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June 2022
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The Future in Our Hands

International Symposium on Dental Hygiene: ISDH2022

Finally, a Meeting in Person!

After two years full of challenges and not being able to meet in person, we are all very much looking forward to gathering and catching up with colleagues and friends during the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Dublin, Ireland, in August 2022! A symposium with education delivered over three days and a wide range of topics, speakers and presentations to choose from, a poster exhibition, and a large trade show. After which, delegates will be up to date about the latest (scientific) developments in the profession and the latest insights regarding new materials, products, and technical innovations.

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Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH, Epe
Read more in Corrie's letter, including:
Get 16 Continuing Education Credits (CPD or ECEC)
Registration and Airline Discounts
Why is "The Future in Our Hands"?
IFDH 2022 Global Oral Health Summit in 2021
And more on these topics too:
Joint Statement of IFDH and EDHF on the WHO Global Strategy
House of Delegates Business Meeting
Sustainability Explained to Our Members

Click to read the full letter.


Only weeks to GO!
We are fast approaching ISDH 2022.

ISDH 2022: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

Over 750 Registrants from 30 Countries Already!

This is the final eNews update before we all meet in Dublin in August. It's been a busy few months for the Local Organising Committee.

Registration - Exhibitors - Posters

We have endeavoured to have as many people avail of the Standard registration rate as possible and to enable this, we extended standard registration until May 20th. With sponsor levels nearly sold out and limited exhibition space available we are excited for a very busy three days in August.

Catherine Waldron and the Scientific Committee went to work again, reopening the submission process for new poster applications. This was very successful in giving both national and international delegates, who may have missed out on the opportunity to present their poster to their peers in the first round.

Listen to Interview of 2 Delegates' Plans to Attend

ADHA Podcast

It's always lovely to hear of other people's impression of attending an ISDH, and we were delighted to hear Matt Crispin's excellent podcast from the American Dental Hygienist Association discussing with Kelli Swanson Jaecks MA, RDH and Jill Rethman BA, RDH and their plans for attending ISDH 2022 as House of Delegates representatives for the ADHA. Not only are they planning their time at the symposium but they are also taking some valuable time off to travel while in Ireland and Europe. Click here for the podcast list & listen to the 5/10/22 podcast on that page.

Theatre & Musicals in Dublin

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour-Dreamcoat

Ireland has so much to offer we thought we'd look at what's on our doorstep to the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) if you have a night off. The Bord Gais Energy Theatre is across the River Liffey from the CCD and if you are a fan of West End/ Broadway musicals, we are very lucky to have a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour-Dreamcoat in town during the time of the symposium. Click for more information and tickets, or this site too!

Discounted Airfare

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Remember we have a discounted code for flights available from UK & Europe as well as USA and Canada. Click for more information.

Stay Updated

The best way to keep up to date with all the information and promotion of ISDH 2022 is to follow us @isdh2022 on Twitter and Instagram. The IFDH and IDHA will always reshare and post to their social media platforms too.

See You in Malahide, Ireland!

For the

2022 House of Delegates Business Meeting

Grand Hotel Exterior

Plans and details are now finalized for the 2022 House of Delegates Business Meeting (August 8-10, 2022), 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 a 5-course Irish dinner and fun entertainment! Then we travel on to Dublin for the ISDH!

Click here for the event schedule, including;
Sustainability and the Dental Hygienist Workshop
Delegate Success Seminar

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

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IFDH Partners with EDHF on Joint Statement on WHO Draft Global Strategy on Oral Health

The burden of oral disease and the importance of oral health has been recognized by the World Health Assembly in 2021, which has resulted in the adoption of the Resolution on Oral Health and the development of the WHO Draft Global Strategy on Oral Health.

EDHF: European Dental Hygienists Federation

IFDH and EDHF (the European Dental Hygienists Federation) have released a Joint Statement on the WHO draft Global Strategy on Oral Health (Click for pdf). In the statement we focus on the role of the Dental Hygienist. Not only as the key provider of individual preventive oral health care, but also on the role Dental Hygienists can play in public health and social responsibility programs to improve oral health of communities and individuals.

We suggest that you support our statement by disseminating it to your contacts!

IFDH 2021 Research Grant Awardees

Congratulations to our 3 awardees of the 2021 IFDH Research Grant program. 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.

Click for more details on the above grants.

IFDH Completes its 6th Survey:
Elderly Patients


The IFDH has completed its sixth survey of its members, with responses coming from 28 countries. This survey helps to better understand global Dental Hygienists' practices regarding elderly patients. We thank P&G for their support of this program.

Click here for a summary of the results.

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Empowering Women:
Be Inspired with our 3 Top Presentations

Partners in Social Responsibility

The 2021-2022 Social Responsibility Campaign has reached multitudes of women worldwide. The theme, Empowering Women, was embraced by Dental Hygienists from continent to continent. Women in shelters, women in crisis, mothers and babies, women's health, and families were all recipients of voluntary oral health delivery.

Read more about our 3 winners and the presentations in Dublin.

We Are Dental Hygienists!

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Science is published in a continuous stream. These are the 5 latest studies from the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. Click here to access 5 FREE studies


Click on a title to read an article.


Resources on Violence & Abuse!
A Wave of Purple Across Canada


New Guideline to Prevent Malnutrition Focuses on Dental Care
New Study Investigates Connection Between Oral and Medical Disease


IDHA Celebrates 35th Anniversary
IDHA & Corporate Marketing

Slovak Republic

Generation Without Decay Module Launched

South Africa

World Oral Health Day


HIDES Presents Messages to European Parliament Representatives


June 2-3: Norwegian Dental Hygienists Association - The Professional Conference
Stavanger, Norway

June 3-4: Portuguese Dental Hygienist Association (APHO) - XXI Congress APHO
Lisbon, Portugal

June 15-18: The Danish Association of Dental Hygienists - Annual Conference
Copenhagen, Denmark

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

August 8-10: IFDH House of Delegates Business Meeting
Malahide, Ireland

August 10-13: IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene
Dublin Ireland

August 26-28: Oral Hygienist's Association of South Africa (OHASA) - Annual Conference
Gauteng, South Africa

September 2-3: Finnish Association of Dental Hygienists (FADH) - National Oral Hygiene Days
Helsinki, Finland

September 9: Association of Dental Hygienists of Slovak Republic (ADHS) - Annual Conference
Besenova, Slovak Republic

September 17-19: Japan Dental Hygienists Association (JDHA) - 17th Annual Meeting
Tokushima Prefecture, Japan

September 30-Ocober 1: The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) - Summit
Whitehorse, Yukon

October 28-29: Spanish Association of Oral Hygienists (HIDES) - National Congress
Grenada, Spain

October 28-29: Oral Hygienists Association of South Africa (OHASA) - National Congress
Cape Town, South Africa

November 12: Irish Dental Hygienist's Association (IDHA) - Annual Conference
Dublin, Ireland

November 12: Lithuanian Dental Hygienists Association - Annual Conference

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