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June 2023
IFDH Newsletter
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Be the Dental Hygienist You Know You are!

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Wanda Fedora RDH

As summer in the northern hemisphere approaches, here in Atlantic Canada, the trees are in full foliage and flowers are bursting with color. It is so welcome after months of grey and white.

Our President's Message, includes:
It's Conference Season for Many
FDI Sustainability in Dentistry Summit
House of Delegates 2023 Mid-Term Meeting
Our 2023 Global Oral Health Summit
Save the Dates for Seoul in 2024!
My Continued (Virtual) Journey

Read the full message.

Watch the President's recorded message to the delegates of the Slovak Republic's Annual Conference.

House of Delegates 2023 Virtual Mid-Term Meeting Announced

House of Delegates Mid-Term 2023 Virtual Meeting September 23

At our last two HoD meetings, the HoDs stressed interest in meeting annually between each International Symposium Therefore, the IFDH Board has announced there will be a 3-hour, VIRTUAL meeting on:

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2023 Summit Provides Motivation, Inspiration & Guiding Actions for Dental Hygienists

IFDH 2023 Global Oral Health Summit

The virtual 2023 IFDH Global Oral Health Summit, again, brings together influential worldwide leaders and stakeholders for 3 hours, to discuss how Dental Hygienists can contribute to reduce the burden of oral health diseases and its economic global impact. 3.5 CMEs will be provided.

In our third Summit in 3 years, we continue to provide Dental Hygienists with valuable information and tools to understand and implement the:
-WHO Global Strategies on Oral Health
-Sustainability Initiatives

Saturday November 4th, 2023
10 am ET / 4 pm CET

Click for more on Speakers, Topics and Registration.

International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2024:
Save the Dates!

International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2024

Plans are well underway by the Local Organizing Committee for the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2024 (ISDH) in Seoul, Korea.

Dates to Save: July 11-13, 2024

If you were not able to attend the HoD Meeting and ISDH in Ireland in August 2022, see the highlights and photos.

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IFDH President Gives Presentation
At FDI Sustainability Summit

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A few days ago, FDI held a virtual summit on Sustainability in Dentistry highlighting the dental profession and industry's commitment to reducing the environmental impact of oral healthcare.

IFDH President Wanda Fedora was asked to speak on prevention, as it pertains to oral disease and sustainability. She stated that "Although the answer to sustainability could seem to be simply stated as prevention, it is more complicated than that. As an industry we must consider all aspects of what we do and how each can impact our planet." Read more.

Survey #8 Results:
Oral Hygiene Instructions

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The IFDH has recently completed its eighth survey of dental hygienists. This survey helps to better understand global Dental Hygienists' practices regarding Oral Hygiene Instructions. We thank all the participants from countries around the world. And we thank P&G for their support of this program.

Click here for an overview summary.

Board Fine-tuning New Strategic Plan

IFDH 2023 Strategic Plan

When the Board of Directors met in March, a full day was set aside to review the IFDH strategic plan from 4 years ago. The 2019 plan had been our guide for the development of programs, sponsors and partners. The oral health community changes as it responds to developments and advancements and with that, we must also shift our focus in response.

Our review of the 2019 Strategic Plan and discussion of the future, led by our Executive Director Peter Anas, has resulted in a detailed document to guide us in our quest for quality programs and consistent growth. Read more

World Dental Hygienist Awards:
This Program is in Process!

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The World Dental Hygienist Awards has been open for applications for its 2024 edition. After a two-year hiatus forced by Covid-19, Sunstar Foundation and IFDH present a revamped version of the World Dental Hygienist Awards.

New to the World Dental Hygienist Awards program is the integration of two regional Awards of Distinction:
-Europe and North America: This deadline has passed.
-Africa, Asia, Latin America & Oceania: Deadline: March 31st, 2024

Click for more information.

IFDH 2023-24 Social Responsibility Program:

Sharing Oral Health Knowledge for Sustainable Smiles

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Many of the world's most vulnerable people live in areas that do not have easy access to oral health care. The IFDH is encouraging its members to develop projects that can help close this gap. Projects where Dental Hygienists can share their knowledge of oral health with these vulnerable populations.

Sharing Oral Health Knowledge

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Materials to Help You & Your Project

To support you in your project, IFDH has developed a fact sheet for getting started. We will also present an online webinar to assist you in planning and implementing your project. Click here for more details.


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CDHA Gives a Voice for Oral Health in Canada
NEW Online Course: Oral & Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening


A Pill Against Caries
Better Oral Health for Disabled People at Residence Homes


Recruitment at 4 Dental Hygiene Schools
Social Responsibility Project


Interdisciplinarity: An Opportunity in the Management of Periodontal Disease

United States

Celebrating 100 Years!



June 12: Israeli Dental Hygiene Association (IDHA) - Annual Conference Airport City Convention Center

July 7-9: American Dental Hygienists' Association, 100th Anniversary Annual Conference
New Orleans LA, USA

July 15-16: Korean Dental Hygienists Association (KDHA) - The 45th Academic Conference
Seoul, Korea

September 16-18: Japan Dental Hygienist Association (JDHA) - The 18th Annual Meeting
Shizuoka, Japan

Sept. 22: The Danish Association of Dental Hygienists - Fagkonferencen
Copenhagen, Denmark

October 27-28: Oral Hygienists' Association of South Africa (OHASA) - OHASA AGM and National Conference
Gauteng, South Africa

November 24-25: British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) - Conference - 'We're all the same boat'
Bournemouth, England

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

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