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Spring Scientific Session

This year's Spring Scientific Session will be held virtually on May 14-15. The Spring Scientific Session is an energizing multiday event designed for hygienists, vendors, students, faculty members and industry professionals who come together for professional development, to build their network, and to earn continuing education units. Among the many highlights of the Spring Scientific Session event is the Student Poster Competition.

Another exciting event is the Raffle and thanks to our generous sponsors we are pleased to announce that a few lucky attendees could win a saddle chair from Crown Seating, two chances to receive a $250 gift card from Oroscoptic, three Hygiene Set-ups (5 instruments each), one box of Enamel Pro Prophy Paste, one box of Enamel Pro Varnish from Premier, two Oral B IO electric toothbrushes from Proctor & Gamble, and a wine basket from California Casualty.

Registration deadline is May 12.



Friday, May 14

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
RDH Vaccinator - Learn How to Become a Superhero in the Fight Against COVID-19 and CDHA Poster Session (3 CEUs)
Speaker: Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, MS, RYT
On February 11, 2021 the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued an order waiving restrictions on registered dental hygienists relating to administering COVID-19 vaccines. This session will overview that waiver and the conditions which must be met in order for the registered dental hygienist to become certified to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Streamlining the process has been a priority for the California Dental Hygienists’ Association and attendees will be given the most up-to-date information on how registered dental hygienists can join the fight against COVID-19…as a vaccinator!  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the DCA waiver and process in which the RDH can become a non-traditional vaccinator.
  • Appreciate the role of the California Department of Public Health and CDHA in this process.
  • Access step-by-step methods for obtaining vaccinator status.

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
I’m a PulpStone Kid: A Modern Approach to Nutrition & Oral Health (3 CEUs)
Speaker: Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF


  • Discuss the evolution of nutritional considerations from prehistoric times to current fad diets
  • Identify head and neck conditions indicative of potential nutritional challenges and deficiencies
  • Examine the vitamins, minerals and supplements that are appropriate for common ailments of the dental patient
  • Discover the principles of good dental nutrition as they relate to oral and systemic health

Saturday, May 15

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Jawbone is Connected to the Ankle Bone (3 CEUs)
Speakers: Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS and Ward VanGuilder, MAPT, CIMT


  • Recall full body anatomical overview and explain the kinetic chain
  • Identify dental instruments, equipment and technology that may improve efficiency
  • Enhance patient outcomes and assist with musculoskeletal health
  • Review contributing factors of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)
  • Discuss how posture affects the entire body
  • Learn exercises and stretches designed for the dental professional

Student Poster Competition

The Student Poster Competition provides hygiene students a fun and creative way to exhibit their innovative ideas and unique talents. Through an engaging, spirited contest, students each year use this opportunity to present research and information that reflects an area of dental hygiene significant to them, to their patients and peers.

Interested in viewing the presentations? Registrants of the Spring Scientific Session may view the Poster Sessions live on the morning of Friday, May 14. 

CDHA collaborates with the California Dental Association (CDA) in judging poster sessions and awarding cash prizes at the close of the Spring Scientific Session. Abstracts of the 1st place posters are published in both the CDHA and CDA journals. 


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