The SK Oral Health Coalition would like to introduce you to a new and exciting initiative that we have partnered with Canada’s Tooth Fairy to deliver – it is the first ever SASKATCHEWAN SMILE DRIVE.
SASKATCHEWAN SMILE DRIVE is an event held throughout the month of April, National Oral Health Month. In April we encourage individuals and groups to collect toothbrushes and toothpaste for children in need of these supplies. There are thousands of fami…lies in Saskatchewan who cannot afford basic oral health supplies. All items collected in Regina and Saskatoon can be dropped off at the collection centres listed below and donations will be delivered to local charities throughout the province. All of the donations will stay in Saskatchewan!
Here you will find a SASKATCHEWAN SMILE DRIVE poster. We ask that you participate in this exciting event by donating, and we also request that you forward this message along with the poster to your partner’s and stakeholders. SMILE DRIVE POSTER
SASKATOON COLLECTION CENTRE: SK Dental Hygienists Association, 114 – 3502 Taylor St. Saskatoon, Phone: 306-931-7342306-931-7342 (LAKEVIEW PLACE – BIN IN LOBBY – OPEN 8-6)
REGINA COLLECTION CENTRE: Northgate Dental, Northgate Mall U75, 489 Albert Street N Regina, SK, S4R 3C4 Phone: 306-775-2737306-775-2737 Office hours: Mon to Fri – 8am to 4pm
In conjunction with National Non-Smoking Week, this professional development seminar is being planned as an interdisciplinary event. Research shows that support and advice from a trained health provider can double a person’s chances of quitting tobacco successfully.
This program gives health providers the skills and tools they need to talk effectively with their patients and clients about quitting smoking.
Providers will learn:
* Effects of tobacco dependence and challenges people face when trying to quit or cut back, including special groups with unique challenges
* Supportive, non-judgmental techniques for talking with patients and clients about tobacco use and quitting, including positive, proven strategies that help people quit
* General information about types of tobacco and their effects on health
* What tobacco cessation programs and services are available in Saskatchewan
License renewal packages were mailed today. Included you will find: a license renewal memo, summary of changes for 2015, brochures for upcoming Professional Development courses, and the latest issue of the SDHA Edge Newsletter.
All categories of dental hygiene licensure are up for renewal in Saskatchewan with current licenses expiring on January 15, 2015. This will be the last time we will be renewing licenses in January. In the summer 2015, you will receive another license renewal package with a new renewal deadline of October 31, 2015. Please see yellow insert in this mailing for a summary of changes occurring in 2015.
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 mychildrensteeth.org
• 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: www.dentalhygienecanada.ca.