The IFDH Mission

The International Federation of Dental Hygienists is an international non-profit association uniting national dental hygienist organizations, by fostering leadership and collaboration.

About IFDH

The International Federation of Dental Hygienists was officially formed on June 28, 1986 in Oslo, Norway. The forerunner of the IFDH, The International Liaison Committee on Dental Hygiene, was established in 1973, by some European countries (including the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK), the USA, Canada and Japan.

The IFDH is an international non-governmental organization, free from any political, racial, or religious ties. It is incorporated and registered in the United States as a 501(c6) non-profit organization. It unites dental hygiene associations from around the world in their common cause of promoting dental health.

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❤️❤️ Happy Valentine s Day❤️❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

International Federation of Dental Hygienists, Past President, Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet and Ellen Bol are representing the IFDH and the EFDH in the EU Parliament today. There will be a presentation and launch of the EOHP Manifest. ... See MoreSee Less

International Federation of Dental Hygienists, Past President, Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet and Ellen Bol are representing the IFDH and the EFDH in the EU Parliament today. There will be a presentation and launch of the EOHP Manifest.

☆ SAVE $$☆
International Symposium of Dental Hygiene.
Early bird discounted rate deadline is the
☆"20th of March,2024"☆
Plan your trip this weekend!!
Visit www.isdh2024.com
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The International Federation of Dental Hygienists Social responsibility committee met this week, and the number of projects submitted was revealed: 16 social responsibility projects from around the world 🌎
Well done to everyone that has taken the time to participate..
ifdh.org/programs/social-responsibility-overview/
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The International Federation of Dental Hygienists Social responsibility committee met this week, and the number of projects submitted was revealed: 16 social responsibility projects from around the world 🌎
Well done to everyone that has taken the time to participate..
https://ifdh.org/programs/social-responsibility-overview/

The International Federation of Dental Hygienists board of directors had a busy week of meetings reviewing and updating the bylaws, policies and procedures. (Top left to right) Vice-President, Fouzieh Eliassy, Secretary, Sharon Friedman Yaniv, President, Wanda Fedora.( Bottom row) President-Elect, Jill Rethman
and Treasurer, Donna Paton.
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The International Federation of Dental Hygienists board of directors had a busy week of meetings reviewing and updating the bylaws, policies and procedures. (Top left to right) Vice-President,  Fouzieh Eliassy, Secretary, Sharon Friedman Yaniv, President,  Wanda Fedora.( Bottom row) President-Elect, Jill Rethman 
and Treasurer, Donna Paton.

⭐️Sunstar's World Dental Hygienist Award⭐️
Vote for your favorite Dental Hygienist video presentation by liking the video on the official Sunstar YouTube platform.
The winner will be awarded at the IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in July 2024. Voting ends March 31st. Watch the videos and cast your vote here: youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5uLvIsyvVSlofu70j5yansPE7R4BXxFo&si=figjEbLNVoQX3wDG
Let's support and celebrate excellence in dental hygiene! 🦷✨ #DentalHygienistAwards #ISDH2024 #VoteNow
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⭐️Sunstars World Dental Hygienist Award⭐️
Vote for your favorite Dental Hygienist video presentation by liking the video on the official Sunstar YouTube platform.
The winner will be awarded at the IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in July 2024. Voting ends March 31st. Watch the videos and cast your vote here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5uLvIsyvVSlofu70j5yansPE7R4BXxFo&si=figjEbLNVoQX3wDG
Lets support and celebrate excellence in dental hygiene! 🦷✨ #DentalHygienistAwards #ISDH2024 #VoteNow
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International Federation of Dental Hygienists

This weekend the IFDH board of Directors and the membership committee met. Thanks to Kelli, Diane, Chica and Rhiannon. ... See MoreSee Less

This weekend the IFDH board of Directors and the membership committee met. Thanks to Kelli, Diane, Chica and Rhiannon.

Announcing the invited speakers for the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene at The COEX, Seoul, South Korea, 11th-13th of July 2024.#isdh2024.
www.isdh2024.com #isdh2024_학술위원회 #dentalhygienistawards #IFDH #dentalhygienist #oralhealth #oralhygiene #prevention #dentalresearch
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Announcing the invited speakers for the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene at The COEX, Seoul, South Korea,  11th-13th of July 2024.#isdh2024.
www.isdh2024.com #isdh2024_학술위원회 #dentalhygienistawards #IFDH #dentalhygienist #oralhealth #oralhygiene #prevention #dentalresearch

Become an Individual member of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists visit ifdh.org/membership/, and see all the benefits in the post below.#IFDH#dentalhygienist#isdh2024_학술위원회#oralhealth#prevention#dentaltherapist ... See MoreSee Less

ISDH2024 #isdh2024_학술위원회
Yesterday the KDHA Local Organising Committee and the IFDH met to discuss details for our upcoming International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2024, COEX Seoul, South Korea. July 11-13th. Visit
www.isdh2024.com
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ISDH2024 #isdh2024_학술위원회 
Yesterday the KDHA Local Organising Committee and the IFDH met to discuss details for our upcoming International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2024, COEX Seoul,  South Korea. July 11-13th. Visit 
www.isdh2024.com

🌟 IFDH - The International Federation of Dental Hygienists proudly presents: *5 Days Left* to Make a Difference and possibly win an Award! 🌟

Do you or fellow dental hygienists or therapists have a project that's creating positive oral health change, either locally or on a global scale? Now’s your chance to showcase your hard work and dedication. You’ve got just 5 days left to submit your application for our Social Responsibility Program embracing the "Teach the teacher" theme. Your efforts are vital and deserve recognition.

This is more than just a submission; it’s an opportunity to highlight the amazing work happening in oral healthcare and prevention; Plus, you could be eligible for an award!

Don’t wait. Submit your project now and be part of a celebration of excellence in oral healthcare. Remember, the deadline is February 1st. For more details, visit www.ifdh.org 🦷💫
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🌟 IFDH - The International Federation of Dental Hygienists proudly presents: *5 Days Left* to Make a Difference and possibly win an Award! 🌟
Do you or fellow dental hygienists or therapists have a project thats creating positive oral health change, either locally or on a global scale? Now’s your chance to showcase your hard work and dedication. You’ve got just 5 days left to submit your application for our Social Responsibility Program embracing the Teach the teacher theme. Your efforts are vital and deserve recognition.
This is more than just a submission; it’s an opportunity to highlight the amazing work happening in oral healthcare and prevention; Plus, you could be eligible for an award!
Don’t wait. Submit your project now and be part of a celebration of excellence in oral healthcare. Remember, the deadline is February 1st. For more details, visit www.ifdh.org 🦷💫

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www.isdh2024.com #isdh2024_학술위원회

Listen to the American Dental Hygienist Association's podcast with the IFDH President Wanda Fedora And President- Elect Jill Rethman .
www.facebook.com/share/p/tPbz7nZF92jbccUx/The International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) is a global organization that unites national dental hygienist organizations across the world, by fostering leadership and collaboration in the profession. ADHA is a member organization. In this special podcast episode, Matt is joined by IFDH President Wanda Fedora and IFDH President-Elect Jill Rethman as they fill us in on IFDH's focus for 2024 and beyond. They also discuss the upcoming International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) this summer in Seoul, South Korea. Listen now at ow.ly/vVxa50Q2MNS #ADHApodcast
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Listen to the American Dental Hygienist Associations podcast with the IFDH President Wanda Fedora And President- Elect Jill Rethman .
https://www.facebook.com/share/p/tPbz7nZF92jbccUx/

#isdh2024_학술위원회 ISDH2024, updates and important dates. ... See MoreSee Less

#isdh2024_학술위원회 ISDH2024, updates and important dates.

⭐️Sunstar's World Dental Hygienist Award⭐️
Vote for your favorite Dental Hygienist video presentation by liking the video on the official Sunstar YouTube platform.
The winner will be awarded at the IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in July 2024. Voting ends March 31st. Watch the videos and cast your vote here: youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5uLvIsyvVSlofu70j5yansPE7R4BXxFo&si=figjEbLNVoQX3wDG
Let's support and celebrate excellence in dental hygiene! 🦷✨ #DentalHygienistAwards #ISDH2024 #VoteNow
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⭐️Sunstars World Dental Hygienist Award⭐️
Vote for your favorite Dental Hygienist video presentation by liking the video on the official Sunstar YouTube platform.
The winner will be awarded at the IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in July 2024. Voting ends March 31st. Watch the videos and cast your vote here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5uLvIsyvVSlofu70j5yansPE7R4BXxFo&si=figjEbLNVoQX3wDG
Lets support and celebrate excellence in dental hygiene! 🦷✨ #DentalHygienistAwards #ISDH2024 #VoteNow

The oral health-related quality of life for individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – a cross-sectional study.

The findings showed that those living with FASD have poorer self-reported oral health conditions than the general population. Additionally, it was reported that most of those in the FASD group had experienced physical pain in the past month. In both groups, cost was found to be the greatest barrier to accessing care. The majority of those in the control group experienced a low impact across all categories except for physical disabilities. However, most of those in the FASD group experienced higher impact scores in categories such as psychological discomfort, psychological disability and handicap.

Further research is required to determine the most effective methods of improving the OHRQoL of individuals with FASD and to develop strategies to improve access to healthcare for this group.

bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12903-023-03577-9
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The oral health-related quality of life for individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – a cross-sectional study.
The findings showed that those living with FASD have poorer self-reported oral health conditions than the general population. Additionally, it was reported that most of those in the FASD group had experienced physical pain in the past month. In both groups, cost was found to be the greatest barrier to accessing care. The majority of those in the control group experienced a low impact across all categories except for physical disabilities. However, most of those in the FASD group experienced higher impact scores in categories such as psychological discomfort, psychological disability and handicap.
Further research is required to determine the most effective methods of improving the OHRQoL of individuals with FASD and to develop strategies to improve access to healthcare for this group.
https://bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12903-023-03577-9

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For more information www.isdh2024.com

Oral-Systemic Interactions and Medical-Dental Integration: A Life Course Approach
Published 11/28/2023

Oral Health and Overall Health Across the Lifespan

This report from CareQuest Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the bidirectional nature of oral and systemic diseases across different life phases and discusses how medical-dental integration (MDI) can improve access to care, health outcomes, and health care costs.

www.carequest.org/resource-library/oral-systemic-interactions-and-medical-dental-integration-life...
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Oral-Systemic Interactions and Medical-Dental Integration: A Life Course Approach
Published 11/28/2023
Oral Health and Overall Health Across the Lifespan
This report from CareQuest Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the bidirectional nature of oral and systemic diseases across different life phases and discusses how medical-dental integration (MDI) can improve access to care, health outcomes, and health care costs.
https://www.carequest.org/resource-library/oral-systemic-interactions-and-medical-dental-integration-life-course-approach?utm_campaign=december_newsletter1&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=286331879&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9XgL9RYWXkOaX_vUAQwYE8P16-XJYkof-XQmBM73UBbf0t7xfBTZsjodiQIoQELGIRNCt_gcJMh2yFxQhJlGeaGTzG6g&utm_source=newsletter

The IFDH Social Responsibility Committee encourages the submission of projects for the Social Responsibility Award. Deadline is February 1, 2024. Details on how to submit can be found at ifdh.org/social-responsibility-2022-2024/ ... See MoreSee Less

FDI Position on Free Sugars

The FDI World Dental Federation recently presented a position paper on free sugars noting that untreated caries is a major oral health concern worldwide with 2 billion cases affecting permanent teeth and 510 million cases affecting primary teeth. Excessive consumption of sugars from snacks, processed foods, and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) is a major risk factor for this oral disease as well as for cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.

www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/2023-10/EN_FDI_Position%20statement%20on%20free%20suga...
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FDI Position on Free Sugars
The FDI World Dental Federation recently presented a position paper on free sugars noting that untreated caries is a major oral health concern worldwide with 2 billion cases affecting permanent teeth and 510 million cases affecting primary teeth. Excessive consumption of sugars from snacks, processed foods, and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) is a major risk factor for this oral disease as well as for cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.
https://www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/2023-10/EN_FDI_Position%20statement%20on%20free%20sugars.pdf

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10 Days left to submit abstracts for the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene. Seoul, South Korea, July 11-13th 2024.
Visit : www.isdh2024.com
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10 Days left to submit abstracts for the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene. Seoul, South Korea, July 11-13th 2024.
Visit : www.isdh2024.com

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As we reach the last few days of 2023, our Korean colleagues are busy finalising their plans for the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene #isdh2024_학술위원회 ISDH24. Thanks to the Korean Local Organising Committee for sending this little video to show
us how Christmas and New year is celebrated in South Korea.
Visit www.isdh2024.com to plan your trip.
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It's the 25th of December, Merry Christmas. Let's see where we take you today☃🎅🧑‍🎄🤶 ... See MoreSee Less

It's the 24th of Dec, Let's see who is behind this door🎄☃ ... See MoreSee Less

It's the 23rd of December. Lets say a big thank you to all the house of delegates ... See MoreSee Less

Dec 22nd , Who is behind this door today ? ... See MoreSee Less

It's the 21st of December, Let's see more friends from around the world 😍 ... See MoreSee Less

It's the 20th of December. Let's see if we recognise anyone behind the door! ... See MoreSee Less

We are off to visit to visit one of our IFDH HoD colleagues today.
Where will number 19 take us too?
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It's the 18th of December: Open up the door to see all that’s happening at IFDH around the world or click the link below

ifdh.org/enews/ifdh-enews-december-2023.html
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It's the 17th of December , Who have we here behind this door? ... See MoreSee Less

Fun behind no.16 today! Pause the screen to find all the words!
Santa has the answers at the end.!
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It's the 15th of December, Let's go on a road trip to the IFDH Headquarters! ... See MoreSee Less

The 14th of December, who's got a great idea? ... See MoreSee Less

It's Wednesday the 13th of December, Every Wednesday we bring you something to read.enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

It's the 12th of December, and it's snowing white papers today! ... See MoreSee Less

It's the 11th of December, what surprise will we find today? ... See MoreSee Less

It's the 10th of December. The silly season has started! ... See MoreSee Less

It's the 9th of December.
Traditions weave the fabric of our memories creating a tapestry of moments that endure long after events themselves have passed.
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What's behind door number 8? It's not too late to apply if you are from Africa, Asia, Oceania or Latin America, The Closing date is the 15th of January!
Who will win The Sunstar World Dental Hygienist 2024?
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