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Get your volunteering on! GFTH

Have you heard about "Gift form the Heart" 💜 (GFTH) ?

It's all about utilizing our skills as registered dental hygienists to give back to the community.

We know as dental professionals there are young and the old across Canada that are not able to access regular dental care for themselves or their family. GFTH has designated a day ( This year- Saturday April 6th) where we can all unite to provide no cost dental care to those in need.

As dental hygienists we can decide to focus on an area of our scope of practice that meets the needs of the population we are planning on serving. For example, oral hygiene instruction, fluoride treatment, scaling/debridement, oral cancer screening, smoking cessation, and nutritional counselling.

What's really amazing about the day is each and every volunteer decides on the services they want to provide and the amount of time they're able to give on April 6th. There will be registered dental hygienists seeing clients in private prac…

Get your QA on! ( Ontario RDH's)

I've spent over 10 years of my career being part of the CDHO quality assurance program,  as a peer assessor.  From 2006 - 2017. 
I know the quality assurance audit and submission process has it's ups and downs, but overall I think we can all agree there has been some great improvements over the years. The changes are all about making it a smooth and transparent process to meet the needs of registrants. 
I have recently read on a dental hygiene network/social media platform that some RDH 's in Ontario are not happy with the QA program. They are challenging the need for such a rigorous process. I can honestly say out of the hundreds of QA records I have assessed there has been a need for some registrants to make changes, in order to meet standards of practice. There has also been essential learning that has occurred due to the QA process. It's been shown to work and benefits the professional and in-turn the public. 
Working towards not just maintaining a professional co…

The Story Behind strictlydentalpro (Lisa Hardill, RDH, BHADM)

Hello Dental Friends! 

I am so happy you have decided to visit and/or subscribe to my blog "strictlydentalpro". 

In this first ever opening post I would love to share a few things about myself and my dental journey.

I have been a dental hygienist since 2003. Wow, I sound old! And have truly loved every stage of my career path, and I'm very excited for the future of dental hygiene and oral health prevention. 

I have worked in public health, independent and private practice. Each one of these experiences leading me to my current role focusing on promotion, education and consulting with dental professionals.

It was in 2017 when I was working as Team Lead for a Public Health Dental Program, I started to ask myself some tough questions about my future career goals.

"What could I be doing differently to make an impact within our industry" ? 
" How could I help meet the oral health needs of community members, and the treatment options made available" ? 

Right around…