School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

Dental Hygiene Refresher: A Hands-on Program

Dental Hygiene Refresher: A Hands-on Program

Offered annually in May 

Call (612) 625-1418 or (800) 685-1418, or email to be added to our priority notification list for the next course offering.

Are you thinking of returning to clinical practice and need to refresh your clinical skills? Are you currently in practice but would benefit from individual help with instrumentation, radiographic techniques and other aspects of treatment?

This powerful, patient-based continuing dental education program will give you the confidence to return to dental hygiene practice or simply build on your existing skills with patient treatment. You will obtain clinically relevant information and skills that you need to know for today’s traditional dental hygiene practice. You will enjoy working with supportive and experienced clinicians/teachers and also with fellow dental hygienists. All patients, supplies and instruments will be provided.


You will learn how to:

  • determine which medical/dental concerns will affect your patient treatment.
  • provide clinical patient assessment including oral cancer screening, probing and dental charting.
  • identify the dental caries and periodontal risk and health status of your patients.
  • determine a dental hygiene appointment plan based on individual risk and current conditions.
  • select the most appropriate home care products for each patient.
  • maintain instrument sharpness.

You will also gain patient experience with:

  • instrumentation (hand and ultrasonic).
  • digital radiographs (full-mouth and bite-wings).
  • other routine protocols, including medical history evaluation, patient charting, and infection control.
Who Should Attend

Dental hygienists who want to re-enter dental hygiene practice or who want a comprehensive review and patient experience with everything you need to know for daily dental hygiene practice.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, demonstration, preclinical simulation and clinical participation.

Course Instructors

This course is under the direction of Kari Kuempel, L.D.H., B.Sc., Graduate Assistant, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and includes faculty from the Division of Dental Hygiene.


What others have liked about this continuing dental education program:

“The instructors were very down to earth, treated us as colleagues instead of students. Instructors were approachable and extremely helpful and encouraging.”

“Very informative; up to date, the gentle reminders about proper instrumentation and ergonomics were very valuable.”

“Great comprehensive review - I feel confident with my skills. I needed the hands-on experience and one on one with the instructors.”

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