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  • Friday, January 08, 2016 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    We have a beautiful logo that has been updated and approved by the ADHA. Download it here

  • Thursday, January 07, 2016 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    MDHA Legislative Day will be held Tuesday, March 1 from 8 am to noon.  Come introduce yourself to your senator and representatives and let them see the face of dental hygiene!

    MDHA Annual Session will be held in Gulfport this April 8 and 9th at the Gulfport Marriott.

    Stay tuned for more information about these two events!

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    86th Annual Session Success!

    Hats Off to Oral Health!

    Here at the Mississippi Dental Hygienists’ Association (MDHA) we have a lot to celebrate, especially after the excellent weekend we had at the 86th Annual Session. 133 dental hygienists, dental hygiene students, and dentists came from across the state to Vicksburg on April 17th to network with each other, interact with 12 vendors, and learn the latest from the MDHA and Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners (MSBDE), as well as new information in the dental hygiene field. 

    The morning started with an introduction from Theresa Brandon, MDHA 2015-2016 President and Kristen Parker, MDHA 2015-2016 President-Elect.  The introduction was followed by a presentation from Tricia Osuna, RDH, BSDH, FAADH who had an interesting and exciting approach to being successful in the use of up-to-date dental hygiene products in her presentation: “What is it? How do I use it?: Today’s Dental Products and Treatment Options” 

    Attendees were given the opportunity to learn from University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi Delta Community College dental hygiene students during the table clinic competition.  Table clinic topics were:

    • Benefits of Adjunctive Aids Combined with Brushing to Reduce Plaque Formation (UMMC)
    • Patients Want to Know: Is There a Difference in Over-the-Counter and In-Office Bleaching? (UMMC)
    • Unpredictable Puffs- E-Cigarettes- Pros, Cons, and Facts *Competition Winners* (MDCC)
    • The Most Important 5 Minutes of a Dental Exam: Oral Cancer Exams (MDCC)
    • Salivary Biomarkers Used in Oral Cancer Detection (UMMC)

    The lunch and learn portion of the day was a casual discussion opportunity with an update from the Executive Director of the MSBDE, Ms. Diane Howell.  During the MDHA business meeting Elizabeth Carr, RDH, MDH was elected as MDHA Treasurer and Cynthia Senior, RDH, M.Ed. was elected Vice President. Outgoing board members Catherine Dunn and Rebecca Timms were awarded for their excellent contributions to the field of dental hygiene in Mississippi. Katherine "Katie" Manno, student at Meridian Community College was recognized as having been selected as the ADHA District VI Student Delegate, which is a prestigious honor.  Katie will represent five states (AL, AR, LA, MS, TN) during the ADHA Annual Session in Nashville this summer.   

    Students, elected by their respective faculty members, were awarded as well: 

    • Meridian Community College- Shanna Combest
    • Mississippi Delta Community College- CiCi Carver
    • Northeast Community College- Brittany May
    • Pearl River Community College- Chynna Coghlan
    • University of Mississippi Medical Center- Jennifer “Jenny” Smith

    The afternoon session included a presentation by Leigh Ann Wyatt, BSDH, MA. Leigh Ann Wyatt’s discussion titled “Diabetes and Oral Health: An Old Topic with some New Twists” was a great opportunity to acquaint attendees with new findings about diabetes control and overall health.

    Door prizes from businesses and other donors from across the state were given away throughout the day with a generous portion of them being won during the “Hats off for Oral Health” game that was played at lunch. Proceeds from this fun event will go to support the Institutes for Oral Health, a charitable educational, research and scientific endeavor of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

    This event’s success could not have been accomplished had it not been for each and every attendant and especially the volunteers who made it all possible. Perian Bufkin, Natasha Bennet, Brandi Bingham, Amanda Coutch, Melanie Coutch, Julie Haynes, Michelle Phillips, Kala Williamson, Tiffany Jamison, and Kim Worthy, the MDHA thanks you for your time and effort.

    Theresa Brandon with CiCi Carver, MDCC Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student

    Theresa Brandon with Jenny Smith, UMMC Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student

    Theresa Brandon with Kate Manno, MCC Dental Hygiene Student & District VI ADHA Student Delegate representing AL, AR, LA, MS, and TN

    Theresa Brandon with outgoing ADHA Delegate, Catherine Dunn

    Theresa Brandon with outgoing MDHA Treasurer, Rebecca Timms

    From top left: Cynthia Senior, MDHA Vice-President, Tiffany Jamison, Brandi Bingham, Perian Bufkin.  From bottom left: Charlotte Read, MDHA Secretary, and Kristen Parker, MDHA President-Elect

  • Monday, September 22, 2014 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    Theresa Brandon RDH from Belmont, MS has been selected to participate in the 2014 American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) “Unleashing Your Potential” Leadership Workshop in Chicago, IL in November. Theresa received her Associates degree in Dental Hygiene from Northeast MS Community College in 1992. She is the current President of the MS Dental Hygiene Association (MDHA), the past president of the MS District I Component, and a past recipient of Colgate’s Prevident Toothpaste Promotional Award.

    She is also a Colgate Oral Health Advisor and part of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Theresa has worked in the dental profession since 1973 and is very honored to be a part of “changing the face of oral health” in the state of Mississippi.

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  • Monday, April 21, 2014 10:50 AM | Anonymous
    No, dental hygiene doesn't have to be a pain in the neck...especially after the MDHA 85th Annual Session! 

    173 dental hygienists and dental hygiene students from across the state converged on Jackson on April 11th to network, visit the 16 vendors, participate in the student table clinic competition, and attend the MDHA Annual session.

    The morning began with a business meeting where Bethnie Hitt, MDHA 2013-2014 President, gave an annual report of the accomplishments of the MDHA.  Afterwards, participants attended the keynote session "Dental Hygiene Doesn't Have to Be a Pain in the Neck", by Bethany Valachi of Posturedontics, Inc.

    The lunch and learn educational opportunity was an update from the Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners, Ms. Diane Howell.  Amber Beck, RDH, BS, Regional Oral Health Consultant with the Mississippi Department of Health, updated attendees on the Mississippi Smiles Sealant program.

    (Bethany Valachi with students from Mississippi Delta Community College)

    Eleven scientific table clinics presented by second year dental hygiene students from Mississippi Delta Community College and The University of Mississippi Medical Center kept attendees up to date on the latest information pertaining to dental hygiene. 

    Scientific Table Clinic Topics Included:
    1. Ultrasonic Instrumentation Revealed
    2. Exercise for Musculoskeletal Health
    3. Erosion Due to Methamphetamine and Carbonated Drinks
    4. The Effects of Xylitol on Dental Caries (1st Place Winner)
    5. HPV-Associated Head and Neck Cancer (2nd Place Winner)
    6. The Importance of Salvaging Avulsed Teeth (3rd Place Winner)
    7. At-Home Whitening:  Strips vs. Trays
    8. Forensic Dentistry
    9. Treatment of Dentinal Hypersensitivity with Lasers
    10. Fight to Prevent Early Childhood Caries
    11. Tobacco Cessation: Electronic Cigarettes

    A special thanks goes to Debbie Glorioso, RDH, and Linda Zakkak, RDH, for volunteering to be the official judges for the Student Table Clinic Competition.

    The afternoon session, presented by Dr. Fiona Collins, informed attendees about primary and secondary caries prevention.  Current recommendations along with tips on how to incorporate recent findings from scientific literature were discussed. 

    After the afternoon session, the winners of the MDHA Outstanding Student Award were announced, new officers were installed, doorprizes were announced, and the meeting was adjourned.

    (Theresa Brandon, RDH, (pictured above) along with Kristen Meyers Parker, RDH were installed as MDHA officers)

    Special thanks to:
    Theresa Brandon,RDH, MDHA President-Elect
    Kristin Meyers Parker, RDH, MDHA Vice President
    Bethnie Hitt, RDH, BSDH, MDHA Current Past-President
    Kristin Herrington, RDH BS, CMDHA President
    Dionne Morgan, RDH, Northeast Mississippi District I President
    Heather Ledbetter, RDH, Northeast Mississippi District I Treasurer
    Chasity Herod, District II Component President
    Rebecca Timms, RDH, BS, MDHA Treasurer
    Terri Mangialardi, RDH, BS, MDHA Secretary
    Linda Hiter, RDH, BS, MDHA Delegate and Past President
    Delia Harwell, RDH, BSDH, Car Tag Chair and Past President
    Elizabeth Carr, RDH, MDH, Legislative Chair and Past President
    Beckie Barry, RDH, M.Ed, Annual Session Committee Speaker Chairperson
    Jamie Wilhite, RDH, Northeast Component

  • Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:44 AM | Anonymous

    We have over 140 dental hygienists registered for what is shaping up to be the CE event of the year!


    Please like us on Facebook for updates and pictures.


    You still have 9 days to register for this event!

  • Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:07 AM | Anonymous
    Mark your calendars for MDHA Annual Session!

    Friday, April 11, 2014
    UMMC Medical Mall Conference Center

    Registration will open soon!  Stay tuned for more information!

    Directions to UMMC Medical Mall Conference Center
  • Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:43 AM | Anonymous
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