How Sweet It Is—Proper Dental Hygiene at Halloween

Posted by admin On October - 28 - 2014Comments Off


Canada’s dental hygienists remind all ghosts and goblins preparing for a night of Halloween fun to be BEWARE of cavities on October 31 and beyond.



Halloween treats—particularly sticky and chewy candies—can get stuck in the grooves of teeth and increase risk of cavities and tooth decay. 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 Mandy Hayre, president of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) explains, “Approximately 19,000 children under the age of 6 undergo day surgery each year to treat dental decay. The careful timing of treats and 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 Halloween.


• Choose sugar-free candy and chewing gum, or chocolates and powdery candy (which dissolve quickly in the mouth) over lollipops or other hard treats. The less time that sugar is in contact with the teeth, the better. More tooth-friendly treat ideas can be found at

• Consider handing 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 can continue to encourage good oral health after Halloween by celebrating National Brush Day on November 1. Instill good oral hygiene habits in children early. From the age of 1, children should brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, twice a day; clean between their teeth; and brush their tongue. Hayre adds, “Parents should supervise their young children while they brush their teeth and remember to schedule visits with a dental hygienist for their children 1–2 times a year. Together, we can keep those smiles healthy!”

Serving the profession since 1963, CDHA is the collective national voice of more than 26,800 registered dental hygienists working in Canada, directly representing 17,000 individual members including dental hygienists and students. Dental hygiene is the 6th largest registered health profession in Canada with professionals working in a variety of settings, including independent practice, with people of all ages, addressing issues related to oral health. For more information on oral health, visit:

Your feedback is being requested on the following survey

Posted by admin On July - 30 - 2014Comments Off

University of Saskatchewan Survey on the Prevalence of Early childhood caries (ECC) in children of oral health professionals of Saskatchewan

Dear Oral Health Professionals and educators of Saskatchewan!

If you are a parent of a child/children one to six years of age we are inviting you to participate in this academic online survey.

Participation in this survey is voluntary and you can stop the survey at any time. Your information will be kept strictly confidential and none of the answers that you provide will be attributed to you personally.

There are five professional Associations that are going to participate in this survey!

Questions to be addressed are:

-          Is oral health knowledge a major factor in ECC prevention?

-          Can knowledge itself prevent/reduce the development of caries in children?

-          What other non-physiological factors play a role in ECC development?


This project was reviewed and approved on ethical grounds by the U of S Behavioural Research Ethics Board. Any questions regarding your rights as a participant may be addressed to the Research Ethics Office toll free at 1-888-966-29751-888-966-2975 or . Any questions about this survey can be e-mailed to Tatiana Novoselova,

Thank you!

Please click on the link below to begin the survey!


Early Bird Deadline for SOHP Conference – August 11th

Posted by admin On July - 30 - 2014Comments Off

The early bird deadline for the Saskatchewan Oral Health Professions Conference is fast approaching: August 11, 2014.  You can register at: ////

If you are booking a hotel, do so as soon as possible!

SDHA Summer Update

Posted by admin On June - 27 - 2014Comments Off

Summer is here and with that brings many exciting things for you and the SDHA alike.

We will not be sending out a mail-out package this July as in past years. All of the information can be found here on the SDHA website.  Please review your CC Transcript to ensure all CC Credits are accurate and also view upcoming Professional Development sessions being offered.

Save the Date for Upcoming Professional Development:

  1. Saskatchewan Oral Health Professions Annual Conference held in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry (CAPHD)

       2.  SDHA and SDAA Present Jo-Anne Jones

    • Topics will be:
      • Communicating with Impact:  The Silent Power of a Great Team
      • Oral Cancer – An Emerging Pandemic?
    • November 8, 2014
    • Queensbury Convention Centre – Evraz Place, Regina
    • Course brochure
    • Register by submitting completed form and fee to the SDAA (see Course Brochure)

3.  Creating a Tobacco-Free Future for the People of Saskatchewan

    • January 17, 2015
    • Saskatoon Inn, Saskatoon
    • Interdisciplinary professional development event
    • More information and online registration will be available in the fall

4.  SDHA 45th Anniversary and 2-Day Dental Hygiene Conference

    • April 17 & 18, 2015
    • Travelodge, Saskatoon
    • More information and online registration will be available in the fall


Dental Hygiene Identity Statement

Posted by admin On June - 5 - 2014Comments Off

DH Identity Statement

Is dental hygiene a profession? Who decides whether it is or is not? What does professional status (or lack thereof) mean for dental hygienists today and in the future? What can individual dental hygienists, associations and regulatory colleges do to foster greater professionalism? Find answers to these questions by reviewing the presentation “Are We a Profession? The Professional Status of Dental Hygiene and Its Impact on Your Career”, given by Bernard Gauthier, PhD from the 2013 Educators’ Workshop.


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