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October 2022
IFDH Newsletter
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IFDH: Helping You Be the Dental Hygienist You Know You Are

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Wanda Fedora RDH

Hello from Cape Breton Island on the east coast of Canada. I have returned from a successful ISDH, House of Delegates Business Meeting and Board meeting in Ireland and I am looking forward to a life-altering term as President of IFDH.

Read more in Wanda's first message, including:
Productive & Memorable Meetings in Ireland
Our Successful Programs to Continue
How Can I Visit All IFDH Country Members?
Global Oral Health Summit to Continue in 2023 with a Leadership Workshop

Read the full message.

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ISDH Ireland A Success!

How nice it was to be back to an in-person conference and seeing so many familiar faces after three years! ISDH in Dublin welcomed attendees from 40 countries. Learn about our:

  • Global Oral Health Summit
  • Social Responsibility Workshop
  • Party at the Guinness Storehouse
  • …and much more

Read the full article and pictures too.

hod 2022 business meeting

HoD Meeting

Business, Learning, Networking & Fun!

In the quaint town of Malahide, Ireland, three days prior to ISDH, representatives from IFDH national association members met. Read more.

isdh 2022 Delegate Success Workshop

Our First Delegate Success Workshop

The Delegates Success Workshop engaged and inspired IFDH delegates to fully understand and participate in their important roles and responsibilities to the IFDH. Read more.

usdh sustainability seminar

A Major Focus on Sustainability

The 2022 IFDH House of Delegates Business Meeting, included a Sustainability Seminar by Dr. Nicolas Martin, "Sustainability in Oral Health Care" on an association level, as well as on an individual level. Read more.

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new IFDH board

New IFDH Board Elected

Congratulations to the new IFDH Board of Directors recently elected at the HoD Business Meeting in Malahide, Ireland. Led by incoming President Wanda Fedora of Canada, see the full list.

New Committees

Incoming President Wanda Fedora has appointed a new slate of Committee Chairs immediately after the HoD Business Meeting in Malahide, Ireland. See the full list.

New IFDH Branding

International Federation of Dental Hygienists

IFDH has kicked off its new branding program with a new logo. It has a strong look with a focus on the IFDH acronym. It keeps the 2 blue shades and adds a new stronger orange accent color, stronger than the yellow used in the past. Following right behind this is a new website, coming mid- October. All other IFDH visual elements will incorporate the new logo and colors.

IFDH & EDHF Follow with Another Joint Statement to WHO

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Having sent the IFDH/EDHF Joint Statement to the WHO with an Oral Health Overview & The Role of the Dental Hygienist, in May 2022, the two organizations followed up in September with another Joint Statement on Actions to be Taken to Achieve the Goals of the Global Oral Health Action Plan. Read the statement.

Empowering Women:
Be Inspired with our 3 Top Presentations

Social Responsibility logo

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. Click to see the winners.

First-ever Impact Awards

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This new award for national association programs that made the most impact on the improvement of oral health, and based on the quality of the program, was awarded, based on size of the national associations. Click to see the winners.

IFDH Research Grants Update

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December 15th Deadline for Applications

The IFDH has research grants for dental hygiene students available, so please check the website for details. Deadline is December 15th.

IFDH Completes its 7th Survey:
Sustainability in Dentistry

Sustainability in Dentistry

The IFDH has completed its seventh member survey, with responses coming from 24 countries. This survey helps to better understand global Dental Hygienists' practices and beliefs on sustainable dentistry.

Click here for a summary of the results.


Click on a title to read an article.


A National Oral Health Care Plan for Canadian Seniors
New Xylitol Resource: How Sweet it Is


Going Back to Dublin!


Recent Achievements
Social Responsibility Projects


A Paradigm Shift to Management

New Zealand

First Association in the World, Uniting Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists, & Oral Health Therapists


Models for Private Payment and Official Subsidies
Recent & Future Activities

Slovak Republic

All-Slovak Professional Conference
ADHS Provides Input to Ministry of Health


September 18-October 31: Japan Dental Hygienist Association (JDHA) - 17th Annual Meeting

September 30-October 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 11-12: New Zealand Oral Health Association (NZOHA) - Dunedn Cliniical Workshops
Dunedin, NZ

November 12: Lithuanian Dental Hygienists Association - Annual Conference

November 12-13: Czech Dental Hygienists Association (ADH CR) - 8th Autumn Professional Conference
Sec-Ustupky, Czech Republic

November 25-26: British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) - Oral Health Conference
Manchester, UK

December 2: Swiss Dental Hygienists - Annual Conference

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