Soon after our previous eNewsletter, the world changed…
Our world has been faced with many difficulties in the past few months. The IFDH Board of Directors wishes to express our solidarity and support of our members as we reflect on the COVID-19 crisis and more recently, the anti-racism movement engaging us worldwide.
Our President discusses the following issues:
Keeping IFDH Members Informed on COVID-19
The COVID-19 global pandemic effects 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 50 articles and guidelines of COVID-19 Information, relating to our profession and posted them on our website, in the following categories:
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.
Almost 10,000 Respond to IFDH COVID-19 Survey
The IFDH recently fielded a survey to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Dental Hygiene profession and identify opportunities to support global dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists through these difficult times. This was the second in a series of 3 surveys supported by Procter & Gamble (Crest/Oral-B).
The survey was sent to the national association members of IFDH to field to their members between May 5 and May 31, 2020. 9,866 respondents completed the survey, representing 30 countries. We would like to thank the respondents for making the time to complete the survey. The information has been very insightful and will help us best support you during this pandemic. Please look out for the final survey in late 2020 and help us help the dental hygiene community.
Areas of discussion include:
The countries with the largest participation included:
There was good representation across years in practice.
Volume 18, Issue 2, May 2020
The International Journal on Dental Hygiene (IJDH) Editor in Chief, Professor Kerstin Öhrn, together with the Associate Editors, Editorial Board and Reviewers trust that you are all safe and well during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. As health care professionals, dental hygienists are acutely aware of the impact of disease challenges when combined with reduced access to treatment and preventative care. In some countries, this access to professional oral care may be re-introduced during the next months as a reflection of various national recommendations. The practice environment of dental hygiene will undoubtedly be changed to support guidelines of care during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the core principles of approaches to optimal patient health care outcomes remain the foundation of dental hygiene practice.
In this edition of the IJDH, we revisit some examples of the core principles of approaches for optimal patient health care outcomes. The links below provide reference for those groups who have experienced trauma or received radiation treatment or are provided with guidance in self-regulation when adapting behaviours to reduce gingivitis.
COVID‐19 Pandemics & Oral Health Care for Older Adults
It is important to notice that the restrictions for accessing oral health care due to the COVID‐19 pandemic are not unique. These problems are in addition to the multitude of barriers faced by older adults in accessing oral health care, which has been often previously reported, especially for the most vulnerable groups, like individuals living in LTCFs, the homebound, and older adults with dementia. Read more.
Provision of Continuous Dental Care for Oral Oncology Patients During & After COVID-19
This article discusses the role of the oral health care team in assessing the risk prior to oncotherapy, and counseling and support via tele-dentistry to improve quality of life.
Re-thinking the Potential for Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2
Evidence for the potential for airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-19 continues to accumulate, with important implications for healthcare workers, as well as the general public. Three lines of evidence support this conclusion.
Guidance For Dental Settings During The COVID-19 Response.
During this June Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call, presenters provided an overview of the updated guidance for dental settings, including recommendations for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters also discussed strategies for dental healthcare facilities to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE). The webinar recording and slides are now available.
DHAA responded to the rapid development of COVID-19 national strategy over the past few months and provided a range of services in support of its members. These include additional communication and information measures, an expert panel for clinical advice, enhanced employment and industrial relation services, daily mental wellbeing support, local support groups, and collaborative activities and information sharing with stakeholders.
The Coronavirus pandemic brought the dental hygiene profession to a halt in Canada. CDHA developed Interim Guidance providing best practice recommendations for dental hygienists considering a return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CDHA also recently released two COVID related webinars that are available globally. Dr. Mia Geisinger and Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, discuss the "invisible" risks within the dental operatory and evaluate SARS-CoV-2, its underlying virology, and transmissibility in CDHA's webinar.
May 28, 2020 was a day of celebration. On that day, the Danish parliament unanimously agreed to make an important change in the legalized status for dental hygienists in Denmark which allows the dental hygienists to carry out more tasks independently. The change is a result of several years of lobbying and will remove several barriers for self-employed dental hygienists. There are still improvements to be made in the law and we will continue the work in the coming years. Because of COVID-19 the members of parliament were not allowed to stay in the plenary chamber and they had to wait in line outside.
During the COVID-19 lockdown the activities concerning dental care have been reduced to an absolute minimum. To offer an alternative way to consult a dental hygienist, and to reduce the need for physical presence, the Danish authorities have made available a platform for phone and video consultation. In that way patients with for example pain and infections can get an online consultation assessment. It is an interim solution where the Danish Dental Hygienists managed to negotiate an agreement on public subsidies being paid to the dental hygienist for each online consultation carried out.
The Finnish Association of Dental Hygienist (FADH) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, published one of their magazines for free online for all dental professionals. Click here to view the magazine.
The Annual Dental Hygienist of the Year Award is presented at the IDHA annual conference in November. Our winner for 2019/20 was Eimear Staunton. Candidates were asked to produce an oral health information leaflet with topic choices provided by the association. Eimear's leaflet focused on Oral Care for the Elderly in a Nursing Home. Congratulations to Eimear on her success. (photo: left to right, Eimear Staunton, Anne O'Keefe, Dr. Catherine Waldron)
March brought the inevitable shutdown of dental clinics following the spread of COVID 19 to Ireland. Dental Hygienists in private practice offered to be placed on a volunteer list for the government if needed. The IDHA would like to acknowledge our dental hygienists working in community dental clinics whom after redeployment have been tirelessly working in COVID 19 test centers, nursing homes and homeless centers amongst many other locations. Our hygienists are working with teams of ambulance personnel, army, speech, and occupational therapists alongside their own dental colleagues. Working twelve-hour shifts and long weekends, they have been key workers in this crisis and the IDHA are so proud of them. We thank all our international colleagues for keeping in touch and providing up to date advice and support and our sympathies extend to everyone who may have lost a loved one in this pandemic.
The Korean Dental Hygienists Association unveiled its renewed mascot 'Teerong' - a compound word of 'teeth' and 'strong'. It means building strong teeth, while representing the roles and vision of KDHA dedicated to contributing to improving dental health of the public. KDHA plans to register its copyright and trademark and develop various products with this renewed mascot to promote the association. KDHA will also use 'Teerong' to provide diverse contents that are often encountered in daily lives.
KDHA deposited donations collected from its members to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and help vulnerable groups in healthcare to Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association. Through the campaign, the KDHA members donated KRW 12.701 million in total, and the donations will be spent to purchase goods and provide medical services to the disadvantaged groups who are facing difficulties caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Association for Oral Health Therapists Singapore (AOHT) upcoming event, namely Dental Hygiene and Therapist Forum (DHDT) @ the International Dental and Exhibition Meeting (IDEM) will be a digital conference held virtually over three months from June 19, 2020 to August 19th. This biennial international conference has grown over the past two decades and continues to expand its reach to all current and future dental professionals, including Dental Assistants, Dental Technicians, and undergraduates in the dental faculty.
The IFDH "Every Child has a Toothbrush" program is accepting new applications for 2020.
New sponsor, Crest/Oral-B, will provide small grants and manual toothbrushes for children 6 and older to Dental Hygienists who conduct a community education intervention programs for children. The programs must be designed to teach children how to use a manual toothbrush effectively to better control biofilm and reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Grant applications will remain open throughout the year until all monies and/or toothbrushes have been allocated. There are a limited number of applications per country.
World Cavity-Free Future Day (WCFF Day) was launched in 2016 by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) as an annual international awareness day to address the need for greater global awareness of dental caries, the disease which, when left unaddressed, can lead to dental cavities. This year's World Cavity-Free Future Day will focus on "tooth decay as a disease across the life course, with each age group and generation facing different experiences." This year the program is launching a video competition, Smiles Across Generations open to all. More details about the awareness day and competition can be found here.
The inaugural meeting of the Scientific Committee for the International Symposium of Dental Hygiene (ISDH) took place in April with Dr Catherine Waldron, Chairperson, setting the agenda. The theme of the symposium is 'The future in Our Hands'. We are honoured to have Dr. Sharon Compton Canada, Dr. Melanie Hayes Australia, Ms. Susan Johnston Ireland, Dr. Kyung Mi Kim, South Korea and Prof. Kerstin Öhrn Sweden joining Catherine on the committee. With diverse areas of interest within the common speciality of Dental Hygiene, the committee will work towards developing a varied programme that will spark the curiosity of all attending.
While this Zoom meeting spanned the world and the use of technology was always the expected medium, it was never envisaged the world would have changed so much in such a short time.
Discussions around time frames, themes, past symposium feedback and no end of ideas made for an exciting first meeting.
The Convention Centre Dublin is our chosen location for ISDH 2022 with good reason. Visit youtube.com to hear a CCD client's testimonial on Dublin as a venue for you to visit.
To keep up to date with plans for ISDH register your interest on www.isdh2022.com.
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March 20-21: United Arab Emirates Dental Hygienists Club (EDHC) - Emirates Saudi Dental Hygienist Symposium
April 17: Association of Dental Hygienists of Czech Republic (ADH) - Professional Conference
June 19-August 19: Association for Oral Health Therapists Singapore (AOHT) - Dental Hygiene and Therapist Forum (DHDT) @ the International Dental and Exhibition Meeting (IDEM).
July 24-25: New Zealand Dental Hygienists' Association (NZDHA) - Annual Conference
June 26-28: American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) - Virtual Annual Conference
September 4: Association of Dental Hygienists of Czech Republic (ADH) - Professional Conference
September 19-21: Japan Dental Hygienists Association (JDHA) - 15th Annual Meeting
October 2: Danish Dental Hygienists - Annual Dental Hygienists Conference
October 16-18: Spanish Association of Oral Hygienists (HIDES) - National Conference
November 6-7: Irish Dental Hygienist's Association (IDHA) - Annual Conference
November 14: Finnish Association of Dental Hygienists (FADH)- Annual Meeting
November 20-21: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) - XXX National Conference Bologna, Italy
November 27-28: British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) - Oral Health Conference
December 23: Israeli Dental Hygiene Association (Israel DHA) - Annual Conference