IFDH President meets with Korean Dental Hygienists
New Incorporation, 2016 Delegates Meeting & More!
Please read the IFDH President's Report to the House of Delegates for the latest information concerning activities of the Board of Directors and staff over this past quarter, including:
- Incorporation and Non Profit Registration in USA
- New Partnership with ACFF
- IFDH Program updates
- Board Meetings
- HoD 2016 Business Meeting Planning
- 2016 ISDH Planning
- …and much more.
New Workshop at HoD 2016 Meeting
The International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), with our 29 member countries representing over 82,000 dental hygienists, believes that we have a social responsibility to address the oral health condition that exists worldwide, particularly that affecting children. The purpose of the newly announced Partners in Social Responsibility Program is to join with our corporate partners to create and implement 3 call-to-action campaigns.
- Social Responsibility Awareness Workshop 2016: designed to build awareness among the IFDH House of Delegates and includes a 2.5 hour workshop held at the House of Delegates meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland on June 21, 2016, where representatives of all member countries will be present. Speakers from around the globe will educate those present on successful social responsibility programs.
- Social Responsibility 2017 World Conference:> to be held during the second half of 2017, will focus on designing action plans that are community-based and advocacy focused to prevent cavities in children. The two-day conference will bring together experts in prevention programs, health literacy, and social responsibility who will assist dental hygienists in creating the steps needed to be effective in health promotion and disease prevention.
- Social Responsibility Awareness Workshop 2019: designed to move to the third stage of education among the IFDH House of Delegates and includes a 2.5 hour workshop held at the House of Delegates meeting in Seoul Korea in 2019, where representatives of all 29 member countries will be present. Representatives from countries who have implemented social responsibility programs recently will provide updates on their programs.
Apply Now for Social Responsibility Awards
Last year, the IFDH and the Global Child Dental Fund launched a project to recognize, on an annual basis, hygienists and student hygienists who participate in a volunteering project which benefits disadvantaged children, mainly but not exclusively in low- and middle-income countries. Any Dental Hygienist who is either an IFDH Individual or Student member, or member of an IFDH Country Member is eligible. The competition is judged by a joint panel of experts from both GCDF and IFDH. Read more »
Have Any of Your Members Volunteered?
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. Our goal is to have dental hygiene volunteers from every member country of the IFDH instituting this program by the time of the IFDH House of Delegates meeting and Scientific Symposium in June, 2016.
Below is a complete list of grant recipients to date:
- Jevgenija Aristova, Latvia (member of Latvian Dental Hygienists Association)
- Susan Kass, USA (member of ADHA)
- Mary Kellerman, USA (Individual Membership, IFDH)
- Michelle Roman, USA (Individual Membership, IFDH)
To be part of 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 »
Enter by 31 December for the World Dental Hygienist Awards
The Sunstar Foundation has established the World Dental Hygienist Awards to recognize dental hygienists who have made significant contributions to dental hygiene science or to patients, the community and the general public. The World Dental Hygienist Awards are presented every three years to a person or group chosen by an independent Selection Committee. Entries will be accepted for the 2016 awards up to December 31, 2015. All entries must be self-submitted; applications from third parties will not be accepted. All eligible entries that meet the criteria and are submitted by the due date will be blinded before going to the Selection Committee for review and judging. Click for more information »
The International Dental Hygiene Educator's Forum (IDHEF), is a meeting of international dental hygiene educators to promote networking, share curriculum information, and discuss student exchange opportunities. The IDHEF and the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) invite you to join us October 28, 2015 in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Challenges in the Global Burden of Oral Cancer: Progress in Early Diagnosis and Prevention, March 4-5th, 2016, New York University's Kimmel Center, New York City, USA. This inaugural Global Oral Cancer Forum will be showcased in New York City to highlight gaps and innovations in prevention, patient care, technology, and services across the oral cancer continuum. International speakers, panelists, and delegates demonstrating passion and dedication for oral cancer will be selected from various world regions.
The 11th European Workshop in Periodontology took place over four days in November 2014 in the quiet mountain village of La Granja de San Ildefonso, near Segovia, in Spain. Its focus was the prevention of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, and its over 75 participants - leading international experts in oral-health science, research, protocols and products - worked in four working groups discussing systematic reviews of relevant recent studies, raising and answering questions based on this evidence, and finally producing conclusions to direct approaches in oral hygiene for all professionals in the dental and medical community. Read the Proceedings of the 11th European Workshop on Periodontology »
Abstracts of EuroPerio8, London, UK, 3-6 June 2015. The abstracts from EuroPerio8 are available for download at no charge.
The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association is a member of the Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco. In addition to issuing a press release for World No Tobacco Day in May 2015, CDHA published a Position Statement on E-cigarettes in August, 2015. French Position Statement.
CDHA is thrilled to launch our transformed www.dentalhygienecanada.ca — a website designed for the general public and filled with information about dental hygiene and oral health. The site features oral health facts and FAQs, information sheets, and other resources as well as a children's educational area with lots of fun downloads. The centrepiece of the site is our new "Find an Independent Dental Hygienist" search engine, which includes a GPS enabled map, allowing the public to locate independent dental hygiene service providers in their area.
Our publishing house, Edizioni GrowUp by Grow Up Ltd, is pleased to introduce the publication "L'Odontofobia a 360°" by Dr. Andrea Corain, who has a degree in dental hygiene. Our publication is one of the few works within nations that addresses the issue of odontophobia in children. The text has been structured in two parts: one theoretical and the second practice, the result of decades of the author with the young patients. The work aims to evaluate the mechanism of dental fear in analytical sense, promoting a conscious approach respecting the needs of children and proposing a ludic and educational organization with the involvement of teachers and parents. The book "L'Odontofobia a 360°" is available in e-book format on the major online bookstores such as Amazon. This book is a valuable tool to study the matter treated: the odontophobia.
Also, visit our YouTube channel and our Facebook page to learn more and to stay current.
The Irish Dental Hygienists Association is currently working hard on their bid to host the 2022 ISDH. The Minister for Health will be attending the annual conference 7th November.
The IDHA is in talks with governing bodies to increase the scope of practice for Dental Hygienists with emphasis on independent practice and greater access to the community. The elderly and those in long term care facilities are two groups the IDHA would like to see receive improved access to dental care.
The IDHA are also campaigning for the current diploma in dental hygiene become a B.Sc degree.
In 2016 The Dutch Dental Hygienists' Association (Nederlandse Vereniging van Mondhygienisten: NVM) will celebrate World Oral Health 2016 during "The Week of the Dental Hygienist" (14 to 20 March). To promote oral health and hygiene, various public campaign activities are planned during this week, for example (social) media campaigns. More information »
Our pilot team project to help reduce decay rates for lower band income parents and children in an area of Auckland, New Zealand is going well. We are actively seeking more sponsors to take this out to other areas in New Zealand, which is hard work.
Cynthia Wallbridge had the chance to go and volunteer in Samoa as a Hygienist in July 2015. This country also has a terrible sugar problem. She got the chance to train Hallie Redford (see photo) living there. Hallie is excited to learn more Samoan so she can bring this program to children and parents there. Slowly but surely we are making a difference here. See more info ».
The New Zealand Dental Hygienist's Association recently held their 23rd Annual General Meeting at the national annual conference in Christchurch 23rd and 24th July 2015. The theme was 'Honour the Past… Shape the Future'. The title was in reference to the rebuilding of a city struck five years ago by a devastating earthquake which is now in the long process of rebuilding shattered lives and rejuvenating buildings for the city to be re-born into an exciting new city.
Next year in July 2016, the NZDHA conference is to be held in New Plymouth with the theme: 'Surf, Ski, 'n' Scale'. A fun and inspirational title for both the speakers and the delegates to enjoy. Please save the dates - 22nd and 23rd July 2016 so that many of you may plan to join us in New Plymouth for another excellent high quality conference.
The NZDHA has recently joined the modern age of social networking via Facebook. Check it out. There is an open forum page for all dental hygienists and the public at large. There is also a closed page for NZDHA members who are registered with the NZ Dental Council.
Big smiles as new health initiative is embraced by thousands of children across the UK. This year the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy ran its inaugural First Smiles campaign through which they aimed to give young children the best start possible in dental health. First Smiles is a brand new health initiative created by the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy saw dental experts enter schools and nurseries across the UK to deliver fun and accessible lessons to children aged between three and 11 regarding the importance of good dental health and the necessary habits for a healthy smile for life. The dental professionals, all BSDHT members, engaged with more than 2,500 children, helping to build good habits from a very early age. Schools and nurseries who took part worked alongside volunteer dental professionals to help teach children more about their oral health, with the further aim of also helping them to familiarize themselves with what is needed in order to develop and maintain a healthy mouth throughout their lives. Reaching thousands of children nationally in just its first year the campaign will look to grow next year and go from strength to strength and have a significant effect of all children's dental health.
Realization of the project in the National institute of rheumatic diseases (NURCH). ADHS developed the project of healthcare for the patients of all age categories with these diagnosis: Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Metabolic artropathy, Psoriatic arthritis, Systemic autoimmune diseases. These patients are interested in their oral health, but they are usually confronted with disability handicap. The goal is to teach patients the efficient oral health care habits, in spite of their temporary or permanent handicap in the cooperation and under the supervision of professional supervisors.
The Topoľčany Day of Health 2015 (29.9.2015) event is organized by the Regional office of public health, the town of Topoľčany, the local cultural centre, in cooperation with dental hygienists from ADHS. The goals are:
- To offer the citizens medical examination with focus on prevention and dental diseases health support.
- Consultancy in the area of healthy nutrition, rational nutrition, water drinking regimen and physical activity.
- Consultancy in the area of dental hygiene. Education of the public about their dental healthcare.
- To alert the wide public on the hazardous factors of civilization diseases in connection with dental diseases: cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, oncological diseases, obesity and hypertension.
The health insurance company Union showed the interest to cooperate with dental hygienists. Some services may be covered by public insurance. The project should begin with its realisation in cooperation and with financial and educational support of the company Colgate in September 2015.
The Self-governing region of Bratislava and the students of the field "dental assistant," in cooperation with dental hygienist, will take part regularly on educational work in high schools in Bratislava. The students from other schools and fields will be educated in the area of oral health by students studying the field of "dental assistant".
The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) has partnered with the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) for programs to support dental hygienists for National Dental Hygiene Month.
The ADHA has recently released a landmark white paper, "Transforming Dental Hygiene Education and the Profession for the 21st Century." It details how the outcomes from the September 2013, "Transforming Dental Hygiene Education, Proud Past, Unlimited Future" symposium helped shape the vision for the future of the dental hygiene profession and how that vision is being brought to fruition through changes taking place both in the educational system, and in the larger framework of the overall health care system. This document offers dental hygienists insight into the changes taking place within dental hygiene education and the profession; provides detailed information on why the transformation is necessary; and what steps are being taken to best position dental hygienists to take advantage of future opportunities.
UCLL and Artevelde UC Start New Bachelor's Program in Dental Hygiene
As of the academic year 2016-2017, the UC Leuven-Limburg and Artevelde University College (Ghent) will offer a new professional Bachelor's programme in Dental Hygiene, as has been confirmed by the Flemish government. The two university colleges have formed partnerships with the universities (KU Leuven and Ghent University), academic hospitals (UZLeuven and UZGent) and Dutch colleges (HAN and Hanze University of Applied Sciences). A Recommendation by the Dentistry Council of 2013 led to the drafting of a Bachelor's programme in Dental Hygiene by University College Leuven-Limburg and Artevelde University College, in consultation with the professional associations of dentists and the universities. The Flemish government was asked for approval of this new programme after a positive evaluation by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The NVAO confirmed the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level 6, Bachelor degree of the programme.
More information: UC Leuven-Limburg - Kristien Van Hoegaerden firstname.lastname@example.org; Artevelde University College - Kristine De Smet email@example.com
Lucy Hobbs Winner Announced
The 2015 Lucy Hobbs Project Award Winners announced that Dr. Esther Wilkins received the Industry Icon Award. Congratulations Dr. Wilkins!!
European Federation Meeting Highlights
On September 12th 2015, the members of the European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF) met in Dublin, Ireland for their annual meeting. In Attendance: Austria, Czech. Republic, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom. Absent: Germany and Malta. Prospective member: Israel.
New EDHF Board:
- Yvonne Nyblom (Sweden), President
- Eimear Mitten (Ireland), Secretary
- Brigitte Schoeneich (Switzerland), Treasurer
- Objectives of the Federation: the recognition of the profession in all European countries and E.U Directives in the establishing of a common training framework (CTF) recognised in the Directive on Professional Qualification and legislation within the E.U.
- Collaborations with the Alliance for a Cavity Free future (ACFF) in Europe, The European Platform for Better Oral Health (OHP) and the Council of European Chief Dental Officers (CECDO).
- Profile: In order to have the profession of dental hygienist recognised in the Directives of the European Union, a common professional profile ("CompetencIes of Dental Hygienists") was unanimous adopted. The profile consists of five competency areas:
Competence Domain I: professionalism, ethics and communication.
Competence Domain II: knowledge base and information literacy.
Competence Domain III: primary prevention (promotion of oral heath and prevention of oral diseases).
Competence Domain IV: secondary prevention (clinical examination, diagnosis and treatment planning).
Competence Domain V: tertiary prevention (therapy and maintaining oral health).
The next step in this process will be the composing of a 'Common Training Framework' (CTF) according to the new guidelines of the European Commission.
See: www.edhf.eu for more information.
Periodontal Disease and Coronary Disease Risk
"Periodontal Disease was significantly and independently associated with an increased risk of CHD. This meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies included the latest available evidence and provided up-to-date insights into the relationship of periodontal health and the risk of developing CHD" says Leng WD, Zeng XT, Kwong JS and Hua XP in the July 2015 issue of the International Journal of Cardiology.
New Guidance to Help Dental Professionals Treat Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs
The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has launched new clinical guidance as of September 2015. "Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs" provides practical advice and recommendations to support the dental team to manage and treat this patient group safely and effectively.
Azithromycin as an Adjunctive Antibiotic in Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
"This meta-analysis of randomised controlled clinical trials provides evidence that both local and systemic utilization of azithromycin significantly enhances the therapeutic effectiveness of SRP in the management of chronic periodontitis" says Zhang Z, Zheng Y and Bian X in the September issue of the Journal of Periodontal Research.
Aggressive Periodontitis: Is Photodynamic Therapy Beneficial?
"Based on the level of evidence available, PDT is effective as an adjunct to SRP for the management of aggressive periodontitis however further randomized clinical trials with well-defined control groups are needed in this regard" says Vohra F, Akram Z, Safi SH, Devi Vaithilingam R, Ghanem A, Sergis K, and Javed F. in PubMed.
Viruses Join Fight Against Harmful Bacteria
Engineered viruses could combat human disease and improve food safety, as reported in Cell Systems.
Enamel Evolved in Skin & Colonized Teeth Much Later
When did the enamel that covers our teeth evolve? And where in the body did this tissue first appear? In a new Nature researchers combined data from two very different research fields — paleontology and genomics — to arrive at a clear but unexpected answer to this question: enamel originated in the skin and colonized the teeth much later.
Antimicrobial Film for Future Implants
The implantation of medical devices is not without risks. Bacterial or fungal infections can occur and the body's strong immune response may lead to the rejection of the implant. Researchers have succeeded in creating a biofilm with antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. The implantation of medical devices is not without risks. Bacterial or fungal infections can occur and the body's strong immune response may lead to the rejection of the implant. Researchers have succeeded in creating a biofilm with antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Advanced Healthcare Materials. Credit: InsermE. Falett
Around the World, Those Treated for Addiction Far More Likely to Smoke
A review of studies from 20 countries indicates that tobacco use is not addressed in substance abuse treatment programs. The results in Addiction agree with an earlier review that found that the median smoking rate among people in addiction treatment was 76.3 percent, in contrast with the smoking rate in the general U.S. population, which is now estimated at less than 18 percent.
Local Anaesthetic May Affect the Development of Children's Teeth
A study led by Dr Bing Hu at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and involving other researchers from China and Switzerland, suggests for the first time that the use of local anaesthetic may affect tooth cell growth and the development of children's teeth.
Potential Innovative Molecules for Treating Periodontal Diseases
"This dual anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory action of lowbush blueberry polyphenols suggests that they may be promising candidates for novel therapeutic agents" says Amel BL, Dudonné S, Desjardins Y, and Grenier D. Wild Blueberry in the August issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Dental School Hosts Symposium to Share Research Advancements
The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine hosted its second Head and Neck Cancer Symposium together with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Monday. The symposium, titled "From Pathways to Therapies," aimed to bridge the gap between advanced research and clinical application through conversations and poster sessions.
Imaging Method Has Potential to Stratify Head and Neck Cancer Patients
A potential new way to predict which patients with head and neck cancer may benefit most from chemotherapy has been identified by researchers in the Journal of Oraloncology. These patients commonly receive pre-treatment induction chemotherapy, before either surgery or radiotherapy, to reduce the risk of disease spread. However, the effectiveness of such treatment is reduced in tumors with poor blood flow.
Maternal Chronic Stress Linked to More Dental Cavities in Children
Chronic maternal stress, when measured by biological markers, has been found for the first time to be associated with a higher prevalence of cavities among children, according to a study. Chronic stress was also found to be linked to lower probabilities of breast feeding and dental visits by children, according to the research from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the American Journal of Public Health.
Smoking Linked with Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Current smokers and people regularly exposed to second-hand smoke have a significantly increased risk for type 2 diabetes compared with people who have never smoked, according to a new study. The authors estimated 11.7 percent of cases of type 2 diabetes in men and 2.4 percent in women may be attributable to active smoking in the September issue of Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
Interdisciplinary Management of Traumatic Fractures
Traumatic fractures of the anterior dentition occur for a variety of reasons. Effective management of traumatic fractures raises several important treatment planning concerns. Although studies indicate that the majority of traumatic injuries involve only one tooth, multiple fractures are not uncommon, as reported by Kinzer G. in Spear Education.
Antibacterial Soap No More Effective than Plain Soap at Reducing Bacterial Contamination
Using antibacterial soap when hand-washing is no more effective than using plain soap, according to a new paper in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. The Study examined the effect of triclosan (the most commonly used active antiseptic ingredient used in soap) on bacteria.
Using Ultrasound to Clean Instruments
A pioneering ultrasonic device can significantly improve the cleaning of medical instruments and reduce contamination and risk of infection, researchers have demonstrated and reported in several journals. StarStream makes water more efficient for cleaning by creating tiny bubbles which automatically scrub surfaces. The device supplies a gentle stream of water through a nozzle that generates ultrasound and bubbles, which dramatically improve the cleaning power of water reducing the need for additives and heating.
Tiny Silica Particles Could be Used to Repair Damaged Teeth
Researchers have shown how the development of coated silica nanoparticles could be used in restorative treatment of sensitive teeth and preventing the onset of tooth decay, as reported in the Journal of Dentistry.
New Journal Announced!
JDR Clinical & Translational Research, a new journal designed for IADR members and other oral health research leaders will be published for their research and effectively translate their findings to those who need the information to deliver evidence-based prevention and care.
ADEA Compendium of Curriculum Guidelines for Allied Dental Programs
The much anticipated American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Compendium of Curriculum Guidelines for Allied Dental Education Programs is now available. This revised edition applies the combined knowledge and expertise of 36 allied dental educators, 11 of whom had participated in the last revision assembly of 2005. The guidelines are designed for allied dental curriculum development assistance, specifically proving most beneficial for new programs and faculty needing content direction in newly developed areas of study. Most of the 2015 revisions target dental hygiene educators and programs with a few areas focused on combining dental hygiene and assisting programs. See more »
Christine Hovliaras' Cancer Fund
Christine Hovliaras has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer for over 6 weeks and already has accrued over $10,000 in medical expenses! We need some help getting the word to our friends and colleagues. Please take a moment and share this site so we can add some energy to this campaign. We want to try to reach 60% by this weekend. Christine is approaching week 6 of radiation and could use a lift.
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