Dental Hygiene Alumni Day

With the increasing risks associated with the widespread Coronavirus COVID-19, Augusta University is postponing Dental Hygiene Alumni Day, originally scheduled for Friday, April 24.

The safety of our alumni and their families, as well as our faculty, staff and guests is of utmost importance.  Once we have more information, we will reach back out to you.    

 Thank you for your continued support and patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 706-721-1447 or 706-721-1420.

Attendance for the entire program is approved by Augusta University for 4.25 ADA CERP Hours. Florida License Continuing Education Credit Number is P00018. 

At the center of today’s health promotion strategies is the improvement and maintenance of oral health. A number of current social and sexual behaviors are placing our dental patient at risk. Vaping among youth is now a significant public health concern. and the growing incidence of HPV-associated oral and oropharyngeal cancers are just a couple of the trends that are impacting the health of today’s dental patient. We need to be vigilant in our assessment of risk to better enable us to manage disease and more importantly, prevent disease. 

At the conclusion of the program participants should be able to: 

  • Recognize the incidence and five year survival rates of current oral and oropharyngeal cancer 
  • Apply the critical components and palpation techniques of today’s oral cancer screening exam 
  • Discuss the role adjunctive screening devices play in enhancing our assessment capabilities 
  • Discuss our role in opportunistic screening and earlier discovery of oral and oropharyngeal cancer 
  • Identify vaping incidence and prevalence in the U.S. 
  • Discuss the science behind vaping which has led to its growing popularity 
  • Recognize the impact of vaping on oral and systemic health 
  • Educate today’s dental patient on vaping risks as well as alternatives to aid in smoking cessation 

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 

7:45 a.m. Welcome and Announcements- 

Kandyce M. A’see, RDH, MS, Course Director 

8:00 a.m. Hindsight is Always 20/20: Missing the Oral Cancer Diagnosis - Jo-Anne Jones, RDH 

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but foresight is better, especially when it comes to saving a life.” William Blake 

The ability to save a life through earlier diagnosis is a gratification that may not be compared to anything we do in dentistry. Conversely, when we ‘miss’ a diagnosis, the sorrow that ensues is challenging to overcome. Both the medical and dental communities have been caught off guard with a changing and escalating profile coupled with a number of social trends that are placing our dental patient at heightened risk for oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Through a guided visual journey of inspiring oral cancer stories of survivors and those who have lost their lives, learn the subtle life-saving symptoms and critical screening techniques that will increase our opportunity to save a life! 

10:15 a.m. Break 

10:30 a.m. Vaping: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire! - Jo-Anne Jones, RDH 

There is hardly a day that goes by without ‘vaping’ making headline news. We are just beginning to learn about the potential long term risks of vaping. Originally introduced with the hope of aiding smoking cessation without the damaging effects of tobacco, vaping has grown in popularity with no proven cessation benefits. What is our message to our dental patients and how may we best educate them on the potential risks of this growing trend? 

12:15 p.m. Adjourn 

12:30 p.m. 2020 Sigma Phi Alpha Members Annual Meeting 


Jo-Anne Jones, RDH, as a successful entrepreneur and international, award winning speaker, Jo-Anne brings life, energy and inspiration to all her presentations. The veteran dental hygienist turned educator has a no-nonsense approach and dynamic speaking style that has made her one of North America’s most sought-after lecturers in the dental community. Jo-Anne has been selected as one of DPR’s Top 25 Women in Dentistry and joins the 2020 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the 10th consecutive year. 


Kandyce M. A’see, RDH, MS, Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene at Augusta University. Kandyce received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at South Carolina State University and both her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Master of Allied Health at the Medical College of Georgia. She worked as a hygienist in private practice for 2 years before becoming a Dental Hygiene Educator at Augusta University. Kandyce teaches in the clinical and didactic settings, as well as online. She also serves on various committees within the institution as well as participates in several community service activities. 


Augusta University Jaguar Student Activities Center 
2500 Walton Way 
Augusta, GA 30904

AU Summerville Campus

We’ve gone electronic to help serve you better! A HANDOUT link we be emailed to all registered participants the Tuesday before the first day of the course.  Please watch for an email from

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize everyone’s comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or light wrap in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

The Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilities or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

Augusta University is not responsible for any circumstance making it impossible to attend their continuing education courses due to acts of God, war, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder or curtailment of transportation facilities. If Augusta University cancels a continuing education activity you will be refunded your registration fee. Augusta University is not liable for any associated lodging, transportation or additional expenses.

If you wish to opt out of any photographic images during the CE course, please notify the course director at the time of the program!