Conference 2024 Sneak Peek

What is the National Conference All About?

3 day event

It’s a three-day, action-packed event offering high-quality professional development exclusively for dental hygienists. CDHA conferences foster a spirit of collaboration among peers to improve clinical care and advance the profession like no other event in the country!

amazing networking

Learn from leading subject matter experts, oral health researchers, and individuals from academia and industry. Network, mingle, share new knowledge, and discuss implications for clinical practice with your colleagues over a cup of coffee, some hors d’oeuvres, a great meal or a refreshment!

discover new products

Visit the exhibit hall to view and sample the newest dental hygiene products, technologies, and equipment from dental industry partners.

have fun

Join your colleagues for some fun. Mark your calendars and plan to attend CDHA’s first in-person national conference since 2019!

Registration will open in spring 2024.

5 Reasons to Attend

25+ hours

Earn 25+ hours of professional development!
Hear from leading subject matter experts, oral health researchers, and individuals from academia and industry.

empower your team

Empower your team
Bring the learning back to your office and inspire your colleagues to research and implement new products and technologies into practice.

reginite your passion

Reignite your passion
Network with like-minded professionals and make this the year you fall in love with your profession again!

stay evidence informed

Stay evidence informed
Connect with oral health researchers and explore the scientific program offering the most current dental hygiene evidence available on various topics.

the swag!

The swag!
You may need an extra suitcase for all the product samples given away in the exhibit hall and prizes that you’re eligible to win.

Program Highlights:

Sarah McVanel

Keynote Presentation

Flip Side of Failing
Sarah McVanel, MSc, CSP, PCC, CHRL, CSODP

AAP Periodontal Disease Classification,
Dr. Ramzi Abou-Arraj, DDS, MS

Management and Prevention of Gingival Recession,
Dr. George Merijohn, DDS

Thrive! Produce Less Aerosol, Deliver Safer Therapy,
Dr. George Merijohn, DDS

Stress Management and Resilience Training,
Dr. Kristin Yont, DMD

Beyond Pocket Depths,
Dr. Timothy Donley, DDS, MSD

The Magic of Prevention,
Dr. William Paveletz, DMD

Ultrasonic Instrumentation,
Dani Botbyl, RDH

Ergonomics in Dentistry - Protect Your Money Maker!,
Katrina Klein, RDH, CEAS, CPT

Authentic Assessment in the Age of AI,
Cynthia Gadbury-Amyot, PhD, RDH

Introduction to Forensic Odontology,
Amber Riley, MS, RDH, FAAFS, FIACME, CMCPS

The Oral Systemic Link,
Dr. Salme Lavigne, PhD, RDH

Cleaning Teeth vs. Impacting Lives - It's Your Choice,
Jo-Anne Jones, DipDH, RDH

Treating Neurodivergent Clients,
Karen A. Raposa, RDH, MBA

Collaboration With Medicine in a Busy Dental Hygiene Practice,
Dr. Timothy Donley, DDS, MSD

Strategic Mastery: Elevating Periodontal Therapy Through Precision Instrumentation Selection and Advanced Techniques,
Anna Louise Tolan, RDH, FADIA

Note: Check back often! Conference topics, speakers, and sponsors are subject to change and new elements will be announced as they become available.

Special Events

Preconference Workshops
Join your colleagues for a dynamic learning and networking opportunity. Workshops will be held at Peller Estates Winery, Ravine Vineyard Estates Winery and Trius Winery in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake. Following the morning educational program, continue to network and mingle with your colleagues during a winery tour and tasting in the afternoon! Cheers!

Opening Ceremonies & Plenary
Kick off your conference journey with an inspiring keynote presentation and opening ceremony! Leave this all-attendee session feeling inspired, recognized and rejuvenated.

What CDHA members
said about past conferences

Perfect opportunity to continue my lifelong journey of learning while supporting a national organization truly dedicated to representing the profession while promoting the oral health of all Canadians.
The CDHA conference provides a quality scientific program including current and timely information and opportunities for professional development, time for networking with colleagues, and an overall wonderful experience.
Always a valuable conference to attend for professional and personal development. Always makes me feel proud to be an RDH and excited to get back to my clinical practice when I get home!
Product Showcase
 

Product Showcase
If you’re interested in learning more about cutting-edge dental hygiene products and technologies, then this interactive, fast-paced learning experience is for you! Company representatives speak for 10 minutes each and offer new product samples and information. Space is limited!

Awards Luncheon
 

Awards Luncheon
During this all-attendee session, listen to a presentation, enjoy lunch and help CDHA recognize its long-standing industry partners and sponsors during the awards luncheon. CDHA will also recognize excellence through its awards program, honoring members who have shown extraordinary dedication and commitment to the profession.

collage from networking events at previous conferences

Networking Events

Welcome Reception & Tradeshow
Network with colleagues and industry partners over refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Be one of the first 100 attendees through the door and receive a special exhibit hall opening giveaway!

Independent Practice Connections Café
Do you own or are you interested in owning a dental hygiene practice? Then this session is for you! Join current and future independent dental hygienists to discuss issues and opportunities relevant to dental hygiene entrepreneurs. Exchange contact information and expand your network of like-minded professionals.

Student Session
Are you a student currently enrolled in an accredited Canadian dental hygiene program? Then this special session is for you! Put the books away for a few hours, join CDHA for some fun and laughter, pick up some swag, and consider registering for the social event in the evening.

Attendees mingling