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Welcome to Long Island Dental Hygienists' Association website




The Long Island Dental Hygienists' Association (LIDHA) is the local component of the Dental Hygienists' Association of the State of New York (DHASNY) which, in turn, is a constituent of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA).

LIDHA is a not for profit organization dedicated to the advancement of dental hygiene. It is the only not for profit dental hygiene association on Long Island that is run by hygienists for hygienists!

The LIDHA board consists of volunteer members who are committed to its members and potential members of Nassau and Suffolk counties. We are a resource for the most up-to-date information from current laws that govern the practice of dental hygiene in NY to the newest products and technology available.

 The Long Island Dental Hygienists’ Association, known as LIDHA, has no affiliation with the Long Island Dental Hygienists’ Forum, known as LIDHF.  We are separate entities with no affiliations.  LIDHA solely represents Long Island Dental Hygienists.  Support us, support your profession.



LIDHA's Fifth All-Day Conference

will be held on

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Location: Four Points by Sheraton, Plainview, Long Island, 333 South Service Road,

              Plainview, NY 11803.

Sponsored by:


                      All Day Registration (3 courses)                            Per Course                         

Member RDH:                 $75.00                                                     $50.00                                                                

Non Member RDH:           $145.00                                                   $70.00                                                         

Course #1       8:00 am – 11:00 am    3 CEU’s            Speaker:  Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P

Title:    “The Enemy Within” An Overview of Autoimmune Diseases, Dental Care Considerations and Patient Care Planning          

The term “autoimmune disease” describes a wide array of individual disorders which may affect multiple body systems. In the United States alone, it is estimated that over 25 million individuals are affected by autoimmune diseases, most of which are chronic, debilitating illnesses. Since autoimmune diseases typically have no available cure, lifelong treatment is usually necessary. Autoimmune diseases often have oral manifestations, thus, dental professionals are uniquely qualified to identify these conditions in their patients. This program will provide an overview of autoimmune diseases and the medications used in their treatment. Specific emphasis will be placed on dental treatment modifications and care planning strategies recommended for these special dental patients.

**Course #2   11:15 am – 2:15 pm   3 CEU’s            Speaker:  Robin Grasso, DHASNY Governmental Affairs & Donna Hickey, DHASNY President

Title:    “Current Trends: Transitions Affecting New York Dental Hygiene Today and What This Means to You!”

The face of New York Dental Hygiene is rapidly changing starting with our national association to our state association and right through to our local components.  Come, hear and be part of the discussion concerning the direction New York dental hygiene is taking with increased opportunities to advance preventive health care, increase access to care, and involve RDHs' education and experience to benefit the future of oral healthcare.

Course #3       2:30 pm – 5:30 pm     3 CEU’s            Speaker:  Kim Miller, RDH, BSDH

Title:    “Clinical Laboratory Testing:  What is it and how do I incorporate it into my daily patient care?”

 You will be encouraged by the body of scientific evidence supporting your efforts to diagnose early and treat conservatively. Discover diagnostic techniques, including clinical laboratory testing (salivary diagnostics), and treatment options available to help you help your patients understand and arrest their periodontal disease. Utilizing a ‘Four Pronged Approach’ encompasses treating from the top down, bottom up, inside out, and the outside in. This approach provides the tools to create a comprehensive periodontal treatment plan without over treating or under treating. This new perspective will help your patients get their periodontal disease under control, reduce overall systemic inflammation and live healthier lives because of your efforts.   Enhance your diagnostic protocols and treatment outcomes with Clinical Laboratory Testing, Explore alternative treatment options for early intervention, Individualize treatment plans using Clinical Laboratory Testing along with a Four Pronged Approach.




Mark your calendars for 2016 DHASNY Empire Conference

DHASNY's statewide 2016 Empire Conference will be held November 4-6 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Binghamton.

Read more and check out our Empire Conference 2016 video



Statement from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association on Water Fluoridation

In response to the anti-fluoride content that was presented on the Dr. Oz show on February 1, 2016, the American Dental Hygienists' Association is among the more than 125 organizations, including the American Dental Association, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Academy of Pediatrics, that recognize the public health benefits of water fluoridation, based upon over 70 years of scientific evidence describing the safety and effectiveness of this practice to reduce tooth decay.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, water fluoridation is among the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. Drinking fluoridated water reduces tooth decay by 25 percent over a lifetime, and thanks to fluoridated public water systems, nearly 75 percent of Americans from all socioeconomic backgrounds benefit from increased oral health.

As such, the ADHA is a supporter of community water fluoridation as a safe and effective method for reducing the incidence of dental caries, and we continue to promote the education of the public and other health professionals regarding the preventive and therapeutic benefits of fluoride. Please click here for the latest guidelines.