Creating a Tobacco Free Future for the People of Saskatchewan

Posted by admin On December - 10 - 2014Comments Off

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



It’s that time again…SDHA License Renewal is now OPEN!!

Posted by admin On November - 7 - 2014Comments Off

Pic of heart_RDHLicense 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.


Online Renewal:

  • Online renewal and electronic payment options (Visa and MasterCard) are available from the Member Login:
  • The deadline for license renewals (both online and hard copy) is Tuesday, January 6, 2015
  • Please be advised that a LATE FEE of $100.00 will be applied to any license renewal not processed by the expiration date of January 15, 2015.
    • RENEW ONLINE PRIOR TO December 15, 2014 and you will be entered into a draw for complimentary professional development through CDHA and SDHA.
    • CDHA: The Oral Cancer Awareness course (7 credits and a value $149)
    • SDHA: One full day course complimentary in the 2015 calendar year

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!

Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists’ Association (SDHA)
1024 8th street east, Saskatoon S7H 0R9 Ph: (306) 931-7342 Fax: (306) 931-7334