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GFTH 2020 : Having the chance to change someone's life

What if you had the chance to change someone's life, provide services to those in need, be part of raising awareness for access to care issues across our country, while highlighting the role of the dental hygienist as a key oral health care provider.

This is truly what "Gift from the Heart" is all about.

It's about using our platform, our voice and and our skills as registered dental hygienists to give back to the community and make a difference in oral health and general health outcomes.

Each province across Canada is dealing with a variety of access to care issues, some more complex than others. However, the reality is Canadians of all ages are not able to access regular dental care. GFTH was created to meet the needs of these people and fill the gap that exists.

As dental hygienists we can provide a variety of preventative services, but even more importantly we can help identify red flags, risk factors, and areas of concern that are related to conditions such as h…

A Leader in Dental Hygiene

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re-produced/copied from https://dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com/article/a-leader-in-dental-hygiene/A Leader in Dental HygieneDimensions of Dental Hygiene Brand Ambassador Lisa Hardill, RDH, BHADM, talks about her efforts to further the profession across Canada. By On Nov 19, 2019 0 Lisa Hardill, RDH, BHADMAs a teen growing up in Canada, Lisa Hardill, RDH, BHADM, kick-started her career in dental hygiene while in high school by joining a co-op program that let her spend one day a week in a dental office. This hands-on experience sparked Hardill’s passion to learn more about the field. Now, her diverse background in dentistry and dental hygiene includes experience in public health, independent and private practice, education, and sales. Over the past 15 years, Hardill has held numerous positions in dental hygiene—from a quality assurance peer assessor for the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO), to a noncouncil member of CDHO’s Registration Committee, to a member of …

The Future for RDH's is Bright!

The future for dental hygienists has never looked so bright. I can feel it in my bones.

If I were to anticipate what the future will bring, this is what I see;

There is going to be a heightened acknowledgement for our role in reducing both oral and systemic inflammation.

Dentistry, medicine and the public will thoroughly understand the level of our expertise, and our mission to assess the "whole person" not just their oral cavity. Leading to an awareness of the role dental hygienists have, that being, a focus on oral and general health outcomes.  We are not procedure driven, we are outcome driven, as each client is unique.

Health care professionals in all areas of medicine will see the value in oral health assessments, and understand chronic inflammatory health conditions cannot be managed without managing oral inflammation.

We are going to continue to advocate for a standard of care that is more universal and comprehensive, leading to elevated health.

We are going to become…

Change is Needed to Save Lives; the role of dentistry and medicine

I was privileged to attend a recent course with Dr. Bale and Dr. Doneen focused on Heart Attack, Stroke and Oral Health. Bringing to the fore-front once again, the work dental professionals provide matters when it comes to cardiac health.

The collaboration between medical and dental professionals is continuing to strengthen as science recognizes what is happening in the mouth directly impacts the rest of the body, and vice versa.

Current research is demonstrating more than a casual association between oral health and cardiovascular health, with a direct cause and effect relationship. This means it's time to make a change!

Screening for both diseases more aggressively and more frequently in both the medical and dental field is required.

How does one impact the other?

We know inflammation in the oral cavity will lead to ulcerations in the epithelium tissues, allowing bacteria to travel a distance systemically. The bacteria present in the oral cavity triggers the inflammatory process…

Oral Health Information and Practice: It's never too early!

An Interview: Silver Diamine Fluoride Use in Today's Dentistry