Linda Blackiston, RDH, BS - Designing Healthy Smiles: Evaluate, Communicate, Formulate

Course Summary:

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of Americans believe a smile is an important social asset. Patients with beautiful, radiant smiles are your ambassadors for your practice. Learning to use esthetics as a gateway to oral health for your patient population will enhance your practice.

In this course, participants will discover new trends in dentistry that provide optimal care with lasting impressions. Trends highlighted include: spa dentistry, Botox for TMD and instant smile makeovers. Since most patients are “assessing their smiles” at home, developing a smile evaluation protocol with your dental team can promote discussions about needed and/or wanted dentistry.

Unlock the psychology of dentistry by recognizing patient avoidance behaviors and learn to recognize your own barriers with patients. Enhance your communication skills and learn how to effectively recommend esthetic treatment for successful clinical outcomes. Finally, reinvent your practice through social media, newsletters, websites and treatment completion gift ideas.


Linda Blackiston, RDH, BS

Ms. Linda Blackiston received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Her expertise includes corporate pharmaceuticals/education, general practice, periodontics and pediatric dentistry. Ms. Blackiston is a bit of an entrepreneur and owned a deli bakery and catering business for nine years prior to entering dental hygiene.

Ms. Blackiston is currently the Manager of Professional Education in the Mid-Atlantic Region for Philips North America. Her position includes curriculum development and presentations for student and dental professional groups. As a professional speaker for over 15 years, she has presented on a wide range of topics throughout North America.

Ms. Blackiston volunteers with Mid-Atlantic PANDA providing courses on recognizing and reporting cases of abuse and neglect. She was invited to contribute to curriculum development on human trafficking for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. Ms. Blackiston serves on The Samaritan Women Board of Directors; which is a long-term restoration program for victims of human trafficking. While volunteering and mentoring the survivors of trafficking, she continually raises awareness in the community on this issue. Her passion for changing lives through education has been her driving force. Ms. Blackiston was awarded The University of Maryland 2017 Linda DeVore Dental Hygiene Alumnus Award.


Tuesday May 22 , 2018


6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (check in, cocktails and networking from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.)


Hunt Valley Golf Club, 14101 Phoenix Road, Phoenix, Maryland

Dinner will be seated and served.  Please choose one of the following entrees when you register:

1) 8 Oz. Beef Tenderloin, Grilled and Topped with Crispy Onion, Parmesan Peppercorn Butter

2) Chicken Chesapeake - Boneless Chicken Breast Stuffed with Crab Imperial


$55.00 - BCDA Members/Non-Dentist Guests/Staff (registered by Noon on May 15, 2018)

$60.00 - BCDA Members/Non-Dentist Guests/Staff (late registration – subject to availability)

$60.00 – NON-BCDA Member Dentists and Guests (registered by Noon on May 15, 2018)

(Price Includes Delicious Seated, Served Dinner and 2 CE Credits. (Anyone with special dietary needs must call the BCDA office at 410-560-0064)


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