Mentors Needed

Posted by on Aug 17, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Manitoba Dental Hygienists Association (MDHA) is in search of Registered Dental Hygienists who are MDHA members and would like to become a mentor within the Manitoba Dental Hygienists Association (MDHA)/School of Dental Hygiene (SDH) Mentorship Program. With the safety of our mentors, students, and community at the forefront of our planning and decision-making, we have decided to proceed with a virtual program once again for the upcoming Fall term. We are hopeful that in-person events may be permitted in the Winter/Spring and will pivot our programming to reflect this, if it is safe and reasonable to do so. We were thrilled to receive such positive feedback from our mentors and students on the virtual nature of the program last year and we look forward to some new virtual events this Fall.
Your role as a dental hygiene mentor would include:
1) A two-year commitment (ie. you would remain with your student for the duration of their 2 years in the School of Dental Hygiene).
2) Attend an online orientation session each fall over the 2 years.
3) Connect with your student throughout the year:
Fall – online through one-on-one virtual meetings and a large online group event
Spring – possible in-person dental hygiene practice observation and a large group event
5) Be an available resource for your student if they have questions, concerns, or require support throughout their 2-year education.
This program plays a vital role in a dental hygiene student’s transition from student to private practice. As a mentor, you will have a lasting impact on your mentee’s educational experience and future in dental hygiene.
We would love to have you be part of our Mentorship Program. We invite registered dental hygienists from all walks of the profession – newer grads, established DH’s, specialty practice DH’s, etc. We require all mentors to have at least one year of experience in the profession and to be MDHA members. Keep in mind, volunteering for the Mentorship Program is a great way to achieve your PAR requirements through CDHM, and have fun doing it!
The commitment is small, but the rewards are BIG!
Interested? Have questions? Contact Kathy Yerex or Kaleigh Warden We are excited to hear from you!
MDHA/SDH Mentorship Committee

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MDHAWebinar Announcement

Posted by on Jun 22, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Triumph: New Age Treatment Guidelines for Periodontitis and Peri-implant Disease

This is a FREE Three-Part Webinar taking place as follows:

Session One – September 15th, 6:30 p.m.
Session Two – October 13th, 6:30 p.m.
Session Three – November17th, 6:30 p.m.

Information on the webinars, and links to register for each can be found below.  Please note that a separate registration for each session needs to be made.

The first evidence-based treatment guidelines for treating Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases, based on the Classifications of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions, have been published. We will investigate these treatment guidelines to analyze and ultimately apply them to our practice.

The first two sessions will examine the recommended four-step approach to the new age of periodontal therapy published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. The first step is creating a person-centered care approach involving lifestyle and the reduction of inflammation. The second step empowers the dental hygienist to perform non-surgical periodontal therapy and consider adjunctive therapies. Step three evaluates the case and
considers complex treatment that may involve periodontal surgery. The final step creates a plan to promote long term supportive care and provide advice for a healthy lifestyle, including self-care and regular checkups to prevent relapse.

The third session takes an in-depth look at the World Dental Federation’s consensus report on the “Diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of peri-implant diseases and maintenance care of patients with dental implants.” This paper is based on the Classifications of Peri-implant Disease and Conditions and was published in the International Dental Journal last year. This information will be critical to your dental hygiene practice.

Both papers rely heavily on non-surgical treatment and customized selection of self-care aids and products. The updated treatment guidelines presented during these sessions are excellent news for the profession of dental hygiene!

Learning objectives

Sessions 1 & 2

  • Recognize and classify periodontal disease
  • Incorporate the evidence-based guidelines for Periodontitis Stages I-III into your practice
  • Empower your client with the latest research on self-care products and technology
  • Learn the expectations of non-surgical treatment of periodontitis
  • Create supportive therapy programs involving the most effective treatment modalities backed by science

Session 3

  • Identify, classify and implement maintenance and non-surgical therapy of peri-implant disease
  • Implement individualized self-care programs including neutral pH products and oral healthcare apps to prevent inflammation and disease

Commit to attending this virtual event that will provide 6 hours of continuing education, handout, layered learning, and prize opportunities.

Register at the links below!

Session 1 Registration – Sept 15 – 6:30 PM

Session 2 Registration – Oct 13- 6:30 PM

Session 3 Registration – Nov 17 – 6:30 PM

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Job Opportunity – School of Dental Hygiene, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Posted by on May 17, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Position: Sessional Instructor part time (August-April)

Applications are invited for the Sessional position, at the School of Dental Hygiene in the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, University of Manitoba, Canada. The position will be a part time (32 hours/week) sessional instructor in the School of Dental Hygiene (salary to commensurate with qualifications and experience). The position will commence August 1, 2021 with a possible renewable term.

The successful candidate will be involved in clinical and didactic teaching. Duty alignment will be based on program needs and the successful applicant’s strengths and growth within the position.

The School of Dental Hygiene offers a three-year dental hygiene diploma and a dental hygiene degree completion program and is located in the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. The University places great value on interprofessional education for collaborative person-centered care with all academic health and social units participating in
joint initiatives. The University of Manitoba is recognized internationally for innovation and achievement in interprofessional education.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited Dental Hygiene program and must be registered and in good standing with the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba. Experience in dental hygiene practice is required (at least 3-5 years) and didactic and clinical teaching is preferred. A bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and or a relevant discipline is required. Those
with a master’s degree are encouraged to apply.

Only complete applications will be considered. Applications must include:

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Philosophical statement on teaching
4. Identification of 3 references

Completed application documents and informal enquiries to be directed by Friday May 28, 2021 to:

Prof. Mary Bertone, Director
School of Dental Hygiene

Application materials, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). Please note that applicants’ cover letter, curriculum vitae, and philosophy statement will be provided to participating members of the search process.

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2021 MDHA Annual General Meeting & Call for Board Nominations

Posted by on May 10, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The MDHA is pleased to remind members of the date of its 2021 Annual General meeting which will be offered virtually.  Details are as follows:

Date: Thursday, June 10th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Offered virtually via Zoom Webinar

Please review the following meeting documents (additional documents to come):

Registration is required!  Please click the link below to register.

Click here to Register

MDHA Board of Directors
Call for Nominations

The MDHA Board is looking to fill one vacancy for the 2021-22 year.  The Board meets approximately 8 times per year.  We are currently meeting virtually but expect at some point to go back to some in person meetings, continuing with a virtual/in person hybrid schedule.  Meetings are in the evenings, usually starting at 7pm.  

If you are interested in serving on the MDHA Board, please complete the nomination form found at the link below.  Nominations are due on June 3rd.

Click here to Access a Nomination Form

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2020-21 MDHA Annual General Meeting – Save the Date

Posted by on Apr 26, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The MDHA is pleased to announce the date of its 2020-21 Annual General meeting which will be offered virtually.  Details are as follows:

Date: Thursday, June 10th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Offered virtually via Zoom Webinar

More information, including how to register and access the meeting virtually will be sent closer to.  For now, please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

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New Award from the MDHA

Posted by on Apr 14, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

MDHA Advanced Studies Award

The award consists of:

  1. A $500 honorarium provided by the MDHA.
  2. An award presentation at the MDHA Annual General Meeting.
  3. The award winner will be published in the MDHA Montage and announced on the MDHA website.


  1. Applicant is a current member of the MDHA.
  2. Applicant has been accepted to or is enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or doctorate program at an accredited institution in a degree program advancing oral health.
  3. Applicant is in good academic standing in their program of study (most recent transcript or letter of acceptance).
  4. Applicant submits the required documentation to support their application.
  5. Applicants can apply every year of their program enrollment but are only eligible to receive the award once.


  1. Applications will be accepted from MDHA members only.
  2. Application period will open April 1st of each calendar year and close May 31st.
  3. The following items must be submitted with each application:
    1. Current CV
    1. Essay (500 words maximum): the essay should outline the details surrounding your extended studies, your commitment to lifelong learning and your proposed contribution to the dental hygiene profession.
    1. Two letters of recommendation from current MDHA or CDHA members.
    1. Proof of acceptance and/or good academic standing in program (copy of letter of acceptance or copy of most recent transcript).
  4. The recipient will be chosen by an ad hoc committee; may consist of members of the MDHA Board of Directors as well members of the general MDHA membership.
  5. The award will be presented to the recipient at the Annual General Meeting by the President of the MDHA. 
  6. Email in complete application by deadline to
  7. All submissions will receive notification of the outcome of the award.
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MDHA/CDHM Online Mix – Register Now!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The MDHA and the CDHM are pleased to announce that registration for the joint MDHA/CDHM Online Mix is now open!  The event is scheduled for:
Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This session will provide an opportunity for Manitoba hygienists to satisfy their PAR requirement with the CDHM.  

The Online Mix will feature Ela Partyka – Program Director from the Canadian Mental Health Association.  Ela will be speaking on ‘Stress and its Impact on Mental Health‘.  The Mix will also include greetings and updates from the MDHA, CDHM and CDHA.

Registration in advance is required.  To register, please click here.

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