IFDH Newsletter
Spring 2015
 Board of Directors

JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD
Haddonfield, NJ, USA

President Elect
Robyn Watson. RDH, MPA
Rhodes, New South Wales

Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH

Mary Rose Pincelli Boglione
Florence, ITALY

Wanda Fedora RDH
Sydney, Nova Scotia

 House of Delegates
United States of AmericaUSA

Executive Director
Peter Anas

Membership Director
Laikisha Jeffries

Membership Coordinator
Georgia Anas

Join IFDH as an Individual Member
20th International Symposium
Social Responsibility Award
Text 2 Floss Program
Every Child Has a Toothbrush Program
In This Issue
The IFDH President
JoAnn Gurenlian
JoAnn Gurenlian

Dear Colleagues:

Please read the IFDH President's Report to the House of Delegates for the latest information concerning activities of the Board of Directors and staff over this past quarter, including:

  • Board Face-to-Face Meeting
  • Incorporation and Registration
  • Social Responsibility Awards
  • Every Child Has a Toothbrush Campaign
  • ISDH Planning Meeting
  • Membership Dues
  • Financial Matters
  • GCD Fund Update
  • NEW Social Responsibility Program
  • NEW Program: Your Guide to Oral Health
  • …and much more.

Guide to Best Oral Health Practices Announced!

The IFDH board of Directors has approved a major new project, as suggested by the Professional & Public Relations Committee. A simple, yet comprehensive guide, written by experts from around the world, will include best practices for oral health to improve patient self-care. The first guidebook will be published in English and will include a separate patient section on the IFDH website. Subsequent phases will have the guide published in additional languages, as needed. It will be available for download on the IFDH website and all member country websites. Each country will be able to distribute the guide to their organization members, giving this a quick international distribution. Evidence-based sections below will be presented in a 1 or 2-page format for quick reading and understanding by patients of all ages. Each will also include a mini section of "Frequently Asked Questions & Answers". Professional, full color design and photos will present a pleasing environment for the worldwide public. More details coming soon!

Partners in Social Responsibility 3-Step Program Announced

The International Federal of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), with our 29 member countries representing over 82,000 dental hygienists, believes that we have a social responsibility to address the oral health condition that exists worldwide, particularly that affecting children. The purpose of the newly announced Partners in Social Responsibility Program is to join with our corporate partners to create and implement 3 call-to-action campaigns.

  1. Social Responsibility Awareness Workshop 2016: designed to build awareness among the IFDH House of Delegates and includes a 2.5 hour workshop held at the House of Delegates meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland on June 21, 2016, where representatives of all 29 member countries will be present. Speakers from around the globe will educate those present on successful social responsibility programs.
  2. Social Responsibility 2017 World Conference: to be held during the second half of 2017, will focus on designing action plans that are community-based and advocacy focused to prevent caries in children. The two-day conference will bring together experts in prevention programs, health literacy, and social responsibility who will assist dental hygienists in creating the steps needed to be effective in health promotion and disease prevention.
  3. Social Responsibility Awareness Workshop 2019: designed to move to the third stage of education among the IFDH House of Delegates and includes a 2.5 hour workshop held at the House of Delegates meeting in Seoul Korea in 2019, where representatives of all 29 member countries will be present. Representatives from countries who have implemented social responsibility programs recently will provide updates on their programs.

Apply for the Social Responsibility Awards

Deadline to Register Your Project

Last year, the IFDH and the Global Child Dental Fund launched a project to recognize, on an annual basis, hygienists and student hygienists who participate in a volunteering project which benefits disadvantaged children, mainly but not exclusively in low- and middle-income countries. Any Dental Hygienist who is either an IFDH Individual or Student member, or member of an IFDH Country Member is eligible. The competition is judged by a joint panel of experts from both GCDF and IFDH. Read more »

First Program Recipients

Every Child has a Toothbrush

For those inspired to improve the oral health of children, the IFDH has launched the "Every Child has a Toothbrush" campaign. The program is designed to teach children how to use a toothbrush effectively so they can better control biofilm and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Our goal is to have dental hygiene volunteers from every member country of the IFDH instituting this program by the time of the IFDH House of Delegates meeting and Scientific Symposium in June, 2016.

Our first recipients are:

  • Jevgenija Aristova, Latvia (member of Latvian Dental Hygienists Association)
  • Mary Kellerman, USA (Individual Membership, IFDH)

To be part of 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 »

How to Enter the World Dental Hygienist Awards

The Sunstar Foundation World Dental Hygienist Awards

The Sunstar Foundation has established the World Dental Hygienist Awards to recognize dental hygienists who have made significant contributions to dental hygiene science or to patients, the community and the general public. The World Dental Hygienist Awards are presented every three years to a person or group chosen by an independent Selection Committee. Entries will be accepted for the 2016 awards up to December 2015. All entries must be self-submitted; applications from third parties will not be accepted. All eligible entries that meet the criteria and are submitted by the due date will be blinded before going to the Selection Committee for review and judging.

Congratulations to JoAnn R. Gurenlian

JoAnn Gurenlian
JoAnn Gurenlian

JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, is the 2015 recipient of the American Dental Hygienists' Association The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award. Involved in dental hygiene for more than 30 years, Gurenlian is a professor and graduate program director in the Department of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State University in Pocatello, and president of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists. She is also a past president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA). Gurenlian will be honored at a reception hosted by Dimensions, premier sponsor Colgate, and supporting sponsors Patterson Dental and Straumann, on June 19 at the Omni Nashville Hotel during the ADHA Annual Session.

The Passing of 2 Dental Hygiene Icons

RDH Magazine

Irene Reta Woodall passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Irene was an educator and an innovator in the field of dental hygiene, author of dental hygiene textbooks and the founding editor of RDH Magazine. She was an inspiration and loved by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the ADHA Institute for Oral Health Irene Woodall Scholarship Fund.

Michele Darby, RDH, MS

I am sad to report the loss of a dental hygiene pioneer, educator, and mentor, Michele Darby, RDH, MS. Michele was Professor, Eminent Scholar, Graduate Program Director, and Chair of the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene at Old Dominion University (ODU). Among many other achievements, Michele was coeditor with Margaret Walsh, RDH, EdD, of the textbook Dental Hygiene: Theory and Practice, based on the Human Needs Model. Michele lived her life with passion and grace. For more on Michele's life and achievement, click here and here.


Plan Now for Our House of Delegates Meeting & ISDH in Switzerland (June 2016)

20th International Dental Hygiene Meeting
Plan Now for Our ISDH in Switzerland

The IFDH Board of Directors (back row) and Executive Director Peter Anas met with the Organizing Committee (seated) of the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) recently in London England. Details and plans have now been finalized for the House of Delegates meeting in Lucerne Switzerland Monday June 20th to Wednesday June 22nd, 2016, followed by the ISDH in Basel, Switzerland Thursday, June 23rd to Saturday, June 25th, 2016. Read More »


Canadian Dental Hygienist's Association (CDHA) 2015

Canadian Dental Hygienist's Association (CDHA) 2015 National Conference, EXPLORE, is just over 6 months away. Visit our conference website to discover all of the inspiring and informative programming that we have planned. Join your friends and colleagues in Victoria, British Columbia from October 29 to 31, 2015.

Czech Republic

The Association of the Czech Republic has organized The Autumn Conference for November 20-21. For your enjoyment, IFDH Past President Maria Perno Goldie, RDH has accepted our invitation as a lecturer. Visit the website for the program of the label session and detailed information.


Denmark Dental Hygienists will hold The People's Meeting "Folkemødet" on Bornholm June 11-13 2015. It is a unique platform with open debates where politics meets citizens, business people and organizations under informal forms. The Danish Dental hygienists participate in various debates.

United States

The American Dental Hygienists' Association

The American Dental Hygienists' Association's annual convention, the 2015 ADHA Center for Lifelong Learning at the 92nd Annual Session, will take place at the Music City Center Convention Center in downtown Nashville, Tenn., from June 17-23, 2015. At this meeting, dental hygienists will have the chance to network with more than fellow 2,000 dental hygiene professionals, as well as take advantage of numerous professional opportunities, visit exhibits, get inspired at two different Plenary Sessions, strengthen their professional development though a number of unique CE Sessions, and more. Click here for more reasons why you should attend.


The American Dental Hygienists' Association

2015 will attract more than 1,000 dental hygienists from across the USA to an information-packed three-day event July 15-17, presented by RDHmagazine in Las Vegas. Read more »


International Dental Hygiene Educator's Forum (IDHEF)

The International Dental Hygiene Educator's Forum (IDHEF) and the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) invite you to join us October 28, 2015. Meetings will be held at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel, Victoria, BC, Canada. Download the Program and Registration Form. One of the featured speakers is IFDH President JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD.

Member News

Czech Republic Aims to Change Hygienist Qualifications and Curriculum

The Czech Republic's dental hygienists association aims to change the qualification and curriculum of dental hygienists. Nowadays, there are two forms of education of dental hygienists in the Czech Republic: the extension/specialization of Hight school education (DiS.) and University education with bachelor degree (Bc.) of dental hygienists. But the qualification of both is the same. We realize it'll take some time to solve this problem, but we hope in positive results.

Canada Participates in Family Violence and Child Abuse Roundtable

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) and IFDH delegate, Sandra Lawlor, participated in a national inter-professional roundtable focused on preventing and responding to violence and abuse. The Minister of Health is taking a multidisciplinary approach to this issue, and we are very pleased that dental hygiene is at the table for this important discussion. Through this process, dental hygienists are recognized as health professionals who are well equipped with knowledge, training and well-developed referral pathways to help reduce the trauma associated with reporting incidents and circumstances of violence.

Czech Republic & World Oral Health Day

Czech Dental Chamber

March 20, 2015 marked the eighth year of World Oral Health Day (WOHD), organized by the FDI World Dental Federation, and this was the second year in which the Czech Dental Chamber has joined in these celebrations. Thanks to its global partners and the other organizations involved, World Oral Health Day has become Oral Health Week, and it was launched at a joint press conference on March 16, 2015. From whole action a short video was created. Pictured during the opening of the press conference is Pavel Chrz, President of the Czech Dental Chamber.

Denmark Participates in "Dental Health Care Saves Lives"

Dental Health Care Saves Lives
Dental Health Care Saves Lives

Tooth Fairy Visits Italy

Tooth Fairy Visits Italy

The Tooth Fairy arrived in Florence, Italy to assist Mary Rose Pincelli! The participation of the tooth fairy was enjoyed by the Florentine children to celebrate World Oral Health Day with The Italian Dental Hygienist Association.

New Zealand Aims to Lower Decay Rate

New Zealand Aims to Lower Decay Rate

Family Teeth Matters is an organization dedicated to lowering the dental decay rate by education using a family based model that targets children, parents and teachers. Since the launch of the project at the NZDHA Annual Meeting in July 2014, five primary schools and kindergartens have welcomed Dental Health Education presentations and enjoyed using the Dental Project box resources in the classrooms. Now the same five schools preschools are currently arranging times for their second presentations so that 2015 will build on the foundation already laid. The volunteer staff has grown to include a corporate psychologist and businessmen with backgrounds in accounting and corporate finance. As a team we are hoping to reach all the lower decile preschools and schools in New Zealand. The photo is of The Inner Wheel (women's equivalent to Rotary) sponsoring a school program.

US Launches New CE Courses

The American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA)

The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), in partnership with Aegis/CDE World, recently launched four new continuing education courses to assist dental hygienists and dental health practitioners in improving their knowledge and assisting their patients on a number of critical topics. The first course, "Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Dental Hygienists Regarding Caries Management by Risk Assessment," went live on April 1, 2015; and the second course, "The Use of Fluorescence Technology versus Visual and Tactile Examination in the Detection of Oral Lesions: A Pilot Study," was launched on April 15, 2015. The third program, "Enhancing Dental and Dental Hygiene Student Awareness of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Population;" and the fourth course, "Standard 1: Assessment: III: Risk Assessment," went live on May 1, 2015, and May 15, 2015, respectively. For more information on these courses, or to view all the CE courses offered by the ADHA, visit the ADHA's CDE World webpage.

Australia Helps Indigenous People

The Dental Hygienists' Association of Australia has been increasing its support and collaborations within the health sector. We were most recently accepted as the only Oral Health Association on the National Aged Care Alliance, and are the only Oral Health Association to have signed the 'Recognise Health' statement, promoting the understanding of the important link between health and well-being and constitutional recognition of our Indigenous people.

In Netherlands, Education is Tops

Two dental hygienists from the Dutch Dental Hygienists' Association (NVM) received their PhD: N.A.M. (Martijn) Rosema, 'Toothbrushing efficacy'; and D.E. (Dagmar Else) Slot, 'Prevention of gingivitis and treatment of periodontitis - Chlorhexidine gels and dental lasers'.

On behalf of the NVM, Oddy Folgerts, a NVM policymaker, presented a poster abstract at 2016 Europerio in London. The title of the poster abstract is: 'A NVM-public campaign to promote oral health among a Dutch population'.

On Saturday August 22, NVM-dental hygienists, including initiator E.M. (Lieneke) Steverink-Jorna, who was a Dental Hygienist of the Year 2013, will promote oral health among Dutch children between 4 and 12 years at the Dutch event called 'KIDS FACTORY' in Ulft. The 'Poetsbus' owned by H.J. (Judith) Bout (Dental Hygienist of the Year 2014) will also be present.

Korea Elects New President

The Korean Dental Hygienists Association

The Korean Dental Hygienists Association held the 34th Regular Representatives' General Meeting in February and elected honorary President Moon, Kyoung-sook as the 17th President. At her election, she said, "Eventually, the era of 100,000 members will come soon. Members are hosts of the association. From now on, I will stand on the side of members and perform affairs with communication and harmony. With the 50th anniversary commemoration business of introduction of dental hygienist, I will make an opportunity to promote dental hygienists as professional dental health manpower."

Full Slate of Activities Planned, Including 2019 HoD Meeting & ISDH

2019 Seoul General Meetings

In this coming year, the actuation of a school dental health room, expansion of work scope by dental hygienists, development of dental health education for each subject, operational actuation of dental hygienic education center, and mutual recognition of international dental hygienist license will be promoted. In addition, the improvement policy of manpower supply, promotion of unification of 4-year program, and other massive businesses will be promoted as well. Along with the above, actuation of wearing dental hygienist mark and national public relations, 50th anniversary commemoration business of Korean dental hygienics, 2019 Seoul General Meetings with the International Federation of Dental Hygienists House of Delegates Meeting (IFDH) and International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) will be pushed.

Slovakia Symposium Provides Lectures & Relaxation

Slovakia Symposium Provides Lectures & Relaxation

May 2015 was coming to an end when the ADHS symposium - Days of Dental Hygiene 2015 (DDH) was held in a quaint spa town of Piešťany. This annual three-day event, for which the trainees are awarded credits, is enjoys a long history and is always organized around a certain topic. This year, our guest speakers from abroad as well as those from Slovakia enhanced our knowledge on the topic of Dental Hygiene and Patients with Systemic Diseases. Our special guest from Great Britain was Mhari COXON, RDH (right, with President of ADHS Mgr. Marta Križanová - left), who gave a captivating lecture on the connection of the oral health with overall health. The symposium abundant with lectures and workshops also provided our dental professionals with invaluable time for relaxation, spa treatments, relaxation exercises, wellness, and the pool. According to the results of our graphic questionnaire, the DDH 2015 participants were extremely satisfied.

Educating Across Generations

During the International Day of Oral Health, dental professionals in various towns across Slovakia took on the challenge of educating people across generations in the importance of oral health. They provided free information and invaluable advice in the area of dental hygiene and motivated and instructed the public. In the picturesque historic town square of Trenčín below the majestic Castle of Trenčín, the dental hygienists (members of ADHS) in cooperation with the Slovak Chamber of Dentists, and students enrolled in programs preparing them for the dental assistant profession under the leadership of MU Dr. Marta Murgašová, under the auspices of Colgate provided information in the area of home and professional teeth and gum care. All who were interested were presented with oral hygiene products and informational and motivational fliers. Those who filled in a questionnaire became eligible to enter a ruffle for a year-long supply pack of oral hygiene products for an entire family.

Educating Across Generations

Left & Right: A Stand with dental professionals below the Castle of Trenčín; Middle: ADHS members Mgr. Denisa Koňošová, Mgr. Martina Vulgánová

Open Door Day in the Practice

Open Door Day in the Practice

The International Day of Oral Health inspired the ADHS members to organize an Open Door Day once or twice a year at their own practices and at their own expense (picture 3). During that time they provide free information on the 4 pillars of oral health: prevention, hygiene, nutrition and fluoridation. Since the insurance companies' financial contribution to prevention and treatment related to dental hygiene is rather limited, this event is to give a chance to people of lower social status, for whom the dental hygiene treatment is rather expensive and often unaffordable, to gain the know-how. The "Open Door Day" is organized for all who are interested in improving their oral health.

Oral Health News & Research

BSc Dental Hygiene Specialization Admissions

University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Diploma program

Eligibility for the degree program requires successful completion of the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Diploma program. During the fourth year, students learn the foundation of research and expand their knowledge of health promotion.

BSDHT Response on Soft Tissue Exams

BSDHT Response on Soft Tissue Examinations

Last month the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) wrote to the General Dental Council (GDC) to seek clarification on the Scope of Practice of the Dental Hygienist and Therapist following a flood of enquiries from members.

Quality of Life in Oncology

Guidelines For Prevention of Oral and Oropharyngeal Mucositis in Children Receiving Treatment for Cancer

Dental Plaque Can Be Used For Disease Prediction And Treatment

A Collaborative Model for Global Health Research: Investing in Oral Health for All

Researchers from Toronto, Canada have suggested that dental plaque, a bacterial biofilm formed on dental surfaces, can be used to predict, identify and treat diseases. In a recently established laboratory, they collect and analyze plaque samples to screen for biomarkers that correlate with certain oral and systemic conditions, such as diabetes.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a page devoted to Hispanic Health

US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) page

Liquorice Helps in Fight Against Tooth Decay

Liquorice Helps in Fight Against Tooth Decay

This study finds the root has natural plant chemicals that kill mouth bacteria and prevent the buildup of plaque.

White Poison Calculator

White Poison Calculator

The average American consumes 150-170 pounds of sugar each year. It is no wonder obesity in the USA is skyrocketing. 150-170 pounds of sugar each year is comparable to ingesting 1/4 to 1/2 pounds of sugar each day, or 30-60 teaspoons of sugar in a 24 hour period. To determine your own consumption, use the sugar calculator. This issue is not just a concern for the USA, but other countries as well.

ImmunoXpert In-Vitro Diagnostic Blood Test

ImmunoXpert In-Vitro Diagnostic Blood Test

Researchers have discovered a blood test that can rapidly assist physicians in determining if an infection is bacterial and viral. The physicians will then have the capability of prescribing antibiotics more accurately, and only for bacterial infections.

Contact Lens That Can Monitor Blood Sugar

Contact Lens That Can Monitor Blood Sugar

Google scientists have created a contact lens to measure blood sugar levels in tears. Novartis announced that its eye care division Alcon has created an agreement with a division of Google Inc. to in-license its "smart lens" technology for all ocular medical uses.

Natural Reparative Capacity of Teeth Elucidate

Natural Reparative Capacity of Teeth Elucidate

Researchers have taken an important step in research on stem cells and dental repair by isolating dental stem cell lines and describing the natural mechanism by which they repair lesions in the teeth. This fundamental discovery will make it possible to initiate unprecedented therapeutic strategies to mobilize the resident dental stem cells and magnify their natural capacity for repair.

Editor: Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, BA, MS

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June 4-5: Norwegian Dental Hygienist Association Yearly Dental Hygienist Conference

June 15: The Israeli Dental Hygiene Associations Annual Conference
"Avenue" Conference Hall, Israel

June 17-23: American Dental Hygienists' Association Annual Session
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

July 11-12: The 37th Korean Dental Hygienists Association Symposium
Seoul, South Korea

July 24-25: The New Zealand Dental Hygienist Association National Conference
Christchurch, New Zealand

September 12: European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF) Annual Meeting
Dublin, Ireland

September 20-22: Japan Dental Hygienists' Association 10th Annual Meeting
Sapporo, Japan

September 25-26: Finnish Association of Dental Hygienists National Training Days for Dental Hygienists
Helsinki, Finland

October 3: Dutch Dental Hygienists' Association (NVM) Young Professionals Event in collaboration with Oral-B
Maarssen, The Netherlands

October 16-18: XXVI Congreso Nacional HIDES

October 28-29: International Dental Hygiene Educators' Forum
Victoria, BC, Canada

October 29-31: Canadian Dental Hygienist's Association 2015 National Conference
Victoria, British Columbia

November 5-7: Dental Hygienists Association of Australia Inc. 2015 National Symposium
Sydney, NSW

November 6-7: Irish Dental Hygienist Association Annual Meeting & AGM
Dublin City, Ireland

November 13-14: 25th Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) National Congress
Bologna, Italy

November 13: Dutch Dental Hygienists' Association (NVM) Fall Conference, Youth and Oral health care
Amersfoort, The Netherlands

November 13-14: Swiss Dental Hygienists Annual Conference
St. Gallen, Switzerland

November 20-21: The Association of the Czech Republic Autumn Conference


February 27: German Dental Hygienists Association Congress

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