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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 su

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 Hygiene Dimensions of Dental Hygiene  Brand Ambassador Lisa Hardill, RDH, BHADM, talks about her efforts to further the profession across Canada. By  The Editors   On  Nov 19, 2019    0 Lisa Hardill, RDH, BHADM A s 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 Registr

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 goin

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 inflammator

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

Dental Professionals should aim to teach soon-to-be parents about oral hygiene practices for their new baby even before baby arrives. It is common practice to make time to discuss the oral health status of a mother during pregnancy. As we are all familiar with the risks associated with poor oral health and pregnancy. However, we also need to make time to discuss the oral hygiene practices for the baby when he or she arrives.  Understanding even though infants do not have teeth they still need to keep their mouth clean, is a critical piece of communication. Educating on the earlier the oral hygiene habits are formed it can actually hep decrease the risk for future dental cavities is a motivating factor. This is hard for parents to wrap their head around because commonly they feel there is no risk if their baby does not have teeth. We need to explain to parents the biofilm (microscopic) that commonly appears on teeth can also accumulate on the tongue and gums whe
Beyond the Prophy Interview:  Episode 68:  Give Yourself Grace In Your Career with Lisa Hardill, RDH Click below for my Beyond the Prophy Interview!  http://beyondtheprophy.libsyn.com/episode-68-give-yourself-grace-in-your-career-with-lisa-hardrill-rdh

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

Interview with Dr. Debbie Wilson Dr. Debbie Wilson is a general dentist in the north Toronto area. She has been practicing dentistry for 34 years. Dr. Wilson is one of the most preventative focused dentists I have had the pleasure of meeting. She generously offered to share her insight on treatment with Silver Diamine Fluoride based on a one-year observation. 1. To start I would like you to tell me what might be some of the ways silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has changed your assessment and treatment planning process? I always have a patient sign the consent form and encourage the patients to watch the YouTube video on the application and outcome so they are fully informed on the dark colouration of the carious lesion.  I am using Silver Diamine Fluoride on accessible root caries and large carious lesions on adults.  With children, I will also use Silver Diamine Fluoride under large caries (provided there is no pupal involvement) when I have the consent of the pa