Hygiene Highlights


Winter 2020


A letter from the President..

It has been a great start to 2020!  We are excited as we quickly approach our upcoming Annual Session to be held in Sioux Falls this year. Our continuing education speakers come to us with great knowledge as well as intriguing topics. They are sure to peak your interest! Vice President, Katie Williams, RDH, has been working diligently on the schedule, with the help of the rest of our team. We invite you all to join us for our Business Meeting this year which will be held on May 14th, 2020. This year we plan to have it in the evening following the last speaker of the day! Light appetizers and drink will provided during a social hour. We want to formally recognize all new members as we truly appreciate your dedication to our association. Your membership benefits our career field at both state and national levels. Looking forwarding to seeing and conversing with you all at Annual Session!


Tia Meyer, RDH, SDDHA President

[email protected]

Lobby Day 2020

On January 27, President Tia Meyer, President Elect Carissa Regnerus, Legislative Chair Tasha Wendel, Treasurer Abby Schiley, and Historian Maddy Hanson attended Lobby Day in Pierre. SDDHA provided sandwiches, coffee, and cookies on the House and Senate side. We were fortunate enough to also provide goody bags with toothbrushes and other donated dental supplies because of the generosity of the University of South Dakota Dental Hygiene program. This year, we did not have any bills in session, but were able to talk with many legislators and lobbyists who are working on bills that relate to dental hygiene. Carrie Sanderson from the Center for Child Maltreatment is a registered lobbyist who brought forth a bill that included adding dental hygienists and clergy to the list of mandatory reporters. We were supportive of this bill. Unfortunately the bill didn’t pass as legislators were hung up on the confidentiality issue with clergy. Lobby Day is a great opportunity to keep dental hygiene on legislators minds for potential upcoming bills. We are scheduled to attend again next year during legislative session in January 2021. If you have any questions about Lobby Day 2020 or the upcoming Lobby Day 2021, please reach out to our Legislative Chair Tasha Wendel at [email protected]


SDDHA board members were happy to meet Senator Art Rusch (left photo) and Representatives Ray Ring and Ryan Cwach (right photo).

Laser Technology Continuing Education Event in Rapid City

On March 7th, 2020 SDDHA held a laser technology continuing education course in Rapid City. The course covered different types of lasers, when to use specific lasers, and how to use the lasers. The course was both instructive and hands on. We had a great turnout and are excited to have more continuing education courses on the western side of the state. We would like to thank Joy Raskie, RDH for teaching the very engaging and informative course. Thank you to our sponsors Dentsply and Patterson! If you have ideas for continuing education courses on the western side of the state, please contact our Western CE Coordinator Krystra Novak at [email protected]



The SDDHA board has been in close communications with regard to updates pertaining to COVID-19. The current subject matter at hand is a public concern that affects patients, teams, families and our dental community. We are standing in solidarity with the CDC's and ADHA efforts to "flatten the curve". Our goal is to be proactive with regard to a solution and not initiate any efforts that may cause more of a problem.

Our board is aligned and supports the message that was communicated by the ADHA. Please visit the following link for the inclusive video from the ADHA. If you would have any questions or concerns for them directly, please email [email protected].

SDDHA April Radiology Continuing Education Event Postponed

With the recent updates from the CDC regarding discouragement of events having 50 or more attendees, we have made the decision to postpone our upcoming radiology CE event (April 9th, 2020). We will be rescheduling this event, however the official date is TBD. Those that are currently registered we would encourage you to keep your enrollment as this will save your spot in line for the rescheduled date. If you do not wish to keep your registered spot, please email [email protected] to have your refund issued. We appreciate your understanding of this sensitive matter. Please know that our decisions are being made with regard to the safety of each and every one of you as well as our scheduled speaker. 

 Annual Sessions 2020

Our Annual Session is currently scheduled for May 14-16, 2020 in Sioux Falls, SD. However, the status of this event taking place is uncertain at this time because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. As decisions are made in this regard, we will communicate with you accordingly. This is our tentative schedule for Annual 2020 at the Sioux Falls Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center. 

Thursday May 14: 7 Credits from Anne Guignon
8am-9am "It’s all in your head….. And neck, and shoulders and back" 1 Practice Management CE
9am-12pm "Arginine, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Water – Magical weapons in the war against oral dysbiotic disease" 3 Clinical CE
2pm-5pm "Testing, testing……one, two, three - How and why new testing protocols improve diagnostic and communication outcomes" 3 Clinical CE
6pm-7pm Business Meeting and Supper
7pm-9pm SDDHA Social and Networking

Friday May 15: 7 Credits from Dr. Michael Glick
8am-12pm “Treatment of the Medically Complex Dental Patient” 4 Clinical CE
1pm-4pm “The Oral-Systemic Health Connection” 3 Clinical CE

Saturday May 16: 4 Credits from Katie Williams, RDH and Tia Meyer, RDH
8am-10am "Periodontology Update for 2020: New Case Reviews for Staging and Grading" 2 Clinical CE
10am-12pm "Defining Philosophy and Standard of Care" 2 Practice Management CE

Business Meeting & SDDHA Social: Join us Thursday evening for the Annual Business Meeting and Social. Supper will be served during the meeting (Free for Members) with a Social immediately following.

Pricing for Annual 2020:

SDDHA Members and Dental Assistants - $80.00

Non-Members and Dentists - $120.00

SDDHA Member Business Luncheon Thursday PM - $0.00

Non-Members Business Luncheon Thursday PM - $15.00

We have scheduled plenty of time for you to visit the exhibits over the lunch hours and do some networking. All questions about this event can be directed to our Vice President Katie Williams at [email protected]. Registration is not currently open but when it does open, register thoughtfully for this event. When you register, we use that count for room size, food and snack orders, and general planning. For this reason we are no longer offering event refunds.


Do you know someone who:

  • Is an active member of the SDDHA
  • Has contributed to the growth of the dental hygiene profession
  • Has shown a passion for the dental hygiene field
  • Supported the SDDHA at both state and national levels 

Please submit the name of the person you wish to nominate along with a short explanation or memo to President Tia Meyer at [email protected]. All nominations are due before May 1st, 2020.

Job Postings

SDDHA is now offering a page on our website for job listings to be posted. We will also send out the job listing via email and on Facebook. You can see all job postings here. If you would like to submit a job posting, please email our Secretary Hailey Bruggeman at [email protected].

Joining SDDHA

Join SDDHA today to receive discounted continuing education courses, network with other hygienists across South Dakota, help make a difference across our state, and more. Join now!

With all the chaos happening in the world, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy. Please reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas to help make SDDHA better! 


The South Dakota Dental Hygienist Association