2016 ODA Dental Convention
Every year there is a dental convention held by the ODA, Ontario Dental association, in Toronto. As a staff we attend so we can stay up to date on the always changing dental products, services, procedures and education. We use this time to not only educate ourselves but as a team building experience as well. This year we had 7 staff members attend. On the first day we each attended different lectures, administrative staff took lectures requiring scheduling for success, management staff took a lecture called RISE to Success, our clinical staff took lectures to do with periodontal issues, nutrition and lifestyles, and tobacco cessation.
After a full day of lectures we checked into our hotel, the Royal York. We got cleaned up and went out for a nice dinner and then to the Ripley’s aquarium. Sinclair, and company that we purchase many of our sundries from, were hosting an after party. It was a great evening, viewing all the different fish, sharks, and other underwater creatures. My favourite was the octopus! It was a great time to bond with team members, share a laugh, and experience each other outside the work place.
Downtown Toronto was super busy and in great spirits as the Blue Jays won their game, and the Toronto Raptors won their division. It was exciting to be a part of that positive energy.
On Friday, we attended lectures in the morning then we walked the sales floor in the afternoon. We learned about sweet tooth obsession and its impact on oral and systemic health, TMJ, 21st Century Laser-Assisted Dentistry, Dental Implants, and Woman and Time: Setting a New Agenda. On the sales floor we learned about a new bone grafting material, looked at new chairs (see picture of Allison), new cleaning solutions to clean our water lines, and ordered an all-natural, Canadian lip balm to give out to all of our patient’s.
Friday evening we went to an Italian restaurant in Vaughn called Just Desserts, as it is Dr. Augimeri’s favourite. It was delicious! Dr. Augimeri ordered a variety of food from pizza, pasta, meat and seafood and we all helped ourselves. I will definitely go back.It was a great experience and an awesome 2 day adventure with my team, can’t wait till next year!