By Dana Myers, RDH
With so many amazing dental conferences happening all the time (and some of them at the same time — no fair!) it’s impossible to avoid at least one annual case of FOMO.
You’ve got enough on your plate already, so we compiled this list of top dental conferences happening from Spring 2019 to Spring 2020 (in date order).
Of course, you won’t be able to make them ALL… whether because they overlap or they’re just too far away or too soon for you to plan… but this guide can serve as a point of reference for future planning since most conferences are held at about the same time each year.
Some recently past top dental conferences haven’t yet released the details for their next events, but we’ll be sure to include them in our next list.
NDA, NDHA, & NDAA Annual Convention
Jul 17-21, 2019 in Washington, DC
Bridging Generations: Keeping Cultural Traditions Relevant in the New Oral Health Era. NDA Mission: The National Dental Association promotes oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color, and raising the profile of the profession in our communities.
AADOM Dental Management Conference
Jul 18-20, 2019 in Orlando, FL
Our annual conference is industry recognized as THE meeting for all things related to dental practice management. Three full days of education specifically for dental management professionals, oh and we toss in a little fun too!
Jul 18-20, 2019 in Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, CT
The Premier Meeting for General Dentistry. Network with colleagues, students, and dental team members at the premier meeting for general dentistry. AGD’s annual scientific session has earned a reputation for having some of the finest dental continuing education in the world. From advanced hands-on education to clinical and practice management lectures in an innovative one-hour lecture format, all of the CE earned at an AGD meeting can be applied to the AGD Fellowship and Mastership awards.
RDH Under One Roof
Jul 31-Aug 2, 2019 in Grapevine, TX
RDH Under One Roof is a three-day action packed event offering quality dental hygiene education. Dental hygienists learn from leading speakers in the industry during the educational courses. All attendees are also invited to visit the exhibit floor to view the newest dental hygiene products and dental equipment from the exhibitors.
International Symposium on Dental Hygiene
Aug 15-17, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia
The Symposium, held every three years under the auspices of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), comes to Australia in 2019 with DHAA proud to host this international event for the second time. Delegates from more than 32 countries are expected to attend the symposium. Our intention is to give full recognition to key sponsors throughout the program for their invaluable contribution in making this conference the highlight in the 2019 calendar.
The Scientific Program will focus on all aspects of Dental Hygiene practice to uncover the vital role of dental hygienists as primary healthcare providers in complete health care and to unite the dental hygiene profession and other disciplines. It will benefit an international meeting of dental hygienists as well as other healthcare professions with outstanding quality and a range of interest to all healthcare providers and delegates.
This international meeting will provide dental hygienists and other health care professionals with an outstanding program and high calibre speakers, to ensure delegates are stimulated and engaged throughout the entire conference. The scientific program will also support the approach recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that prioritizes evidence-based practice.
ADA Annual Meeting & FDI World Dental Conference
Sep 4-9, 2019 in San Fransico, CA
It’s been a very long time since the American Dental Association and FDI World Dental Federation hosted a joint dental meeting – the last time was in 1996 in Orlando, Florida. This year we will once again join forces to bring you the absolute best of both our organizations, this time in magnificent San Francisco, California. We hold this meeting with support from the California Dental Association and the San Francisco Dental Society and are pleased to welcome their members as well.
How will this meeting be different from an ADA Annual Meeting or an FDI World Dental Congress? The unparalleled educational program will offer the full scope of lectures, workshops and hands-on courses from both organizations. Attendees and exhibitors from around the world will mingle on the exhibit floor and in networking events, fostering extra opportunities to learn from our dental colleagues. A combined General Session will set the stage for this exceptional congress.
AAOMS Annual Meeting
Sep 16-21, 2019 in Boston, MA
AAOMS President, Dr. A. Thomas Indresano, invites you, your staff and guests to the 101st AAOMS Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition, Sept. 16-21, 2019 in Boston, Mass. Held in conjunction with the Dutch Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (NVMKA)
Dentsply Sirona World
Oct 3-5, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
Ultimate Education. Explore the newest Dentsply Sirona products and technologies, listen to breakout sessions from leading keynote speakers, learn about dentistry’s full range of specialty areas and more — all at Dentsply Sirona World 2019.
Southwest Dental Conference
Oct 10-11, 2019 in Dallas, TX
For 92 years, the Southwest Dental Conference has been the meeting of choice for quality professional development and innovative educational opportunities amid an environment of true Texas hospitality. Our world-class clinicians and state-of-the-art Exhibit Hall allow you to enjoy a truly transformational experience, all in the heart of the great city of Dallas, Texas.
Think Beyond the Prophy Conference
Oct 11-12, 2019 in Alexandria, VA
At Beyond The Prophy, we know the challenges you face in this industry. We also know the potential! That’s why we’ve developed a conference that will teach you everything you need to know for success within your career, and success within yourself. This conference is designed to give you the skills & knowledge that will allow you to take your career to the next level, enhance your clinical practice, and enhance yourself. With industry-leading speakers and action-based workshops, you can expect to leave feeling empowered & inspired – with everything you need to start elevating your career. Prepare to be blown away in what you can achieve!
NNOHA Annual Conference
Oct 13-16, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
National Network for Oral Health Access envisions a future in which individuals and communities are aware of the importance of oral health to overall health, engage in recommended oral health practices, and receive affordable, high quality oral health services. Achieving this vision requires everyone to have access to care, regardless of income or geography.
AAOSH Scientific Session
Oct 17-20, 2019 in Nashville, TN
Practicing Complete Health: Turning Science into Action. About AAOSH: The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health is an organization of healthcare professionals bringing the world of medicine and dentistry together by uniting us in one common goal—whole health medicine. Our goal is to attract the most forward-thinking hygienists, dentists, physicians, nurses, researchers, and companies who are looking to the future for answers to long-standing health issues and bring these professionals to our community in shared events. Our mission is for all healthcare professionals to collectively share in the treatment of patients through improved interdisciplinary communication and referral relationships.
Smiles at Sea
Oct 19-23, 2019 out of Fort Lauderdale, FL
4-NIGHT KEY WEST & BAHAMAS CRUISE
Relax & Learn! Get your CE at Sea as you sail & relax at a beautiful, tropical resort! All dental professionals are welcome to sail and attend our CE Courses! This convention was created specifically for the lighthearted dental professional to have the best continuing education experience ever! We pride ourselves on being the best team building experience in existence! Choose the cruise!
Annual Mid-Continent Dental Conference
Nov 14-15, 2019 in St. Charles, MO
The Mid-Continent Dental Congress (MCDC) is the official meeting of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society (GSLDS). GSLDS Member and Affiliate Member Dentists receive free registration to MCDC, an exclusive member benefit introduced in 2014. Free registration for members means it’s more affordable than ever to bring your entire staff; the MCDC offers something for the whole dental team.
Nov 15-16, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
It’s the original multi-speaker “all-in-one” dental seminar. And there is STILL nothing else like it! For the 25th Anniversary, TBSE will be back in Las Vegas at the Tropicana! Come to learn, grow, increase your income, have fun, and celebrate twenty-five years of practice building success with The Madow Brothers and TBSE! If you truly want your practice to grow, your income to increase, and your team to bond, TBSE 25 is the place to be!
Greater New York Dental Meeting
Nov 29-Dec 4, 2019 in New York, NY
For 2019, The Greater New York Dental Meeting is proud to offer a greatly expanded World Implant Expo, the Fourth Annual Global Orthodontic Conference, 3D Printing Conference, Oral Health Symposium, Pediatric Summit and again Dental Laboratory Education. It is important that your staff members take advantage of the many educational opportunities available. This will enable your dental team to excel in delivering the finest dental care in the world. Invite your staff to participate; you will reap the rewards immediately.
Rocky Mountain Dental Convention
Jan 23-25, 2020 in Denver, CO
The Metro Denver Dental Society (MDDS) will proudly present the 112th Rocky Mountain Dental Convention (RMDC) on January 23 – 25, 2020 at the Colorado Convention Center in beautiful downtown Denver. Earn 18 hours of continuing education from nationally-recognized speakers like Dr. Newton Fahl, Dr. Jeff Brucia, Dr. David Clark, Prof. Karen Baker, Dr. Seena Patel, Dr. Bobbi Birdi and more.
Yankee Dental Congress
Jan 30-Feb 1, 2020 in Boston, MA
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. With 26,000 dental professionals in attendance encompassing all member of the dental team, Yankee Dental Congress is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country. Held in Boston each January, Yankee is the best source in New England for industry professionals on the cutting-edge of oral health care.
Yankee will be “Advancing the Vision” this year with a wide variety of 300+ continuing education courses taught by industry experts, including 125+ free courses. Attendees will be able to gain insight on evolving trends and best practices by visiting over 400 exhibitors demonstrating the most innovative dental technology solutions in the industry. With the largest gathering of dental professionals in the region, Yankee 2020 provides the opportunity to increase your perspective and grow your dental professional network.
AAOSH Hot Topics
Feb 20, 2020 in Chicago, IL
Get the Latest in Oral Systemics at this FREE Event! Whether you’re new to oral-systemics or a long-time AAOSH member, you’ll enjoy the Hot Topics in Oral Systemics seminar. This free event features high-interest buzz-worthy information on the latest research, advancements, and takeaways—given in short, easy-to-digest segments. After this event, join us for free drinks and hors d’oeuvres while networking with other medical and dental professionals and AAOSH board members at AAOSH’s Chicago Reception.
Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting
Feb 20-22, 2020 in Chicago, IL
Preparations are already being made to bring you a memorable experience, featuring top-notch continuing education opportunities, exciting social and networking gatherings and a packed Exhibit Hall. Enjoy our world-class city of Chicago while you learn from the leaders in dental education. Choose from more than 200 courses, including valuable hands-on workshops, lectures, and live patient demonstrations. Be sure to spend some time in our Exhibit Hall where you can try out the latest products and services of more than 600 exhibiting companies.
After the meeting, take the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and recharge. Dine in our fabulous restaurants. Shop the Magnificent Mile. Take a tour of our amazing architecture or experience our many fascinating museums and cultural institutions. Chicago is our hometown and we look forward to welcoming you. Network with colleagues and the dental community. Catch up with classmates at our various Midwinter Meeting special events, gatherings and Associated Events, including our Mentor luncheon, New Dentists Reception, and various dental school alumni reunions.
The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting
Mar 19-21, 2020 in Atlanta, GA
The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting is an annual tradition, providing dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and dental office staff with the latest and most comprehensive continuing education in dentistry today. Our meeting is known for its Southern Hospitality, extraordinary educational programs, impressive roster of speakers, unsurpassed social events and all-inclusive technical exhibition. The Meeting is sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society, a non-profit organization, and all excess revenue is invested and then gifted in the form of scholarships to individuals and institutions that foster dental education. The society has provided nearly $8,600,000 in total giving to date.
Apr 22-25, 2020 in Orlando, FL
The 36th Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Scientific Session: Sharing the Vision — Shaping the Future
Star of the North Dental Meeting
Apr 23-25, 2020 in St. Paul, MN
Navigate North! Brought to you by the Minnesota Dental Association, the 2020 Star of the North Meeting is the Upper Midwest’s premier dental conference. With networking opportunities, the latest technology and services, and CE tracks customized to meet your needs, this meeting has it all! The Star of the North Meeting is open to dentists, dental residents, dental students, dental therapists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental office staff, lab technicians, and guests of dentists. We bring you the best clinicians and dental-related companies in the industry, providing the latest in cutting-edge techniques and information.
Smiles at Sea
Apr 23-26, 2020 out of Miami, FL
3-NIGHT BAHAMAS CRUISE
Relax & Learn! GET YOUR CE AT SEA AS YOU SAIL, AND RELAX AT A BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL RESORT
All dental professionals are welcome to sail and attend our CE Courses! This convention was created specifically for the lighthearted dental professional to have the best continuing education experience ever! We pride ourselves on being the best team building experience in existence! Choose the cruise!
Smile Source Exchange
May 7-9, 2020 – Atlanta, GA
The best and brightest minds from private practice dentistry will convene for three days of learning, best practice sharing and fun!
AAO Annual Session
May 1-4, 2020 in Atlanta, GA
About AAO: Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents nearly 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The Association encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment.
Charter Oak Dental Meeting
May 6-8, 2020 in Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, CT
CSDA’s Annual Charter Oak Dental Meeting has grown to be a world-class three day event offering numerous opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment. Build your knowledge with hands-on participation courses and information-packed lectures that will excite and inspire you. Meet up with friends and colleagues in person while you learn from the leaders in dental continuing education. This is your chance to see some of the most sought after speakers close to home AND at an unmatched cost compared to other dental meetings.
New Orleans Dental Conference
May 7-9, 2020 in New Orleans, LA
At this 3-day conference, we focus on providing attendees with a value for their continuing education dollar. Reduced registration fees and nominal charges for continuing education sessions allow attendees the ability to customize their goals based on time available and budgets. For dentists and team members seeking an economical source of continuing dental education, this is your meeting. For those seeking information and training from the industry’s premier speakers on “hot” topics, that’s available too. Against the backdrop of a fun festival weekend, the New Orleans Dental Conference & LDA Annual Session offers a great opportunity for learning, fine dining, and fun. It’s among the most unique of experiences.
Smile Source Exchange
May 7-9, 2020 – Atlanta, GA
The best and brightest minds from private practice dentistry will convene for three days of learning, best practice sharing and fun!
May 7-9, 2020 in TX
The TDA Meeting is the premiere event for dental professionals in Texas. This annual event offers an unparalleled opportunity for Texas dentists and staff to hone professional skills, discover information on cutting-edge topics, and network with peers. The TDA Meeting is open to Dentists, Dental Residents, Dental Students, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Office Staff, Laboratory Technicians, and family members of all above dental professionals.
CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry
May 14-16, 2020 in Anaheim, CA
Explore the nation’s premier dental convention this spring. Expand your skills in practice management and clinical care while engaging with your dentistry community. Whether you’re new to dentistry or a seasoned professional, resources and experts to support your professional goals are waiting for you in Anaheim.
Pacific Northwest Dental Conference
May 28-30, 2020 in Seattle, WA
PNDC is Washington’s largest dental conference and your source for high-quality, affordable continuing dental education. PNDC will be returning to the Emerald City in 2020! Join us for three days of high-quality continuing dental education, a two-day Exhibit Hall, and a fresh conference experience you won’t want to miss.
ADHA Annual Conference
Jun 12-14, 2020 in New Orleans, LA
The largest, most comprehensive and cost-effective event for dental hygienists in the U.S. ADHA’s Annual Conference is the only conference entirely focused on dental hygienists, by dental hygienists.
Be inspired by a unique experience and celebrate excellence. As the largest event dedicated to dental hygienists – this meeting is just for you! Over 3 days, this exhilarating event hosts a rich program of industry-leading keynotes and speakers, heads-on sessions and workshops and fun presentations exploring the most topical subjects shaping the future of dental hygiene.
The Annual Conference reflects the core issues of dental hygiene – seamlessly blending inspiration and practical application with an expert conference program boasting more leading oral healthcare minds focused on dental hygiene than anywhere else, along with hands-on workshops, awards and networking opportunities.