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Yankee Dental Congress Looks at Evolving Trends

About 26,000 dental health professionals from around the United States attended the Yankee Dental Congress 2020, held Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Yankee, which is New England’s largest dental meeting, is presented by the Massachusetts Dental Society in cooperation with the dental societies of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

“We are proud that the Yankee Dental Congress draws so many dental professionals to Boston year after year,” says MDS President Janis Moriarty. “We strive to create an exceptional learning and networking experience, so they are excited to attend every winter.”

This year’s Yankee theme, “Advancing the Vision,” exemplifies how dental professionals are able to gain insight on evolving trends and future best practices by attending continuing education (CE) courses taught by industry experts and visiting more than 400 exhibitors demonstrating the most innovative dental technology.

Yankee 2020 offered more than 300 CE and hands-on courses and events presented by leading experts in the dental profession. Along with endodontic, pediatric, prosthodontic, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and orthodontic specialty
symposia held at Yankee, the Sixth Annual Interprofessional Symposium focused on practice models that blend oral and systemic health.

Yankee once again featured education pavilions on the Exhibit Hall Floor, with innovative courses held at no charge to attendees. A new Pediatric Pavilion offered courses on a diverse range of pediatric topics, while a new Product Spotlight Lounge helped attendees make highly educated purchases with one-hour product spotlight sessions.

With the passage of the American Dental Association policy statement on the role of dentists in the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders, it is now recommended that all dentists screen their patient population for sleep disorders. The Dental Sleep Apnea Team offered Yankee attendees a series of courses on how to screen patients and launch a dental sleep medicine practice.

Other highlights included courses on:
• Digital dentistry and technological advancements, including lasers, intraoral scanners and 3D printing
• Understanding autism spectrum disorders and caring for patients with special needs
• HPV and implications for dentistry
• Nutrition and lifestyle choices for chronic inflammation
• Cannabis culture and dentistry

Yankee’s Exhibit Hall featured more than 400 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of new dental products and technologies—from the latest toothbrushes, toothpastes, mouth rinses, and oral hygiene products for consumers to dental office chairs, lasers, X-ray machines, cameras and CAD/CAM systems for 3D printing.

Yankee Dental Congress is New England’s largest meeting for professionals seeking the highest quality dental continuing education, as well as dental products, services and resources. Held in Boston each January, Yankee is the best source in New England for industry professionals on the cutting-edge of oral health care. For more info, visit yankeedental.com

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