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Get in the zone at Annual Session

Preventive equipment maintenance is focus of new CE course

July 10, 2012

By Stacie Crozier, ADA News staff

San Francisco—Preventive maintenance in a successful practice doesn’t just apply to patients—dental professionals who take care of their office equipment can save time and money.


Dentists, hygienists and assistants can learn about how to incorporate a preventive equipment maintenance program into a practice with the new Annual Session course, Work Smarter, Not Harder: Preventive Equipment Maintenance. This course, just added to the continuing education lineup, will be presented six times in the Preventive Equipment Maintenance Zone in the ADA CE Hub on the exhibit floor.

“Great prevention is nearly impossible to see, but not at the PEM Zone,” said Dr. Mark Huberty, 2012 program chair for the Council on ADA Sessions. “When a program can be integrated and implemented with such little effort for such a great return it becomes easier to see its value. You almost can't afford not to be at this meeting and take a course like this as the PEM program pays for itself year after year, many times over.”

The course will focus on how to perform regular upkeep and maintenance on the key equipment in the dental office and how preventive maintenance can save an office thousands of dollars in the long term. Participants will rotate through six stations to learn how to perform upkeep for the treatment room, X-rays, sterilization, mechanical room, handpieces and small equipment. Presenters will provide a brief lecture and a chance for participants to practice hands-on maintenance skills at each station.

“Our mission is to improve the lives of those we touch by focusing on practice care, so dental professionals can focus on patient care,” said Tom McCulloch, regional manager for Henry Schein Dental’s Orange/South Los Angeles area. “We’re very excited about this initiative and we believe in its success.”

Course dates, times and codes are Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (course 5801) or 2-5 p.m. (course 5802); Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (course 6801) or 2-5 p.m. (course 6802); and Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (course 7801) or 2-5 p.m. (course 7802). Cost is $150. Each course section is limited to 60 participants. Register online at