Course Description

This two-day dental hygienist ce course is designed to significantly enhance the dental hygienist’s knowledge of complete dentistry as it relates to periodontal health and occlusal stability. The hygienist will learn that the key to long-term success of optimum health begins with a thorough understanding of the masticatory system and the use of centric relation.  Through both hands-on exercises and lecture, the hygienist will understand the complete exam process, identify signs of occlusal instability and how they relate to patients’ symptoms and periodontal disease. He/she will also learn communication skills necessary to transition patients to a “complete” dental practice. Designed to parallel the dentists’ curriculum, this dental hygiene course will reinforce the hygienist’s vital role in bringing the practice full circle for the development of optimum oral health and longevity for all patients! (Limited to 20 students)

Learning Objectives

  • Identify a systematic approach to understanding centric relation dentistry and the importance of healthy occlusion.
  • Recognize and gain a clear understanding of what optimum oral health looks like.
  • Recall head and neck anatomy as it relates to the temporomandibular joints, muscles and the bite.
  • Observe the role of occlusion in predictable, stable oral health.
  • Identify the relationship between occlusion and periodontal disease.
  • Explore the complete exam process and how to utilize this information at the hygiene visit.
  • Assess the importance of quality diagnostic records and how they are obtained.
  • Distinguish the role of the hygienist in transitioning the practice to complete dental practice.
  • Observe how to implement and discuss the concepts of complete dentistry with patients chairside.
  • Breakdown and introduce other common topics such as headaches, splints, sleep apnea and nutrition.

Hear What Past Attendees Say About This Course

I truly loved the course! I came back to practice with a sense of renewal and enthusiasm that I’m not sure I ever felt previously. It has been wonderful to feel as though I have enough information to explain the root causes of the dental health concerns my patients are facing. My sponsoring dentist, Dr. Effie Gaskill, has taken many courses through the Dawson Academy.  I was impressed with her philosophy, attention to detail and individual patient care. Now I feel like I have the tools to provide the same level of care.

Jessica Ploutz, RDHHugoton, KS

I would definitely recommend it for all hygienists who are using Complete Dentistry. It really helps to be on the same page with your Doctor in making it a team effort. I can see the benefit of having the hygienist screen for the information and having it available for the Doctor to proceed with diagnosis.

Rosanne Harden, RDH

As soon as I left the course, I sent a text to my dentist thanking him for giving me a chance to be part of such a special program. Here is a copy of my text: “Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be part of the elite Dawson group! Excited to be part of your vision for your/our practice.  Thanks Again!”

Donna Napiorkowski, RDH

This is the most eye opening experience ever and attending this course should be mandatory for every hygienist and dentist.

Stefanie Morong, RDH

Course Dates

  1. November 9 - November 10

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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  2. April 4, 2019 - April 5, 2019

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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  3. September 20, 2019 - September 21, 2019

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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  4. December 12, 2019 - December 13, 2019

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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Course Information

Tuition: $1,495 per Hygienist

CE Credits: 14

Class Hours: Day 1 & 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Instructors: Kimberley Daxon DDS & Joanne Bailey, RDH

Target Audience: Dental Hygienists

Recommended Prerequisites: None

Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.


The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 14 credit hours continuing education credits.