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Colgate-Palmolive and CDHA Award 30 Academic Admission Scholarships to Dental Hygiene Students

December 18, 2015

As part of its ongoing efforts to support the education of dental hygiene professionals, Colgate-Palmolive has established an annual academic admission scholarship, administered in partnership with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), to assist students enrolled in dental hygiene programs.

Canada’s Dental Hygienists Elect New President

November 30, 2015

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is pleased to announce the installation of its new president, Donna Scott, at its annual general meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, on October 31.

Diabetes and Dental Hygiene

November 23, 2015

Dental hygienists join Canadians across the country in celebrating National Diabetes Awareness Month this November, and they remind us that oral health professionals are important members of the diabetes health care team.

Dental Hygienists Work to Improve Children’s Oral Health in Canada’s North

November 16, 2015

On November 20, Canada’s dental hygienists will celebrate Universal Children’s Day by reminding us all of the need to improve access to high-quality preventive oral health care in this country. The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) strongly believes that all Canadians, including children, should have access to timely oral health care by the right provider, in the right place, and at the right time.

Trick or Treatment? Dental Hygienists Advise you to Protect Your Oral Health at Halloween

October 26, 2015

Canada’s dental hygienists remind all ghosts and goblins preparing for a night of Halloween fun to beware of treats—particularly sticky and chewy candies—that can get stuck in the grooves of teeth and increase risk of cavities and tooth decay.

Canadian Dental Hygienists Celebrate Excellence in Oral Health and Dental Hygiene

October 23, 2015

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is proud to recognize 20 leaders in oral health for their outstanding contributions to the profession of dental hygiene, the national association, and to the overall health and well-being of the Canadian public.

Canada’s Dental Hygienists Meet to Explore Oral Health Care and Research

October 20, 2015

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is committed to working with its dental industry partners to build a stronger awareness and deeper understanding of the dental hygiene profession and to advocate and promote oral health nationwide. As CDHA prepares for its upcoming national conference in Victoria, BC, October 29‒31, it celebrates its thriving partnerships with these corporations, which are global frontrunners in oral health care innovation and enlightened ambassadors for the profession.

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association Continues to Build Partnerships with Dental Industry

October 5, 2015

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is committed to working with its dental industry partners to build a stronger awareness and deeper understanding of the dental hygiene profession and to advocate and promote oral health nationwide. As CDHA prepares for its upcoming national conference in Victoria, BC, October 29‒31, it celebrates its thriving partnerships with these corporations, which are global frontrunners in oral health care innovation and enlightened ambassadors for the profession.

CDHA Supports Health Action Lobby’s Call to Action on Health Care

September 22, 2015

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) joins other members of Canada’s Health Action Lobby (HEAL) to remind federal leaders that Canadians want government to make the challenges facing our health-care system a priority. Public opinion research consistently reveals that Canadians care deeply about finding the sustainable and cost-effective options that will enhance our national health. And healthy Canadians make for a healthy and competitive economy. Yet, to date, policy debates associated with the 2015 federal election have rarely focused on health care

Removing the Smoke Screen Dental Hygienists Call for Government Action on E-Cigarettes

September 3, 2015

Canada’s dental hygienists call on all levels of government to take steps to minimize the potential negative public health consequences of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), particularly for youth. In its recently released Position Statement on E-Cigarettes, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) asserts that a ban on e-cigarettes sales to minors, a ban on flavourings in cartridges and e-liquids), and a ban on e-cigarette use in public places and workplaces will help to improve the oral and overall health of all Canadians.

Dental Hygienists Call for Federal Leadership to Support Taxpayers and Improve Oral Care Outcomes

August 19, 2015

Canada’s dental hygienists call on all federal parties to commit to addressing the costly issue of limited access to preventive oral care in Canada. The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) says that inadequate government supports for dental treatment and oral care, particularly for First Nations and Inuit peoples as well as Canadian seniors, have created inequities in the oral health system and jeopardized the physical and economic health of this country.

Dental Hygiene Canada Launch

June 16, 2015

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is thrilled to announce the launch of www.dentalhygienecanada.ca — a website containing a wealth of information for the general public about dental hygiene and oral health. The site features oral health facts and FAQs, information sheets and other resources, as well as a children’s educational area with lots of fun downloads. The centrepiece of the site is CDHA’s new “Find an Independent Dental Hygienist” search engine, allowing the public to locate independent dental hygiene service providers in their area.

Dental Hygienists Advocate for a World Without Tobacco

May 29, 2015

As active supporters of World No Tobacco Day (May 31), Canada’s dental hygienists remind us of the need to eliminate tobacco use for improved oral and overall health. While most people know that tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in Canada, few may be aware that tobacco kills nearly 6 million people worldwide each year. In addition, the harmful chemicals in cigarettes pass through one’s oral cavity, including the lips, tongue, teeth, and gums, causing adverse oral health effects.

Canadian Dental Hygienists Support Improved Health Services to Remote First Nations Communities

April 30, 2015

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is pleased to see that the 2015 Spring Reports of the Auditor General of Canada focus on the critical issue of access to health services and medical transportation for remote First Nations communities.  This matter is close to the heart of dental hygienists, who have been working for some time with all levels of government and key stakeholders to raise awareness of the oral health care needs of Canada’s rural and remote populations.

Dental Hygienists Encourage You To Take the LISTERINE® Challenge

April 27, 2015

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with LISTERINE® and the LISTERINE® Challenge to help improve Canadians’ oral health. The partnership provides CDHA with an opportunity to raise up to $10,000 for the Canadian Foundation for Dental Hygiene Research and Education (CFDHRE), its associated charity, by inviting its members to encourage their dental hygiene clients to participate.

Show off a bigger and healthier smile this April

March 27, 2015

 April is Oral Health Month in Canada, and an important part of the celebration is National Dental Hygienists Week™ (NDHW™), which takes place from April 5–11. Sponsored by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), a national organization representing more than 26,800 dental hygienists across the country, NDHW™ is a perfect opportunity to take up the challenge of making oral hygiene a priority in your daily life. The week’s theme is “Oral Health for Total Health,” and it reminds us that taking care of our mouth, teeth, and gums positively impacts our overall health and well-being.

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association Supports Federal Investment in Nunavut Health Services

March 19, 2015

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) applauds the federal government for its $32 million investment in services to address mental health issues, chronic disease, and children’s oral health in Nunavut. This funding aims to improve access to care and reduce reliance on out-of-territory medical travel.

Canadian Dental Hygienists Celebrate World Oral Health Day

March 18, 2015

On March 20, oral health professionals around the world will celebrate healthy smiles as part of World Oral Health Day (www.worldoralhealthday.com).

Dental Hygiene and Your Diet

March 10, 2015

During National Nutrition Month, dental hygienists—our partners in prevention—remind us all of the important link between proper nutrition and oral health. Dental hygienists see first-hand how poor diet and nutrition can affect a person’s oral and overall health. Foods high in sugar, such as candies, sweet baked goods, and carbonated drinks, may contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease, while acidic foods like tomatoes, pickles, and citrus can lead to an erosion of tooth enamel.

Dental Hygienists Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 6, 2015

On March 8, dental hygienists across Canada will join in the worldwide celebration of International Women’s Day. First established in 1911, this annual event commemorates women’s achievements while continuing the call for full gender equality in all facets of life.

Dental Hygienists Get to the Heart of the Matter

February 23, 2015

February is Heart Month in Canada and, as primary health care providers, dental hygienists are strong supporters of this awareness campaign, educating their clients on the risks of heart disease and stroke and the links between oral health and overall physical, social, and mental well-being.

Dental Hygienists Promote Early Detection of Oral Cancer

January 30, 2015

As active supporters of World Cancer Day (February 4), Canada’s dental hygienists remind us that early detection is key to improving treatment outcomes for oral cancer.

Canadian Dental Hygienists Have Set to Surpass $400,000 of Donated No-Cost Dental Hygiene Services

January 28, 2015

In celebration of Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, registered dental hygienists across Canada are opening their doors and their hearts on Saturday, February 7, to provide no-cost preventive dental hygiene services, including oral cancer screenings, as part of a national campaign.

Colgate-Palmolive and CDHA Award 20 Academic Admission Scholarships to Dental Hygiene Students

January 26, 2015

As part of its ongoing efforts to support the education of dental hygiene professionals, Colgate-Palmolive has established an annual academic admission scholarship, administered in partnership with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), to assist students enrolled in dental hygiene programs.

Sooner or Later, Everybody Quits: Dental Hygienists Urge You to Quit Smoking

January 15, 2015

During National Non-Smoking Week (January 18–24), one of Canada’s longest running health promotion initiatives, dental hygienists will remind all Canadians of the need to eliminate tobacco use for better oral and overall health.
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Dental Hygienists Advise: Make 2015 Your Year for Improved Oral Health

January 5, 2015

The start of a new year is a perfect time to set new personal and professional goals. While many of us focus on self-improvement after the holidays, dental hygienists remind Canadians not to overlook oral health when making choices about improving overall physical and mental wellness.