CDHA’s New President

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in CDHA, Media release | 0 comments

 

Canada’s Dental Hygienists Elect New President

October 30, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) — The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is pleased to announce the installation of its new president, Sophia Baltzis, at its annual general meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, on October 21.  Sophia hails from Quebec and joins president-elect Tracy Bowser (Prince Edward Island), past president Gerry Cool (Alberta), and directors Mandy Hayre (British Columbia), Leanne Huvenaars (Saskatchewan), Deanna Mackay (Manitoba), Beth Ryerse (Ontario), Francine Trudeau (Quebec), Wendy Stewart (Nova Scotia), Anne Marie Caissie (New Brunswick), Tiffany Ludwicki (Newfoundland & Labrador), and Natasha Burian (North) on CDHA’s board of directors for 2017‒2018.

Sophia holds a diploma in dental hygiene from John Abbott College in Montreal, and has been working in clinical private practice since 2002.  She joined CDHA’s board of directors as the representative from Quebec in 2011, and has played a key role in raising awareness of critical oral health issues among policy makers and elected officials at the provincial and federal levels. Advocating measures to improve the oral and overall health of the general public as well as mentoring her junior colleagues in dental hygiene are Sophia’s twin passions.  “I feel so privileged to be a part of the dental hygiene profession,” Sophia remarks, adding, “As CDHA president, I hope to connect with dental hygienists across the country and help build and maintain their professional pride. Most importantly, I want to increase awareness among Canadians of the profession and the fact that dental hygienists are primary health care providers.”

Serving the profession since 1963, CDHA is the collective national voice of more than 28,495 registered dental hygienists working in Canada, directly representing 19,000 individual members including dental hygienists and students. Dental hygiene is the sixth largest registered health profession in Canada with professionals working in a variety of settings, including independent dental hygiene practice, with people of all ages, addressing issues related to oral health. For more information on oral health, visit: www.dentalhygienecanada.ca.

 

 

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How Sweet It Is – Media Release

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How Sweet It Is: Dental Hygienists Promote Oral Health at Halloween

 

October 23, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) — 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 the risk of dental cavities.

 

According to Health Canada, 57% of children ages 6 to 11 have or have had cavities.  While no one wants to take the “treat” out of trick-or-treating, a little bit of restraint and advance planning can go a long way to maintaining children’s oral health.  As Sophia Baltzis, president of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) explains, “Reducing overall sugar consumption, carefully timing when treats are eaten, and promoting good oral hygiene habits can prevent tooth decay and help your child to have a cavity-free Halloween.”  Here are some tips from Canadian dental hygienists for a tooth-friendly night of fun.

  • Choose sugar-free candy and chewing gum, or chocolates and powdery candy (which dissolve quickly in the mouth) over toffees, lollipops or other hard treats. The less time that sugar is in contact with the teeth, the better.
  • Hand out small toys, stickers, temporary tattoos or glow sticks instead of candy.
  • Set a daily limit on treats and remind children to brush their teeth before eating candy.
  • Encourage children to drink a glass of water to rinse away the sugar after eating if brushing beforehand is not an option.
  • Have your children eat their candy after a meal rather than as a mid-day snack

Parents and guardians can continue to encourage good oral health after Halloween by celebrating National Brush Day on November 1. It’s a perfect time to give everyone in the family a new toothbrush and talk about the importance of keeping teeth clean. “Make a pledge with your children to brush for two minutes, twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste, and show them how to brush their teeth and tongue and clean between their teeth,” Baltzis adds.  Together with regularly scheduled dental hygiene appointments, proper oral hygiene care at home will keep our children smiling through Halloween and beyond!

 

Serving the profession since 1963, CDHA is the collective national voice of more than 28,495 registered dental hygienists working in Canada, directly representing 19,000 individual members including dental hygienists and students. Dental hygiene is the sixth largest registered health profession in Canada with professionals working in a variety of settings, including independent dental hygiene practice, with people of all ages, addressing issues related to oral health. For more information on oral health, visit: www.dentalhygienecanada.ca.

 

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Professional Development 2017/2018

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in CE events, continuing education, MDHA lecture series, PAR, professional development | 0 comments

LECTURE SERIES

October 17, 2017

Common and/or Significant Flat or Minimally-Elevated Red & White Lesions of the Oral Cavity

Dr. John B. Perry

Faculty of Dentistry, Schwartz Theatre, 7-9PM

 

November 22, 2017

TMJ

Reynaldo Todescan

Faculty of Dentistry, Schwartz Theatre, 7-9PM

 

February 7,  2018

Myth Busting Nutrition

Jorie Janzen

Faculty of Dentistry, Schwartz Theatre, 7-9pm

 

February 21, 2018

Radiology

Lorraine Glassford

Faculty of Dentistry, Schwartz Theatre, 7-9pm

 

Cost for the Lecture Series: $160 for all  $80 for individual  (MDHA Members only)

 

 

WORKSHOPS

 

November 6, 2017

Why is Saliva so Important for your Patient’s HealthDr. Colin Dawes

Faculty of Dentistry, Schwartz Theatre, 7-9PM

Open to everyone

Cost: $40

 

 

 

March 7, 2018

Sharpening

Lorraine Glassford & Sheryl Sloshower

Faculty of Dentistry, 7-9pm

Cost: $80/MDHA Members $160/Non-Members

 

 

 

May, 2018 –Contemporary Ultrasonic Instrumentation – A Visual Presentation (Level 1)

Dani Bobtyl

Brandon, Manitoba

Cost: $80/MDHA Members $160/Non-Members (limited seats)

 

 

May, 2018

Contemporary Ultrasonic Instrumentation – Expanding Your Clinical Confidence (Level 2)

Dani Bobtyl

Brandon, Manitoba

Cost: $80/MDHA Members $160/Non-Members (limited seats)

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