Meeting review: 2019 Florida Dental Convention

From left: Davone Smith, Amber Baker and Liz Smylie, all of Tampa, are ready to attend the opening session of the 2019 Florida Dental Convention. (Photo: Eric Seid/Dental Tribune America)

Tue. 2. July 2019


ORLANDO, Fla., USA: The 2019 Florida Dental Convention (FDC), the official meeting of the Florida Dental Association, was held June 27 to 29 (Thursday through Saturday) at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. With hours upon hours of C.E. credits to be earned during the educational sessions and hands-on workshops, and aisle after aisle of exhibitors’ booths to explore in the exhibit hall, there was a lot to pack in during the event — and that’s not even considering the nighttime events and the networking with friends and colleagues.

In all, FDC offered 130-plus courses, top-notch speakers, more than 350 exhibiting companies and nightly social events.

The abundant course offerings included Ken Jorgenson’s “Maximizing Profitability Through Your Real Estate,” Jim Philhower’s “Building a Profitable Practice,” Garrett Gunderson’s “Cash Flow Optimization: How to Keep A Lot More of What You Make” and Dr. Mark Hyman’s “The Ultimate New Patient Experience: A Case Presentation.”

The keynote speaker was Traci Brown, body language expert, who taught attendees a system to separate the lies from the truth.

Attendees could also listen to Dr. Steve Taubman discuss “How to Remove Mental Barriers to Practice Success.” Taubman detailed how to harness the power of the subconscious mind to instantly vanish obstacles to success, such as your fear, self-doubt, stress and discouragement.

Other topics included medical billing, implant esthetics, orthodontics, CPR and AED certification, medical marijuana, pediatric dentistry and more. There were many other sessions, including managing medical emergencies, treating complex cases through a multidisciplinary approach, medications and dental care for older patients, and diagnosis and treatment of oral trauma.

In addition to the education sessions, numerous FDA council and committee meetings were held. The Council on Dental Benefits and Care, the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, the Council on Financial Affairs, the Council on Membership, the Council on the New Dentist, the House of Delegates and the Leadership Development Committee all had meetings.



In the FDC Exhibit Hall, many exhibitors pulled out all the stops. There were more than 375 booths to look at, many offering the latest innovations in technology as well as new products and services to make your practice run more efficiently and to ensure your patients are receiving the best care possible.

The real fun at FDC began at night! As always, the FDC motto continues to be “Come for the C.E., stay for the fun.” This year was no exception. A Beer Tasting in Paradise, sponsored by FDA Services and The Doctors Company, was held, with ticket sales and proceeds from this event going directly back to the FDA Foundation.

Dueling Pianos, a high-energy, all-request show featured all genres of music, kept attendees singing and dancing all night long. A Pirate Island party was held with a live band, airbrush tattoos, pirate games and more. In addition, Wreckers Sports Bar offered live music from an acoustic guitarist in the bar area.

Throughout the meeting, attendees looking for answers could take advantage of Amazon Echos located throughout the Gaylord Palms convention center. These Echos were programmed to provide attendees with all the information they need for FDC. By asking, “Hey Alexa, Ask FDC …” followed by a question, attendees could get information on courses, events and much more, a fun way. There was also an “Ask Me” station in City Hall Lobby and at the onsite registration desk.

Be sure to open your calendar and mark off Oct. 15-18, 2020, when the Florida Dental Convention and the American Dental Association will come together to combine annual meetings to present the ADA FDC Annual Meeting. This meeting will feature free registration, exceptional education courses and a bustling exhibit hall right in Orlando. Registration will open in spring 2020.

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