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19th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

Sept. 6, 2013
The 19th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene was held Aug. 14-17 in Cape Town, South Africa. Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, attended the symposium and reports on the highlights.
The 19th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene was held August 14-17, 2013, in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. Many thanks Oral Hygienists' Association of South Africa (OHASA) and to Marie Ferreira, Chair of the local organizing committee (LOC); Elna Van Der Ham, LOC; Stella Lamprecht, President of OHASA; and all the other LOC members. The meeting was fabulous!
Marie Ferreira (South Africa), Maria Perno Goldie, and Mart-Marie Potgieter (South Africa)

Maria Perno Goldie and Stella Lamprecht

We had the opportunity to experience the senses of Africa--to see, touch, feel, smell, and fall in love with Africa. We celebrated the 100 years of dental hygiene, and explored the role of dental hygienists as primary health care providers in total health care. The Scientific Program theme and focus was about how oral health is central to our daily life and well‐being, and exerts a fundamental influence on the quality of life for every individual.

Both community experience and research evidence support that oral health is more than just the absence of disease or loss of function. People are increasingly aware that the optimal functioning of the oral‐facial structures is important in their comfort and well-being and for preserving their self‐esteem. Individuals and communities have to be educated regarding the causes of oral diseases, and how they can be involved in preventing or eliminating such diseases. They can be informed through outreach, health education, and health promotion.

The 2010-2013 IFDH House of Delegates

Left to right: Esther Bola, Nigerian Army Dental Corps, Dy Director Dental; Dr. Sally Barclay, Coordinator, BSc in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago; Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, Immediate Past President, IFDH; and a representative from Nigeria

Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, Immediate Past President, IFDH; and Miyuki Kibayashi RDH, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Shizuoka, Junior College, Department of Dental Hygiene

We had Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Gala Dinner with Sunstar--"The Great Star of South Africa" at Moyo located at Spier Wine Estate, dinner at Ernie Els Winery, and much more! All the photo galleries for the 2013 ISDH events can be found at the following location: http://www.vizionphoto.com/isdh2013. Take a look! Also visit: Oral Hygienists – 2013 – Cape Town – Oral Health goes International: https://www.facebook.com/groups/248988358475074/. Welcome to the new IFDH President, JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, for the USA!! Look for more on the Symposium in future newsletters!!

Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS

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