The Continuing Education Department at SODC is currently accepting registrations for fall 2017 and winter 2018 RDH courses. Celebrating 13 years of Excellence in Dental Hygiene Education, the Southern Ontario College has been offering Continuing Education portfolio courses designed to assist Dental Hygienists in satisfying their annual 25 hour requirement to maintain their CDHO registration. Our goal at SODC is to inspire life-long learners in the pursuit of professional and personal success. Register now to avoid missing out on the here listed opportunities: Reach your 25 hour yearly goal with the Orthodontics level I & II, Advanced Client Care Package, or improve your qualifications, be on the cutting edge, by entering the world of Laser Dentistry!



Orthodontics Level I & II

Participants: RDH, RRDH 

Instructor: Dr. Melissa Sander DDS, MSc. (Ortho), FRCD(C)

Date: September 22 - 24, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Course Goal:

The participant will gain a foundational understanding of common orthodontic practices and procedures.  Learning will be reinforced though application of skills in a hands-on clinical environment.  

Course Objectives:

Orthodontics Level I:  Introductory Orthodontic Course for the Dental Hygienist (One day course)

  • The participant will gain knowledge to practice in an orthodontic office or a dental office offering orthodontic services.  Topics covered include orthodontic theory, malocclusions, diagnostic records for treatment planning and current orthodontic procedures including direct orthodontic bonding and bracket/band positioning, with hands-on practice.

Orthodontics Level II:  Advanced Orthodontic Course for the Dental Hygienist (Two day course)

  • Level I is a pre-requisite for Level II (some exceptions apply).
  • Level II of this course will provide higher education and clinical practice in orthodontics and more advanced instruction in bracket placement and orthodontic appliances. The clinical component will focus on orthodontic procedures (including fabrication of fixed lingual retainers, placement of archwires, placement of archwire bends, Invisalign treatment including impression taking and bonding/and removal of attachments, deband protocal (removal of braces) and exposure to various functional appliances).


Orthodontics Level I - $450.00

Orthodontics Level II - $750.00

Orthodontics Level I & II - $1,200.00



Diode Laser Certification for the Dental Hygienist (RDH & RRDH)

Date: Friday October 20, 2017; 9:00-5:00 (lunch included)

Instructor: Dr. Brad Labrecque, B.Sc. DMD

Cost: $ 595.00

We invite you to join us for an informative day with Dr Brad Labrecque B.Sc. DMD as he shares his passion and expertise on Laser Dentistry and its effective implementation designed to enhance your Dental Hygiene Practice. Dr Labrecque began utilizing soft tissue laser early in his clinical practice and has achieved great clinical outcomes. His study, training and practical experience make him a world class authority in Laser Technology. This specialization in Laser Dentistry has helped facilitate the certification of numerous Dental Health Professionals.  


Participants who complete this course will receive certification recognized by the World Clinical Laser and Imaging Institute (WCLI), an institute internationally recognized as a leader in laser education.  Attendees will gain full understanding of the use of lasers and learn how to effectively incorporate laser treatment protocols in their Dental Hygiene Practice.


This workshop will give participants hands-on experience using: in vitro models, videos of clinical procedures will be viewed and Laser settings explained.      



  Introduction  to Laser Physics and History

  Laser Safety and Tissue Interaction                                                   

  Laser classification                                        

  Soft Tissue Surgical Procedures and Clinical Case

  Gingivectomy, Frenectomy/Frenotomy

  Troughing for Crown Impression

  Excisional/Incisional Biopsies

  Implant Recovery      

  Crown Lengthening and Cosmetic Gingivoplasty

  Aphthous Ulcers


  Periodontal Indications

  Sulcular Debridement  Laser Curettage


  Root desensitization

  Lichen Planus treatment



Strategies for creating a Laser Perio Therapy Program

Practice Integration

Patient Communications and Marketing

Training Resources for Team


Laser Set-up and Operation

Hands on instruction




Oral Health, Epigentics and the RDH 

Date: Friday September 29, 2017  9:00am - 12:00pm 

Special Guest: Dr Carrie Rongits-Ruber ND

Cost: $125.00

Explore inflammation as the root to all disease, with the understanding that the mouth is the doorway through which we can witness systemic inflammation.



Clients with Exceptional Needs

Date: Friday September 29, 2017  1:00pm - 5:00pm

Presented by Nadine Russell, RDH BSc

Cost: $125.00

As oral health care professionals it is our obligation to know how to treat all clients, that includes those with exceptional needs. It is the expectation of the public, and our governing bodies that we have an understanding of, and ability to adapt our skills to serve this population. 


Pursuit of Health                                                                    

Saturday September 30, 2017

Presented by Susan Woodley, RDH                                                                                      Sponsored by Philips-Sonicare

Cost: $125.00


Exceed your patients' expectations and become invested in improving their overall health. Embark on the journey to comprehensive patient care and empower your patients to take action. 


Putting the 'I' in Team

Saturday September 30, 2017  1:30pm - 5:00pm

Presented by Susan Woodley, RDH                                                                                      Sponsored by Philips-Sonicare

Cost: $125.00

Participants will engage in a lively discussion on topics related to: elevating communication skills, standardizing office protocols and tailoring documentation. The time is now to bridge the gap in healthcare through adaptation, customization and collaboration.


To Register please contact Sarah Hett at at 1905-304-4706 or 1 866 979-6338.