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Canada’s Dental Hygienists Celebrate Seniors

September 27, 2014

On October 1st, dental hygienists will join with Canadians across the country to celebrate our seniors and the valuable contributions that they have made and continue to make in our communities, workplaces, and families.

Canada’s Dental Hygienists Have Your Health at Heart

August 27, 2014

Cardiovascular diseases including heart disease, diseases of the blood vessels and stroke are responsible for one-­‐third of all deaths in Canada. February is Heart Month and Canada’s dental hygienists want you to take your oral health to heart.

Dental Hygienist Honoured with Premier’s Award

November 25, 2013

Canadian  Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) member and Canadore College dental hygiene graduate, Elina Katsman, is the recipient of the 2013 Premier’s Award for Health Sciences, in recognition of her outstanding contributions, commitment, and dedication to her profession.

Diabetes and Dental Hygiene

November 20, 2013

As Canadians mark Diabetes Awareness Month this November, dental hygienists remind us  that oral health professionals are important  members of the diabetes health care team.

Universal Children’s Day: Dental Hygienists Support the Right to Good Oral Health

November 13, 2013

On November 20, dental hygienists will join with all Canadians in celebrating Universal Children’s Day.

Trick-or-Treatment? Canada’s Dental Hygienists Caution: Be Tooth Friendly This Halloween

October 24, 2013

As witches and wizards prepare to haunt neighbourhoods across Canada on October 31, dental hygienists remind us to be mindful of warding off cavities on Halloween night.

New Leadership for Canada’s Dental Hygienists

October 22, 2013

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is pleased to announce the installation of a new board of directors at its recent annual general meeting in Toronto, Ontario. Joining new president Mary Bertone of Manitoba and president-elect Mandy Hayre of British Columbia are Gerry Cool (Alberta), Christine Gordon (Saskatchewan), Sandy Lawlor (Ontario), Sophia Baltzis (Quebec), Joanne Noye (Nova Scotia), Tracy Bowser (Prince Edward Island), Nikki Curlew (Newfoundland & Labrador), and Donna Scott (North).

Canada’s Dental Hygienists Celebrate Oral Health Care and Research

September 25, 2013

Dental hygienists from across Canada will gather in Toronto from October 3-5 to share leading-edge research, clinical experiences and knowledge at the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association’s (CDHA) biennial national conference.

Leaders in Oral Health and Dental Hygiene Honoured

September 5, 2013

Canadian leaders in oral health will be recognized for outstanding contributions to the profession of dental hygiene and the national association and their service to the
Canadian public, at an awards ceremony of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) to be held in Toronto, Ontario on October 5.

CDHA strengthens partnership ties with dental industry

August 20, 2013

With Oral Health Month 2013 behind us and CDHA’s 50th anniversary national conference on the horizon, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) continues to build on its successful partnerships with dental industry companies who are world leaders in innovative oral healthcare products.

Dental hygienists now self-­‐regulated in Newfoundland & Labrador

June 26, 2013

On June 1st, dental hygienists in Newfoundland and Labrador became self-­‐regulating under the Health Professions Act (2010) through a shared regulating responsibility with the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals (NLCHP) and the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienists (NLCDH).

Putting More Bite into Injury Prevention

April 25, 2013

Today, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is officially launching a public awareness campaign to encourage the use of sports mouthguards. The CDHA board of directors recently endorsed the 2012 position statement — Putting More Bite into Injury Prevention.

National Dental Hygienists Week™ Featured Articles

April 9, 2013

• Oral health care is vital for seniors
• Healthy smiles for babies and toddlers
• Help older kids brush up on oral health
• Five easy steps to good oral health
• Dental hygienists celebrate oral health for total health
• Got game? Only if your teeth are protected
• Dental hygienists are your partners in oral and overall health
• Oral cancer—not just your grandparent's disease
• How to get a healthy, happy smile
• What your dental hygienist knows could save your life

Dental Hygienists Celebrate 50 Years of Contributing to Your Oral Health

April 1, 2013

Taking good care of your teeth and gums does more than just ensure you have a bright smile. A growing body of research shows that oral health and overall health are closely linked. Unchecked plaque on your teeth can result in gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth decay. Studies suggest that periodontal disease is a risk factor contributing to lung and heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Dental Hygienists Promote A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Smile

March 25, 2013

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme of Dietitians of Canada is “Best food forward: Plan Shop Cook Enjoy!” with a focus that healthy eating begins at the grocery store. Maintaining a balanced diet and proper nutrition is also championed by Canadian dental hygienists, as diet affects oral health in several ways.

Dental Hygienists Join the World To Celebrate Better Oral Health

March 18, 2013

Oral diseases are among the most common chronic ailments with 90 percent of the world’s population at risk for some form of disorder, from tooth decay to periodontal diseases and oral cancer. World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on March 20 to remind us that healthy teeth, gums and mouth play a crucial role in our ability to live healthy, happy lives.

Dental Hygienists Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 6, 2013

As representative of a largely female dominated workforce of oral health professionals, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. Ninety-six percent of dental hygienists in Canada are women (Canadian Institute of Health Information data, Demographic Trends, 2009) and together, with our male colleagues, they comprise the sixth largest registered health profession in Canada.

New Dental Hygiene Rules in New Brunswick Improve Access to Oral Health Care

February 28, 2013

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) congratulates the New Brunswick Minister of Health, Hon. Hugh J. Flemming, on approving new dental hygiene rules that permit independent practice, an expanded scope of practice for dental hygienists and increased requirements for licensing and continuing competencies.

New open access for Canadian dental hygiene journal expands access to oral health research

February 13, 2013

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is pleased to announce that as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we are now offering open public access to our scientific, peer reviewed journal, Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene (CJDH).

Oral cancer – not just your grandparent’s disease

February 1, 2013

February 4 is World Cancer Day and the focus of this year’s campaign is to dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer. Canada’s dental hygienists are in full support of dispelling myth number two –Cancer is a disease of the elderly.

Dental Hygienists Recommend Tossing the Tobacco!

January 25, 2013

“Live, work and play… smoke free” is the theme for this week’s National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) 2013 and a mantra supported by Canada’s dental hygienists. Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in Canada, killing 37,000 Canadians annually. Direct health care costs from tobacco exceed $4.4 billion per year and total economic costs are greater than $17 billion per year.

Make Oral Health For Total Health Your 2013 Resolution

January 9, 2013

A New Year’s resolution is a commitment we make to improve habits and achieve goals. At least 45 per cent of adults make at least one resolution each year but only 10 per cent actually attain them. A new year provides a fresh start and new opportunities. But don’t just think diet and exercise. Think whole body wellness starting with your mouth. Make 2013 the year you realize all the benefits of improved oral health.