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From left, Stacey Yocubets, chairside assistant; Kayla Benson, front office personnel; and Keri Tatum, front office personnel, all with the Just for Grins dental practice in Falcon, Colo., pick out some ‘Flair For Your Badge’ upon entering the exhibit hall at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention. Their respective choices: ‘Tradeshow Diva,’ ‘Body by Bacon’ and ‘Somebody.’ (Photo: Robert Selleck/Dental Tribune America)

Meeting review: 2019 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention in Denver

By Robert Selleck / DTA
January 29, 2019

DENVER, Colo., USA: The Rocky Mountain Dental Convention, held Jan. 17-19, attracted more than 8,000 dental professionals from throughout the region to the Colorado Convention Center.

Presented by the Metro Denver Dental Society, the event has more than a century of history as the largest continuing education event for dental professionals in the region. The meeting offered an extensive lineup of lectures, courses, hands-on workshops, social events and other activities.

Additionally, the event includes three days of exhibits, this year filling its recently expanded exposition hall with more than 290 companies and organizations. “This is a great show,” exhibitor Richard Ball said Thursday morning from his Summit Handpiece Express booth on the expo floor. Ball said his nine-year-old handpiece-repair company was participating in the meeting for the fourth year. “We’ll be back next year,” he said as he arranged displays of sealed packages of his trademark milk- and white-chocolate handpieces used to promote his services. “They’re the only chocolate handpieces in the world,” he said of the popular giveaway item.

It was easy to see why Ball was pleased. The exhibit hall aisles were filled with attendees throughout the day Thursday, the opening day of exhibits, as dentists, hygienists, assistants and office dental-practice staff members explored booths filled with the industry’s latest instruments, services and technological advancements.

Meeting organizers said the event boosted exhibit hall space and expanded the overall meeting last year after revisions to Colorado’s mandatory C.E. policy for license-renewal cycles for certain dental professionals opened a need for more C.E. opportunities.

Anthony Knowlton, DDS, of Eden Dental in Pueblo, Colo., would have been at the meeting regardless of any need for license-renewal C.E. credits. “It’s always worthwhile,” he said. “I come as often as I can.” Knowlton has been in practice for 12 years and said he has been making the drive up to Denver for the convention more years than not.

The meeting’s focus on education was just as visible in the exhibit hall as it was in the 50-plus pages of the printed onsite guide listing more than 100 lectures, courses and hands-on sessions covering all aspects of dentistry. Anchored in the center of the exhibits was “The Summit: CE & Demo Stage.” The stage’s quick, hot-topic sessions scheduled through the day included topics such as “Is It Better to Purchase or Lease Office Space?” and “Immunization Recommendations for Oral Health Professionals.”

Next year’s Rocky Mountain Dental Convention is scheduled for Jan. 23-25 in Denver.

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