89th Tennessee Dental Hygienists' Association

Annual Session

April 19 - 21, 2018

Nashville, Tennessee

Marketplace Information and Contract

The Tennessee Dental Hygienists' Association will hold their 89th Annual Session April 19-21, 2018 at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, TN. This event brings dental professionals from across the state of Tennessee and surrounding areas. It will be a weekend of education, product updates, networking and fun. Scheduled national speakers are Patti DiGangi, Amy Kinnamon, Amber Auger and Shirley Gutkowski. There will be vendors and a marketplace for all to enjoy. Mark your calendars and look for registration after the first of the year.

Purpose and Mission Statement

The objective of this Society shall be to improve the oral health of the public; to advance the art and science of dental hygiene; to maintain the highest standards of dental hygiene education and competence of the dental hygienist; to foster research in oral health; to provide professional communications; to publish a newsletter; to conduct other activities as may be permitted by the State of Tennessee to carry out the purpose of this Society.

The mission of this Society shall be to improve the public's total health by increasing the awareness of and access to quality oral health care and to position the dental hygienist as a preventive oral health professional.

Hello Fellow Hygienists,

As I reflected on my years with the Knox Area Dental Hygienists' Society this quote from Henry Ford came to mind.

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."

When I was fresh out of dental hygiene school many years ago I went out of my comfort zone and attended my first Knox Area Dental Hygiene meeting. Little did I know the friendships I would make, the knowledge I would gain, and the leadership skills that I would develop. As I reflect on "Coming together is a beginning" that evening when I entered that room many doors opened for me, friendships, opportunities and unbelievable memories. I challenge each of you to take that opportunity to step through the door into the room where many opportunities await you. First you have to make that decision. This is your invitation to visit and see what a great organization the Knox Area Dental Hygienists' Association is and what it can do for you.

Knox Area Dental Hygienists' Association is a strong organization due to the dedication of many wonderful individuals. It has taken those individuals and their dedication to improving our profession that has made this organization and profession what it is today. For us to continue to progress we need all levels of hygienists, recently graduated and the experienced, to help us grow professionally. Life gives us challenges that dictate our time and ability to serve; however, a few hours, a few days, or support by ADHA/TNDHA membership can continue the forward progress. As an experienced hygienist I have witnessed that it takes an army to move forward. Help us by being part of the army. Keeping together is progress whether you can give a lot or just a little. Please ask any member of Knox Area how you can be part of our team.

"Working together is success" - what a true statement. The Tennessee Dental Hygienists' Association, comprised of hygienists across the state including Knox Area hygienists, has diligently worked for years making our jobs a profession. We want to be recognized not as "teeth cleaners" but Dental Hygienists. Over the years I have seen our scope of practice expand and hope to see it continue but it takes us all. As a team we can grow and accomplish much but our team is weak. We have great leaders but we need the support of the followers. We need each of you to step through the door and/or support the team with membership. Each membership is a voice and the more voices the more forward progress and success. You owe it to yourselves and those whom you serve.


Kelly Gross, RDH, BS

2nd District President

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