Establishing & Keeping IFDH
Although we expected to be able to travel and represent IFDH during conferences, symposia and summits and meeting each other in person in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2021, due to the Covid-19 situation, all meetings unfortunately were virtual again. Not being able to meet in person is definitely a disadvantage.
But having a meeting online and broadcast worldwide, also means that many more people can be reached and enabled to attend meetings that otherwise might not have been possible.
In order to provide our member organizations with the latest in new products in Oral Health, IFDH has recently launched and published a new Oral Health New Product Showcase eNewsletter. It will be published 3 times per year and sent to IFDH national association members to distribute to their members and also available on our website.
On behalf of the IFDH, Secretary Melanie Hayes presented at the University of Glasgow COP26 satellite event on Sustainability in Healthcare and Education, held on 2-4 November. The event attracted over 1,500 speakers and registrants with participants from more than 80 countries. Her presentation focused on Sustainable Oral Health and shared the perspectives of an IFDH working group, discussing "How Dental Hygiene is Impacted or Impacts Complex Societal Problems, and How we can Re-orient Ourselves Toward Sustainable Development."
There was a specific focus on how oral health fits with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and how we might organise and prioritise them, including some early working models. A big thank you to members of the working group (Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, Wanda Fedora, Kelsey Ingram, Gitana Rederiene) and Dr Julian Fisher for facilitating and providing the opportunity to be involved.
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!
Sharon Friedman Yaniv, the HoD representing Israel, and Chair of the IFDH Social Responsibility Committee, along with Wanda Fedora, President-Elect of IFDH and HoD member and committee member Jill Rethman, held a live webinar in December, on "How to Initiate and Conduct a Social Responsibility Project". Several HoDs from around the world attended and are planning to start a project.
During 2019-2022, we are highlighting the theme of "Empowering Women." We invite all to initiate and create projects empowering oral health among your communities.
The IFDH Social Responsibility Program will highlight 3 projects at a special session in Dublin, Ireland at the ISDH Symposium, August 10-13, 2022.
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:
The IFDH fielded its fifth survey in November. This survey will help to better understand global Dental Hygienists' practices regarding pediatric patients. As the deadline was only a week ago, we won't have our results until mid to late December. So, watch our website and social media for an update on the results. We hope you participated!
We thank P&G for their support of this ongoing program.
2022 House of Delegates Business Meeting
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.
As December marks the final month of 2021, it's very exciting to enter into the year of ISDH2022 in January. What better way to start the New Year than with a ticket for ISDH 2022: “The Future is in YOUR Hands!”. Now is the ideal time to start planning for August 2022 in Dublin, Ireland, taking the opportunity to meet colleagues, visit family or friends, or for simply having fun in the interesting, dynamic and forward-thinking environment of ISDH2022. It is going to be the place to be in 2022!
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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!
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 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. Details coming soon.
Click here to watch the Summit Roundtable session (I hour, 14 minutes) for Free!
According to the WHO "Ending childhood dental caries: WHO implementation manual," an unacceptably large percentage of children's teeth do not stay sound, but are ravaged and sometimes totally destroyed by dental caries. This can be seen as a preventable, global, non-communicable disease (NCD) of medical, social and economic importance.
The IFDH International Journal of Dental Hygiene has published several studies in order to contribute to improving this problem, with a focus on the important aspects of socio-behavioural, economic, environmental and societal factors, as the social determinants of health, including:
|•||Cross-cultural adaptation of Turkish version of Parental-Caregiver Perceptions Questionnaire (P-CPQ). .|
|•||Dental caries experience in primary school-age children following "Students' Oral Health Promotion Program," Iran.|
|•||Randomized trial of a photography-aided behavioural intervention to reduce risk factors for caries and malocclusion in high-risk infants.|
|•||Effectiveness of CPP-ACP and fluoride products in tooth remineralization.|
The Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association Ltd (ADOHTA) and the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia Ltd (DHAA) are pleased to advise that the policy change to allow Dental Hygienists, dental therapists, and oral health therapists to apply for a provider number from Service Australia and to claim directly for services provided under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) within the respective scope of practice, has been given preliminary approval by the Government. The Department of Health is now working towards implementing the change with a planned commencement date of 1 July 2022. This is the first step towards enhancing public access to oral health service as the change only applies to the Commonwealth Government's CDBS. ADOHTA and DHAA are working together to negotiate with the private health insurance sector on behalf of the profession to have the provider numbers recognized by various health funds. Both presidents agreed that this will eventually provide the Australian public with better access and choice, particularly where there are significant service gaps such as those in aged care and rural Australia.
In October, IDHA partnered with Dental Protection to allow our members a 20% discount on the cost of their dental insurance.
In November, the Irish Dental Hygiene Association was delighted to hold our first in-person conference since 2019. The theme of the conference was "Caring for Ourselves and Others” with the first day of the conference focusing on self-care, including both physical and mental well-being of the Dental Hygienist, a workshop on social responsibility and ISDH 2022. The second day's focus was on patient care and covered topics including the new Perio classification system, children's diets, fluoride in dentistry, non-surgical aesthetics treatments and also mastering the oral mucosa. Pictured (L-R) Catherine Waldron, Sviatana Anischuk and Barbara Derham.
After having virtual meetings and webinars, we had our first face-to-face conference in November. Over 300 hygienists attended, and a big exhibition of dental products was presented. The two-day conference was held near Jerusalem.
Social responsibility projects in Israel are also back on track, as we push ourselves forward to create a greater impact on oral health awareness.
The AIDI National Congress was held in Bologna in November, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of AIDI, which was founded in 1981. The congress was attended by prominent figures from the national and international scene. The event was a great success, and the take-home message was how important it is to take care of the human being, to heal the organism and manage complexities with the wise application of science, professionalism, and humanity. Antonella Abbinante was confirmed president for the next three years and will be joined by Cristina Comi (vice president), Maria Teresa Agneta, Viviana Cortesi, Carmen Forte, Valentina Giuliani Ro, Jacopo Lanzetti, Fabia Profili and Enrica Scagnetto.
The Lithuanian Dental Hygienists Association held their hybrid meeting in November, and it addressed the management of patients with periodontal disease in the Dental Hygiene Practice. More than 400 Dental Hygienists attended this event, online and in-person.
The two associations, New Zealand Dental Hygienists Association (NZDHA), led by Anna Holyoak and New Zealand Dental & Oral Health Therapists Association (NZDOHTA), led by Nafiz Hussein, have combined! This has been a long process with both Executive Committees working together to gain this result. Both our present and past presidents acknowledge the frustrations and accomplishment of this process and New Zealand Dental Professions are excited in the New Zealand oral health association future.
The completed Constitution for the New Zealand Oral Health Association (NZOHA) and paperwork to creating the new Incorporated society for NZOHA are now being submitted. We have also been working with a development company on a new website. This will provide a members database and access to members perks, and a recertification section which will allow members to create a recertification plan, including setting up learning goals, objectives, planned PDP, as well as allowing you to write reflections on completed PDP and allowing your peer to review your plan.
The Portuguese Dental Hygienists Association (APHO) held it's XX National Congress in October, the first live event since the start of the COVID pandemic. It was a huge success, with more than 250 participants. The 2-day scientific program focused on implantology and periodontology, oral and general connection, behavior change and management of dental anxiety and biodegradability and sustainability in clinical practice. The challenges and opportunities faced by Dental Hygienists in national health service were also addressed.
Cooperation between ADHS and the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic: Thorough explanation of the impact of oral health on the overall health of the body, by the President of ADHS Anna Sloviaková at the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic contributed to the strengthening of cooperation between the ADHS and the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic. PHOTO (left to right): Krizanova, p. Laurinc, Anna Sloviakova and p. Sluchova.
Closer Cooperation from SKZL: The result of a successful meeting of the ADHS Presidium with the SKLZ (Slovak Chamber of Dentists) is the elaboration of a memorandum -rules for cooperation between dentists and Dental Hygienists.
Commenting on the Legislation: The ADHS Presidium is actively involved in drafting and commenting on the legislation, which determines the personnel and material equipment of the DH office.
The Spanish Dental Hygienist Association had many events in October.
We held a Dental Hygienist Olympic Games for students, which was the first face-to-face event after the pandemic. These Olympic Games serve to give visibility to the profession and empowerment to the participating students.
We also held our virtual Annual National Congress which had many participants.
On October 20th we celebrated our National Dental Hygienist Day with several videos from our colleague organizations from South Africa, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Portugal and Ireland, and we were very touched to get one from our IFDH President Corrie Joenbloed, and we want to thank them all.
Editors: Peter Anas, Executive Director,
Clare Karpinski, Membership & Project Coordinator
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March 25-26: Finnish Association of Dental Hygienists (FADH) - Annual Conference
June 2-3: Norwegian Dental Hygienists Association - The Professional Conference
June 24-26: American Dental Hygienists' Association Annual Conference
September 17-19: Japan Dental Hygienists Association (JDHA) - 17th Annual Meeting
November 12: Lithuanian Dental Hygienists Association - Annual Conference