IFDH Newsletter
November 2018
 Board of Directors

Robyn Watson, RDH, MPA

President Elect
Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH

Vice President
Wanda Fedora, RDH
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Mary Rose Pincelli Boglione
Florence, ITALY

Michaela ONeill

 House of Delegates
United States of AmericaUSA

Executive Director
Peter Anas

Membership Director
Laikisha Jeffries

Membership Coordinator
Clare Karpinski

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The IFDH President
Robyn Watson
Robyn Watson

IFDH Has Been Busy & More to Come!

Read the latest message from our President Robyn Watson, including:

  • ISDH 2019
  • House of Delegates Business Meeting
  • My Trip to Korea
  • Chalky Teeth Campaign
  • New Strategic Plan
  • & more!

Read the full message.

2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)
2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

An Inspiring Program

The ISDH presentation program is in the final stages and will be released soon. But rest assured, that we will have a breadth of speakers and presentations from around the world!

  • 52 posters have been accepted so far from over 12 different countries;
  • 31 oral presentations have been accepted;
  • 75% of the program are delivered by international speakers;
  • Get to know the 4 keynote speakers.

View the Program at a glance.

Be Inspired: Social Responsibility Seminar at ISDH


The Tuscan sun was the backdrop in July 2017 for a collaboration of 17 countries in the pursuit of fostering social responsibility within the oral health profession. Along with our 2017 sponsors Dentsply Sirona, Colgate and GSK, our colleagues shared the initiatives currently serving the needs in their home nations. The representatives then accepted the challenge to go forward and enhance these outreach programs and meet in Brisbane Australia on Friday, August 16, 2019 to share their successes with the world of dental hygiene. The atmosphere of positive practitioners sharing their stories of making a difference in oral health is inspirational. Don't miss the opportunity to join us, learn and be inspired. And thank you to Curasept for their sponsorship.

2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

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 koalacompetition@isdh2019.com 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.

2016 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

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)

SAVE: Sunrise Registration Closes November 30!

2016 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

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2016 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

Watch the video on Brisbane!
Go to www.ISDH2019.com for more details.

Thank you to our Sponsors

IFDH Accepted into Oral Health Platform

Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe

The Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe recently accepted the IFDH as an Associate Member. "We are very happy to welcome the IFDH as a new Associate Member of the Platform," said Nigel Carter, the Chair of the Platform. "Their focus on prevention and promoting better oral health worldwide very much aligns with our priorities here in Europe, and we are certain their contributions will serve the Platform's activities in the years to come."

This organization is a joint initiative of the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE), the Council of European Chief Dental Officers (CECDO), the European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH), the Oral Health Foundation and the Pan-European Region of the International Association for Dental Research (PER-IADR). The Platform was created to respond to the Call to Action for Better Oral Health in Europe handed over to the Health Commissioner by several Members of the European Parliament in 2010.

Apply for the IFDH World Dental Hygiene Award
Sunstar Foundation

Apply for the IFDH World Dental Hygiene Awards

The World Dental Hygiene Awards by the Sunstar Foundation are now open in 4 categories.

  1. Research
  2. Activity/project
  3. Student research
  4. 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.

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Every Child has a Toothbrush

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 »

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IFDH Research Grants Update

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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.

Social Responsibility

IFDH Vice President involved in Social Justice

IFDH Vice President involved in Social Justice

IFDH Vice President Wanda Fedora has made social justice a big part of her life and she most recently visited Honduras in Central America. Wanda has been working in Honduras for almost 20 years. Although she does try to work an oral health mission every 2 years her work in Honduras has been in chairing a Board that is financing a school for girls, at risk of exploitation, and the success is showing in the young ladies that are now in University that would not have had even a primary education.

The Board is now assisting in financing a Housing Project to bring homeless families into a safe environment where the parents can then find employment and the children will attend the girls school. The first 50 families will be welcomed in early 2019.

Although Wanda is not there in an oral health capacity she takes the opportunity to remind the children to cepillarse los dientes todos los días! Being involved in the Social Responsibility efforts of our IFDH is very important to our Vice President. Bringing oral health care to the international community is our way of being responsible professionals.

Member News


Australia National Symposium

It has been an exciting time for Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists in Australia, with the Dental Board reviewing our Scope of Practice and looking to lift the restriction on independent practice.

On R U OK Day on the 13th of September one of our student leaders hosted a barbeque for students at their University to get together and check in on each other, with the support of the DHAA. R U OK‘s mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

In October we held out National Symposium in Cairns, in Far North Queensland. We had over 400 delegates travel to this remote but beautiful location for our major annual conference filled with learning and laughs. click here for download. It was a great preview into what ISDH in Brisbane will hold next year and we are looking forward to seeing many of you there.


Silver Diamine Fluoride

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association is pleased to announce the publication of its Position Paper on Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) in the October 2018 issue of the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene. To learn more about the short and long-term effectiveness, safety, and acceptance of SDF therapy for children and adults with carious lesions and/or dentinal hypersensitivity as it applies to dental hygiene practice, click here for download.


Danske Tandplejere

On Friday September 28, 2018 the Danish Dental Hygienists held its Annual Conference. 170 dental hygienists from all over the country participated in a day of lectures, workshops and product presentations from dental companies.

Work continues on the revision of the area of Adult Dental Care in Denmark. There may be new and interesting tasks for the dental hygienists when the revision is over. Politicians from all parties state that they want more focus on prevention and health promotion, and the dental hygienists are the key group to deliver results. They also want more focus on young people, the elderly and the socially vulnerable.


On April 6th, the German Dental Hygienists Association will report in detail about the Bachelor Program which will start in 2020 at a private University DIU (Dresden International University).



The Irish Dental Hygienists Association (IDHA) has had a busy year. We attended EurioPerio9, where we promoted both ISDH 2019 in Brisbane and IDSH 2022 in Dublin!

We have long been working towards a degree program in Ireland and with the work of the European Dental Hygiene Federation and the Common Education Framework, we've have had some successful meetings with the shareholders over the summer. The newOral Health Policy for Ireland is long awaited and we hope that it highlights the need for more freedom for dental hygienists to work out in the community. e!


In the course of the IDHA's last general meeting we reorganized the association's structure. We hired Sharon Friedman-Yaniv, our former chairperson to fill the position of CEO, and welcomed back former chairperson Yael Carlin to once again take up that position. Whereas in the past we held elections for board members, we are happy that besides the new additions to the board, we also have two unofficial board members who will be actively helping us lead the association and profession to achieve our goals.


At the end of the summer vacation volunteers from the IDHA once again manned a booth at the Wilf Children's Hospital (Shaarei Tzedek) "Health Happening" in Jerusalem, where we had a chance to promote oral health and instruct thousands of children and their parents in good oral hygiene practices throughout the day.

On Oct. 3rd we welcomed members of the EFDH to their annual meeting which took place in Jerusalem. The meetings were productive, and planned events a huge success! Thank you to Sharon Yaniv-Friedman and Adele Shevach for their extraordinary organization of the event.

In early November we are celebrating International Dental Hygiene Day with a one-day event which will include lectures and social interactive activities in Tel Aviv. We are already in full swing planning for our annual IDHA conference June 11th when we expect hundreds of hygienists to convene for a day of study and professional dialogue.

Locandina International Day


The Association of Italian Dental Hygienists (AIDI) celebrated the International Day of the Dental Hygienist on October 13, 2018. This was a campaign to promote correct dental hygiene and dedicated to the prevention of diseases of the oral cavity.


Locandina International Day

The Ministry for Health in collaboration with the Malta Association of Dental Hygienists will be organizing a two day training seminar on the Management of Oral Health of Cancer Patients between the 8th and 9th of November, 2018. Following this training, two dental Hygienists will be attending a one-week observation training session at a specialized center within NHS Lothian, Edinburgh, Scotland, and United Kingdom. The session will be multisided and will include visits to the Edinburgh Dental Institute, St. John's Hospital and Western General Hospital. The key note speaker of the training seminar in Malta will be Dr. Adrian Pace Balzan, a consultant at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. This training will form part of the implementation of the Maltese National Cancer Plan 2017-2021. This project is primarily concerned with increasing the input and expertise of dental and other healthcare professionals at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre to achieve augmented outcomes in the reduction of risk and impact of oncological treatments on cancer patients and maintenance of patients' oral health.

United Arab Emirates

Maasai Molar

Emirates Dental Hygienists Club (EDHC) under the supervision of the Emirates Medical Association, in collaboration with Faircare an initiative by Goumbook, which helps provide high quality dental care to those who cannot otherwise afford treatment in the UAE), made our social responsibility project for 2018 to Kenya. Research conducted in 2015 ascertained that the ratio of dentist to patient of 1:42000 is below what is recommended by WHO. Most oral care facilities are based in urban areas and are difficult to access by the average Kenyan in Masai, due to logistics and financial constraints. On August 3-8, twelve dental professionals from UK, Netherlands, UAE, KSA, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Australia and South Africa arrived in Kenya. We checked in more than 500kg of dental equipment and supplies. Our trip to Kenya was a great success with close to 300 patients being seen for basic hygiene/dental care. Click for more information.


United Kingdom

November saw Helen Minnery (top) stand down as President of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) after completing her two-year tenure. This took place at the Oral Health Conference in Telford where the theme for the two-day event was "The Future is yours". Helen said "It's been an honor to represent the profession that I am passionate about." BSDHT has been left in the capable hands of the new President Julie Deverick (bottom).

In am your Dental Hygienist

United States

National Dental Hygiene Month is here and the ADHA is celebrating dental hygienists! This month, they are encouraging dental hygienists across the country to share their stories about what makes them #DHProud. Follow along on ADHA's social media channels all month to help spread the word about all the incredible work dental hygienists do.

International Journal of Dental Hygiene

Highest-ever Impact Factor for IFDH International Journal of Dental Hygiene!

Robyn Watson and Mie Bak of Wiley

The official publication of the IFDH, the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, has achieved the highest Impact Factor since inauguration in 2012. The International Journal of Dental Hygiene reached an Impact Factor of 1.38 in 2017 and is ranked 57/91 in the ISI Journal Citation Reports for the category of Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine. It is the highest ranked international dental hygiene journal in the world.

November Issue Highlights with Links:

Click to access the November 2018 issue.

Oral Health News & Research

Oral Cancer

The Science of Saliva

Oral Cancer - Prevention & Patient Management

The main objectives of this guideline and chairside guide are to provide OHPs and patients with concise, yet comprehensive, information about oral cancer prevention, risk factors and management; guide clinical examination and diagnosis through a decision tree. Available in English, Spanish, French.

FDI Guides on Oral Cancer

Oral Health Chairside Guide

Up to 70% of oral cancers are preceded by premalignant oral lesions, such as persistent red or white patches in the mouth. This Chairside Guide focuses on the most common sites of oral cancer: the tongue, the insides of the cheeks, and the floor of the mouth. Available in English, Spanish, French.

The Challenge of Oral Disease

The Challenge of Oral Disease: A call for global action is aimed at national dental associations, health organizations, industry professionals and the general public to provide them with the means they need to address policy makers, governments and local authorities and advocate for change in oral health related policies. It presents a summary of key oral health issues - including the impact and burden of oral diseases, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer and more. Available in English, Spanish, French.

More Resources

Medline Plus

A number of resources updated June 2018, including Diagnosis and tests, prevention and risk factors, related issues such as tobacco, statistics and research, clinical trials, patient handouts, and more.

Periodontal Disease

Proceedings of World Workshop on New Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions

Journal of Clinical Periodontology

The above have been published online as a special supplement of the EFP's official scientific publication, the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (JCP). As well as the consensus report from this group, the JCP supplement includes review papers on: Periodontal health; Dental plaque-induced gingival conditions; Non-plaque-induced gingival diseases; and Plaque-induced gingivitis: case definition and diagnostic considerations.

Periodontal Disease Bacteria May Kick-Start Alzheimer's

Periodontal Disease Bacteria May Kick-Start Alzheimers

Long-term exposure to periodontal disease bacteria causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice that is similar to the effects of Alzheimer's disease in humans. Periodontal disease may be an initiator of Alzheimer's.

Possible Link Between Bruxism and Periodontitis

Possible Link Between Bruxism and Periodontitis

The results of this study suggested that masseter muscle activity might be related to the severity of periodontitis.

History of Periodontal Treatment & Risk for Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)

Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)

To explore the hypothesis that maternal periodontitis is associated with increased risk for Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), the authors examined the risk of IUGR in relation to periodontal treatment before, during and after pregnancy. Periodontal treatment provided in the immediate postpartum period, a proxy for periodontitis during gestation, was associated with increased risk of IUGR.


Denture Care Guidelines

Update on Maximum Local Anesthesia Dosages

By 2050 there are expected to be two billion people aged 60 or older. This is more than double today's figure. The older you are, the more likely you are to have lost all, or nearly all, your natural teeth. This means the demand for full or partial dentures is expected to increase. A comprehensive review of scientific and evidence-based research has found contradictory guidance and a lack of consistency in the recommendations for cleaning and maintaining dentures. We have therefore developed global guidelines on optimal denture care, so that correct advice can be given to patients.

Child Oral Health at Heart of London Strategy

Child Oral Health at Heart of London Strategy

The BDA has welcomed commitments on oral health from the London Mayor within the new London Health Inequalities Strategy. The document outlines ambitions to see partners take further action on improving child oral health, including access to dental care, particularly targeted on those communities least likely to be attend a dentist.

Editor: Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, BA, MS

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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
Athlone, Ireland

November 16-17: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (ADI) - National Congress
Bologna, Italy

November 23: Annual Meeting of FADH
Helsinki, Finland

November 23-24: The British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy (BSDHT) - Oral Health Conference
Telford, UK


April 6: German Dental Hygienists Association (DDHV) - DDHV - Congress 2019

April 7-9: The Swedish Dental Hygienist Association - Annual Congress and 50 Year Jubilee

May 3-4: May 3-4: New Zealand Dental Hygienist’s Association (NZDHA) - Waves of Change - Navigating to excellence

May 3-4: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) - Spring Meeting

May 10-11: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) - Nature that Cares of You
Montegrotto Terme, Italy

May 28-29:: Norwegian Dental Care Association - Professional Conference

June 7-9: Association of Dental Hygienist in the Slovak Republic (ADHS) - Days of Dental Hygiene

June 11: Israeli Dental Hygiene Association - Annual Conference
Airport City

June 21-23: American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) - ADHA 2019 Annual Conference
Louisvile, KY, USA

September 14-16: Japan Dental Hygienists’ Association (JDHA) - The 14th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Dental Hygiene
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

September 20-21: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) - Autumn Meeting
Riva del Garda, Italy

September 27: Danish Dental Hygienists - Annual Conference

October 20: Association of Dental Hygienist in the Slovak Republic (ADHS) - Dental Conference
Low Tatras, Slovakia

November 8-9: Irish Dental Hygienists (IDHA) - Annual Conference 'Open your Mind'
Limerick, Ireland

November 15-16: Italian Dental Hygienists Association - National Congress
Bologna, Italy

November 22-23: British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDT) - Oral Health Conference
ICC, Wales (Newport)

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