About the 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.


The International Federation of Dental Hygienists is an international non-profit association uniting national Dental Hygienist organizations.         

By advancing leadership and collaboration, IFDH is the advocate for the dental hygiene profession globally.

The IFDH promotes prevention as a part of our patients’ overall health, and excellence in dental hygiene education, research and practice.


IFDH is dedicated to enhancing the recognition of the Dental Hygienist as being the key provider of preventive oral health care worldwide, and ensuring that oral health is integrated as a key aspect of our patients’ overall health.