Greater Philadelphia Dental Hygiene Study Club

The Greater Philadelphia Dental Hygiene Study Club (GPDHSC) was established to help advance the professional careers of Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants.

Download a copy of the 2019 GPDHSC brochure.

All meetings of the GPDHSC are held at The Buck Hotel.  A buffet dinner and wine will be provided at each lecture, unless otherwise noted in the brochure. Non-member guest fee for each course is $100.00, unless stated otherwise.

The Buck Hotel
1200 Buck Road
Feasterville, PA  19053


2019 Greater Philadelphia Dental Hygiene
Study Club Dates

Wednesday March 27, 2019, 6:00 PM
Christopher Whitney, MD
Family Medicine and Sports Medicine Physician
Washington Crossing, PA
“Functional Medicine and Oral Health”

Wednesday May 22, 2019, 6:00 PM
Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS
Speaker, Author
Addison, IL
“Navigating Periodontal Care with 2018 Perio Protocols Flow Chart”

Wednesday September 18, 2019, 6:00 PM
Sheryl Radin, DDS; Ross Levine, DMD; Robert Levine DDS
Pediatric Dentistry and Periodontal Surgery Specialists
Yardley, PA
“Laser Therapies from the Newborn to the Adult”

*Friday October 25, 2019, 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Ben Miraglia, DDS and Lauren Gueits, RDH, BS
Specialists in Orthodontics, Functional Appliance Therapy, Oral-myofunctional Therapy
Mt. Kisco, NY
“The Critical Role of the Dental Team to Combat Sleep Disordered Breathing”
Breakfast Buffet to begin at 7:45 AM with light refreshments during the course.

*There is a discounted fee for this course if you are a gpdhsc member- please see the OSA brochure (link below) for additional information.

OSA Brochure

Wednesday November 20, 2019, 6:00 PM
Eileen Morrissey, RDH. MS
Dental Hygiene Instructor – Burlington County Community College
Millstone, NJ
“Go Ahead: Stick Your Tongue Out at Me!”

 Educational Resources:  

Please see the Patient Resource Center on the PA Center for Dental Implants & Periodontics website.

Latest Information about  CE Requirements:

From– Changes In State Board of Dentistry CE Requirements:
All licensees in PA are required to take a 2 CEU Child Abuse course for every re-licensure period.
New applicants or new hygiene school graduates must take a 3 credit course. Go to for a free online course that is approved by the PA State Board of

Local Anesthesia – All RDHs who are certified in local anesthesia are required to take 3 CE
hours every renewal period. These credits must be in local anesthesia or pharmacology.
There are no specific requirements for your local anesthesia and public health CE credits in
regards to taking these classes as online modules. The only requirement from the State Board
of Dentistry is that half of your overall credits must be taken in person.

Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioners – The 5 credit hours needed for this permit should
be in subjects related to public health. If you have a question about a specific course, you must contact the State Board of Dentistry with the course outline and topic information to see if it qualifies as a public health course.
GO TO THE SOURCE: Email: and request a copy of the Title 49: Professional and Vocational Standards, Chapter 33: State Board of Dentistry – or go online to and view the regulations online.

The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Radiation Protection, is now requiring all radiographers to take 2 contact hours (4 CEUs) in radiation safety. (Since medical and dental CEUs are evaluated differently, for you it means 2 credits with a live speaker; the course can be didactic or may involve clinical. Hands-on is NOT a requirement.) The DEP will be verifying these hours when the radiation check is done on office x-ray equipment (varies for every office, occurs once every four years). The owner of the equipment is liable to the DEP for ALL persons using radiation equipment. This requirement is NOT required by the State Board of Dentistry and cannot affect your professional license, however, the content may be used toward your 20 CEUs.

Need a copy of a continuing education certificate? All the CE records are kept at the state office in Mechanicsburg. When you take courses that are approved by the PA Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies, your name & license number are placed into the computer system. If you need a transcript of all courses that you took that were approved by the Academy, the fee for PDHA members is $10.00, and $25.00 for non-members of the PDHA. Please contact PDHA at 717-766-0334 or email

Supervision laws have changed (effective 01/2010) – Registered dental hygienists are now able to perform services within their scope of practice without their employer in the office as long as the patient has been examined within the last year. The dentist also needs to authorize each specific treatment after reviewing the patient’s history (with input from the RDH) and the patient needs to be healthy or have only mild systemic disease. This means that no patients with moderate or severe disease may be seen by a RDH without the dentist in the office. The State Board of Dentistry is no longer using ASA classifications for determining supervision guidelines.