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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2017 Membership Survey

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in CDHA | 0 comments

 

Do our programs, products, and services continue to meet your needs? Starting in mid-September, you should have received a personal email invitation from Framework Partners Inc. to participate in CDHA’s 2017 Membership Survey.

Your responses are crucial as they will help ensure that our programs, products, and services continue to meet your needs. All responses are confidential (names are only collected for the prize draw).

Complete the survey by Friday, October 6, at 11:59 pm ET and you could qualify for the chance to win*:

  • An Apple watch (up to a $500 value);
  • A $500 retail gift certificate; or
  • One of 50 $10 Tim Hortons’ gift cards

It is preferable that you complete the survey using the link provided via email by Framework Partners Inc. If you cannot locate the email or if you received a notification from CDHA via postal mail, please access the survey using the button below.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact Alec Milne at alec.milne@frameworkresearch.com.

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Dental Hygienists Untangle the Floss Controversy

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in CDHA, Media release | 0 comments

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“August 5, 2016

As experts in oral health promotion and disease prevention, Canadian dental hygienists support the use of dental floss as well as other dental aids, such as power toothbrushes and interdental brushes, to clean all tooth surfaces. When food accumulates between teeth, it is metabolized by bacteria to produce plaque. Plaque causes both inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and the demineralization of teeth, which leads to tooth decay.” (CDHA New Releases, 2016)

Do you have questions about the effectiveness of flossing?  Click here for the press release from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and talk to your dental hygienist for expert advice on the benefits of flossing.

 

 

 

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Join or Renew Your CDHA Membership Today

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in CDHA | 0 comments

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Are You A CDHA Owner?

Online:

Email, mail or fax:

Print and complete your membership application/renewal form and scan and email to membership@cdha.ca, fax to (613) 224-7283 or mail to 1122 Wellington St. W. Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y7.

Contact the CDHA:

Contact CDHA’s membership services team at membership@cdha.ca or call 1-800-267-5235.

 

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Hu-Friedy NEVI 2.0 CDHA Scholarship Program

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in CDHA | 0 comments

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The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is pleased to partner with Hu-Friedy to launch an annual program offering $5,000 in scholarships to registered dental hygienists.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify, applicants must:

  • Be a registered dental hygienist
  • Be a Canadian Dental Hygienists Association member in good standing
  • Have been practicing a minimum of 16 hours/week in a clinical setting before being accepted into the program
  • Be a “Friends of Hu-Friedy” member (sign up for free at www.friendsofhu-friedy.com)
  • Be a resident of Canada
  • Be accepted to an undergraduate, graduate or doctorate program in an accredited institution in a degree program related to oral health

Click HERE to find out more.

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