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On October 5th and 6th SCDHA held their annual Dental Hygiene Symposium in North Myrtle Beach, SC.  On the first day our speaker was Lillian Caperila, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed.  In the morning her class was "Changing the Face of Dental Hygiene: Expert Clinician and Prevention Specialist" and her afternoon class was "They Mystique in Changing Patient's Behavior, Use of Motivational Interviewing Technique" .  During lunch we heard from Tricia Osuna of Q-Optics, Brenda McCarson of Brasseler USA, and Darius Hill of GSK as they spoke about new products in their companies.  We also held our general assembly business meeting and everyone in attendance was updated on what SCDHA has been working on this past year.   Friday night we held our annual live auction and tons of fun was had as we mingled, enjoyed free appetizers, and bid on all the fun items that had been donated.  On the second day Carol Jahn held two CEUs, one on the current trends in E cigarettes, hookahs, and tobacco and the other on treating patients of all ages.  We had a great lunch and learn where hygienists practicing in alternate  settings spoke to us about their jobs outside of private practice.  To end the day we had Lori Paschall speak to us about infection control.  We had a great turn out this year and we appreciate all of our attendees, sponsors, and vendors for another great symposium.

SC Dental Hygienists as Primary Care Providers Expanding Access and Improving Health

SCDHA was instrumental in the pursuit of our “core ideology and vision” by expanding the scope of practice for dental hygienists in public health settings in January 2018. Dental hygienists can now perform primary preventive care that includes Caries Control Technique (CCT)/Intermediate Restorative Technique (IRT)/Atraumatic Restorative Technique (ART) and therapeutic sealants in public health settings. With the dental hygiene scope expanded BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina awarded SCDHA a grant to train practicing dental hygienists and the faculty of all accredited dental hygiene programs to facilitate immediate implementation and incorporation into the dental hygiene curriculum. Twenty-nine practicing RDHs have already been trained and two more trainings will be scheduled before the end of the year. The RDHs practice in nursing homes, schools, clinics and prisons. Data will be collected to track the cost savings and health outcomes.

Click on the provided PDF to see a poster that was presented to the Alliance for a Healthy SC. SCDHA has been working hard on garnering interest in creating new employment opportunities for RDHs outside of the traditional  office as well as expanding access to care for all South Carolina residents.
This year ADHA's annual session was held in Columbus, Ohio.  Representing SC was our senior delegate, Daiphin Bober, our junior delegate, Tammi Byrd, our president, Nancy Johnston, and our two student delegates, Edward Zorne and Allie Privetter.  It was a very busy few days as our representatives sat in the house of delegates, were a part of a reference committee, presented testimony, went to continuing education classes and made connections with hygienists from all over the country.  Thank you guys for all of your hard work.  South Carolina would also like to congratulate Becky Smith from Florida for being elected the new District IV trustee.
On May 8th Midlands Technical College celebrated 50 years of dental hygiene being offered as a program at the college.  There was an excellent turn out and it was wonderful seeing so many current and past student and instructors all together in one place celebrating.  At the event we had two lucky winners win free registration to SCDHA symposium 2018.  Amy Lyerly won for being the person in the room that had been a member of ADHA for the longest and Caitlyn McDaniel won for switching her ADHA membership from student membership to professional.  Congratulation Ladies!  Tammi Byrd was also recognized during the celebration as being named the 2018 MTC Distinguished Alumna.  She has used her entrepreneurial spirit to open her own company and become an international leader bringing dental services to those in need.  Congratulations Tammi!

On February 17th 2018 SCDHA hosted a mid-winter scientific session.  Courses were offered on ergonomics, OTC products, instrument sharpening, and mastering the piezoelectric.  A delicious Italian buffet was offered and during lunch a local lawyer spoke to us about labor and law.  We had lots of sponsors giving out samples and telling us about their products, a chiropractor giving free adjustments, there was a marketplace to buy jewelry, and a saddle chair was raffled off to one lucky winner. 

Students from Midlands Technical College along with dedicated hygienists at the State House for Lobby Day 2018.  Every year SCDHA goes to the State House to hand out toothbrushes, introduce themselves to lawmakers, and discuss issues important to dental hygienists in SC.

On November 4th this group of dedicated officers and members of SCDHA came together for the yearly strategic planning meeting.  Much fun was had as they planned how to better support our members of ADHA, bring in new members, and continue to push the profession of dental hygiene forward in our South Carolina.


This weekend the South Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association celebrated this beautiful woman, Jo Ann Rice, for her outstanding dedication to her profession. The handmade sweetgrass necklace she is wearing mirrors her many years of unselfish devotion to our Association. Jo Ann is a true role model to her peers.

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GTC dental hygiene students and Cathy Baus from Piedmont DHA- thank you! Together they assembled 50 Valentines bags with numerous personal items to deliver to two different women's shelters

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