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From the President:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The summer heat may be slipping away, but we're just getting warmed up for autumn here at NHDHA!  Instead of mourning for the beach days and backyard BBQs that have come and gone, now is an excellent time to be grateful for the coming season.  Albert Camus said, "Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower," and this is especially true here in beautiful New Hampshire.  The breathtaking foliage, cozy sweaters, cups of cocoa, and fresh-picked apples are right around the corner.  We hope you'll take some time to enjoy it all with us!   
We have an exciting lineup of continuing education courses scheduled throughout the coming months.  The basic details can be found below, but be sure to visit for more information on these great events.
  • We'll kick off the fall CE season on Wednesday, September 18th in Whitefield with "Coding 101 - Why Are CDT Codes Important to You?" presented by LeaAnne Haney, Christa Keddie, and Stacy Plourde.
    • Next, you're invited to join us for our Fall Symposium, "Inflammatory Diseases: It's Not Just Perio Anymore," presented by Lory Laughter at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.  The event takes place on Saturday, October 5th and will include breakfast, exhibitor presentations, and our annual business meeting, in addition to Lory's fantastic presentation.  
        • On Thursday, October 17th, NHDHA will be in Concord with two CE courses in one night!  We'll start out with "Is Your Office in Compliance?" with Erin Kierce (THIS COURSE DOES NOT SATISFY THE 2CEU INFECTION CONTROL REQUIREMENT), followed by a presentation on the dental professional's role in preventing HPV cancers, courtesy of Jenna Schiffelbein. 
    • Last but certainly not least, John Echternach's always-popular "SDF for the Dental Team" course is coming to Somersworth on Thursday, November 7th.
On behalf of our entire Board of Trustees, we wish you a happy fall and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming CE courses!  

NHBODE/Dental Hygiene Committee

In April of this year, Myra Nikitas was welcomed to the Dental Hygiene Committee as a new member.    Myra has been in the dental field for close to 20 years. At the start of her career she was a dental office manager, then became a chair side dental assistant.  With her passion for dentistry she continued on to receiving her Associates degree in Science with a major in Dental Hygiene, from New Hampshire Technical Institute in 2005.  She later completed her certifications to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide in 2010.  She is an experienced and compassionate clinician who makes patient care a priority. She often volunteers to do presentations for local schools in her town to promote Dental Hygiene, and the importance to our overall health. She currently is a board member on the Nashua Dental Connection, and works full time at a private practice in Nashua, New Hampshire. Myra's compassion, ambition, and warm demeanor have made her a successful practitioner and well respected within the dental community.

At the beginning of this month, Myra was voted in as the new chairperson for the Dental Hygiene Committee.  Congratulations Myra!

The following is a current list of the BODE members:
Puneet Kochhar, DMD, President
Dennis Hannon, DDS, Vice President
Tara Levesque-Vogel, DMD
Ellen Legg, RDH
Linda Tatarczuch, MSW, Public Member
Lisa Scott, RDH
Muhenad Samaan, DMD
Jay Patel, DMD
Vacant (Dentist)

Congratulation to the 2019 NH Dental Society award recipients!

James DeLeo, DDS- Board of Trustees
John Girald, DDS- Board of Trustees
Brenda Berkal, DMD- Board of Trustees
John Pavlakis, DDS- Component President
Sarah Finney- Community Service Award
Marion Wachnicki, DMD- President's Award
John Ahern, DDS- NHDS National Service Award
Brian Cicero, DMD- New Dentist of the Year
Pam Delahanty, RDH- Hygienist of the Year (Congrats!!)
Garth Corriveau, Esq- Joanne T. Dover: Non-clinician of the year
Bobbie-Lynn Auger- Allied Team Member of the Year
Sandy Butler-Allied Team Member of the Year
Laural Dillon, M. Ed. - Assistant of the year
Richard Rosato, DMD- McCrury Award

Prescription Writing Update!

As we mentioned last fall, Senate Bill 377 took effect on August 24, 2018. It includes expansion of RSA317-A;21 c which now allows the administration, prescription and dispensing of a fluoride supplement, topically applied fluoride and chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse as dental hygieine service. 
The rule package has been submitted and we expect to finally be able to write the above prescriptions in mid 2020.   
In order to be able to write prescriptions a Hygienist will be required to have an NPI number and current CPR certification.  We will likely be required to carry private liability insurance.  Liability coverage by a Hygienist's employer will not be sufficient. Please visit the  ADHA Website for information on private liability insurance offered to members. 
Click this link to apply for your NPI number:   Apply for NPI Number

2019 ADHA Annual Conference
Columbus, Ohio

From Our Membership Council

The ADHA is moving to one billing cycle.  Please see below for FAQ's regarding this change.

We would like to welcome our new NHDHA Members:

Bianca Weber
Jaclyn Mountain
Wendy Marquis
Myra Nikitas
Dyan Kozikowski
Jill Rice
Shelley White
Tanya Tinsdale
Rebecca Lovely
Angela Brown
Leigh Maguire
Carie Nelson
Shelly Kempton
Victoria Giron
Chelsea Coelho
Pamela Avola
Barbara Stowers
Karen Corga

2019 NHTI Dental Hygiene Students

Pictures from this past spring

Online OSHA Training for the Entire Office
Compliance is Key - Keep Yourself and Your Office Current
The ADHA's core ideology is focused on leading the transformation of the dental hygiene profession to improve the public's oral and overall health. The ADHA's vision is that dental hygienists are integrated into the health care delivery system as essential primary care providers to expand access to oral health care. The mission of ADHA is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene. We work to:
  • Ensure access to quality oral health care
  • Increase awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention
  • Promote the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research
  • Represent and promote the interests of dental hygienists
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