dental hygiene month ADHA New Hampshire


NHDHA Office 
New Hampshire Dental Hygienists' Association 


Saturday October 4, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 1:45 PM EDT

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Manchester Country Club 
180 South River Road
Bedford, NH 03110
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Gold Sponsors

Crest/Oral B

Patterson Dental

Grant Received From

Northeast Delta Dental


Silver Sponsor



Silver Sponsor

Exhibitors to date:

Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals

Patterson Dental

Procter & Gamble (Crest, Oral-B)


Exhibitor space is still available. If interested, please see our SPONSOR FORM or contact the NHDHA office at 603.868.7475 or

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month

NHDHA Annual Session 2014

"Periodontal Instrumentation: How Not to Overwork Your Hands"


The Future of the Dental Hygienist in NH: Getting informed on the new license rulings and how it affects your job. 

1 Optional Free CEU

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Register Now!PAYMENT OPTIONS:  Credit card, PayPal and check accepted. If paying by check, please mail to arrive by Friday, September 26, 2014.

Periodontal Instrumentation: How Not to Overwork Your Hands

This three-hour course is based on the research presented in the article, “Periodontal Instrumentation: How Not  to Overwork Your Hands”  published in the May 2014 Issue of RDH Magazine. The course presenter, Cynthia Biron Leiseca, is the author of the article and she will present sound ergonomic techniques for effectively accessing and removing deep calculus deposits using facilitated fulcrums and strategic leverage. The course has helped hundreds of dental hygienists work smarter and more effectively while utilizing the best ergonomics and providing patient-centered care to periodontal patients.

Course objectives:

At the completion of the course the participant will be able to:  

  • Name the type and causes of repetitive strain injuries common to dental hygienists.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of predisposing factors for hand injuries.   
  • Perform exercises that strengthen hands and improve flexibility.
  • Describe the patient operator positioning that provides the best leverage for periodontal instrumentation.
  • Describe the physics involved in precision in placement of the instrument so less clinician effort is required to perform the working stroke.
  • Describe the importance of the advanced fulcrum finger grasp.
  • Correlate handle placement and clock position for minimal effort with more control of lateral pressure.
  • Demonstrate the facilitated fulcrum placement for reduction in pinch stress and improved parallelism for access to the base of deep pockets.
  • Demonstrate the method for separating calculus deposits from the tooth surface while preventing loss of cementum.

Credits: 3

Handouts will be sent via e-Mail for this course.

The course tuition will include the DVD video “A Focus on Fulcrums” that includes demonstrations of all the techniques presented in the course.  This DVD has been included as part of the “Periodontal Instrumentation Camps” that have been provided for clinical dental hygiene faculty from various dental hygiene programs nationally and internationally.


Cindy Biron Leiseca was Professor & Chair of the Tallahassee Community College Dental Health Programs from 1993 - 2009. In addition to her administrative duties as chairperson, she has taught clinical dental hygiene, dental hygiene theory, medical emergencies and allied health pharmacology. She has taught continuing education courses throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia, for private practitioners and dental educators.

Mrs. Leiseca has over thirty years of sound, hands-on experience in private practice dental hygiene in general dentistry and periodontal offices, emergency medicine and dental professions education. She received an A.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene from New Hampshire Technical Institute, a B.A. degree in Medical Technology and Human Biology from Notre Dame College in NH, a certification as an Emergency Medical Technician from The University of Texas Health Science Center, and an M.A. in Adult Higher Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

She was also a full time professor at New Hampshire Technical Institute and at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX. Mrs. Leiseca is a contributing author to the textbooks, “Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation & Advanced Root Instrumentation”, by Jill S. Nield-Gehrig, “Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist" by Esther Wilkins, and is co-author of “Dental Office Medical Emergencies” with Timothy Meiller, Richard Wynn, and Harold Crossley. Mrs. Leiseca has served as a columnist and consulting editor for RDH Magazine since 1992. She has produced three instructional DVDs "Precision in Periodontal Instrumentation", "Precision in Periodontal Instrumentation 2nd edition", and "A Focus on Fulcrums".

She invented the Porta Sim Stand to secure dental manikins for student training, the Sharpening Horse for sharpening dental instruments, and the computerized grading system “TalEval” for dental assisting and dental hygiene programs.

She also has had great success as president of her corporation, DH Methods of Educations, Inc., which is known for its Boot Camps for Dental Educators: "Summer, Fall & Winter Camps" on accreditation, teaching methodology and periodontal instrumentation which have been held at Tallahassee CC, Nova Southeastern U., Salt Lake CC, Harrisburg Area CC, College of Southern Nevada 2007, Summer Camp Mesa Community College, AZ 2007. Winter Camps Jacksonville, FL 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, and Summer Camp Boston, MA 2008, 2009, 2010, Fall Camp Las Vegas 2010, Winter & Summer Camps Amelia Island 2011 - 2014, Summer Camp Santa Ana, CA 2011, Winter Camp Sydney & Adelaide, Australia 2011, and Fall Camp Collin College McKinney TX 2011, Fall Camp TN State U. 2012.


7:30AM  Registration, Exhibits, FULL BREAKFAST INCLUDED

8:30AM  Annual NHDHA Business Meeting:  status of Public Health Dental Hygienist in NH, Federal Trade Commission, DentaQuest Grant update for Dental Hygienists in NH, and BODE update.

9:00AM  “Periodontal Instrumentation: How Not to Overwork Your Hands”  Instrumentation techniques to improve and protect your clinical performance by Cynthia Biron Leiseca, RDH,EMT,MA

11:00 AM  Break: Refreshments, Exhibits

11:15AM  Proctor & Gamble and Patterson presentations

11:45 AM  Cynthia Biron Leiseca continues

12:45 PM  Round Table Discussion:  "The Future of the Dental Hygienist in NH: Getting informed on the new license rulings and how it affects your job"    (1 Optional Free CEU)  Light appetizers will be served.  

1:45PM  Adjourn

Continuing Education Units
  • 3.0 Clinical CEUs 
  • 0.5 Non-clinical CEU - Annual NHDHA Business Meeting
  • 0.5 Clinical Product Presentation
  • 4.0 Total CEUs
  • 1.0 Free Non-clinical CEU - Round Table Discussion (Optional)

Registration Fee includes course, FULL BREAKFAST BUFFET and refreshments at break.


$99.00  ADHA/NHDHA MEMBER   Member number & expiration date required on registration form.



PAYMENT OPTIONS: Credit Card, PayPal or Check. If paying by check, please mail to arrive by Friday, September 26, 2014.

 Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by 9/26/14 will be refunded less a 10% administrative fee. No refund requests will be accepted on or after 9/27/14 due to venue commitment required 7 days ahead of conference.