National Dental Hygienists Week™ (NDHW™) took place this year on April 4‒10, 2020 as part of Oral Health Month in Canada. This week emphasized “Oral Health for Total Health”.

During these unprecedented times, many of the National Oral Health Month and National Dental Hygienists Week™ (NDHW™) activities that registered dental hygienists had planned, did not place in their original format. However, dental hygienists, like the rest of Nova Scotians, are creative. During National Oral Health Month, Nova Scotia's dental hygienists used their social media platforms to spread the message of ‘Oral Health for Total Health’. Establishing or maintaining good oral home care regimens are even more important during this time.

Taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums benefits your overall physical and mental well-being. The mouth is part of the body and that poor oral health can affect many aspects of your quality of life —oral pain, missing teeth, or oral infections can influence the way you speak, eat, or socialize within your community. These oral health problems can also affect your physical, mental, and social well-being.

Let your dental hygienist work with you to improve your oral health and overall health. Dental hygienists are oral health experts and primary health care providers and they continue to be advocates for your oral health during this time.

We launched two initiatives during April 2020, as part of the CDHNS’s commitment to reach all Nova Scotians to get out the messages that (1) oral health is important to overall health, and (2) dental hygienists are an integral partner in helping Nova Scotians achieve oral health.

Initiatives

  1. The CDHNS presented a short 30 second commercial to highlight dental hygiene practice from a regulatory standpoint. The focus was on ensuring the public receives safe, ethical, and compassionate oral health care from Nova Scotia registered dental hygienists. It was broadcasted on CTV channels across the province during the week of April 20-26, 2020.
  2. Billboards showcased again this year, in two locations during National Oral Health Month — one in Halifax and the other in Sydney.

Links to the billboard image and to the commercial were provided to all licenced, practising CDHNS registrants. They were also be able to access resources from the national association, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) that have been developed for public use. Look for these initiatives on your dental hygienist’s social media pages.  

 

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