IFDH Newsletter
June 2021
 Board of Directors

Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH, Epe

President Elect
Wanda Fedora RDH
Nova Scotia

Vice President
Michaela ONeill

Donna Paton
Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Melanie Hayes

 House of Delegates

Executive Director
Peter Anas

Membership Director
Laikisha Jeffries

Membership Coordinator
Clare Karpinski

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From the President
IFDH News & Programs
International Journal of Dental Hygiene
Member News
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The IFDH President

IFDH Takes a Big Step on to
the Oral Health World Stage

Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet,
Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH, Epe

In a few weeks, the first IFDH Global Oral Health Summit will take place! We are very delighted that so many international organizations and world leaders have all committed to contribute to this Summit.

The overall question of the Summit is: How can the Dental Hygiene profession contribute to resolve the global burden of dental diseases and what is needed to realize "Oral Health for all" by 2030?

A huge challenge…but I am convinced, that if we share this global goal and vision, if the oral health workforce collaborates, if we include other healthcare providers, if we use policy recommendations to convince policy makers to put oral health on the agenda, it can be accomplished!

Our 35th Anniversary Represents Strong
Growth of Over 55% in the Last Decade!

IFDH's 35th Anniversary

The Summit's Roundtable session on June 26th will also be the start of IFDH's 35th Anniversary. During the past decade, the Federation grew from 23 to 36 National Association Members, a growth of over 55% and now representing almost 90.000 Dental Hygienists worldwide!

Read the full article.
IDFH News & Programs
Global Oral Health Summit, Virtual Conference, June 26, 2021

IFDH Virtual
Global Oral

The Future Together:

Enhancing the Role of the Dental Hygienist in Oral Health & Total Health

To start our 35th Anniversary year activities, IFDH presents its 2021 IFDH Global Oral Health Summit, a virtual event with pre-recorded sessions, followed by a live chat on June 26th, featuring influential worldwide leaders and stakeholders from:

World Health Organization (WHO)
World Dental Federation (FDI)
International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
International Journal of Dental Hygiene (IJDH)
Alliance for a Cavity Free Future (ACFF)
Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe (PBOHE)
European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF)
A Global Oral Health Policy Consultant
Colgate Palmolive
5CE Credits: Certificate Provided

…all collaborating on the role of the Dental Hygienist in the "Oral Health team" and the "multi-disciplinary team."

Presented over 2 Sessions:

Be a Part of These Unique Perspectives on Dental Hygiene, Oral Health and Total Health!

To accommodate our members from 36 Dental Hygienist organizations around the world & across many time zones, we've made it easier for you to participate:

3.5-Hour Pre-Recorded Session:
Watch this session on your own schedule (after June 10th)

1.5-Hour Live Chat:
Saturday June 26, 10 am ET USA, 4 pm CET

Come be a part of these unique views on Oral Health!

Click here for Registration Form (fillable).
Download Summit Brochure.
Click for all Summit details on our website.





IFDH Survey #4 Results:

The Link Between Oral Health & Overall Health

The IFDH has recently completed a survey of its members to explore Dental Hygienists' knowledge and practices regarding the link between oral and overall health. This was the 4th in a series or surveys to help identify opportunities for future educational programs.

There were 706 respondents, representing 23 countries. Respondents were slightly skewed towards those with more than 25 years in practice. Most respondents reported having a Diploma or Bachelor's degree and working in private practice.

The majority of respondents said an established link exists between oral health and:

Diabetes (92%),
Cardiovascular diseases (90%),
Mouth Cancer (75%), and
Pregnancy outcomes (72%).

Fewer respondents said an established link exists between oral health and:

Alzheimer's disease (42%),
Rheumatoid Arthritis (41%),
COVID-19 (22%),
Kidney disease (19%) and
Colon Cancer (12%).
The Oral-Systemic Link

Click here for a full summary of the results.

We thank P&G for their support of this program.

Does Your Organization, or Members,
Have a Program Focused on Women?

If so, please let us know.

If not, we invite you to develop a project to share with colleagues.

It can be a small project in a community, or a nation-wide initiative, as long as it addresses the theme of Empowering Women.
Partners in Social Responsibility
Social Responsibility Focus on Women
Empowering Women 2021-2022

The IFDH Social Responsibility Program will highlight 3 projects at a special session in Dublin, Ireland at the ISDH Symposium, August 10-13, 2022.

Sponsored by

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We've Got Tips & Tools to Help You Get Started
The Social Responsibility Committee welcomes your involvement. Please contact the Committee Chair Sharon Freidman, to let us know you are participating. Throughout the remainder of 2021 and into 2022, we will be in contact to support our registered members with tips and tools to Empower the Women in our World. Click here for more information.

New Association Resource Committee to
Gather Items to Help All Member Organizations

The newest IFDH committee has a mission to provide all IFDH member associations with a library, or a compilation of documents, photos, graphics and links for IFDH Association Members, to support and enhance the operation of their organization.

Phase 1: Their first task is to gather and share Publications and Marketing items from our member organizations, including:

Photo library or clip-art
New member campaign brochures
General brochures/flyer
Conference logos and registration brochures

Next Phases: The next phases for the committee will be to gather documents in the following categories:

Setting up an association
Patient information

The information gathered will be placed in a secure section of the IFDH website, for member access only. The House of Delegates will receive an email soon with more details.

Every Child has a Toothbrush

Sponsored by

Every Child has a Toothbrush

A Pandemic Challenge for
Your Members

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!

IFDH Education Academy

New Resources on
IFDH Education
Academy Web Page

In our continuing efforts to provide educational resources to our members, check the IFDH Education Academy web page for Articles of Interest and webinars.

ISDH 2022:
Open for Abstracts and More!

ISDH 2022: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene
ISDH 2022 Call for Abstracts

May 3rd 2021 was a key date on the journey of the ISDH 2022! The opening of the Call for Oral and Poster Presentations is an exciting step forward to developing our program for all our delegates to enjoy.

The theme of the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene: "The Future In Our Hands" and the sub themes: Care, Adapt, Enable and Learn - provide a wide and inspiring range of categories whether you are an academic researcher, early career, or experienced practicing Dental Hygienist, we want to hear from you.

DEADLINE for Abstract Submissions: 1st October 2021, after which date the abstracts will go for review.
Click for more information.

Oral and poster sessions will be held on Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th of August 2022. We thank Catherine Waldron and the International Scientific Committee members of the ISDH 2022 for all their hard work on the abstract submission process.

Never Been to ISDH Before?
Read our article on the 2019 ISDH in Brisbane Australia - with photos, video and a great overview of the fun, learning experience and much more!

Start Planning Your Trip to Ireland & ISDH
Ireland has a long history of emigration and Irish people have many roots all over the world. So many times, we have met fellow Dental Hygienists who speak of their heritage. One of Ireland's newest interactive and museums only a minute's walk from the Convention Centre Dublin is the amazing EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum, which, not only has an amazing exhibition area, but also offer a Trace Your Ancestors service. Watch the video. Make EPIC part of your visit to Ireland!

ISDH Registration: Opens September 1, 2021.

Remember to sign up at www.ISDH2022.com for regular updates from ISDH 2022 delivered to your inbox!

International Journal of Dental Hygiene

A Forum for the Exchange of Scientific Knowledge in the Field of Oral Health & Dental Hygiene

International Journal of Dental Hygiene Volume 18 Issue 3

The new Associate Editors team is finding their way in managing the submitted papers. Some of the papers were already taken into account by the previous editor, but as the process of peer review takes often months, these are not all ready to be published yet. Constantly, new papers are submitted as researchers take the so-called benefit of writing publications during this pandemic. The manuscripts arrive from all continents which make the journal a real international overview of research fitting to the aim of the journal.

This is to provide a forum for the exchange of scientific knowledge in the field of oral health and dental hygiene, in addition to supporting and facilitate the application of new knowledge into clinical practice.

HIGHLIGHTS from Volume 19, Issue 2, June 2021:

Boric acid as an adjunct to periodontal therapy: A systematic review and meta‐analysis.
Caries disease among an elderly population: A 10‐year longitudinal study.
Effect of a motivational video on flossing behaviour: A pilot study.
Efficacy of dental floss with ellipsoidal knots vs conventional dental floss for plaque removal: A split‐mouth randomized trial.
A clinical investigation into the efficacy of miswak chewing sticks as an oral hygiene aid: A crossover randomized trial.
Member News


Making a Difference in Aged Care - an Ambitious Challenge!
The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia has taken on an enormous challenge to improve the oral health of older Australians. The DHAA Board has set an ambitious strategic goal of getting half of Australian residential aged care facilities to be serviced by a dental hygienist or oral health therapist by 2026, and 80% by 2031.

To achieve these targets, an Aged Care Chapter has been established to develop a national approach to the practice of oral health care for older Australians. This chapter promotes and seeks recognition for improving and supporting oral health in aged care and the provision of value-added, professional oral health services in Australia.

Members of the Aged Care Chapter will demonstrate competence in oral health care to older Australians with up to date and relevant professional knowledge through the Chapter's education program that covers a range of critical competences. We recognize that many DHAA members are clinicians and may have limited business skills, so DHAA will assist chapter members to establish viable operations or gain employment in aged care through a range of resources, workshops, marketing, and business development support. Ongoing CPD on aged care will also be provided to ensure charter members are kept up-to-date with any clinical and system developments within the Australian aged care setting. The chapter and education program will commence In July 2021.


A New Home for the CDHA Journal

A New Home for the CDHA Journal
CDHA is excited to announce that the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene (CJDH), our peer-reviewed research journal, now has its own independent, dedicated website. This new site offers our global audience easy access to all articles published since 2005, as well as general information about the journal, its policies, and manuscript submission procedures.

41 Canadian landmarks

National Dental Hygienists Week™ Lit Canada Purple!
On April 4-10, 41 Canadian landmarks; bridges, buildings, towers AND Niagara Falls, were lit purple across the nation in celebration of our National Dental Hygiene Awareness Week.


Collective Agreement for Public Employed Dental Hygienists Accepted
OK21, the collective agreement regarding public employed Dental Hygienists, has been accepted with 96.2% of the voters in the Danish Dental Hygienists voting yes. Regional and municipal employees are secured a 5.02% wage growth over the next three years from April 1st, 2021 to March 31st, 2024. If the municipal employees do not experience a deduction from the regulation system, the wage growth will be at 5.29%.

Danish Hygienists Taking part in Equal Pay Debate
At the moment, there is a lot of debate regarding equal pay in Denmark. At the center of the debate is a 1969 wage reform, which placed public servants on 40 different pay grades, with sectors dominated by women given lower pay. Different reports and studies show that wages are higher in the male dominated professions than in the female dominated professions in the public labour market. As a union representing the dental hygienists and thereby a group in the workforce where women make up 96 percent of the total group of dental hygienists, the Danish Dental Hygienists are taking part in the debate as well as demonstrations to try to put an end to this old reform and close the pay gap between genders.


Much News for Irish Dental Hygienists
The Irish government is considering that we administer the Covid-19 vaccinations and hopefully now that the easing of Covid restrictions has begun, we will see life getting back to normal.

The IDHA has recently hosted two free webinars for our members. The first of these webinars took place in April, titled "Enhanced communication in the dental team through the 2017 classification". The second webinar, which took place in May, looked at preparing abstract submissions.

Irish Examiner lifestyle page

Pictured is Linda Phelan, President of IDHA (left) and Dr. Catherine Waldron, Chair of IFDH International Scientific Committee, (right) who recently had an article on Oral Health published in a national newspaper.


Recently one of the Health Funds launched an advertising campaign with inappropriate language regarding oral hygiene treatment, with insinuation that it is cosmetic rather than health related. The IDHA's quick actions lead the Health Fund removing the add and replacing it with one that appropriately conveys dental hygiene treatment as a part of all other health treatments, with an emphasis on prevention.

Our Social Responsibility project in shelters for abused women is being very successfully implemented country wide.

We are continuing to lobby for a degree program in DH.

Our Facebook pages and website are active, and our successful (almost bi-weekly) webinar lecture series continues to thrive with high attendance.

New Zealand

Centenary of the NZ School Dental Service

The New Zealand Dental Hygienists Association recently combined with the New Zealand Oral Health Therapists Association in Dunedin, to celebrate the Centenary of the NZ School Dental Service in Dunedin, at the 2021 Annual National Conference.

2020 marked 25 years since the graduation of the initial cohort of New Zealand's Dental Hygienists. This was an opportunity after much anticipation and the 2020 pandemic, to meet again with colleagues socially and enjoy a program filled with some of the latest knowledge and information from the oral health sector.

Editors: Peter Anas, Executive Director,
Clare Karpinski, Membership & Project Coordinator

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International Federation of Dental Hygienists

with support from


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Phone: 240-778-6790 • Web: www.IFDH.org



June 18-20: American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Annual Conference
Phoenix, AZ

June 26: IFDH Global Oral Health Summit

September 2-4: Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association (ADOHTA) - 6th International Conference
Perth, Australia

September 18-30: Japan Dental Hygienists Association (JDHA) - 16th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Dental Hygiene (Virtual)
Iwate Prefecture, Japan

October 15-16: Spanish Association of Oral Hygienists (HIDES) - 32nd National Congress (Virtual)
Grenada, Spain

Oct 28-30: Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) - National Symposium
Melbourne, Australia

October 29-30 Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) - Virtual Conference

November 11-13: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) - National Congress
Bologna, Italy

November 12-13: The Irish Dental Hygienists Association (Irish DHA) - Annual Dental Hygienist Conference
Cork, Ireland

November 19: Swiss Dental Hygienists - Annual Fall Conference
Basel, Switzerland

November 26-27: British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) - Oral Health Conference
Glasgow, UK

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