IFDH Newsletter
February 2020
 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
Member News
International Journal of Dental Hygiene
Oral Health News & Research
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The IFDH President

A lot Has been Accomplished in
Only 6 Months!

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

Since our election in mid-August 2019, the IFDH Board of Directors and staff have been busy. Read the summary by President Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, including:

  • Board Meeting in Dublin with ISDH 2022 Local Organizing Committee
  • Marketing Elements Improved and Developed
  • Global Oral Health Summit & Executive Leadership Forum
  • Representing IFDH globally
  • Our First of 3 Surveys
  • Committees Developed

Read the full message.

IDFH News & Programs

New Committees & Chairs Appointed

During our House of Delegates Business Meeting in Brisbane, August 2019, the HoDs decided on having smaller IFDH committees with more specific tasks. As a result, the board has divided some of the major committees, added a few sub committees and have appointed a Chair and board member as liaison to the committee and developed a list of tasks for each committee. Committees include:

  • Education: Chair, Ron Knevel (Australia)
  • Every Child Has a Toothbrush: Chair, Mart-Marie Potgieter (South Africa)
  • Infrastructure:
    • Bylaws/Ethics: Chair, Cheryl Day (Australia)
    • Association Resource Center: Chair, Carmen Lanoway (Germany)
  • International Symposium on Dental Hygiene: Chair, Barbara Derham (Ireland)
  • Membership:
    • Applications: Chair, Beth Ryerse (Canada)
    • Dental Therapist Task Force: Chair, To Be Determined
  • Research: Chair, To Be Determined
  • Scientific: Chair, Catherine Waldron (Ireland)
  • Social Responsibility: Chair, Sharon Friedman (Israel)

The board is looking forward to working together with the committees and utilizing our common ideas to realize the IFDH mission.

IFDH Completes First of 3 Surveys

IFDH 2019 Toothpaste Survey Results
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The IFDH recently fielded the first in a 3-survey series to explore Dental Hygienists' knowledge about fluoride dentifrices, including resources used for decision-making when providing recommendations to their patients. Survey results identify common information sources and knowledge gaps across regions to guide future educational programs. The survey was sent out to all of our 34 national association members. There were 480 respondents, representing 20 countries.

Congratulations to the top five countries with the most respondents - Korea, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland and South Africa. Look for two more surveys this year. Thank you to P&G for their sponsorship of this new program.

WOW! A New, Dynamic 2-Day IFDH Event

To emphasize our role in the promotion of oral health, IFDH has organized a Global Oral Health Summit and an Executive Leadership Forum in Barcelona, Spain on March 12 -13, 2021 (this is a new date due to hotel availability).

IFDH Global Oral Health  Summit

During the Summit, influential stakeholders in oral health, public health, education and research will discuss oral health issues, resulting in a multi-faceted statement and policy recommendations on the importance of oral health.

IFDH Executive Leadership Forum

During the Executive Leadership Forum, current board members and future leaders of our national Dental Hygienist organizations, will learn from experts on how to advance their leadership skills through strategic thinking and collaboration. They will be able to share their organizational issues and concerns and learn from global oral health community peers and their successes #45; great benefits for our member organizations!

Plan now for your board and future leaders to attend this unique 2-day event.

Download brochure, or see website for more information.

ISDH 2022: All Aboard for Dublin Ireland!

By Barbara Derham, IDHA Local Organizing Committee, ISDH 2022, Dublin, Ireland.

IFDH Board Meeting in Dublin

It may have been Valentine's weekend in Ireland, but it was all about work for the Irish Dental Hygienist Association (IDHA) and the IFDH Board of Directors (right). The planning of the board meeting in Dublin was no coincidence and after months of work in preparation by Barbara Derham, Chair ISDH 2022 and Jeannine Byrne, Treasurer (Irl). They met with Corrie, Peter, Wanda and Donna in the proposed HoD meeting location of coastal Malahide village, on the outskirts of Dublin.

IFDH HoD Business Meeting and the Symposium

The two hour meeting was comprehensive covering all aspects of the HoD Business Meeting and the Symposium. Catherine Waldron (IRL) as Chair of the Scientific Committee, also joined to further expand on the development of the symposium scientific program. It was very productive to meet face to face and with many of the remaining elements of the contract between the IDHA and IFDH finalized, we happily closed the meeting with a walk around the hotel chatting on the various specific needs of the HOD meeting.

The IFDH board and ISDH Chair Barbara at the Guinness Storehouse

With the main business element completed, we made a site visit to the location of the main evening social event for the Symposium. For anyone who has visited Dublin before you will have made the journey to the #1 visitor attraction in the city, The Guinness Storehouse. An amazing building spread over seven floors, the ISDH evening gala party will have exclusive access. The IFDH board and ISDH Chair Barbara for a very personal guided tour and the excitement grew as the possibilities for our international delegates to have a wonderful experience were discussed. The board may have had to sample a pint of the 'Black Stuff' for research purposes as it's claimed to be the best pint of Guinness in Dublin!

The IDHA and IFDH will strive to make ISDH 2022 an unforgettable experience on all levels. Cead Mile Failte ISDH, Dublin, Ireland 2022!

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Member News


ADOHTA and DHAA welcome the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council's decision to approve the proposed Dental Board of Australia's Scope of Practice Standard. The new standard when implemented has removed the phrase 'not an independent practitioner' and requirements for a structured professional relationship between a dentist and dental therapists, dental hygienists or oral health therapists. The standard ensures high quality and safe delivery of service. ADOHTA and DHAA look forward to working closely with The Board, all levels of government and stakeholders to support the implementation of the revised Scope of Practice Registration Standard over coming months.


CDHA 2018 Healthy and Respectful Workplace Survey

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association is thrilled to announce that our peer-reviewed research journal, Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene (CJDH), was recently accepted into MEDLINE. It is a milestone moment to be counted among the top-rated journals worldwide and recognized as vital to expanding the global body of knowledge. CJDH is published three times a year and welcomes submissions on topics of relevance to dental hygiene practice, education, policy, and theory.

Czech Republic

We are very proud to announce that our Dental Hygienists Association will celebrate its 20th Anniversary this year at our Annual conference.


This year's presentation of The Association of Dental Hygienist in medical schools for future dental hygienists took place. The aims of the presentations are were to familiarize future graduates with the professional organization, which defends our interests, and supports the further development of the field, and to offer students and future graduates' membership. Our new project, electronic magazine DH SPECTRUM, was also introduced, where students can contribute by submitting their final graduate themes.

We are also in the process of preparing for the World Oral Health Day. We hope that this year's event will be even better than last year's when ADH ČR together with the Czech Chamber of Dentist organized many events of which ADH ČR educated 950 children, 1623 adults and 175 seniors. Click here to see the winning project!


On January 28, 2020 a delegation from The Danish Dental Hygienists (DDH) spoke to the Health Committee in the Danish parliament. The purpose was to inform and influence the Danish legislators to make a few, but very important changes in the legalized status for dental hygienists in Denmark. In the coming months, a legislative proposal is being debated in the parliament. The proposal is a result of several years of lobbying and will remove some barriers for self-employed dental hygienists. We have high hopes that the proposal will be adopted.

In the coming months, we will be involved in a project concerning Dental Hygienists in the Hospital Sector. The project is a case study performed by the recognized consultant agency Ramböll and will include both desk research and interviews. The purpose of this project is to identify and examine how dental hygienists are organized within the hospital sector and which tasks they perform in hospitals, mainly Denmark and Scandinavia. The results will be published and will be a stepping stone in our continuing work to highlight the potential of employing dental hygienists in the Danish hospital sector. This project is set to begin in March 2020.


The German Dental Hygienists Association is deeply involved in two three-year Bachelor of Science degrees in Dental Hygiene Programs which will start in Spring 2021 in Dresden and in Würzburg, Germany.


American Dental Hygienists' Association

The IDHA held their Annual Scientific Conference in Limerick city, in the west of Ireland in November 2019. At the conference, we introduced a new initiative suggested by past President Louise Fleming, involving the collection of used dental uniforms going to a charity working in disadvantaged communities abroad. Our members responded with great enthusiasm and it is planned to become a regular event.


In September The Israeli Dental Hygiene Association sponsored several free CPR certification courses, all filled to capacity throughout the country. A conference dealing with legal rights and compensation, also held in September was an unprecedented success and we are considering organizing another similar conference in the future. In mid-November we had a number of enlightening country wide study days in collaboration with Colgate and ended the month with our annual two-day conference celebrating International Dental Hygiene Day.

We are extremely proud of the launch of our new App, the first of its kind for any Dental Association in the country! This App allows for smoother registration to our meetings and conferences, as well as keeping track of our CE credits. It provides a wealth of information both for the IDHA and the individual hygienists.

The year 2020 marks the 40-year anniversary of the first graduating class of Dental Hygiene in Israel and we look forward to the many major events being planned for the coming year.

New Zealand

Robyn as our New Zealander

It has been an honor to work alongside Robyn Watson (far right), while she was President of IFDH. We claim Robyn as our New Zealander, even though she was a lecturer at Sydney University when appointed, and this has certainly put New Zealand on the map.

Dr. Sharmyn Turner

Our Social Responsibility program written by Dr. Sharmyn Turner found in her research that the fall-off of members of our community in the 20 - 30 year old age range was very noticeable. The aim is to target this group with a text program aiming to remind and encourage them to increase their oral health at home. Sharmyn attended the Social Responsibility Conference in Italy 2018 along with a number of other countries, and interacted with hygienists who presented on how they set up their programs or were in the process of setting up programs and their outcomes. The conference gave Sharmyn the opportunity to forge relationships with like-minded hygienists and learn from other programs bring back learned expertise. We, in New Zealand look forward to watching the progress of her program - MeneMene.

Dental Hygiene students from the Otago Polytechnic

This year we celebrate the graduation of the initial cohort of Dental Hygiene students from the Otago Polytechnic, a milestone in the history of Dental Hygiene in New Zealand. From a fledging group of 16 who graduated in 1995, the profession has evolved to include the skill sets of dental hygiene and dental therapy in two-degree courses in Dunedin and Auckland.


The Norwegian Dental Hygienists Association is represented in a working group appointed by the University in Oslo to offer another Master's Degree in Dental Hygiene for dental hygienists. A new National Guidelines Regulation for Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene is being implemented in 2021, and the Dental hygienist Association has been a big part of this.

The Association is making more vocational courses available for its members and making it possible to register hours for continuing education.

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau
Al Nukhba Award

On December 10, 2019 the Emirates Dental Hygienists' Club was awarded an Al Nukhba Award from Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau, part of the Department of Culture and Tourism Dhabi, to thank us as members of the Business Elite program for contributing to efforts to position Abu Dhabi as a global leader in business events. This award is associated with the IFDH bid to host ISDH 2026 by Emirates Dental Hygienists' Club which was presented in Australia at ISDH in August 2019. Emirates Dental Hygienists' club is very proud to be ambassadors to Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates and we are very grateful for the acknowledgement of our hard work to promote Dental Health on an international level.

United States

ADHA Meets With United States Public Health Service

On December 5, 2019, ADHA President Matt Crespin, ADHA Chief Executive Officer Ann Battrell, ADHA Washington Counsel Karen Sealander and ADHA Director of Advocacy & Education Ann Lynch, met with nine officials from the office of the United States Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. The 3-hour meeting covered a host of topics including the evolution of dental hygiene across the country, dental hygienists being integrated into medical settings, license portability, and thoughts on the development of the 2020 Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health. ADHA looks forward to continued partnership with the Surgeon General's Office.

International Journal of Dental Hygiene

Highlights from the February issue of IJDH

International Journal of Dental Hygiene

The first 2020 issue of the IFDH International Journal on Dental Hygiene provides the reader with a myriad of scientific discussion reference to support optimal patient health outcomes. A selection of Systematic Reviews together with original papers from contributing authors located in countries such as The Netherlands, Australia, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Korea, China and Sweden truly reflect the international nature of the journal as the official publication for the International Federation of Dental Hygienists.

The association between periodontal disease and root/coronal caries;
Caries incidence and risk assessment during a five‐year period in adolescents living in southeastern Sweden;
Effects of oral health programmes on xerostomia in community‐dwelling elderly: A systematic review and meta‐analysis;
Does chlorhexidine mouthwash, with an anti‐discoloration system, reduce tooth surface discoloration without losing its efficacy? A systematic review and meta‐analysis;
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Oral Health News & Research

World Oral Health Day - March 20

World Oral Health Day Resources

We want everyone to make a pledge to look after their oral health, because a healthy mouth enables us to enjoy life… and that's something definitely worth pledging for. Use the resources to show your support for World Oral Health Day, whether you're organizing an event or simply spreading the word among family and friends.

Coronavirus & Infection Control Considerations for Your Dental Practice

Coronavirus & Infection Control Considerations for Your Dental Practice

With the quick pace of information and statistics emerging around the Novel Coronavirus (2019-NCoV), Learn these basic facts around this infectious disease and remind your dental practice of the common infection control mistakes to avoid. See the world map of confirmed cases.

Identifying & Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect

Identifying & Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect

For the oral healthcare professional, identifying child abuse and neglect is not always a straightforward task. Learn some relevant laws and research findings is important to lead to informed assessments and decisions. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides some education modules on child abuse.

How Can Dental Practitioners Join the Fight Against HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer?

How Can Dental Practitioners Join the Fight Against HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer?

The entire oral healthcare team has the responsibility of impacting the overall health of their patients. This becomes even more relevant with the realization that up to 27 million people each year visit a dentist or dental hygienist and not a physician, thus providing a special opportunity for primary care issues to be addressed in the dental or dental hygiene setting. Learn more facts from the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Peri-Implant Disease: A Primer.
Etiology, Prevention & Treatment

Peri-Implant Disease: A Primer. Etiology, Prevention & Treatment

An independent survey conducted in 2013 predicted that in the US dental implant market alone, more than 2.5 million dental implants would be placed in 2016. If 10% of these develop peri-implantitis, that would equal approximately 257,000 affected implants. Over a 5-year time period, that translates to 1.2 million diseased dental implants requiring treatment. To help reverse this trend, clinicians must be familiar with the etiology and risk factors for peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis as well as how to properly diagnose and treat these two clinical entities in their earliest stages. An EFP Toolkit for clinicians on new classification is now available for use, including peri-implant health, peri-implant mucositis, and peri-implantitis.

Editors: Peter Anas, Executive Director,
Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, BA, MS

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March 20-21: United Arab Emirates Dental Hygienists Club (EDHC) - Emirates Saudi Dental Hygienist Symposium
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

March 27-28: Finnish Association of Dental Hygienists (FADH) - Annual Training Days for Dental Hygienists
Helsinki, Finland

April 17: Association of Dental Hygienists of Czech Republic (ADH) - Professional Conference
Prague, Czech Republicy

June 3-4: Israeli Dental Hygiene Association (Israel DHA) - Annual Conference
Tel Aviv, Israel

June 4-5: Norwegian Dental Hygienists Association - Annual Conference
Lillehammer, Norway

June 12-14: American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) - Annual Conference
New Orleans, USA

July 4-5: Korean Dental Hygienists Association (KDHA) - Annual Conference
Seoul, Republic of Korea

July 24-25: New Zealand Dental Hygienists' Association (NZDHA) - Annual Conference
Dunedin, New Zealand

September 19-21: Japan Dental Hygienists Association (JDHA) - 15th Annual Meeting
Osaka, Japan

October 2: Danish Dental Hygienists - Annual Dental Hygienists Conference

October 2-3: The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) - CDHA Summit
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

October 8-10: The Dental Hygientists Association of Australia (DHAA) - National Symposium
Melbourne, Australia

October 16-18: Spanish Association of Oral Hygienists (HIDES) - National Conference
Grenada, Spain

November 6-7: Irish Dental Hygienist’s Association (IDHA) - Annual Conference
Dublin, Ireland

November 20: Swiss Dental Hygienists - Annual Conference
Basel, Switzerland

November 20: British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) - Oral Health Conference
SSE Hydro Glasgow

November 20-21: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) - XXX National Conference Bologna, Italy

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