IFDH Newsletter
September 2020
 Board of Directors

Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH, Epe

President Elect
Wanda Fedora RDH
Nova Scotia

Vice President
Michaela ONeill

Donna Paton
Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Melanie Hayes

 House of Delegates

Executive Director
Peter Anas

Membership Director
Laikisha Jeffries

Membership Coordinator
Clare Karpinski

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The IFDH President

Once again, the world and our profession has been engulfed by COVID-19.

Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet,
Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH, Epe

Read the IFDH President's article, where she discusses the following issues:

  • COVID-19
  • IFDH Oral Health Summit and Leadership Conference
  • IFDH 35th Annniversary
  • IFDH International Dental Hygiene Day
  • Periodontitis Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • World Cavity-free Future Day (ACFF)

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IDFH News & Programs

Four Member Countries Have Participated Since June

Every Child has a Toothbrush

It is important for children to learn effective dental hygiene techniques to avoid future dental issues. Dental Hygienists who conduct a community education program designed for young children, may apply to receive a small grant and child-size toothbrushes from Crest/Oral-B. The program must teach children how to use a manual toothbrush effectively to better control biofilm and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Since June, the "Every Child Has a Toothbrush" program has partnered with Crest/Oral-B to ship 830 toothbrushes across 4 countries to help facilitate teaching children good dental habits.

Grant applications will remain open until all monies and/or toothbrushes have been allocated. There are a limited number of applications per country. Click here for more details and the application.

IFDH: COVID-19 Update

Keeping IFDH Members Informed on COVID-19

The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected all of us both personally and professionally, including the dental team and the Dental Hygiene profession. In these extraordinary circumstances and because the situation differs from country to country, IFDH advises you to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization, your national governments, your national Dental and Dental Hygiene organizations and the advice of experts. Patient safety and staff health and welfare must be our number one concern.

We have gathered over 65 articles and guidelines of COVID-19 Information, relating to our profession and posted them on our website, in the following categories:

Current COVID-19 Stats
By Country
World Health Organization
Cochrane Oral Health
Countries (from our Members)
Australia Korea
Canada Slovak Republic
Ireland Spain
Worldwide United Kingdom
Italy United States

See the IFDH page at https://www.ifdh.org/covid-19.html

IFDH has also posted links to pertinent information daily on our social media - Facebook and Twitter.

Congratulations to IFDH 2019 Research Grant Recipients!

David Collins

Association between empathy and academic performance among undergraduate dental hygiene students
David Collins
Ohio State University

Larissa Bubnowicz

Evaluation of silver diamine fluoride in arresting carious lesions in irradiated tooth structures
Larissa Bubnowicz
The University of Manitoba

Kristen Stephens

An evaluation of incidence and perceptions of incivility among dental hygiene students and faculty/administrators
Kristen Stephens
Concordia University

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ISDH 2022: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

ISDH 2022: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

Scientific Content Taking Shape

IFDH and the ISDH Local Organizing Committee of the Irish Dental Hygienist Association continue to prepare the exciting scientific content for ISDH Dublin 2022. As healthcare professionals we continue to deal with the global pandemic effects, both personally and professionally, so having something to look forward to in 2022, will help raise all our spirits.

Wild Atlantic Way

Enjoy this Video

We invite you to view travel writer/tv personality Richard Bangs video featuring the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. It's time to start to plan and dream about visiting Ireland in 2022! We encourage you to share these links with your members, to ensure they get the most from their trip to Ireland.

Stay updated on ISDH 2022.

Learn more about the IFDH 2019 House of Delegates Business Meeting in Brisbane Australia.

IFDH 2-Day Event Postponed

IFDH Global Oral Health  Summit
IFDH Executive Leadership Forum

As we all know, many conferences in 2020 and 2021 have been cancelled due to COVID-19. The same applies for our IFDH Global Oral Health Summit and Leadership Conference, originally planned for Barcelona, March 2021. The Board of Directors is considering replacing the in-person event with an online workshop (part 1) in May or June 2021, as a 'COVID-safe' forerunner to a live, in-person event (part 2) during the HoD Business Meeting and the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Dublin, Ireland, August 2022. Or, if a vaccine is on the market by the beginning in 2021, we will consider having a live event mid-2021. To investigate our members' preference, IFDH undertook a survey among the House of Delegates (HOD) of the Federation and for now, the majority of the delegates seem to prefer the above solutions. We will keep you informed!

IFDH Partners with ACFF on World CavityFree Future Day: October 14th 2020

World Cavity-Free Future Day 2020

We are delighted to partner with the Alliance for a Cavity Free Future in its World Cavity-Free Future Day 2020. October 14th marks the fifth WCFFDay Campaign. Last year, thanks to your combined efforts, it reached over 700,000 people, and this year we hope to see our message spread even further!

This year's campaign focuses on the theme "Smiles Across Generations" and bears the tagline #ToothTales. You will find a number of resources, including information documents, social media images and infographics (in several languages) that you can use to promote WCFFDay in your area. There is also a 'Campaign Toolkit' included in the pack with a wealth of ideas on how the resources provided can be used to share the message of WCFFDay. Please get involved!


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International Journal of Dental Hygiene

August 2020 Issue Highlights
(Volume 18, Issue 3)

International Journal of Dental Hygiene Volume 18 Issue 3

As the current environment of health care support during the CoVID-19 pandemic continues to provide immense challenges for all across the globe, the critical element of regular professional oral care and daily oral hygiene in the prevention of disease may experience low recognition or engagement - even for those patients who have access to care. Many colleagues are now returning to the clinical environment with a new skill set in process of providing care in the "new normal". Whilst the situation may be initially daunting, the advantages for patient health and professional satisfaction must be considered during this time of approaching care from a different perspective.

From the August 2020 edition of the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, we hope you will find the publication content supportive of your health care knowledge and scientific engagement in the profession of dental hygiene.

Some key publications are accessed via the links below:

A comparison study: Periodontal practice approach of dentists and dental hygienists

The association between Antonovsky's sense of coherence and job stress among dental hygienists in Korea

Impact of regular professional toothbrushing on oral health, related quality of life, and nutritional and cognitive status in nursing home residents

Effects of oral health promotion programmes on adolescents' oral health‐related quality of life: A systematic review

Complexity of best‐evidenced practice in periodontal therapy: Views of Swedish Dental Hygienists

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Member News


Australia Bad Mouth

Bad Mouth: DHAA calls on governments, funding organizations & health service providers to act.

The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia released a paper to support equitable and affordable dental healthcare for all Australians. Oral diseases are associated with many chronic medical conditions, poor nutritional status and can affect quality of life through pain, discomfort, speech impairment and social withdrawal. DHAA President Ms. Cheryl Dey said that "for generations, our country has neglected oral health and dental services despite evidence indicating they are intricately linked to general health and wellbeing. Historically, dentistry adopts a treatment-dominated, invasive and high-tech approach to care that is often expensive".

One in five Australians delays or chooses not to see a dental practitioner due to cost. Australian consumers pay 58% of their dental costs out of pocket compared to just 12% for pharmaceutical - and only 11% for medical expenses. This disparity in government funding has put regular oral health care out of reach of many. Approximately 60% of older people over 85 years do not have access to dental care. Residents in aged care facilities are at a higher risk for aspiration pneumonia because of bad oral health. In some cases, this necessitates acute hospital care and may even lead to death.

DHAA therefore calls on the governments, funding organizations and health service providers to act to:

Ensure equity of oral health services for all Australians
Shift towards the paradigm of oral disease prevention and health promotion
Restore oral health as an integrated element of overall health and general wellbeing


Canadas Dental Hygiene Superhero Revealed!

Canada's Dental Hygiene Superhero Revealed!

With 755 amazing entries, CDHA's third Dental Hygiene Superhero competition was a huge success. The program recognizes dental hygienists who enrich the lives of clients with their commitment to improving oral and overall health. Nominees are specifically evaluated on their client focus, empowerment through education, accountability, leadership, integrity, respect, and compassion. The impressive field of nominees was narrowed to 20 finalists, who were evaluated by a panel of 7 judges. We are pleased to reveal the identity of our competition grand prize winner and Canada's 2020 dental hygiene superhero: Lisa Enns of British Columbia! She is joined by two deserving honourable mentions: Francine Leach of Nova Scotia and Marisa Mannarino of Ontario. Check out the stories of our winners and finalists. Congratulations to all who were nominated, and thank you to our nominators, judges, and competition sponsor, Sensodyne!


Vote on Collective Agreement
The collective agreement for dental hygienists working in the private sector was ready to be renewed in March 2020, but due to the CoVid-19 situation and disagreements with our counterpart, the Danish Dental Association, the renewal was delayed. Finally, on July 16, we reached an agreement and in these weeks the result is put to a vote.

Survey: Public Employees Want Leadership Responsibilities
Danish Dental Hygienists conducted a survey among 398 members employed in the public sector, the majority in school dental care. Among other interesting findings, the survey showed that 25 percent want leadership responsibilities and Danish Dental Hygienists will aim to support that.


There is an old saying, translated in many languages that states, "man plans, and God laughs". This seems to hold true for our current situation. Many of the Israeli Dental Hygiene Association's planned events have been postponed. Although our program to advance Oral Health in Women's shelters is ready to go, in the current restricted situation we are making the effort to implement it. We are continuing our extremely successful webinar series with hygienist participation in the hundreds! As the situation is fluid, there is much correspondence between our association and the Ministry of Health with the result of postponing the requirement to update CPR certification for six months. Our board members and various committee members continue to work toward, and plan programs to enrich both the hygienists and the public. We are also enhancing public awareness to better oral hygiene and the importance of maintenance on social media especially during Covid-19 pandemic.

Smile to Health


On October 10, 2020, the day dedicated to the promotion of oral health and the dental hygienist, "SMILE TO HEALTH", will take place in out in the major squares of the largest Italian cities. Because of COVID we had to make this a virtual online event which is dedicated to all segments of the population and will involve over 150 dental hygienists who will produce information and advice. The initiative is promoted by AIDI, is carried out in collaboration with AIDIPRO and UniversiAIDI.


Dagmar Else Slot Appointed Professor of Oral Prevention
ACTA scientist Dagmar Else Slot will be appointed as professor of oral prevention on September 1st, 2020. She is affiliated with the Periodontology Department of the Academic Centre for Dentistry (ACTA) part of the Vrije University (VU) Amsterdam. This is the first time a dental hygienist is appointed as professor in the Netherlands. The chair is at the service of students of dentistry, the post-initial master of Oral Health Sciences and the postgraduate education of dentists and dental hygienists. Finally, she wants to focus on the important perspective of the content and form of daily oral care advice. By evaluating research results and contributing in an evidence-based practice guidelines for daily oral hygienic. With this in mind the chair prevention in oral care, and with the strong interest in clinical application it aims to bring oral health science closer to daily oral care practice.

Hygienists to Participate in Experiment
The Dutch Dental Hygienists Association is pleased to announce that on July 1st the experiment "fully independently authorized dental hygienist" began. Dental hygienists who participate in the experiment will not perform any other procedures than dental hygienists who do not participate. With this experiment the only thing that changes are the legal framework regarding how hygienists will carry out their treatments. A dentist's assignment to administer anesthesia and to treat primary cavities will not be necessary anymore. Instead, participating dental hygienists are independently authorized to administer local anesthesia, treat primary cavities, and take X-rays.

Raising awareness of the importance of oral health and the role of the dental hygienist in preventive oral care
In collaboration with a large drugstore chain and various manufacturers of oral care products, a public campaign will be launched in October 2020 to educate the public about the importance of oral health and the role of the dental hygienist in it.



The Spanish Association of Oral Hygienists (ESPAÑA HIDES) has suspended all meetings for 2020, but on October 20th we will celebrate our National Dental Hygienist Day online. The association has published some protocols for COVID19.

Editors: Peter Anas, Executive Director,
Clare Karpinski, Membership & Project Coordinator

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September 5: Association of Dental Hygienists of Czech Republic (ADH) - Professional Conference
Prague, Czech Republic

September 19-21: Japan Dental Hygienists Association (JDHA) - 15th Annual Meeting
Osaka, Japan

September 26: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) - Autumn Web Meeting

October 2: Danish Dental Hygienists - Annual Dental Hygienists Conference

October 14-15: Norwegian Dental Hygienists Association - Yearly Gathering of Leaders from the Various Counties

November 6-7: Irish Dental Hygienist's Association (IDHA) - Annual Conference
Dublin, Ireland

November 13: Dutch Dental Hygienist Association (NVM) - Digital Annual Conference: The Different Faces of the Dental Hygienist

November 14: Finnish Association of Dental Hygienists (FADH)- Annual Meeting
Helsinki, Finland

November 20-21: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) - National Congress
Rome, Italy

November 26-28: British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) - Oral Health Conference
(Online Event)

December 23: Israeli Dental Hygiene Association (Israel DHA) - Annual Conference
Tel Aviv, Israel


March 25: Swiss Dental Hygienists - Annual Spring Conference
Solothurn, Switzerland

May 21-22: Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) - Spring Meeting
Rome, Italy

Oct 15-16: Spanish Association of Oral Hygienists (HIDES) - National Meeting
Grenada, Spain

November 19: Swiss Dental Hygienists - Annual Fall Conference
Basel, Switzerland

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