Fort Worth Dental Assisting Students and Faculty Leave School for a Conference Experience Contributed by Joy Cornwell, Campus Librarian All Dental Assisting faculty members and students at Remington College - Fort Worth Campus were pleased to attend this year's Southwest Dental Conference, held on January 13 to 15, 2011, and sponsored by the Dallas Dental Society and the American Dental Association. Roughly 8,500 dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, and office personnel were in attendance at this year's event, held at the Dallas Convention Center. Fort Worth Dental Assisting Students Attend Extra Courses Many of our Fort Worth Campus attendees used the opportunity to enroll in several continuing education courses offered during the convention. In fact, five Dental Assisting students earned their nitrous oxide certifications, and several students attended courses addressing many of the day-to-day issues that exist within today's dental office environment. Fort Worth Campus staff and students also visited many of the exhibits sponsored by dental manufacturers, dental retail centers, and dental laboratories, in addition to experiencing events that were "just plain fun to see." For instance, the Dallas Dental Society sponsored an exhibit of live dentistry performed on stage, featuring a bird's-eye view of the oral cavity shown via a large flat-screen monitor. Attendees also saw laser dentistry, implant surgery, and a variety of new dental products in use during the many exhibits and learning opportunities available at the conference. Dental Health Professionals Work Together Lead Dental Instructor Bill Smith said, "Our students got to see all of the dentists and hygienists functioning as a team. Attendance at this event also helped our students to recognize the importance of staying up-to-date in the field, and it served to solidify the relationship between our instructors and students." What's more, many students walked away with several useful and fun freebies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, T-shirts, and more), given as tokens of appreciation for viewing the various new products being introduced. This was a very rewarding learning experience enjoyed by all, and our Fort Worth Dental Assisting students and faculty look forward to attending the conference again next year.