IFDH Newsletter
September 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 the Lead to
Bring All Groups Together

To start its 35th Anniversary activities, the IFDH organized a successful "Global Oral Health Summit," featuring 10 influential, worldwide leaders and stakeholders in Oral Health.

The overall results of the Summit are:
A collaboration between all parties involved to resolve the burden of oral diseases worldwide and to achieve oral health for all by 2030.
Implementation of the WHO Resolution on Oral Health will be our common goal.
Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet,
Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH, Epe

I do realize that, for many Dental Hygienists working in private practice and individual care, these worldwide goals and strategies are not their major or daily concern. But, as a group of over 90,000 Dental Hygienists and 30,000 Oral Health Therapists, we can make the difference. Read the full article.

IDFH News & Programs

IFDH Holds First-Ever
Global Oral Health Summit

Global Oral Health Summit, Virtual Conference, June 26, 2021

A Powerful Group of Presenters from
Across the Oral Health Global Spectrum

IFDH President Corrie Jongbloed said "We are so happy and honored that global leaders, as well as corporate partners, have come together to contribute to the Summit, all collaborating on the role of the Dental Hygienist in the "Oral Health team" and the "multi-disciplinary team."

The group of presenters were unanimous in agreeing on the following points:

We are all fully aware of the burden of oral disease.
We all see the WHO Resolution on Oral Health as a "game changer" - a key moment in time.
Global Oral Health Summit, Virtual Conference, June 26, 2021
We all agreed that implementation of the Resolution will lead to making it possible to achieve "oral health for all by 2030."
We all agreed on contributing to the Resolution on Oral Health.
We all agreed on collaboration as an Oral Health team.

As Nigel Pitts, said "The Dental Hygiene community is part of the wider health team. We are all looking at a more collaborative, cooperative, prevention and team-based future, integrating oral health and health…that we can build a better, fairer and greener move towards a cavity free future."

The next phase of the IFDH Global Oral Health Summit will be continued during the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH), Dubin Ireland, August 10-13, 2022 - www.isdh2022

Click here to watch the Summit Roundtable session (I hour, 14 minutes) for Free!

Read the full article.

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Initial Carious Lesions:
Protocols for an Effective Remineralization of Tooth Structures

The carious process is a slow, disrupting pathology affecting of hard tissues of the tooth, leading to irreversible damages often requiring at the latest stages invasive restorative treatments, but sometimes the need of tooth extraction.

Participants to the webinar by Dr. Matteo Basso, DDS,PhD, MSc., will be able to:

Learn about the active principles able to remineralize dental tissue and the way they act;
The right patient selection and the differential diagnosis of enamel and dentinal reversible lesions;
Application protocols of remineralizing agents;
Treatment of surfaces before and after remineralizing treatments;
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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.

Every Child has a Toothbrush

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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!

2022 House of Delegates
Business Meeting

Grand Hotel Exterior
Abbey Tabern

Plans and details are in the works for the 2022 House of Delegates Business Meeting (August 9-10, 2022, with the Welcome Reception on August 8th), in the picturesque town of Malahide Ireland, just outside of Dublin. More than IFDH business and interesting discussions, will be meeting delegates from 35 countries, and some fun too - including a night out at the nearby Abbey Tavern for some local fare and fun! Following this, on to Dublin for the ISDH! Click for more details.

Watch a video summary from our 2019 meeting in Brisbane, Australia.

ISDH 2022:
Early Registration Now Open!

ISDH 2022: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

By the time you are reading this, early registration for ISDH 2022, Dublin Ireland has OPENED!

PHOTO (left to right): Celebrating the opening of registration to ISDH 2022 are Jeannine Byrne, Local Organizing Committee, Linda Phelan, President IDHA, and Barbara Derham, LOC, at Howth Head, Dublin. Keep an eye out for it on your right as you fly into Dublin Airport!

What does this mean for you and
what to do next?

Register for updates on www.ISDH2022.com to keep up to date on the symposium over the coming months
Early registration gives you the opportunity to avail of the best rate to attend the three-day International Symposium on Dental Hygiene. It's very exciting to know we are less than one year from ISDH 2022, and we encourage you to make plans now. The early bird rate is available until January 31st, 2022.
Accommodation options are available through www.ISDH2022.com and there are a variety of choices for every budget.
Abstracts: You still have time to submit an abstract - closing date for deadline of abstract submission 1st October 2021, after which date the abstracts will go for review. Click here for further details on how to submit an abstract.
Make Your Plans:
Start making plans to meet with colleagues and friends at ISDH2022.
Where else would you like to visit in Ireland as part of your trip? Check out here and here.

International Presentations

ISDH 2022: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

ISDH2022 Scientific Committee have been busy confirming highly acclaimed international and national speakers who will share the latest ideas, research, and new skills under the very apt theme "The Future in Our Hands".

We have the subcategories of Care, Enable, Adapt and Learn to make it easier to find your area of interest and to plan your days at the symposium.

Learning & Fun Too!

Guinness Storehouse Gate
Guinness Gravity Views Over Brewery

There will be something for everyone so come and be inspired by presentations from these well-respected Key Opinion Leaders, discover the latest innovations at the 3-day trade exhibition and catch up on the latest research projects in an array of poster and oral presentations. Join us at the home of Guinness for the ISDH 2022 Party for a spectacular night of food, music and dancing! For a flavor of the history and what's ahead, take a moment to enjoy the video.

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!

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

International Journal of Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygienist Views on Local Anaesthesia, Radiology and Cariology

International Journal of Dental Hygiene Volume 18 Issue 3

Many months ago, we requested help with regards to a questionnaire about the tasks, responsibilities and legal position of the Dental Hygienist worldwide, concerning local anaesthesia, radiology and cariology. This research idea was supported by the IFDH, EDHF and the NVM. They encouraged their national associations to respond. The first outcomes of the research with a focus on radiology are published in the International Dental Journal. We would like to share the results with you as they just became public.

Click here for the link to the article which is open access (no paywall).

Air Abrasives Are a Hot Topic!

Daily clinical practice and science are not always aligned. Sometimes research is up front in innovations. It can also be that products in clinical practice seem of value, but the scientific support is lacking. Now there is a nice situation - air abrasives are a tool that is seen far more than just a gadget in the dental practice and there seems to be a consequent flow of new scientific support based on clinical trials and systematic reviews. Air abrasives are a hot topic! Click these articles below:

HIGHLIGHTS from Volume 19, Issue 3,
August 2021:

Clinical outcomes of using erythritol powder by means of air polishing with ultrasonic debridement in the treatment of initial periodontal pockets in hand of dental students: A split-mouth, randomized, comparative, controlled study. Part I.
Efficacy of erythritol powder air-polishing in active and supportive periodontal therapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Clinical outcomes of performance of dental students using erythritol powder by means of air polishing with ultrasonic debridement with students' assessment: Part II.
Clinical evaluation of air polishing with erythritol powder followed by ultrasonic calculus removal versus conventional ultrasonic debridement and rubber cup polishing for the treatment of gingivitis: A split-mouth randomized controlled clinical trial.
A novel biofilm removal approach (Guided Biofilm Therapy) utilizing erythritol air-polishing and ultrasonic piezo instrumentation: A randomized controlled trial.
Member News


The Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association (ADOHTA Ltd.) and the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA Ltd.) today jointly released the 2020 Australian Oral Health Workforce Report. The report provides comprehensive information on the demographic, geographic and employment characteristics of Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, and Oral Health Therapists in Australia. It also provides a comparative analysis on the impact of the pandemic dental restrictions to employment characteristics of the workforce.



The COVID-19 pPndemic Timeline

COVID-19, CDHA, and Dental Hygiene: A Timeline
The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives in dramatic ways. To help make sense of this collective, often overwhelming experience, CDHA created a historical timeline documenting its impact on the association and the dental hygiene profession over the past 15 months. This colorful chronological retelling illustrates the significance and the successes of all our efforts to navigate our new pandemic reality

Healthy Workplace Matters

Healthy Workplace Matters
CDHA, the Canadian Dental Association, and the Canadian Dental Assistants Association have collaborated to develop and curate resources and educational materials for all oral care team members to support positive changes in the workplace. Available on the newly launched Healthy Workplace Matters microsite. These resources, including a series of Q&A video vignettes, address a variety of legal, mental health, physical health, and workplace safety issues.


Keeping the Dental Record
As of July 1st, 2021, the guidance on how to keep the dental record of our patients has been updated by the government agency in charge of health. As an authorized health professional, it is important to know the updated rules and guidelines. The DDH has worked hard to try to influence the outcome of the new guidelines. One of the main points of discussion was on how the dental record should be categorized - either as the health professionals' tool, or as the patient's way to be informed about their own situation. The new guidelines states that the dental record is a working tool for health professionals to make sure that the dental treatment is secure and continuous. Furthermore, it has been crucial to make sure that Dental Hygienists are equal to and referred to on the same level as Dentists throughout the guidelines, whereas this goal has been accomplished. An example of this accomplishment is that a Dental Hygienist, who wishes to set up her/his own private practice, can take over all dental records from a Dentist when buying an existing dental clinic from a Dentist.


Healthy Workplace Matters

The Irish Dental Hygienist Association successfully fought to have Irish Dental Hygienists added to the National Vaccinators program. We are delighted to now see many of our hygienists partaking in Ireland's successful vaccine rollout, where over 84% of adults are now fully vaccinated and over 90% partially vaccinated. With the high update on vaccines, IDHA is looking forward to hosting our Annual Conference in November in Cork. Pictured is President Ms Linda Phelan partaking in the Covid-19 Vaccination rollout.


The Israeli Dental Hygiene Association (IDHA) is continuing its webinar series. Recently we collaborated with Meridol in a national campaign in the largest pharmacy chain in Israel. As part of the campaign, the IDHA chairperson Hadas Goldberg was interviewed on oral health, receiving an extremely high viewing audience.

We continue to work, taking all necessary precautions, and we continue to pursue our project reaching out to women and children in shelters for abused women despite restrictions and within possible parameters.

On the optimistic side, we have opened registration for the CPR courses we hold every year at different parts of the country to enable our members to be certified as is required by law.


Authorized Dental Hygienist Experiment
The Dutch Dental Hygienists Association is pleased that on July1, 2020 the experiment ‘fully independently authorized Dental Hygienist' was started. Dental Hygienists who participate in the experiment will not perform any other actions than Dental Hygienists who do not participate. The profession of Dental Hygienist is regulated by law. With this experiment the only thing that changes is the legal framework within participating dental hygienists will carry out their treatments. A dentist's assignment to administer anesthesia and to treat primary cavities is not necessary anymore. Instead, participating Dental Hygienists are independently authorized to administer local anesthesia, treat primary cavities and indicate and take X-rays. For this reason, participating Dental Hygienists will have to register in the temporary BIG register (a governmental register) and they are obliged to use the title "registered Dental Hygienist" instead of Dental Hygienist. Disciplinary law will also apply. Disciplinary law is intended to promote and monitor the quality of professional practice. The Dutch Dental Hygienists Association sees this as a positive development, because they rely on the professionalism and the testable attitude of the professional group.

Board game patient safety
Patient safety is an important theme, but also a difficult and sensitive one. After all, it is about identifying and discussing the weak parts in the healthcare system. To look at one's own actions and actions in practice, willingness, courage, and a safe and open attitude are required. To make this subject discussable in a fun way, the association has developed a patient safety board game. The game refreshes the knowledge about patient safety. Together with the other players, the safety in the oral care practice where one works, and the personal contribution of the Dental Hygienist are examined. With the development of this game, we hope to offer Dental hygienists support in discussing this topic.

NTvM Science - a special of the Dutch Journal of Dental Hygiene
In July 2021, a special of the Dutch Journal of Dental Hygiene was published. This magazine focused on the link between oral health and overall health. Very often the (usually weak) relationship between oral health and general health is communicated to patients and consumers as being a causal link. It is used by organizations and companies as a marketing tool in which they respond to fear and to stimulate visits to the oral care provider. The four Canadian papers in this special show that the relationship is thinner than being widely communicated about in the media and in healthcare. There is no causal relationship between oral health and cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, pregnancy complications and lung disease. What has been causally proven is that with good oral care and good support you can get a healthy mouth.

New Zealand

We are excited to let you know that we intend on creating a new all-encompassing association. Over the last few years NZDHA and NZDOHTA have discussed creating a new joint association, the New Zealand Oral Health Association (NZOHA), to encompass Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists. As a collective we will continue to support these professionals and advocate for better oral health outcomes in Aotearoa.

Healthy Workplace Matters

Both NZDHA and NZDOHTA are holding Special General Meetings on Saturday 4th September to undertake a vote to motion to wind up both associations and form the new incorporated society for NZOHA. If this motion is passed, we will look to wind up NZDHA and NZDOHTA and launch NZOHA in the coming months.


Project "Generation Without Decay 2021"
A project of ADHS President Anna Sloviaková, is a nationwide project in 4 consecutive modules. The project aims to improve the awareness of the population and to point out the importance of prevention and emphasize the impact of oral health on the overall health of the body through education and instruction in modules always focus on a certain age group of the population, from prenatal development to seniors.

Educational activities
The members of the ADHS committee provide interviews in the media on the topics of oral health articles have been published in the print media.


Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, AFAAOM

ADHA Welcomes New Director of Education & Research
Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, AFAAOM has joined ADHA as the new Director of Education & Research. She is a past president of ADHA and International Federation of Dental Hygienists, Chair of the ADHA Task Force on Returning to Work, and a frequent speaker at ADHA's annual conference, webinars and more. Most recently she was a professor and graduate program director in the Department of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State University in Pocatello. Dr. Gurenlian shared, “I am excited to be part of ADHA, and I look forward to supporting the educational and research interests of dental hygienists.”

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

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

September 3-5: Association of Dental Hygiene of Slovakia (ADHS) - National Conference - Days of Dental Hygiene 2021
Besenove, Slovak Republic

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

September 30: The Danish Association of Dental Hygienists (DDH) - Annual Conference
Copenhagen, Denmark

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: Dutch Dental Hygienist Association (NVM) - Autumn Conference
Barneveld, Netherlands

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


June 24-26: American Dental Hygienists' Association Annual Conference
Louisville, KY

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