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Get Involved with a Vibrant IFDH - Membership, Programs & Symposium!
Read the latest message from our President Robyn Watson, including:
- ISDH 2019
- Social Responsibility Program
- World Dental Hygienist Awards
- Individual Membership
- New Periodontal Classification
- ACFF World Oral Health Day Toolkit
Read the full message.
Oral Sessions & Poster Presentations from 13 Countries!
The IFDH Scientific Committee has completed a robust review of oral presentations and poster abstract submissions. There will be speakers from around the globe for 45, 60 and 90 minute sessions for each of the 4 LEAD categories (Lead, Empowerment, Advances, Diversity). Topics proposals are quite varied, with the majority of speakers dental hygienists and some sessions are truly inter-professional. And you’ll learn from an afternoon workshop on Social Responsibility, found at no other conference! We are very excited by the submissions! The final list will be added to www.isdh2019.com when the final schedule is completed.
This extensive evaluation process will provide for an engaging and informative symposium for our colleagues in 2019!
Win a Free Registration & Hotel Stay at ISDH!!!
In the lead up to ISDH 2019 the Organising Committee and its Ambassadors will be distributing koalas worldwide. Where are all the koalas going? We would like to find out. To enter, simply photograph our koala mascot in a fun, creative or exotic/interesting location. Then email your image of the ISDH 2019 Koala Mascot, to firstname.lastname@example.org and go into the draw to win a complimentary full delegate registration including the Symposium dinner and three night’s accommodation at the fabulous Symposium hotel Rydges Southbank.
Not Sure What to Expect at the ISDH?
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Make Your Travel Plans Now
Remember to add ISDH to your calendar and make travel plans to attend the 2019 ISDH in Brisbane, Australia:
- August 13-14: IFDH House of Delegate Business Meeting
- August 15-17: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)
Sunrise Registration Now Open!
Why not register now and pay your registration off between now and 30 November?
660 AU$ | $495 USD | €420*
A payment plan of 3 equal instalments is offered for delegates registering at the Sunrise rate (deadline Nov. 30, 2018)
*Conversion rate is an estimate only based on exchange rate at time of printing.
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Go to www.ISDH2019.com for more details.
IFDH Board Busy during EuroPerio9
The IFDH Board of Directors were very busy and productive in Amsterdam, Netherlands in June. The board met for 2 full days to discuss IFDH business, including the detailed plans for ISDH 2019 in Brisbane Australia.
In addition, while attending the EuroPerio9 conference, the IFDH board had several meetings with current and potential sponsors of IFDH programs, as well as key corporate contacts to secure sponsorships and exhibitor space for ISDH 2019, including representatives of GSK in photo at right.
In continuing marketing of IFDH and its programs, IFDH President Robyn Watson gave a presentation on IFDH at EuroPerio.
Apply for the IFDH World Dental Hygiene Awards
The World Dental Hygiene Awards by the Sunstar Foundation are now open in 4 categories.
- Student research
- Student activity/project
Entries will be accepted for the 2019 awards through 14th January 2019. Please refer to the website for further information and application.
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.
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 »
IFDH Research Grants Update
December 15th Deadline for 2018 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.
Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Assoc., Inc. (ADOHTA) delegates from all state and territory branches gathered on March 23rd - 25th to participate in the ADOHTA Leadership Conference at the Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbor. Delegates had the opportunity to expand their knowledge on the function of ADOHTA and the insight into policy and advocacy. This was also an occasion for personal growth and development utilizing the ADOHTA network. Topics included communication methods with members, scope of practice consultation and advocacy campaign ideas.
Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Specialists (DHAA) held a training day for all its Leadership group. It was held in Melbourne this year. Michael McGann of Non Profit Training led us in a workshop about Marketing and the Brand of our Association. He helped us explore the reason the association exists and how we can better present ourselves to the members, the profession and the community. This year we had our first group of students attend.
Thanks to sponsorship from Colgate, we have a representative of the DHAA in every training institution in the country. They were engaged and willing to participate and came with fresh perspective. We wish them well in the completion of their studies and look forward to them being active members of the DHAA in the future.
Another amazing National Dental Hygienists Week in Canada is in the books. With social media posts reaching an audience of more than 7 million, 673 purple-themed photos, 12,000 website downloads, 1,866 colouring contest entries, 818 Dental Hygiene Superhero competition submissions, 16 landmarks lit purple across Canada (as well as the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle, UK), greetings from government officials, and extensive media coverage, the week could not have been a bigger success! Check out our photo gallery at www.cdha.ca/pypophotos for highlights of the countless incredible events held from coast to coast.
On February 28, 2018 all political parties in the Danish Parliament agreed on a resolution stating that a reform of the entire area of adult dental care is needed. The politicians want to review and renew the area and put focus on health and prevention of oral diseases. This is new in Denmark and an opportunity for the Dental Hygienists to play a more central role in the reformed area in the years to come. A reform is expected to be adopted and implemented in 2019 and the Danish Dental Hygienists will seek influence on the political work during the process. www.dansketandplejere.dk
As of April 2018, the written approval of the Dresden International University has reached the German Dental Hygienists Association. The cooperation (including Prof. Schlagenhauf and Prof. Hoffmann) is planning on two Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene according to US training-standards. It is a huge project and will take its time. Locations will be in Dresden and in Würzburg. The DDHV will keep you posted.
The Irish Dental Associations (IDHA) have been campaigning for Direct Access for Dental Hygienists in Ireland and have had several meetings with various government bodies and the Dental Council, however progress is slow. The IDHA has developed a new guideline on pay and employment rights for dental hygienists which shall be circulated to all members and available on our members section at www.idha.ie. We are also preparing for ISDH 2019 and ISDH 2022 which we look forward to, welcoming you all to Ireland! Come say hi to us via Twitter @IrishHygienists and on Facebook Irish Dental Hygienist Association or visit our website!
The IDHA extends an invitation to all IFDH members to attend our Annual Meeting in November 2018. Visit www.IDHA.ie for more information.
The three day dental conference organized by ADHS especially for Dental Hygienist: Days of Dental Hygiene 2018 took place in Piešťany in the PARK hotel May 25-27, 2018. The topic of the conference was Project Generation Without Teeth Decay. In total 120 dental hygienists visited this conference and we had a great opportunity to welcome our international guest Mrs Orly Starkham from the Association of Dental Hygienists in Israel. Also our invitation included the head nurse from Ministry of Health in the Slovak Republic and Presidents and members of the Association of Dental Hygienists in the Czech Republic.
The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy is dedicated to helping its members provide the care their patients need. In line with this ethos, we are delighted to be collaborating with the Wrigley Company Foundation for the first time to offer members the opportunity to apply for Community Service Grants. These grants are intended to support oral health promotion and projects within local communities and provide successful applicants with up to £1,500 to continue their great work. The three winners included the Dental Buddies scheme, working in partnership with trusted organizations to develop teams of children as 'Dental Buddies', who will learn about their own oral health and how this impacts on general health, esteem and self-confidence. The Dental Buddies will champion oral health within their setting, at school and at home. Oral Health in the Dementia zone is a non clinical oral health education and information service and serves as an additional (alternative) entry point for citizens to meet a registered dental professional.
IFDH Meets with its Journal Staff during EuroPerio
As the official publication of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), the International Journal of Dental Hygiene (IJDH) provides reference to scientific papers that support a myriad of patient care options in every day practice. Click to view the most recent issue.
Paper titles in this issue include:
- Supportive periodontal treatment: Pocket depth changes and tooth loss;
- A review of the oral health‐related quality of life (OHRQL) model for dental hygiene: Eighteen years later
- A brief motivational interviewing as an adjunct to periodontal therapy—A potential tool to reduce relapse in oral hygiene behaviours. A three‐year study
- Prevalence of diabetes among patients diagnosed with periodontitis: A retrospective cross‐sectional study
- An evaluation of a school‐based dental sealant programme
Subscription to the International Journal of Dental Hygiene can be found at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/16015037
The Science of Saliva
Researchers are now trying to engineer replacement salivary glands. While the research is still in the early stages, this image captures a crucial first step in the process: generating 3D structures of saliva-secreting cells.
Report Identifies Characteristics of Microorganisms Most Likely to Cause a Global Pandemic
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security develop forward-looking framework for special category of the most serious emerging infectious diseases to help inform future preparedness and response efforts.
Scientists Develop Material That Could Regenerate Dental Enamel
Researchers have developed a new way to grow mineralized materials which could regenerate hard tissues such as dental enamel and bone.
Zinc & Copper Metabolism in Baby Teeth May Help Predict ASD Risk
Using evidence found in baby teeth, researchers from the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai report that cycles involved in zinc and copper metabolism are dysregulated in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and can be used to predict who will later develop the disease.
Researchers Develop Film to Prevent Bacteria from Growing on Dental Retainers & Aligners
Clear, plastic aligners have been growing in popularity as alternatives to bulky, metal braces. And once the teeth are straightened, patients graduate to plastic retainers to maintain the perfect smile. But these appliances can become contaminated, so one group is now reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they have developed a film to prevent bacteria from growing on them.
Researchers Develop Drug-filled 3-D Printed Dentures
Seeking to avoid or better treat such denture-related stomatitis, researchers from the University at Buffalo have used 3-D printing to create dentures filled with microscopic capsules that periodically release amphotericin B, an antifungal medication. They found that the dentures reduced fungal growth.
Update on Maximum Local Anesthesia Dosages
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Pharmaceutical Science, Informatics and Computational Safety Analysis created and regularly updates maximum recommended dosages (MRDs) for local anesthetic drugs — although some clinicians may not know of the guideline's existence.
Tobacco & eCigarettes
Alcohol & Tobacco are by far the Biggest Threat to Human Welfare of All Addictive Drugs
A new review has compiled the best, most up-to-date source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and the burden of death and disease. It shows that in 2015 alcohol and tobacco use between them cost the human population more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life years, with illicit drugs costing a further tens of millions.
Smoking Down, but Tobacco Use Still a Major Cause of Death, Disease
WHO reports that fewer people are smoking worldwide, especially women, but only one country in eight is on track to meet a target of reducing tobacco use significantly by 2025.
Tobacco: The Only Product that Kills Half of its Consumers
Say NO tobacco!
Read more on this!
Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes
Millions of people use e-cigarettes. Despite their popularity, little is known about their health effects. Some suggest that e-cigarettes likely confer lower risk compared to combustible tobacco cigarettes, because they do not expose users to toxicants produced through combustion.
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July 20-21: New Zealand Dental Hygienists Association /New Zealand Dental & Oral Health Therapists (Nzdha/Nzdohta) Annual Conference - Soaring to New Heights, Achieving equity.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Aug 16: Swiss Dental Hygienists - Start post-graduate studies in Geronto Dental Hygiene
Sept 15-17: Japan Dental Hygienists Association - The 13th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Dental Hygiene
Fukuoka City, Japan
September 21-22: Association Italian Dental Hygienists (AIDI) - Autumn Meeting
Riva del Garda, Italy
September 25: Russian Society of Dental Hygienists - The Congress of Dental Hygienists
September 27-29: ADOHTA International Conference "Exploring the Possibilities"
Hobart Tasmania, Australia
September 28: Danish Dentists - Fagkonference (Annual Dental Hygienists Conference
October 18-20: DHAA Symposium
Cairns Convention Centre, Far North Queensland, Australia n
October 19-21: Federation of Spanish Hygienists - National Congress of Hides
October 28: Training day for DH's: Occlusal Dysfunction - How can we help our patients?
November 9: Swiss Dental Hygienists - Annual Meeting of Swiss Dental Hygienists
St. Gallen, Switzerland
November 9-10: Swiss Dental Hygienists - Annual Congress of Swiss Dental Hygienists
St. Gallen, Switzerland
November 9-10: Irish Dental Hygienists Association (IDHA) - Annual Scientific Conference - CHANGES AHEAD
November 16-17: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (ADI) - National Congress
November 23: Annual Meeting of FADH
November 23-24: The British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy (BSDHT) - Oral Health Conference
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