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Meeting review: AAPD’s 2018 Annual Session in Honolulu

These East Coast pediatric dentists didn’t want to miss their chance to take a picture with the adorable tooth mascot roaming the exhibit hall at the 2018 AAPD Annual Meeting at the Hawaii Convention Center. (Photo: Sierra Rendon/DTA)
By Sierra Rendon / DTA
May 29, 2018

HONOLULU, Hawaii, USA: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s 2018 Annual Session was held May 24 to 27 at the Hawaii Convention Center, offering attendees the opportunity to learn, grow and prepare to bring many “pearls” home with them. Educational offerings included “String of Pearls,” 15-minute sessions on topics such as soft-tissue lasers, knocked-out permanent teeth, eliminating the “pirate tooth look,” eating disorders, anterior crossbite and more.

Other educational sessions included “Oral Diagnosis in Pediatric Dentistry: Back to Basics,” with Dr. Juan F. Yepes. He spoke on oral diagnosis in the pediatric and adolescent patient. This seminar was in case-presentation format and was appropriate for the entire dental team, including pediatric dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, residents and dental students.

More than 15 patients with a variety of conditions, and never presented before, were covered.

In the exhibit hall, there were pearls of another kind: Products that you could bring home that will help your practice run smoother, safer and more efficiently.

From new products to fun activities, not to mention the Tech Bar, the Posters Sessions and the Kids Tech Corner, there was plenty to please all ages.

At the NuSmile booth, you could learn about new products SSC Cuspids, Zirconia Narrow 2nd Primary Molars and BioCem.

Dentsply Sirona presented Schick 33, designed to make it quicker and easier to get the digital images you need.

The line of kids at the SmileMakers booth made it clear how much attention a Colossal Capsule Machine would impact your practice.

Also on display, the Silhouette Nasal Mask by Porter Instrument delivers nitrous oxide efficiently and effectively, while still allowing front-teeth access, offering the ideal experience for both dentist and patient.

At the end of the meeting, the President’s Farewell Dinner, held at the Waialae Country Club, celebrated the AAPD Ohana. Ohana means friends, family and community, and this event blended the AAPD family with the Hawaiian community in an exchange of local and mainland traditions. Dinner featured the world-class culinary talents of Chef Alan Wong and was capped with a native and fun dance party.

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