IFDH eNews: October 2022

Program News

Empowering Women: Be Inspired with our 3 Top Presentations

The 2021 – 2022 Social Responsibility Campaign has reached multitudes of women worldwide. The theme, Empowering Women, was embraced by Dental Hygienists from continent to continent. Women in shelters, women in crisis, mothers and babies, women’s health, and families were all recipients of voluntary oral health delivery. The following winners were announced at the ISDH Closing Ceremonies.

First Place:

Mandy McGill (Canada):

Maasai Mama and Baby

Second Place:

Israel Dental Hygienist Association:

Oral Health promotion for Abused Women and Their Children in Shelters

Third Place:

Slovakia Dental Hygienist Association:

Generation Without Decay

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First-ever Impact Awards

This new award for national association programs that made the most impact on the improvement of oral health, and based on the quality of the program, was awarded to the following, based on size of the national associations:


First Place:

Slovak Republic – “Generation Without Decay”

Second Place:

Lithuania – “Three Heroes”

Third Place:

Israel – “Tooth Fairy Social Media”


First Place:

Italy – “National Dental Hygienist Day”

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IFDH Research Grants Update

December 15th Deadline for Applications

The IFDH has research grants for dental hygiene students available, so please check the website for details. The purpose of this program is to promote experience in the research process and dissemination of findings contributing to the dental hygiene body of knowledge. This grant program provides small grants for students enrolled in dental hygiene graduate programs conducting thesis research. Deadline is December 15th.

IFDH Completes its 7th Survey: Sustainability in Dentistry

The IFDH has completed its seventh member survey, with responses coming from 24 countries. This survey helps to better understand global Dental Hygienists’ practices and beliefs on sustainable dentistry. We thank P&G for their support of this program.

Click here for a summary of the results.