Keeping the IFDH & Dental Hygiene
When I accepted my position as President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) in August 2019, Brisbane, Australia, I had a clear vision of what to do and how to represent and propagate not only IFDH and its goals, but also the main goals of the Dental Hygiene profession worldwide: the promotion of oral health and the prevention of oral diseases by dental hygienists embedded in the dental community. In order to do so, I was supposed to visit many national and international conferences, but due to the COVID-19 situation, most of them were postponed, cancelled or replaced by virtual meetings…
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IFDH Announces New Dates
International leaders present their mission and goals concerning oral health, and how the Dental Hygienist fits into the international prevention agenda.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
(8 am ET, 2 pm CET)
This 4-hour summit will be available live and as a recorded event to be made available later on the IFDH website.
Thursday, August 11, 2022
IFDH Leadership Forum
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
House of Delegates Business Meeting (Day 2)
A one-day program for your organization's IFDH House of Delegates, current board members and future leaders.
Learn from experts on how to advance your leadership skills through strategic thinking and collaboration, integrated with proven principles of personal and organizational management, and Interactive discussions.
Bring your Board of Directors & "up-and-coming" leaders!
We will keep you informed when more details are available!
The IFDH first-ever Impact Awards, to be sponsored by Colgate, will be offered annually and open to any Full Association Member country of the IFDH. This is another aspect of the much appreciated IFDH Social Responsibility Program.
There will be a total of 3 monetary prizes awarded in the following categories, based on the size of the association:
|•||Small: up to 999 members|
|•||Medium: 1000 - 3000 members|
|•||Large: over 3000 members|
The program that the awards are based on is "the association's most impactful program that has promoted the improved oral health of your country's citizens during the current calendar year." The specific topic may be narrowed each year based on community, children, seniors, etc.
The first awards will be based on 2021 programs, and will be presented at ISDH in Dublin, Ireland in August 2022. Watch for more details coming soon!
The IFDH is fielding its third survey in the last year. This one will help to better understand global dental hygienists' recommendation practices and information resources for electric toothbrushes.
Please take this simple, multiple choice survey, with a deadline of December 11th.
It only takes 5 minutes. Here's the link to use.
This is the third of a 3-part survey series through the end of 2020, which will provide insights to help us identify opportunities for educational programs. We thank P&G for their support of this program. A summary of results will be jointly developed by IFDH and P&G to post on our website, shared via social media and use in educational programs.
During the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) Expert Panel Meeting, with IFDH President Corrie Jongbloed present (photo top right), the "CariesCare Guide Practice Guide", launched in April 2020 and published in the British Dental Journal, together with a clinical case study "Caries OUT", were presented. E-learning modules with the title "How to Implement CariesCare International in the dental practice" are now available online.
In October, IFDH Secretary Melanie Hayes represented the IFDH at the Developmental Dental Defects Groups global workshop on Molar Hypomineralisation or "Chalky teeth". Leading experts in academia, research, industry and health professions from around the world gathered online to discuss this global problem, including research breakthroughs and translational initiatives. As a panellist on Day 1 of the workshop, Melanie shared with delegates the important role of dental hygienists in the prevention of oral diseases, including molar hypomineralisation (MH). She highlighted the need for evidence-based guidelines on MH diagnosis and management, high-quality MH education and training, and a team-based approach to MH education, research and practice.
Let's put on our creative hats to see how we can bring oral health care and products to the children of our world. Proctor & Gamble is generously donating toothbrushes and small grants to support you in teaching children the proper method to brush their teeth.
Possibly you would have the brushes delivered to a school and join them virtually while their teacher assists in distributing the oral care products. Or, what about an outdoor oral health event with social distancing and fresh air to inspire the kids? We are only limited by our imagination.
Please check our web page for more information and an application, then let your global colleagues be inspired by you!
Vaccines, Treatments, Immune System, Stress, Flu, R&D, Lockdowns, Herd Immunity, Quarantine, Transmission, Prevention, Sterilization, Masks, Patients, PPE & much more!
The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected all of us both personally and professionally, including the dental team and the Dental Hygiene profession. In these extraordinary circumstances and because the situation differs from country to country, IFDH advises you to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization, your national governments, your national Dental and Dental Hygiene organizations and the advice of experts. Patient safety and staff health and welfare must be our number one concern.
We have gathered over 80 articles and guidelines of COVID-19 Information, relating to our profession and posted them on our website.
See the IFDH page at http://www.ifdh.org/covid-19.html
IFDH has also posted links to pertinent information daily on our social media - Facebook and Twitter.
As we the near the end of 2020, we are another step closer to the final full year before ISDH 2022 in Dublin, Ireland. With the welcome news of vaccines for Covid 19 coming soon, we are delighted that ISDH 2022 is a firm date for world Dental Hygienists to plan for. Entering 2021 the local organising committee encourages you to regularly check in on www.ISDH2022.com
Early Registration: Early registration will open by early autumn 2021, so remember the advice from ISDH 2019 in Brisbane and 'take a sip and plan your trip'. For anyone travelling from outside Europe, now is the time to start planning your trip to attend the symposium and what time you would like to spend in Ireland before and/or afterwards.
Discover Dublin: For those who will be with us for a short visit why not check out some of Failte Ireland's suggested Dublin's Discovery Trails. Walking routes all accessible from the Convention Center and city center hotels!
Call for Abstracts: July 2021
Finally, the Scientific Committee is working hard, engaging with European member associations and others around the world to develop a great line up of speakers. The theme is "The future in our hands". We will be launching the call for oral and poster abstracts in July 2021, to enable researchers working on topics relevant to dental hygiene to disseminate the findings of their research to an international audience.
Time to start planning!!! We look forward to having you.
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This past year has provided many challenges to healthcare provision as the impact of a global pandemic demanded unimaginable re-organization to the approach of daily care. Healthcare clinicians, researchers, academics, teaching staff and students continue to find new ways to enable support for optimal oral health despite tremendous obstacles. During such times of crisis, the anecdote of ‘necessity is the mother of invention' certainly became evident as healthcare providers identified not only a path towards safe and effective care within pandemic guidelines but also knowledge in care for a new patient group.
Therefore, during 2021, we will undoubtedly see an increase in manuscript publications that share the results of mid to long term research findings as a consequence of the CoVID-19 pandemic impact on patient care. As the official journal of the International Federation for Dental Hygienists (IFDH), the International Journal on Dental Hygiene (IJDH) looks forward to the continued provision of robust scientific reference to support guidance and promotion of oral health for all.
Key articles from the November issue:
|•||Efficacy of dental floss with ellipsoidal knots vs conventional dental floss for plaque removal. A split‐mouth randomized trial|
|•||Definitions used for a healthy periodontium—A systematic review|
|•||Do chronotype differences and night eating syndrome affect dental health?|
|•||Health counselling in dental care for expectant parents: A qualitative study|
|•||Development and evaluation of e‐learning materials for dental hygiene students in six schools: Using smartphones to learn dental treatment procedures|
Australian Dental Hygienists achieved a significant professional milestone in 2020. From July 1st, the scope of practice registration standards for Dental Hygienists, Oral Health Therapists and Dental Therapists was changed to remove any requirements for these practitioners to have a structured professional relationship with a dentist. This means a truly independent practice environment for our profession. The change was approved by the Council of Australian Governments' Health Committee after a thorough review by the Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care.
The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia launched its advocacy campaign "Bad Mouth - the neglected reality" in August for the public to access dental hygienists through the Government dental benefits scheme and private health insurance reimbursements. The campaign has been well received with the Federal Health Department commencing work on gaining policy approval, reviewing legislative amendments, and undertaking modelling of impact of proposed changes. The proposed changes are expected to improve public access to oral care and shifting the focus to oral health prevention and early intervention.
The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association has published the following materials:
New for Clients:
Use these latest CDHA fact sheets to educate your clients on infection, prevention and control protocols, sugar reduction and oral health self care during the pandemic.
|•||Tame That Sweet Tooth|
|•||Caring for Your Oral Health During COVID-19|
New for the Dental Hygienist:
|•||How to build a healthy workplace environment. Learn about maintaining your physical and psychological health, contracts and policies, the answers to practice questions and more.|
Project about Dysphagia: The Danish Dental Hygienists have initiated a project about dysphagia in cooperation with The Danish Association of Occupational Therapists. The project will include a survey, several articles, and a webinar both targeting dental hygienists and occupational therapists. The main goal is to strengthen the interdisciplinary collaboration.
Dental care to Socially Vulnerable: The Danish Parliament has passed a law requiring all municipalities to offer dental care to the socially vulnerable which will be implemented in the coming months. Some municipalities have had social dental care on a trial basis for years, and dental hygienists have contributed a lot. It is obvious to us, that the dental hygienists should continue the good work throughout Denmark, and we will continuously follow this implementation.
The IDHA hosted their Annual Conference and AGM online via Zoom in November. COVID-19 19 has brought many changes to our working lives but the challenge of an online members only conference was one the IDHA enjoyed developing. Two speakers covering back to work in a COVID-19 era and dealing with stress, were very well received by our members. We welcome our new President Ms Linda Phelan who took over office from Donna Paton at the AGM. The association wishes Donna well in her role as treasurer of IFDH. Linda will strive to develop the IDHA and will lead it to the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in 2022.
Ms Yvonne Howell was voted to represent dental hygienists on the Auxiliary Dental Workers Committee of The Dental Council of Ireland. She will continue to seek independent practice for Dental Hygienists and the necessary changes to the Dental Act 1985 to ensure this.
In October, the first Commission of the National Register of Dental Hygienists was established, for a four-year period between 2021-2024. The election of the CdAN is the latest act in a process that began in 2018, completing the establishment of all bodies of the National Federation of the TSRM PSTRP Orders, which includes the registers of 19 health professions. The elected Commission remains in office for 4 years. The Orders and related national Federations are non-economic public bodies and act as subsidiary bodies of the State in order to protect public interests, guaranteed by the law, related to professional practice. The elected members of the CdAN are: Caterina Di Marco (President), Domenico Tomassi (Vice President) Giuliana Bontà (Secretary) Antonella Abbinante, Maurizio Luperini, Marco Miceli, Gianna Maria Nardi, Domenico Pignataro, Enrica Scagnetto.
In view of COVID, Telehealth Dental Hygiene is a new project launched on June 1, 2020 by the Malta Association of Dental Hygienists, in collaboration with the Ministry for Health and the Dental Hygiene Services, Mater Dei Hospital, whose aim is to encourage the general population including children and elderly citizen to engage in recommended oral health practices and behaviors which will ultimately contribute to their overall health and quality of life. Part of this project includes easy to follow oral home care guides in the Maltese language in the form of short videos, created and aired on various local television stations as well as being distributed through social media. Over the years, dental health education has been an integral part of Dental Hygiene Services in Malta and has been delivered to individuals and communities using different modalities in a variety of settings. These short educational videos have been designed to disseminate correct dental health facts which will empower population groups with accurate information about oral health, enabling them to take action in adopting favorable oral health behaviors and practices which contribute to better quality of life.
Watch the videos:
|•||Oral Homecare Guides for Children|
|•||Oral Homecare Guides for the Elderly|
|•||Oral Homecare Guides for the General Public|
The Norwegian Dental Hygienists Association have been very busy in the area of member education, including:
|•||A 2-day virtual meeting was recently held for heads of local branches or counties with about 20 persons participating.|
|•||Another webinar to be held in November on "Classification of periodontal deceases and the registration for refund."|
|•||A third webinar will be held in January on "Motivating Interviews."|
The board is also working on meeting with the different political parties discussing organization of offering dental services to the public.
On October 20th the Spanish Association of Oral Hygienists (ESPAÑA HIDES) celebrated its National Dental Hygienist Day. We received a video from our IFDH President for the event. While the video was sent in English, we added Spanish subtitles for our members. Thank you Corrie! It was a great day!
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May 6-7: Norwegian Dental Hygienists Association - Annual dental hygienist conference
June 18-20: American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Annual Conference
June 26: IFDH Global Oral Health Summit
September 18-30: Japan Dental Hygienists Association (JDHA) - 16th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Dental Hygiene (Virtual)
Oct 15-16: Spanish Association of Oral Hygienists (HIDES) - National Meeting
Oct 28-30: CDHA & ADHA - Joint Conference
November 11-13: ADI National Congress)
November 19: Swiss Dental Hygienists - Annual Fall Conference