It’s Your Future. Take It!
An ADHA & Heartland Dental Social Media Takeover

Join us for an enlightening series of Instagram Social events, hosted by Heartland Dental in partnership with ADHA, designed specifically for dental hygienists and students aiming to advance their careers, understand industry changes, and explore the integration of AI in dentistry.

June 20 @ 5PM CT: LIVE CHAT
Hygienists Unite: Your Future in Motion!

Dive into the proposed Dental Hygiene Licensure Portability Compact with us. This initiative could significantly impact your professional mobility and opportunities. Learn how the DDH Compact can shape the future of dental hygiene. The Council of State Governments will provide insights, fostering a deeper understanding and advocacy for this pivotal industry shift.

July 11 @ 5pm CT: LIVE CHAT
Exploring the Future: AI in Dentistry

Explore how artificial intelligence is reshaping dentistry in this immersive one-day event. From diagnostics to patient care, discover A.I.’s transformative role through educational stories, interactive quizzes, and a live Q&A with AI specialists. Understand the practical applications and future implications of A.I. in your practice, preparing you for the technological advancements in dental healthcare

Be sure to follow ADHA on IG and keep checking for more details…

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Visit Heartland Dental’s Lounge at ADHA24!

Mix N’ Mingle Networking Lounge

Friday, July 26, 2024
6:30 AM – 5:30 PM – All Day!
Ernest Morial Convention Center, Room 391-392

Back by popular demand! Start your Friday morning here and stop in to recharge and mingle throughout the day. Networking is not just about connecting people but connecting people with ideas and opportunities! Spend time with Heartland Dental staff and network with some of your peers, enjoy FREE food and beverages and be entered to win some giveaways throughout the day. Make sure you stop by and fill out a raffle ticket. The winner will be announced at 5:00pm (you don’t have to be present to win).

6:30am – 11:00am: Coffee House
11:00am – 3:00pm: Afternoon Break
3:00pm – 5:30pm: Happy Hour

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Dental AI: Are Hygienists Ready?

AI Survey Results ReportArtificial Intelligence has the potential to bring transformative change to dental and dental hygiene practices across the United States. But how do hygienists feel about it? Are they excited? Don’t know enough to form an opinion? In February 2024, ADHA in partnership with Heartland Dental conducted a study of nearly 600 practicing dental hygienists on their thoughts, experience and opinions on AI integration in dental practice.

Access the study results

Events with ensuing discussion around the report, survey results and the topic are linked below.


Recorded April 24 ,2024 | 1.0 CE
Presenters: Kathy Copas, RDH, and JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, AAFAAOM, FADHA
Free for Members

Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian, ADHA Director of Education, Research & Advocacy, and Kathy Copas, Heartland Dental Director of Clinical Operations, share insights from a recent survey of almost 600 practicing hygienists on their thoughts, experience and opinions on AI integration in dental practice. In this thought-provoking webinar, sponsored by Heartland Dental and crafted for dental hygiene program faculty and administrators, they offer insight into hygienists’ readiness for technology poised to redefine the future of the dental profession. They also provide an in-depth look at the workings of dental AI, supplemented by real-world data from the largest dental AI pilot program conducted in the United States.

Available on CE Smart

Podcast Episode 132

Released April 16, 2024
Guests: Kathy Copas, RDH, and JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, AAFAAOM, FADHA

Listen in as Your Official ADHA Podcast host, Matt Crespin, RDH, MPH, FADHA, previews newly released research on this topic with Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian from ADHA and Kathy Copas, RDH of Heartland Dental. Learn how AI is being innovatively applied in dentistry and how it might help you, as an oral care provider, improve your patient outcomes and boost your marketability. Matt offers a sneak peek into upcoming events plus some updates from the ADHA in this special episode sponsored by Heartland Dental.

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Two-Day Online Certification Course

Mental Health + The Dental Hygienist
Strategies for Workplace Wellness

Mental Health + The Dental HygienistOccurred Saturday–Sunday, May 4–5, 2024
Up to 10 Live CE credits for both days

Access Course REcording on CE Smart

Take a virtual journey toward enhancing mental health awareness and arm yourself with powerful tools to build resilience in your daily life and combat burnout in dentistry. Whether you’re looking to support yourself, your colleagues, or foster a healthier supportive community, this immersive virtual certification course promises to deliver practical knowledge, insightful discussions, and engaging activities tailored for anyone eager to prioritize mental wellness and reduce stress and burnout. Includes a $10 Jimmy John’s lunch gift card and the full course recording. At the end of this course you will earn the Mental Wellness Training Certification, empowered to be an advocate for mental health, creating a healthier and more supportive community within and outside the workplace.

Student Proud Week ’24. Wrapped!

Heartland Dental once again celebrated students in partnership with ADHA during Student Proud Week ’24, April 15-19, with fun activities and cool prizes for all week long!  Contests, music playlists, Instagram Live and more. We hope you had a chance to participate in the fun. See the week in review, the recordings, quizzes and who won the great prizes. And look forward to Student Proud Week ’25 in April of next year!


Webinar: Now available on CE Smart

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Beware and Be Aware!
A Primer on Legal and Risk Management Concepts
Presented May 18, 2023  |  1.5 CE
Presenter: Pamela Zarkowski, JD, MPH, BSDH
Sponsored by Heartland Dental

Build your awareness and understanding of risk – then take it further for ways to minimize and mitigate it. Spend 90 minutes with expert Pamela Zarkowski, JD, MPH, BSDH, to uncover opportunities for minimizing the risk of litigation on oral care providers. Learn how to manage risk through clinical, education and documentation processes. From contract principles in clinical care situations and negligence related to delivering oral health care services, to explaining informed consent and informed refusal, this is your chance to learn how risk management strategies can be outlined for the dental team.

Available on CE Smart

Who is Heartland Dental?

At Heartland Dental, dental hygienists are recognized as elite clinical providers and patient advocates. Heartland Dental is the nation’s largest dental support organization providing non-clinical, administrative support services to over 1,700 supported offices across 38 states. From recent grads to established pros, Heartland Dental is committed to helping dental hygienists at every stage of their career.