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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Dental Hygienists Untangle the Floss Controversy

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

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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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News Release – January 2016

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in CDHA, Media release | 0 comments

Quit Smoking With Help From Your Dental Hygienist

January 15, 2016
This National Non-Smoking Week (January 17–23) dental hygienists remind all Canadians of the critical need to eliminate tobacco use for optimal oral and overall health. According to the World Health Organization, smoking is the leading preventable cause of death. They estimate that one billion people will die from tobacco-related diseases in the 21st century.

Dental Hygienists Urge You to Commit to Good Oral Health in 2016

January 11, 2016
The beginning 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.

 

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

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in CDHA, Media release | 0 comments

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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.

http://www.cdha.ca/pdfs/newsEvents/tag/2015/Halloween_press_release_2015.pdf

 

 

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Canadian Dental Hygienists Celebrate Excellence in Oral Health and Dental Hygiene

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in CDHA, Media release, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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.

http://www.cdha.ca/pdfs/newsEvents/tag/2015/CDHA_2015_award_winners.pdf

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World No Tobacco Day

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in CDHA, Media release | 0 comments

CDHA Media Release 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.  To view the full media release, please click here.

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