Projects Galore & Countdown to Switzerland
Please read the IFDH President's January Report for the latest information concerning activities of the Board of Directors and staff over this past quarter, including:
2015 Social Responsibility Awardees
Since 2014, the IFDH and the Global Child Dental Fund oversee an annual project to recognize, 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 2015 winners were recently announced (see below). The competition was judged by a joint panel of experts from both GCDFund and IFDH. Read more.
Association Membership Category Added
The Board of Directors announced that a new category of association membership has been added. The new category, called Allied Association Member, would be for a subsequent association from a country which already has a Full Association Member. This Allied Association member must meet the same membership criteria. But, there shall only be one Full Association Member for any one country. The Allied Association Members are allowed to attend the HOD Business Meeting as an observer, with no vote. The Board feels that this will make IFDH open to more associations around the world.
The three categories of Association Members are:
IFDH Website Translates to 90 Languages!
Recently, the staff added a button to each page of the IFDH website that with a click of your mouse will translate the text on the page into any of the 90 languages selected. This should help our non-English speaking members and non members around the world.
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Hygienist Awards to be Announced at ISDH
The World Dental Hygienist Awards sponsored by The Sunstar Foundation recognizes dental hygienists who have made significant contributions to dental hygiene science or to patients, the community and the general public. Stay tuned for the winners to be announced at the ISDH in June.
IFDH to Provide Research Grants Soon
The Board of Directors has recently approved a Research Grants Program, which will provide grants of up to $2,000 each. Details and an application are being finalized and will be on the website by the end of February. We thank the generous educational grant from DENTSPLY for this program.
Have Any of Your Members Volunteered?
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.
Below is a complete list of grant recipients to date:
Grant money is still available! 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 »
Switzerland ('16), Italy ('17), South Korea ('19)
New IFDH Program Kickoff at 2016 HOD Business Meeting
The IFDH, with our 29 member countries representing over 82,000 dental hygienists, believes that we all 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.
Welcome to our Platinum Sponsors
"I'm very excited about this sponsorship opportunity and for DENTSPLY and IFDH's collaboration. This will be very exciting moving forward, and a real win-win for all" says Teresa A. (Terri) Dolan, DDS, MPH, (at right) Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, DENTSPLY International.
January 28, 2016 - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our longtime IFDH member, colleague, mentor and friend, Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Walsh, Professor Emerita, of San Francisco, California. Dr. Walsh was a highly distinguished international and national leader, educator and researcher in the areas of dental hygiene, community-based oral disease prevention, and tobacco cessation. Dr. Walsh was tireless in her efforts to research the effects of smokeless tobacco on health and to find ways to decrease its initiation and use. She would provide tobacco cessation counseling to users including baseball players, allowing them to call her on nights and weekends; and she traveled tens of thousands of miles to reach rural high-schoolers for her research studies. Highlights of her many awards include induction to both the National Dental Hygiene and National Dental Honor Societies; recipient of the 2006 Medal of Honor the 2011 Legacy of Leadership Award from the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry Dental Alumni Association; and the national 2014 Esther Wilkins Dental Hygiene Lifetime Achievement Award.
Registration Open for IFDH HoD Meeting in Switzerland (June 2016)
Almost three years has gone by quickly since the last HoD 2013 meeting in South Africa! The IFDH House of Delegates 2016 Business Meeting is just around the corner in Lucerne Switzerland, June 19-22, 2016. Details and plans have now been finalized. Please see the attached brochure with the schedule, registration, accommodation and travel information.
You can fly into either Zurich or Basel.
& IFDH International Symposium Too!
The IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (Basel, Switzerland) on June 23-25 immediately follows the HoD Business Meeting (Lucerne). A bus will be provided for all HoD meeting attendees from Lucerne to Basel.
We are looking forward to your participation in both meetings and are very excited to see you in June!
The Global Oral Cancer Forum Aims to Spark Change On March 4-5, 2016, the Oral Cancer Forum will bring together an international and diverse group of individuals demonstrating passion and dedication to oral cavity cancer. The meeting will be held at New York University's Kimmel Center, New York City, USA.
Join us at RDH Under One Roof! RDH Under One Roof is a three-day, action packed event offering quality dental hygiene education. Dental hygienists will learn from leading speakers in the industry during the educational courses. All attendees are invited to visit the exhibit floor to view the newest dental hygiene products and dental equipment from the exhibitors. This year there will be a RDH Under One Roof special session: Evolve your Dental Hygiene Career.
American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Annual Session and Center for Lifelong Learning KADHA's CLL at the 93rd Annual Session offers a variety of continuing education tracks for all stages of the dental professional's career. The courses will offer professional and personal development to help you balance your professional interests with your everyday life.
International Dental Hygiene Educators' Forum A great meeting highlighting dental hygiene education around the world. Stay tuned for the 3rd meeting of the IDHEF in conjunction with the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, Mar 18-21, 2017, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Long Beach, CA USA. Pictured are IFDH President JoAnn Gurenlian and Sandy Kemper.
EFP and AAP to Stage Joint 2017 Workshop on Classification of Perio and Peri-Implant Diseases The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) have announced that they will hold a joint scientific workshop in 2017 devoted to a new classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases. Søren Jepsen joins the EFP's Mariano Sanz and the AAP's Jack Caton and Panos Papapanou as co-chairmen of the organising committee of the 2017 World Workshop. The details of what promises to be a major event in periodontology will be disclosed over the coming month.
The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia is currently strengthening its collaborations with key industry partners. The DHAA is a member of the National Oral Health Alliance, a group of leading consumer, dental and general health organizations that are united in support of greater action by governments and professional bodies to improve oral and dental health in Australia. The group is currently calling on Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to do whatever needs to be done to ensure that good oral health care is universally and equitably accessible in Australia. More information »
Canada's Dental Hygienists Call for Government Action On E-Cigarettes: In response to the widespread availability of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in the absence of sufficient high-quality evidence demonstrating the safety and given the emerging concerns about health risks, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) asserts that a ban on e-cigarettes sales to minors, on flavorings, and a ban on e-cigarette use in public places will help to improve the oral and overall health of the public. CDHA has launched numerous resources on e-cigarettes to help minimize the potential negative public health consequences of these products, including a media release, position statement, fact sheet, and webinar to inform dental hygienists about the implications of e-cigarettes on dental hygiene practice. Read more »
The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) has elected a new President, Donna Scott, RDH. Donna practices in Whitehorse, Yukon and is CDHA's first President from the Northern Territories. The CDH is also kicking off its national public awareness event on April 9-15 for Canada's National Dental Hygienists Week™ 2016. There will be a new Facebook Challenge, more new downloadable items in our NDHW™ resource kit, and our ever-popular Plaque A. Tack colouring contest. Our members will be putting their purple back on for #dhpurplepride2! So much more… watch www.cdha.ca/NDHW for future announcements as details unfold.
Check out the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of CDHA's Oral Health Canada! Magazine by entering in the Username: ohcanada and Password: letmein. Our latest issue offers focus articles on record keeping considerations and requirements, columns highlighting the importance of ethical practice, work life wellness, the great work CDHA members are doing in their local communities and around the world, ideas for re-engaging, an exploration of the three pillars of prevention and much more. All this and updates on the latest CDHA news, initiatives and membership benefits. We hope you enjoy reading your complimentary issue over the holidays. Please send your comments and suggestions to the magazine editor, Angie D'Aoust, director of marketing & communications.
Italian Dental Hygienist Association (AIDI) has undertaken a project called "UniversitAIDI", with the aim of developing initiatives dedicated to the dental hygiene students. We're working to organize events exclusively dedicated to students, projects based on preventative subjects and also including fun activities. Each university has appointed a student representative who is the AIDI spokesperson of the specific training needs and information. They have hosted major AIDI events and have had the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with each other and also with AIDI National Executives actively participating in community life.
AIDI has put their ideas into practice with the purpose of creating something unique for the students in the Italian territory and involving more and more students. The Italian Dental Hygienist Association is now presenting the UniversitAIDI within all the 32 Universities in Italy, with conference activities dedicated to the students. AIDI has also decided to create an Academy called UniversitAIDI Academy focused on oral hygiene/dental hygiene topics. The first conference devoted entirely to the students was held on March 5, 2015 in Rimini.
Family Teeth Matters is going well and is now completing its second year of presentations to a number of low decile preschools and schools in Auckland, New Zealand. We ended with a Maori preschool where all parents have to attend for the Hui (meeting). It has been exciting to see Family Teeth Matters become a registered Charitable Trust recently. Already we have statistics coming in to show the program is making a difference. In the attached photo is one of the parents who won the healthy hamper after our dental power point presentation. You can see the Family Teeth Matters project box in the background along with the boxes of toothbrushes. The box will go around the classes with children's dental books and games to ensure the message is reinforced. Also a free toothbrush is given to each child as some were sharing with their family. Our national power company Genesis Energy is running a promotion on this program. Vote for Family Teeth Matters on the Shine a Light Website. It is great to see our profession being recognized and hopefully together we can make a difference in New Zealand. See Family Teeth Matters for information about the project.
The Association of Dental hygienist in the Slovak Republic (ADHS) would like to announce that ADHS got a new parliament led by new president, Mrs. Anna Sloviakova (below, right). Anna brings to this position her comprehensive leadership experience, deep knowledge of the work as a dental hygienist, and a forward-looking perspective for the Association. We want to thank past president of ADHS, Mrs. Marta Krizanova, for her excellent work at the association during last 20 years.
ADHS has several new projects forecasted for the year of 2016, such as major cooperation with the League of Rheumatology of Slovakia and Association of Medical nurses & midwives of Slovakia in effort to educate medical staff in providing better care for patients receiving treatment. More details about our recent work can be found on the ADHS Website.
In 2016, The Dutch Dental Hygienists' Association (NVM-mondhygiënisten: NVM) will celebrate World Oral Health 2016 during "The Week of the Dental Hygienist" (14 to 20 March). To promote oral health and hygiene, various public campaign activities are planned during this week, for example (social) media campaigns. More information.
The Dutch Dental Hygienists' Association stands for a strong and powerful brand. To empower this brand, The Dutch Dental Hygienists' Association changed its logo and Dutch name. The new logo is presented below and the Dutch name is changed into "NVM-mondhygiënisten"(NVM in short).
The Dutch Dental Hygienists' Association will attend at the ISDH 2016 in Basel and present the submitted abstract "Effects of NVM-public campaign by dental hygienists: Promoting oral health and screening the periodontal condition" on Saturday, 25 June 2016 at 09.30 - 10.00 am in Messe Basel, Box no. 1.
Earlier this year, The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programme, partnered to launch the inaugural Oral Hygiene By Design Award 2015. The Award provided a platform for BSDHT members to use their experience of working with patients to tackle the barriers faced on a daily basis in clinic, and design the 'ideal' oral hygiene education tool. A tool designed by clinicians for clinicians. We received some really exciting and innovative entries and are really proud to announce the winner, Michelle Coles, at our AGM in October, who will get the incredible opportunity to see their idea rolled out for use by dental practitioners across the UK. Oral Hygiene by Design Award.
Also this year, the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy are delighted to announce that at long last a Dental Hygienist will appear on TV recommending oral hygiene products in the UK. Samantha Buckland, BSDHT member, was successful in her screen test and we wait to see the advertisement air in late January. This was a direct result of a GSK and BSDHT venture to find their next clinical expert from our regional groups and our profession.
The ADHA is leading the effort to increase workplace opportunities for dental hygienists and the public they serve. The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) is proud to have Illinois join the majority of the country by becoming the 38th state that allows the public to directly access oral health services from dental hygienists in at least one practice setting. The ADHA collaborated with the Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association (IDHA) throughout the legislative process. The ADHA compiled a list of dental hygienists in targeted legislative districts to engage grassroots involvement from constituents, assisted the IDHA with ongoing strategy and technical assistance, including accompanying the IDHA lobbying team to meetings with the key Senators. The ADHA President Jill Rethman, RDH, BA wrote a letter to all members of the Illinois legislature and the ADHA Chief Executive Officer Ann Battrell, MSDH delivered expert testimony during a legislative hearing. Additionally, the ADHA provided assistance to the IDHA in preparing testimony and testifiers, providing an in depth analysis of the ADHA policy relative to the proposed legislative language, and worked to secure a meeting with Governor's office and provided follow-up to brief staff on the legislation. More Information »
A meeting was recently held by Emirates Dental Hygienists Club, the only official registered organization under the Emirates Dental Society, and the Emirates Medical Association, that represents the profession of Dental Hygienists within the UAE.
Improve the quality and value of health care through patient engagement. February 25, 2016, 1:00 - 5:00 pm U.S. EST. More information »
To address the significant disparity in oral health services for Native people, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington State became the first tribe in the lower 48 to hire a dental health aide therapist (DHAT) to perform basic dental services for its members. More information »
This video shows the difference between Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero, and the amount of sugar left behind after boiling away the water.
This is one in a series of quarterly newsletters updating oral healthcare professionals on selected specialties in oral health care. Information presented is aggregated and summarized from previously published materials, each item attributed to its publication of origin. This issue is a comprehensive summary of findings on the pathophysiologic mechanisms of ONJ with the aim to explore targeted treatment interventions to reduce development and improve management of patients with established disease.
This resource focuses on e-cigarette use, the safety issues associated with their use, and their impact on the oral cavity.
Tobacco cessation is the single most effective step to lengthen and improve patients' lives. This comprehensive website lists up-to-date tobacco cessation resources for patients and dental professionals, including information on Oral Cancer Awareness Month, posters, links to videos, and more.
Royal Philips announced it will showcase how consumer health and professional healthcare are coming together in the Philips HealthSuite digital platform, the company's cloud-based innovation platform, to help consumers and their healthcare providers obtain a complete picture of their health as well as take the right steps to remain healthy at every stage of life.
Considering the more than two billion plastic toothbrushes that end up in landfills every year, wouldn't anyone rather opt for an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative toothbrush, provided it has the same durability and brushing properties? Here comes the good news: there is an alternative and it is called Humble Brush.
For the ultimate guide for students who want to create change, see A Student Guide to Social Entrepreneurship.
More than 400 dentists write to the Telegraph arguing the NHS dentistry system is 'unfit for purpose' as 46,400 children are admitted to hospital for tooth decay.
This article addresses special-needs patients with high caries risk who cannot benefit from the proven caries-reducing effect of fluoride mouthrinse because of poor rinsing compliance and a lack of home-use fluoride application recommendations. The study was designed to evaluate whether two modified delivery methods, spray or swab application, could raise the salivary fluoride to levels similar to that of rinsing.
Foothill College Dental Hygiene program students from Los Altos Hills, California, traveled to Vietnam over the December 2015 holidays to work with underprivileged children in orphanages. Sixteen of the program's 24 students spent a week in the villages around Saigon, educating children on proper dental care and giving them the supplies they need for follow-up care. Read more.
At the Irish Dental Hygienists Association's (IDHA) Annual Winter Scientific Conference in Dublin last year, the Dental Council updated delegates on key policies proposed in the new Dental Bill in Ireland. Louise Fleming, president of the IDHA: "We are strongly urging all parties involved in the decision making process of the Dental Bill to have mandatory registration for all dental hygienists regardless of their working status. It is imperative to the safety of the patient that we are registered and to show that we are competent to carry out treatment within our scope of practice on the public." Read more
We all know that oral health is an integral component in overall health. There have been numerous articles and courses on the link between oral disease and systemic disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) created a program entitled: The Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice Initiative. This initiative's goal is to improve access to early detection and preventive interventions by expanding oral health clinical competency of primary care clinicians, leading to improved oral health.
A new study maintains that periodontal disease might increase the risk for breast cancer among postmenopausal women, particularly those who smoke.
At the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Bangkok, the ICDAS Foundation and its Global Collaboratory for Caries Management (GCCM) unveiled two new digital applications, iCaries Care, based on the International Caries Classification and Management System (ICCMS™).
The free apps, developed for both dental professionals and consumers, will help achieve better early caries prevention and improve overall oral health behaviour by:
The applications will be made available to download very soon via the International Caries Detection and Assessment System's (ICDAS) website, www.icdas.org and the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future website, www.allianceforacavityfreefuture.org.
We all know that developing positive oral health habits at a young age is critical for maintaining a healthy smile. However, each year thousands of children go without basic oral care products and suffer painful and embarrassing tooth decay as a result. But you can help! Throughout February, National Children's Dental Health Month, dental hygienists are invited to take part in the annual America's ToothFairy Smile Drive - a national campaign to raise oral health awareness and collect oral care products for at-risk children.
Smile Drive is an America's ToothFairy signature event. During this time, we encourage individuals, organizations and businesses to register to host Smile Drives to collect much needed oral healthcare products for children and youth in need. You collect and you donate them back into your community. Join the movement to save children's smiles and build on your commitment to prevention of oral disease. Register today. For more help in making your Smile Drive the BEST ever, watch this short webinar.
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January 15: Association of Dental Hygienists of Slovak Republic (ADHS) Committee Meeting & Inauguration of new President
January 23: German Dental Hygienists Association Congress
February 12: Association of Dental Hygienists of Slovak Republic (ADHS) Education Course in Reaumatology Hospital
March 10-12: Australian Society of Periodontology Conference 2016 (Inflammation)
March 11-12: Association of Medical Nurses & Midwives Conference: Impact of oral health on overall health of the body
March 14-20: Dutch Dental Hygienists' Association "The Week of the Dental Hygienist"
April 8-9: Finnish Association of Dental Hygienists (FADH) National Training Days for Dental Hygienists
April 11-12: Swedish Annual Dental Hygienist Congress
April 9-15: Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) National Dental
June 8-14: American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) CLL at the 93rd Annual Session
July 22-23: New Zealand Dental Hygienists' Association 24th Annual General Meeting
November 4-5: Centre for Advanced Professional Practices (CAPP) 4th Dental Hygienist Day, Part of the 8th Dental-Facial Cosmetic International Conference
November 10-12: Dental Hygienists' Association of Australia Inc (DHAA) National Symposium
November 18-19: Italian Dental Hygienist Association 26th National Congress
November 18-19: British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) 2016 Oral Health Conference & Exhibition