide Evidence Based Practice for our patients. Come to see what research is being done by our student clinicians!

HyPAC Fundraiser for NDHA Annual Session

Grab bags: Make a monetary donation (cash or checks only) at the HyPAC booth at NDHA Annual Session and then grab a bag with the corresponding amount of donation for a mystery prize. Prizes may be of greater or lesser value than donation so each bag is a surprise. Each person has a chance to win bigger prizes including the following brand new items:  Oral-B electric toothbrush, an Amazon Echo Dot, or a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

The Nebraska Dental Hygiene Initiative (NDHI) Fundraiser

The Nebraska Dental Hygiene Initiative, or NDHI for short, is raising funds to supplement our scholarship pool! At this year’s annual session, NDHI has three great fundraisers that will continue our mission in helping the future dental hygienists of the great state of Nebraska.

“New to You” Consignment Table: Attendee members bring their gently used or new items to donate to NDHI. NDHI will sell these donated items on a first come, first serve basis for $10. Act quick, because once that item is gone, it is gone forever! Bring cash and check back at the table often, because items will change throughout the session. At the end of the day Friday, April 12th, leftover items will be donated to a local charity.

Local Artist Silent Auction: Dental hygienists throughout Nebraska are encouraged to donate an artistic piece in order for attendees to bid on them throughout annual session. Each item will feature a brief biography about the dental hygienist that donated and made that item. We love seeing how talented our local dental hygienists are, therefore we would love your donation! If you are interested in donating an item, please contact Danielle Lowe, by email at The deadline for the biography is April 1st, 2019. The donated artistic piece can be handed into Danielle by the morning of Friday, April 12th, 2019.

Unity Tree: This fundraiser is a great way to recognize dental hygienists throughout the state! Attendee members can purchase leaves to dedicate to past and present mentors that influenced them as individuals and clinicians. At only $1 per leaf, we urge attendees to participate to fill our tree and to recognize well-deserved individuals within our community!


If you have any questions, please contact the NDHA staff at or at the NDHA Office at (402) 421-2356.