April 2022
IFDH Newsletter
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Should I Attend ISDH in Dublin in August?

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Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH, Epe

The invasion in Ukraine has affected everyone profoundly and our thoughts are now with the people in Ukraine. Due to this situation, I know that many of you are wondering whether to attend our International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH 2022) in Dublin in August.

We, the board of IFDH, have had many discussions with the Irish Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and its PCO (Professional Conference Organizer) over the past two years. First, it was about Covid and its effect, and then, once that situation improved globally and travel to Ireland now being safe, the crisis in Ukraine started and has continued.

Click to read the full letter, including:
What others say about this situation
Look What We Have Planned for You
Should I, or Shouldn't I?

Welcome to the Year of ISDH 2022!

Over 500 Registrants from 30 Countries Already!

ISDH 2022: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene
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The Irish Dental Hygienists Association as hosts of the ISDH 2022 have been so impressed by our international colleague's enthusiasm and commitment to join us in Dublin, Ireland this year. We extended the early bird rate until the end of February 2022 to enable as many of our friends to avail of this fantastic offer. We have hygienists from 30 countries registered to attend! Standard registration rates apply now, until May 4th, 2022. Click here to register.

Read the full article to learn about:
Submit Your Poster Abstract DEADLINE
Airfare Discounts & Hotel
IRELAND: A Beautiful Country to Visit

Read IFDH President's letter on ISDH »

See You in Malahide, Ireland!

For the

2022 House of Delegates Business Meeting

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Plans and details are now finalized for the 2022 House of Delegates Business Meeting (August 8-10, 2022), 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 a 5-course Irish dinner and fun entertainment! Then we travel on to Dublin for the ISDH!

Click here for the event schedule, including;
Sustainability and the Dental Hygienist Workshop
Leadership and the IFDH Delegate

Watch a video summary from our 2019 meeting in Brisbane, Australia.

IFDH Special Presentations in Ireland

IFDH Global Oral Health Summit
Social Responsibility Focus on Women
Empowering Women 2021-2022
IFDH has prepared its own special presentations during the HoD Business Meeting and at ISDH, including:
Wednesday, August 10, Malahide Ireland
House of Delegates Business Meeting (HoDs only)
Introduction to Sustainability Seminar
Leadership & the HoD
Thursday, August 11; ISDH, Dublin
Global Oral Health Summit (Part 2)
Friday, August 12; ISDH, Dublin
Social Responsibility Workshop: Empowering Women

Read more »

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IFDH Participates in Developing FDI Consensus Statement on Sustainable Oral Health

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FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) launched an inaugural Consensus Statement on Environmentally Sustainable Oral Healthcare, aimed at moving the oral healthcare sector towards more environmentally friendly practices that ultimately reduce the carbon footprint of the profession. The Consensus Statement was released on March 31st at a special summit that brought together a diverse range of influential stakeholders, including leading figures from industry as well as health professionals, academic experts, legislative authorities, and oral health associations, including the IFDH. Read more »

IFDH Provides Article on Dental Hygienists for ACFF


IFDH, via its President Corrie Jongbloed, provided an article for the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) website, aimed at the general public, who may not know what a Dental Hygienist is, how a Dental Hygienist works alongside the rest of the dental team and how the Dental Hygienist's role helps prevent caries and cavities. Read more »

IFDH Adds to the FDI Pledge on Antibiotic Resistance


IFDH has worked with the FDI AMR Working Group to develop the FDI Pledge on Antibiotic Resistance for oral health associations, showing their commitment to raise awareness about this issue, promote antibiotic stewardship, and contribute to infection prevention and control across dentistry. Read more »


Lessons from IFDH Global Survey Data:

What else can Dental Hygienists do to close the periodontal disease prevention gap?

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A new article in RDH Magazine by Michaela ONeill advocates for more effective home hygiene recommendations to improve patients' periodontal health. The paper highlights findings from 3 global IFDH surveys with sponsorship from P&G - on Dental Hygienists' knowledge and practices around dentifrice, electric toothbrushes and the oral-systemic link. Click here to read the RDH Magazine article »

Have you taken the IFDH Survey #6 on Elderly Patients?


Help to better understand global Dental Hygienists' practices regarding elderly (65 and older) patients. We would appreciate it if you participate in this simple survey, with a deadline of April 15th, 2022. It only takes a few minutes. Consistent with previous surveys, no personal information is collected. By taking the survey, respondents consent to have their anonymous responses used for these purposes. Click here to take the survey »

Empowering Women: We want to hear from you!!

Partners in Social Responsibility

The IFDH Social Responsibility Program for 2021 - 2022 is focused on the oral health of women in our society. This August in Dublin, Ireland, we will be awarding three projects with funds to further their community outreach. Are you, or a dental hygienist in your country, providing oral health care or education to women? Visit the IFDH Website to find information on how to submit your report. The deadline for entries is April 15 and fast approaching and we want to hear from you. Read more »


We Are Dental Hygienists!

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As Dental Hygienists, we need to be up-to-date in order to provide good care. A part of moving forward is the evaluation of your own profession. This is done in several settings in our journal, regarding topics, so, let's learn from it in order to grow together! 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-behavioral, economic, environmental and societal factors, as the social determinants of health. Click here to access 6 studies, FREE! »


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Week of the Belgian Dental Hygienist: First time in 3 years!


Advocating for Oral Health for Seniors!
Launching a Dental Hygiene Business
Results of the 2021 Job Market & Employment Survey


Groundbreaking Law on Free Dental Care Passes in Denmark


Spring Webinars Continue
Bursary for Social Responsibility Project


Exchange of Ideas with Students on their Dental Hygiene Degree Path


Suggested Retirement Age for Dental Hygienists
Providing Better Treatment for Children with Challenges
Celebrating Women's Day

Slovak Republic

Oral Health of Pregnant Women and Mothers Module

South Africa

Radio Interviews & Brushing Awareness

United States

New Research: COVID-19 and the Dental Hygienist
Leadership Summit & Conference


May 13-14: Associazione Igienisti Dentali Italiani (AIDI) - Annual Conference
Italy, Rome

May 24: Israeli Dental Hygiene Association (DHA) - Annual Conference
Airport City, Israel

June 2-3: Norwegian Dental Hygienists Association - The Professional Conference
Stavanger, Norway

June 3-4: Portuguese Dental Hygienist Association (APHO) - XXI Congress APHO
Lisbon, Portugal

June 15-18: The Danish Association of Dental Hygienists - Annual Conference
Copenhagen, Denmark

June 24-26: American Dental Hygienists' Association Annual Conference
Louisville, KY

August 8-10: IFDH House of Delegates Business Meeting
Malahide, Ireland

August 10-13: IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene
Dublin Ireland

August 26-28: Oral Hygienist's Association of South Africa (OHASA) - Annual Conference
Gauteng, South Africa

September 9: Association of Dental Hygienists of Slovak Republic (ADHS) - Annual Conference
Besenova, Slovak Republic

September 17-19: Japan Dental Hygienists Association (JDHA) - 17th Annual Meeting
Tokushima Prefecture, Japan

September 30-Ocober 1: The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) - Summit
Whitehorse, Yukon

November 12: Lithuanian Dental Hygienists Association - Annual Conference

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