National Dental Hygienists Week™ (NDHW™) will take place from April 4‒10, 2021 as part of Oral Health Month in Canada. This week will emphasize, once again, “Oral Health for Total Health”.

Due to the current guidelines set in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the National Oral Health Month and National Dental Hygienists Week™ (NDHW™) activities that registered dental hygienists had previously done in the past, may not be able to be offered again this year or may look a bit different. Dental hygienists, like the rest of Nova Scotians, are creative. They have been finding new ways to deliver oral health initiatives to Nova Scotians. An example of this is, instead of in-person presentations, dental hygienists have been using virtual platforms to speak to groups on oral health. During National Oral Health Month, Nova Scotia's dental hygienists will continue to use 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.

The CDHNS is launching three initiatives during April 2021, 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 will present a short 30-second commercial to highlight dental hygiene practice from a regulatory standpoint. The focus will be on ensuring the public receives safe, ethical, and compassionate oral health care from Nova Scotia registered dental hygienists. It will be broadcast on CTV channels across the province during the week of April 19-25, 2021.

2. Billboards showcased again this year, in two locations during National Oral Health Month — one in Halifax and the other in Sydney.

3. The CDHNS will be promoting our profession by participating in an interview with CBC Maritime Noon to help celebrate National Oral Health Month.

Links to the billboard image and to the commercial will be provided to all licenced, practising CDHNS registrants. They will 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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