Proud of Our Successful Conference in Florence!
Dear Colleagues & Members;
The IFDH held the Global Oral Health Strategy Session in Florence the weekend of July 7th and 8th. There were IFDH members from 17 countries represented and all had a wonderful and informative time sharing and offering programmes in their countries. Attendees were able to share knowledge and strategies, and learn new ones from our international speakers. Read More
IFDH Presents Unique Worldwide Conference
This Conference was the second phase of the IFDH Social Responsibility program. The first phase, the 2016 Social Responsibility Workshop, built awareness among the IFDH House of Delegates with a half-day workshop held at the 2016 House of Delegates meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, where representatives of all 30 member countries were present. The workshop set the stage for delegates to understand their role in supporting social responsibility programs within their respective countries and worldwide.
The delegates were charged with initiating further discussions about social responsibility in their respective countries and identifying teams to attend a 2017 conference that focus on identifying action plans that are community-based and advocacy focused to prevent caries in children. This two-day conference in Florence, Italy brought together experts in prevention programs and health literacy who assisted dental hygienists in creating the steps needed to be effective in health promotion and disease prevention.
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IFDH Research Grants Update
Congratulations to 2016 Recipient Tiffany Lund Clark
Tiffany research on "Dentists' Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Existing and Emerging Models of Dental Hygiene Care," examines how dental hygiene workforce models across the nation, are in the process of being closely examined by both oral health professionals and stakeholders. Read more.
December 15th Deadline for 2017 Applications
The IFDH has research grants for dental hygiene students available, so please check the website for details. The purpose of this program is to promote experience in the research process and dissemination of findings contributing to the dental hygiene body of knowledge. This grant program provides small grants for students enrolled in dental hygiene graduate programs conducting thesis research. Deadline is December 15th.
History of Dental Hygiene in South Korea
As you prepare your plans to attend the ISDH in Seoul (July 4-7, 2019) learn about "The History of Dental Hygiene in South Korea." Free to download.
Look at Our History of the ISDH: How Many did You Attend?
Remember that this IFDH Webinar
Thank you to Alice Horowitz, PhD, MA, RDH the presenter for the IFDH Education Academy's first-ever webinar in December 2016. The webinar will remain accessible from our website with one hour of content (1 CE), which includes background and update on oral health literacy and its potential impact on decreasing dental caries, especially among pregnant women and their children.
Participants will learn:
What health literacy is & why it is important
How to incorporate important communication skills to increase health literacy among their patients
For those inspired to improve the oral health of children, the IFDH "Every Child has a Toothbrush" campaign is designed to teach children how to use a toothbrush effectively so they can better control biofilm and reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Grant money is still available! To participate in the program: dental hygienists must create a community-based event that involves providing oral health education to children, teaching tooth-brushing techniques and conducting an oral examination to determine other needs. More details »
The committees below met in Lucerne, Switzerland and the Minutes for those meetings are included in HOD section of the website. Stay involved, or get involved. Committee Chair emails are included below.
After four years of working for the management company of IFDH, Georgia Anas has recently departed. We wish her congratulations on her recent July marriage and good luck on her next step attending George Washington University School of Business in Washington DC, starting in August. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Clare Karpinski (right), as our new Membership Coordinator. She was trained by Georgia and will also work with Laikisha Jeffries (Membership & Certification Director).
See the list of conferences on the right side of this newsletter.
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Come see Past IFDH President JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD and others in Ottawa! Registration is open for this year's global dental hygiene conference, hosted by The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice. #globalDH17
The Association for Oral Health Therapists (Singapore) is proud to present the inaugural Asia-Pacific Oral Health Therapy Congress! The Asia-Pacific Oral Health Therapy Congress 2017 will be the first of its kind in the region and aims to bring the very best of the science of disease prevention and oral health promotion to dental therapists, dental hygienists, and oral health therapists.
The Oral Health Conference & Exhibition (OHC) is the BSDHT's flagship member conference and the must-attend annual event (November 3-4) for dental hygienists and dental therapists. Relevant to all, from students through to those in clinical practice, it will offer clinical education, CPD hours, and provide a forum for members and others to hear from leading speakers and receive updates from the profession, as well as the chance to network with colleagues, experts, and industry.
The DHAA National Symposium is an annual three-day gathering of association members from October 12-14 in Adelaide Australia. A mixture of exhibitions, presentations, seminars and networking opportunities. It is their signature event and is growing every year.
On 14 September 2017 it is 50 years ago that the Dutch Dental Hygienists Association (NVM) was founded. To celebrate this anniversary the NVM organises a two-day scientific conference with highly respected international speakers on 29 and 30 September 2017 in Halfweg (suburb of Amsterdam), the Netherlands. The venue is an old sugar factory called 'Sugar City' and gives a perfect opportunity to combine this special conference on Friday and Saturday, a great party on Friday night - 'Time to sparkle' - and some sightseeing in Amsterdam on Sunday!
The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) has been advocating extensively to protect our employment conditions, with the impending review of the Health Professional and Support Services Award. In particular, our wages are being threatened, with a proposed minimum wage which is half of what most hygienists currently earn in practice. Please support your Australian colleagues by signing the petition at www.change.org/noaward
We congratulate Margie Steffens (Chair of the DHAA Aged Care Committee) for her inclusion on the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list. Margie has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), for her service to community health through outreach dental programs. What an achievement!
New CDHA Community Water Fluoridation Resources: The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) has released an updated position statement on community water fluoridation (CWF). The statement is available in both English and French on the association's website, and is supported by additional resources, including FAQs and a public awareness poster, which can assist you in educating your clients and others on this vital preventive public health initiative.
2017 was a spectacular year at the People's Meeting in Denmark. Warm weather, political debates, information stands and many visitors made this year's meeting a success. The Danish Dental Hygienist's participated in The People's Meeting which was again held at the island of Bornholm in the beautiful city of Allinge, with a focus on one debate: "Tax return for the expenses to maintain your teeth". A very good debate where President, Elisabeth Gregersen, challenged politicians from both sides of the parliament. The Danish Dental Hygienists also had an information stand (right) where the visitors got professional guidance and counselling concerning good oral hygiene.
The IDHA are busy preparing for their 30th Anniversary Conference. Over 1.5 days, it encompasses workshops and lectures ranging from mindfulness for the dental hygienist to obesity and its effect on oral health. Go to www.idha.ie for further information and registration.
March 20th saw the IDHA take part in World Oral Health Day. Information stands were set up in three locations around Ireland as you can see from the photo our enthusiastic President Donna Paton led the way with and member Sviatlana Anishchuckto make the day fun and informative!
The IDHA, upon request from our registering body the Irish Dental Council, are preparing, through a subcommittee, a submission on the Implementation of Independent Practice which is expected to be included in the new Dental Act.
IDHA have also lodged a submission to the Department of Health on the Basic Safety Standards Directive on dangers of exposures of ionizing radiation.
The Korean Dental Hygienists Association celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year and will convene its KDHA 39th Annual Conference presenting the Future of the Professional Field of Dental Hygiene! Celebrating this anniversary of our foundation, we are hosting diverse events and academic lectures under the theme: 'Growth over the past four decades for a great leap into the future' on July 1st and 2nd in Seoul (see opening ceremonies at right including IFDH President Robyn Watson). Click to view our 2016 Newsletter, highlighting the KDHA's activities.
Up till now dental hygienists in The Netherlands work independently (without a referral from a dentist) and patients have direct access. Except for taking X-rays, delivering anesthesia by injection and the preparation of primary cavities. After many years of discussion, the Minister of Health proposed (approximately two years ago) independent practice for dental hygienists for áll their competences/scope of practice. This proposal caused a lot of discussion - again - and a lot of resistance from the Dentists Organizations (KNMT and ANT) in The Netherlands. Investigations from the Ministry of Health lead to the conclusion that the education of dental hygienists in The Netherlands is appropriate for complete independency and we expect that this will result in a proposal for an experiment of 5 years. In the upcoming months the Dutch Parliament has to make a decision: to be continued!
The Dutch Dentists Associations (KNMT and ANT), the Dutch Dental Hygienists Association (NVM), the Association of Denturists (ONT), Insurance Companies and Patient and Consumer Organizations are working together to realize a system for oral health care for the vulnerable elderly living at home.
NVM welcomes the following new PhD Dental Hygienists, Nienke Hennequin-Hoenderdos "Prevention of gingival trauma - oral hygiene devices and oral piercings;" Eveline van der Sluijs "Prevention and therapy of periodontal diseases and oral malodour - brush, rinse and cool;" and Vanessa Hollaar "Chlorhexidine solution and pneumonia in care-dependent elderly people"
The New Zealand Dental Hygienist Association (NZDHA) and the New Zealand Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association (NZDOHTA) had their first combined hygiene conference in Wellington New Zealand in July 2017 spearheaded by President Paula Palmer and her executive along with Arish Naresh Chairperson and the executive of NZDOHTA. This was an amazing inaugural conference combining the two professions, giving both the opportunity to attend more lectures and to integrate discussions from both professions. Both committees have been working towards amalgamation the two association in the future.
Also Sharmyn Turner represented New Zealand at the successful Social Responsibility Conference and we look forward to reading Sharmyn's report and looking at ways to implement her findings and knowledge back into our community.
The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) are happy to announce that past President Margaret Ross has been made an officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list, for services to dentistry.
The 13th July will have seen the BSDHT executive board meeting held in the BSDHT new premises. This was quite a momentous occasion as the society has been running since 1949, 68 years in totally and for the first time we have our own premises and three employed members of staff.
June saw the completion of BSDHT initiative First Smiles, which was our most successful campaign yet. There was a 78% increase in the number of members taking part and we reached out to over 2000 children. Whether it’s their first tooth or their first visit to the dentist, a child’s early experiences of oral health can impact on the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s so important to teach them about their mouths and introduce them to good habits as soon as possible. Learn about this program of the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy, a campaign aiming to introduce oral health education to young children.
The ADHA's 94th Annual Conference took place in Jacksonville Florida from June 13th - 17th. During the four-day event, ADHA organized more than 26 hands-on workshops and seminars, evidence-based research posters, awards, a 5k and plenary sessions featuring Olympian Laurie Hernandez and Alex Sheen, leader of the "because I said I would" movement. The event also featured a full exhibit hall with more than 100 exhibitors from major dental product companies. Attendees to ADHA's Annual Conference emerged having had many opportunities to learn, engage and advance from beginning to end. Watch the highlights here. ADHA now sets it sites on the 95th Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, June 20-23, 2018.
The goal is to promote oral and general health and quality of life outcomes in older adults by focusing all members of the health care team—medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and other professions on inter-professional whole person care that recognizes the inherent connection between oral and systemic health and is valued in the health care system. This is a perfect follow-up to the IFDH Social Responsibility Conference.
The report looks at a number of key areas of oral health - the prevalence of oral diseases and their economic impact as well as best practices in oral health promotion. The report provides a set of key policy recommendations moving forward.
Dentists' Perspectives on Oral Health Care of Dependent Older People
Conclusions: Urgent attention to frail older New Zealanders' oral health is needed. Such attention needs to focus on not only the narrow dental clinical preventive and therapeutic implications of those needs, but also on the broader health system and policy development challenges.
FDI is increasing global awareness of periodontal health over the next three years through its Global Periodontal Health Project (GPHP). Proposed in 2015, the implementation of the GPHP was set in motion this this year to prioritize periodontal health at a national level through health promotion and disease prevention, and to integrate oral and periodontal health into policies addressing noncommunicable diseases.
An international network of researchers led by scientists at the Charité—Universitätsmediz in Berlin in Germany has identified variations of certain DNA sequences that are clearly associated with an increased risk of developing different forms of periodontal disease. For at least two gene regions, the study team found a highly significant association with the disease.
The aim of this case-control study was to evaluate the association between periodontitis and breast cancer in a sample of adult Brazilian women. Conclusions - A significant association was observed between periodontitis and breast cancer.
Metabolic syndrome occurs when the body develops insulin resistance. Because insulin is essential to cell function, losing the ability to use it effectively causes a huge range of systemic health issues. Eventually, if left untreated, metabolic syndrome leads to diabetes and heart disease. The National Institutes of Health predicts that in the near future, metabolic syndrome will surpass smoking as the most common cause of cardiovascular disease in Americans.
A new study in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, led by University of Pennsylvania researchers has found that the oral microbiome is affected by diabetes, causing a shift to increase its pathogenicity.
Both P. gingivalis and A. actinomycetemcomitans are strongly associated with clinical periodontitis. However, only the salivary presence of P. gingivalis was associated with delayed conception. The dental and medical community should pay more attention to the common periodontal diseases potentially limiting conception or interfering with the success of becoming pregnant.
Implant sites with a band of <2 mm of KM were shown to be more prone to brushing discomfort, plaque accumulation, and peri-implant soft tissue inflammation when compared to implant sites with ≥2 mm of KM.
The most common cause of peri-implantitis is the formation of a biofilm on the implant surface. Thus, effectively decontaminating the affected surface is essential for avoiding implant failure. Researchers in South Korea have now tested a novel surgical procedure and shown promising results in combating this inflammation.
Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials
The levels of subgingival pathogens presented temporary increases after orthodontic appliance placement, and appeared to return to pretreatment levels several months later. This indicates that orthodontic treatment might not permanently induce periodontal disease by affecting the level of subgingival periodontal pathogen levels. Further studies of high methodological quality are required to provide more reliable evidence regarding this issue.
Conclusions include narrowband UVB-LED irradiation exhibited a weak bactericidal effect on oral bacteria but showed low toxicity to gingival epithelial cells. Its irradiation also induces the production of ROS from oral epithelial cells and may enhance bactericidal activity to specific periodontopathic bacteria. It may be useful as a new adjunctive therapy for periodontitis.
A comprehensive study by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia have found fluoride in potable water to be safe for consumption, in optimum levels. The study saw that fluoridation had no link with low IQ, cancer, or any other perceived health risks.
According to data from the most recent Canadian Community Health Survey, kids consume 33 teaspoons of sugar a day, far above the World Health Organization’s recommendation that sugars ideally make up 5 per cent but no more than 10 per cent of a person’s daily calories.
How Risk Misperceptions Relate to Rising Use
Many people think hookah is safer than cigarettes, when in fact, a typical one-hour hookah session can be equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.
A scientific research report cites positive attitudes are present among a majority of dentists and dental hygienists with regard to extended scope of dental hygiene practice, while for independent dental hygiene practice this holds for a minority of dentists and a majority of dental hygienists.
Learn about The Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED), a Greek Organization committed to the promotion of innovation and the enhancing of the spirit of entrepreneurship.
This is to help planners, policymakers, and others see differences in legal scope of practice across states. Particularly in public health settings.
A novel system developed in Scotland for immediate measuring of demineralisation of teeth could soon make its way abroad, as the developer CALCIVIS has recently announced the completion of a premarket approval study that is intended to make the promising technology available to US dentists in addition to clinicians in the UK.
The use of a topical fluoride solution, namely silver diamine fluoride (SDF), in dental treatment has been drawing increasing attention. SDF has been used in some countries in Asia, including Japan and China, as a caries-arresting and anti-hypersensitivity agent. It was recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States as a fluoride to manage hypersensitive teeth. Topical application of SDF is a noninvasive procedure that is quick and simple to use. This article provides an overview of the clinical use of SDF in dental treatment.
Eveline van der Sluijs is a dental hygienist and clinical epidemiologist and she defended her PhD on 07-07-17. At the back of her PhD book she summarized the material in an infographic. This is a new way to relay findings and very informative for dental care professionals and the general public. Dagmar Slot, RDH, PhD and Fridus van der Weijden, DDS are her supervisors at ACTA University, ACCT, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The first 4 educated Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy students from the program of the University of the Western Indies (UWI) in Trinidad & Tobago. This is a 3 years bachelor program that will be there for only 3 cohorts. They had their Oath Taking Ceremony in June together with the dental students. Congratulations!
Many times, dental hygienists decide to work for the advancement of the profession with motivation and enthusiasm, only to realize after starting that it is difficult to get other dental hygienists on board. Christine Nathe, RDH, MS often thinks of discussions in Michele Darby's graduate classes on the need for professional socialization (see author's note at end of article). When socialization occurs, relationships develop, which in turn help the profession grow and evolve.
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September 16-18: Japan Society for Dental Hygiene - Contact for more information
September 29-30: Dutch Dental Hygienists' Association (NVM) 50th Anniversary Congress - 50 years old, Proud to be gold - Time to sparkle
September 22-24: European Dental Hygiene Federation (EDHF) Meeting
October 7-8: Association for Oral Health Therapists (Singapore) Asia-Pacific Oral Health Therapy Congress 2017
October 12-14: Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) National Symposium: "It's All About the Smile"
October 19-21: Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) and the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice's 4th Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference
October 20-21: Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association (ADOHTA) Synergy for Success Conference
October 20-22: HIDES XXIX National Congress
November 3-4: The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) Oral Health Conference "More to the Mouth"
November 10-11: Irish Dental Hygienist's Association (IDHA) 30th Anniversary Annual Conference
November 10-11: Swiss Dental Hygienists Annual Congress