Yankee Dental Congress 2020 set for this week in Boston

January 22, 2020

The latest innovations in oral health will be on display at Yankee Dental Congress® 2020 (Yankee) from January 30 – February 1, 2020, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Yankee, which is New England’s largest dental meeting, is presented by the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) in cooperation with the dental societies of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

More than 26,000 dental health professionals and guests from around the United States are expected to attend this year’s event, which will feature hundreds of continuing education (CE) courses and hands-on courses and workshops presented by leading experts in the dental profession.

MDS President Dr. Janis Moriarty said, “We strive to create an exceptional learning and networking experience for dental professionals, so they are excited to attend the Yankee Dental Congress every winter.”

Educational highlights include 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

  • Dental sleep medicine and the treatment of sleep disordered breathing

  • HPV and implications for dentistry

  • Treating geriatric patients

  • Nutrition and lifestyle choices for chronic inflammation

  • Cannabis culture and dentistry

  • Pain management and the opioid crisis

Along with endodontic, pediatric, prosthodontic, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and orthodontic specialty symposia held at Yankee, the Sixth Annual Interprofessional Symposium will focus on practice models that blend oral and systemic health. In addition, there will be a special track of courses designed for new dentists to help them learn from experienced practitioners and network with their peers.

The Exhibit Hall Floor will showcase a wide range of the latest dental technologies and products from more than 400 exhibitors, along with several education pavilions. A new Pediatric Pavilion will feature the opportunity to dive into diverse pediatric topics, and a new Product Spotlight Lounge will enable dental professionals to make a highly educated purchase after attending dynamic one-hour sessions.

Yankee also will provide complimentary registration and educational courses to public health dental professionals to help support those who provide vital oral health care to underserved and disadvantaged populations throughout New England. 

Advancing the Vision
This year’s Yankee theme, Advancing the Vision, exemplifies how dental professionals will be able to gain insight on evolving trends and future best practices by attending some of the 300+ continuing education courses taught by industry experts and visiting more than 400 exhibitors demonstrating the most innovative dental technology. 

Among the educational highlights this year, the Sixth Annual Interprofessional Symposium, Interprofessionalism: Concept, Education, Practice, will examine how to work more effectively with other providers to benefit patient health and wellness by practicing in a way that blurs the line between medicine and dentistry. A panel will examine how to advance practice models that blend oral and systemic health, and how improved oral health may improve systemic health and lower the cost of health care. 

Yankee will once again feature education pavilions located on the Exhibit Hall Floor, with innovative courses held at no charge to attendees. A new Pediatric Pavilion will offer courses on a diverse range of pediatric topics, while a new Product Spotlight Lounge will help 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 will offer Yankee attendees a series of courses on how to screen patients and launch a dental sleep medicine practice. 

The MDS will launch the first ever MDS Clinician Corner on Thursday, January 30, where five MDS member dentists will offer one-hour continuing education courses for fellow dentists, focusing on a variety of topics addressing clinical dentistry and practice management. 

Another new feature of Yankee Dental Congress® 2020 will be Yankee Expert Insights, which offers attendees the opportunity to join industry leaders and colleagues for one-hour, small, and informal group discussions on topics including hygiene, orofacial pain, and buying or starting a practice. 

Yankee also will feature a special track of courses for new dentists (dentists who have graduated from dental school within the past 10 years) designed to help them learn from experienced practitioners and network with their peers. 

For more information on Yankee Dental Congress 2020, please visit yankeedental.com or call 877.515.9071.