Lots Happening in the Dental Hygiene World
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We wish Robyn improved health as she was in an accident in Russia and had to cancel several visits to dental hygiene events in the past month.
The IFDH and Korean Dental Hygienist Association have mutually agreed on postponing plans to hold the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Korea until 2024, initially scheduled to be held in Seoul in 2019. The IFDH Board of Directors advised the KDHA of a change of venue due to the current political tensions in the area.
Many concerns have been raised in relation to the 2019 ISDH and the heightened political situation involving North Korea. Many of the House of Delegates are apprehensive in relation to the safety for its members and are concerned that many international participants will choose not to commit to attending the ISDH in South Korea in 2019 due to the tensions in North Korea and the possible outcomes.
We have had indications from potential speakers and participants that they would not participate in a conference in S. Korea because of this situation.
We have been watching the situation evolve for several months and it has not been an easy decision to make, but unfortunately the increase in tension with the ongoing nuclear testing and build-up of strategic weapons in the area makes the situation too volatile and we feel that it is perceived as unsafe for participants to travel to the region. This situation could improve or devolve, but we do not know which way it will go and with a short time to prepare a new venue, we have been investigating the possibilities.
The IFDH Board has been in contact with the runners-up from previous ISDH bids in 2013 and 2016 and is in negotiation with an alternate IFDH House of Delegate member country. This country will be announced when the details are finalised.
In spite of the current political tension around the Korean Peninsula, South Korea is stable both socially and economically, which is reflected through some social indicators such as the KOSPI (Korea Stock Market Index) and has been steadily rising despite these global issues.
This decision has not been made lightly and is very regrettable. We are very mindful of, and deeply regret that the environment has caused such a disappointment to the KDHA. The Board is most appreciative of the hard work they have done up to this stage to develop the ISDH and look forward to going to Seoul in 2024.
Robyn Watson Kyung Sook Moon
President IFDH President KDHA
A new national association of dental hygienists was formed in India early in 2017 - the Federation of Indian Dental Hygienist Association (FIDHA). This Federation comprises all state dental hygienist associations and individual dental hygienists from different parts of India. Its office is in New Delhi, India, with Ramakant Pandey as President, who, in photo at right, is shown receiving their IFDH membership certificate from IFDH Treasurer Mary Rose Pincelli Boglione, at the IFDH seminar in Dubai (see article below).
The IFDH Membership Committee and Board of Directors have approved all elements of their application and welcome them to the IFDH as its 31st country! We look forward to welcoming the following to our House of Delegates - Surendra Shukla and Shrikant Borade.
A Periodontal Instrumentation and Sharpening Hands-on Course by the IFDH, taught attendees to learn practical principles for confronting clinical complications with dexterity, skill and confidence. It focused on innovative instrument designs and solutions driven approaches to meet the inevitable challenges of mechanically treating "invisible" root surfaces and examine the design characteristics of a variety of hand instruments and are listed for appropriate skill levels. It was held on 4th Nov 2017 at the Dental Hygienist Seminar (part of 9th DFCIC) in Dubai by the Centre for Advanced Professional Practices (CAPP). See pictures in the UAE section of Member News below.
Congratulations to Recipient Magandhree Naidoo of South Africa
Dental care has been acknowledged as one of the leading unmet health care need among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Individuals with ASD have distinctive characteristics and behaviors that impact on their oral care, thereby creating challenges for parents, caregivers and dental professionals. The communication impairment frequently noted in this population has impacted oral care at home, school and the dental office. Transparent pictorial cues in the form of a dental communication board will be beneficial for facilitating a dental visit for this population. Read more.
December 15th Deadline for 2017 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.
Thank you to Alice Horowitz, PhD, MA, RDH the presenter for the IFDH Education Academy's first-ever webinar in December 2016. The webinar will remain accessible from our website with one hour of content (1 CE), which includes background and update on oral health literacy and its potential impact on decreasing dental caries, especially among pregnant women and their children.
Participants will learn:
What health literacy is & why it is important
How to incorporate important communication skills to increase health literacy among their patients
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 »
The committees below met in Lucerne, Switzerland and the Minutes for those meetings are included in HOD section of the website. Stay involved, or get involved. Committee Chair emails are included below.
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The IFDH is committed to continually pursuing professional development and academic expansion for the profession of dental hygiene around the world. Resources are provided to further support practitioners, educators, associations and researchers who seek to enrich their career pathways. Learn more.
The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) recently held its Annual Symposium, welcoming over 500 hygienists and oral health therapists to Adelaide for three days of workshops, lectures, exhibition and social events. Delegates were inspired by an array of world-class speakers and engaging industry, prepared to improve patient care when they returned to their clinics. The Gala Dinner was "All about the swing" which resulted in fantastic display of full skirts, victory curls and red lips for the ladies, and hats and ties for the guys. Supported by a DHAA grant, member Cathryn Carboon launched her children book, "Who is the tooth fairy's best friend?" during Symposium, signing books for delegates at the DHAA booth. Delegates were encouraged to make healthy choices in recognition of World Cavity Free Future Day on October 14, with all break-time refreshment options replaced by water served in striking, red #choosewater drink bottles. Find out more about our Symposium.
The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) recently released the report of findings from our 2017 Job Market and Employment Survey. The purpose of this survey is to obtain key labour force information about the profession from dental hygienists across Canada. There seems to be an upward trend in salary, an increase in the number of dental hygienists with written contracts, and a more positive outlook on the Canadian economy. The survey shows an increase in the number of respondents paid on an hourly basis and a slight decrease in dental hygienists (50+) in the workforce due to earlier retirement. According to the survey, dental hygienists feel highly valued by their clients, which may reflect growing public recognition of their role as primary health care providers. The executive summary is available on the associations' website.
The IDHA was delighted to see member Dorothy Halpin (pictured centre) receive the Annual Special Care Dental Care Professional Award for her project on special care dentistry at the Irish Society of Oral Health and Disability conference on her work with special needs patients. Dorothy developed a program using photographs and individualized stories for her patients before they attended her surgery. This proved to be highly successful with patients and parents/carers.
Past IFDH Vice President Catherine Waldron (left) and IDHA member Sviatlana Anishchuk (right) represented Ireland in Florence, Italy at the IFDH Social Responsibility Conference. The IDHA are committed to introduce a social responsibility program within the next two years.
The Third National Dental Workshop Program was held in September 2017, organized by the Nepal Dental Science Hygienist Association (NDSHA).
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Dutch Dental Hygienist Association organised a two-day congress with a sparkling party on September 29th and 30th in the old sugar factory Sugarcity, in a village called Halfway, in the surroundings of Amsterdam. The purpose of this anniversary congress was to inform dental hygienists about the latest developments within oral health care, but of course also to celebrate together 50 years of dental hygienists in the Netherlands. In 1967, the first dental hygienists in the Netherlands started the Dutch Dental Hygienists Association. What started with twelve members is 50 years later evolved into a thriving professional association with approximately 3,300 members.
Two years ago the New Zealand Dental Hygienists' Association introduced the Dental Hygienist of the Year Award to acknowledge excellence in our profession. The award goes to one of the nominated members who have shown commitment & passion to their association and profession and or to the community at large. This year's recipient was awarded to Lesley Turner Hall RDH. Lesley has been in the profession for nearly 20 years and is one of the most passionate dental hygienists in NZ, always promoting good oral health at every possible avenue. Last year the winner was Mary Mowbray RDH, current IFDH representative for NZ and co-founder of NZDHA (1993).
The Association of Dental Hygienists of Norway faced a challenge recently. A regulation suggested that 8 professions were to be sent from the counties to the community. Dentists were included in the suggested professions but not hygienists. The Association had meetings with the politicians and sent out press releases regarding this issue. In June the Parliament decided that the dental hygienists were to be part of the core competencies if the public dental health were to be transported to the community.
The Association of Dental Hygienists of Slovak Republic (ADHS) Days of Dental Hygiene with international speakers from Russia took place the first weekend in June 2017. In total 80 registered dental hygienists attended three days of presentations and workshops. See more photos.
In April 2017 we had cooperation with the League of Rheumatology, including a day full of lectures to educate nurses and patients in Reumatology Hospital in Piestany, Slovakia.
The Emirates Dental Hygienist's Club had its first successful social meeting this year. It was an absolutely wonderful turn out for the first Emirates Dental Hygienist's Club social event. Thank you all so much for taking the time out on a Friday morning to support the development of our profession in the UAE.
IFDH Treasurer Mary Rose Pincelli Boglione (third from left) visited Dubai to present at the annual CAPPMea Dental Hygienists Seminar. During the trip Mary Rose had the opportunity to meet with Emirates Dental Hygienists Club council members - Rachael England, Joanne Flower and Hanan Abdalla, representative for Philips/Jordan, Henny Astral, along with representatives for the Abu Dhabi Tourism Board and Dubai Health Authority, Zenab Mohamed and Dr. Shiamaa Al Mashhadani. The group discussed the exciting Social Responsibility Programme being rolled out across the UAE, beginning in Dubai - Dubai Smiles Healthy, a plan to ensure every school child aged 4-6 receives a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, a designated time at school to brush and bi-annual dental screening. This has already made a huge impact on the dental health of the children enrolled. Emirates Dental Hygienists Club have high hopes for the future and plan to hold regular regional educational events for hygienists and work towards an international seminar in the future.
The Dubai Health Strategy 2021 aims to improve oral health by reducing health inequities and ensure the whole population has access to dental care and prevention education. We can achieve this by uniting and working together with a close public and private partnership. By opening the doors and increasing collaboration and education we are empowered to care for our communities.
The 4th Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference was held from October 19-21, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. The conference was jointly organized by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) and the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research and Practice (NCDHRP). The theme of the conference was "Translating Knowledge to Action." The meeting was sold out with 500 professionals in attendance from 16 countries!
The meeting began with 60 poster presentations on Thursday afternoon followed by a welcome social reception in the exhibit hall. Friday morning began with opening ceremonies and a keynote address by Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian (IFDH Past President) "Mindfulness Matters to Improve Health Outcomes." This presentation focused on reframing dental hygiene using a prevention model as a means of demonstrating the contributions dental hygienists make to the health of the public. Multiple workshops were offered throughout Friday and on Saturday morning for clinicians, educators and researchers on topics related to implants, fluoride delivery, ultrasonic instrumentation, caries risk management, oral cancer screening, dementia, health literacy, mid-level providers, inter-professional practice, and independent practice. An awards luncheon was held to celebrate contributions made by key members of the CDHA and the profession. The conference ended with an afternoon of peer-reviewed oral presentations on a variety of research studies. Our thanks to CDHA, NCDHRP, and the corporate support including Procter & Gamble, Colgate, Dentsply Sirona, Philips, Sunstar, and IADR for this outstanding networking and learning opportunity!
The College of New Caledonia (CNC) students interested in the field of dental hygiene can stay local now that the CNC has reinstated its Dental Hygiene Diploma program in its Prince George, British Columbia campus in western Canada. Read more.
Clear guidelines and answers to many commonly asked questions are provided by the Oral Health and Pregnancy portal, recently launched by the EFP in partnership with Oral-B. See it here.
Millions of Americans have unmet oral healthcare needs and profound oral health disparities persist in vulnerable and underserved populations, especially poor children, older adults, and racial and ethnic minorities. Nurses can play a significant role in improving the quality of oral health including access to care with appropriate education and training. The purpose of this paper is to describe New York University College of Nursing's response to this challenge.
Periodontal disease is very common during pregnancy. Although it has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes, systematic reviews have reached discrepant conclusions on these links.
Smoking during pregnancy has not declined significantly in the last 6 years. Overall, 11.6% of women smoked before pregnancy, 2.5% smoked during pregnancy, and 5.7% smoked after pregnancy, meaning about 1 in 3 women who quit during their pregnancy relapse after pregnancy. See the graphic.
This campaign has a specific mandate to raise awareness of head and neck cancer. Each year, there is a theme to help elevate and grow the campaign: in 2013 there was a focus on early diagnosis, then in 2014 the campaign showcased the benefits of a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to managing the disease.
The goal for this 2017 clinical practice guideline is to inform clinicians about the potential use of adjuncts as triage tools for the evaluation of lesions, including potentially malignant disorders (PMDs), in the oral cavity. Included: Clinical Recommendations, Chairside Guide, For the Patient and Instructional Video.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization in Canada recommends human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for females and males (ages 9–26). In Canada, the HPV vaccine is predominantly administered through publicly funded school-based programs in provinces and territories. This research provides an overview of Canadian provincial and territorial school-based HPV vaccination program administration and vaccination rates, and identifies foreseeable policy considerations.
For this list of countries with the worst teeth, oral health and hygiene in the world we sought help from various websites, most notably, Country Oral Health Profiles, WHO oral health information systems and World Oral Health Report 2003 also published by the WHO. We basically looked at the DMFT index and found the countries with high DMFT ratings for the latest year for which the data was available. Then we went ahead and ranked them based on the DMFT score. As mentioned before, the higher the DMFT score, the higher a country has been placed in the list.
For dental caries management in children & adolescents including special health care needs.
A guideline workgroup formed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry developed guidance and an evidence-based recommendation regarding the application of 38% SDF to arrest cavitated caries lesions in primary teeth.
Advantage Silver Dental Arrest LLC (Redmond, Oregon) and Elevate Oral Care LLC (West Palm Beach, Florida) announced today that the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has provided $9.8 million to fund a Phase III randomized clinical trial using Advantage Arrest Silver Diamine Fluoride 38% for arresting caries in children.
Dental plaque accumulation and inadequate personal oral hygiene (OH) are known major risk factors of periodontitis. Nevertheless, the magnitude of their effects has not yet been the subject of a meta-analysis. The conclusions of this study state that fair to poor OH increases the risk of periodontitis by two- to five-fold. This risk can be reduced by regular toothbrushing and dental visits.
Studies have demonstrated that periodontal disease is associated with the development of systemic complications in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate which markers among various systemic disease parameters are affected by periodontal treatment in patients with T2DM.
For the first time, a strong link has been established between high blood pressure and the most common heart valve disorder in high-income countries. This stated by new research from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford.
The state of Michigan, USA, would authorize and license mid-level "dental therapists" to do work now performed by dentists under a bill advancing in the Legislature. The legislation won Senate approval 21-15 Wednesday. The House will consider it next. Under the bill, dental therapists could practice if they reach an agreement with a supervising dentist. They could perform more common procedures than dental hygienists, such as filling cavities.
The photoacoustic imaging approach offered 0.01-mm precision and could cover the entire pocket, as opposed to the probe-based approach, which is limited to only a few sites. This report is the first to use photoacoustic imaging for probing depth measurements with potential implications to the dental field, including tools for automated dental examinations or noninvasive examinations.
A statement released by the World Health Organization (WHO) addresses the launch of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, funded by tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI), and calls for governments and the public health community not to partner with it.
Researchers analyzed Google search trends to identify consumer demand for a brand-new tobacco product known as heat-not-burn tobacco and found that its popularity is growing quickly.
A new UCLA study found that healthy nonsmokers experienced increased adrenaline levels in their heart after one electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) with nicotine but there were no increased adrenaline levels when the study subjects used a nicotine-free or empty e-cig.
Research presented at IDWeek 2017 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America shows that antibiotics prescribed by dentists may contribute to the growing problem of Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a serious and potentially deadly infection that causes severe diarrhea, suggests. And many of those antibiotics are likely unnecessary, researchers note.
Sales of charcoal dentifrices and powders have rapidly emerged into the Internet marketplace. The authors conducted a literature review to examine the efficacy and safety of charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices. The results of this literature review showed insufficient clinical and laboratory data to substantiate the safety and efficacy claims of charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices. Larger-scale and well-designed studies are needed to establish conclusive evidence.
This Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief is intended to highlight key points made by individual speakers during the presentations and discussions, but it is not intended to serve as a comprehensive summary.
To help with the lowering of stress and anxiety in some patients who find undergoing dental treatment difficult, dogs have been introduced in dental practices from as far as Chile to Canada. In the first study of its kind in Scandinavia, Dr Anne Margrete Gussgard, associate professor at the University of Tromsø, has begun looking into the effects of animal-assisted therapy to understand more about it.
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have made a novel discovery connecting highly variant types of the caries bacterium Streptococcus mutans and their adhesive function to children with rampant caries and increased risk of dental caries. The results, which can lead to a better way of identifying high-risk patients and treat their caries, are published in the journal EBioMedicine.
Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that the mix of microorganisms that inhabit a person's saliva are largely determined by the human host's household. The study, published in the journal mBio®, showed that early environmental influences play a far larger role than human genetics in shaping the salivary microbiome - the group of organisms that play a crucial role in oral and overall health.
Dr.'s William S Spiegel, J.D. and Marc Leffler, D.D.S., J.D. describe the unfortunate case of a 47-year-old woman who developed a brain abscess due to untreated periodontal disease. It would appear that both the over use of antibiotics and inadequate monitoring of the patient's condition led to a sad and unanticipated outcome.
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a multi-system disorder that can have significant adverse effects on the health of the mouth. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations between the disease characteristics of SSc, periodontal disease (PD), and tooth loss. This study showed that patients with SSc presented increased odds of PD and tooth loss compared to non-diseased controls.
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November 3-4: The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) Oral Health Conference "More to the Mouth"
November 10-11: Irish Dental Hygienist's Association (IDHA) 30th Anniversary Annual Conference
November 10-11: Swiss Dental Hygienists Annual Congress
March 3: German Dental Hygienists Association DDHV - Congress, German Dental Hygienists Association
March 19-25: Dutch Dental Hygienists Association (NVM) Dutch Dental Hygienists Week
June 2018: Association of Dental Hygienists in the Slovak Republic ADHS Days of Dental Hygiene
June 20-25: American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) Annual Conference
July 20-21: New Zealand Dental Hygienists Association /New Zealand Dental & Oral Health Therapists (Nzdha/Nzdohta) Annual Conference - Soaring to New Heights, Achieving equity.
October 28: Training day for DH's: Occlusal Dysfunction – How can we help our patients?
November 23: Annual Meeting of FADH