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World Oral Health Day - 20 March 2018

Posted by Stella Pascale on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:00


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Posted by Stella Pascale on Monday, 12 March 2018 19:01

World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated globally every year on 20 March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene to looking after everyone old and young.

It is organized by FDI World Dental Federation and is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health.

WOHD spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices to adults and children alike and demonstrates the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.

It is a day for people to have fun – that should be a day full of activities that make us laugh, sing and smile!


Why is WOHD Important?

Because 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be avoided with increased governmental, health association and society support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes.

In addition, World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the overall disease burden.


Why on the 20th of March?

  • Seniors must have a total of 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy
  • Children should possess 20 baby teeth
  • Healthy adults must have a total of 32 teeth and 0 dental cavities
  • Expressed on a numerical basis this can be translated as 3/20 hence March 20


The theme for 2018

Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health


The Say Ahh theme is a three-year campaign launched in 2018, starting with Think Mouth, Think Health as the first sub-theme. It empowers you to keep a healthy mouth and helps you maintain your general health and well-being. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. Maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and for maintaining overall health and quality of life.

The theme focuses on four main messages:

1.    Oral health is much more than a nice smile

2.    Oral health and general health have a two-way relationship

3.    The mouth cannot be isolated from the rest of the body

4.    Most oral diseases share common risk factors with other diseases


For more info and campaign posters, etc. please visit http://www.worldoralhealthday.org  http://www.worldoralhealthday.org/resources

We would like to encourage OHASA members, their patients, their families and friends to celebrate WOHD 2018 with the FDI! Be part of an international initiative!

We cannot create enough awareness about the importance of oral health and its link to our health in general.

All the things being advocated are things we make our patients aware of on a daily basis.


Mentioning a few things that some of you might know already…

  •          Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  •          Use a toothbrush with a small or medium sized head and soft bristles.
  •          Make small, gentle circular motions to clean teeth.
  •          Remember to clean your tongue
  •          Floss in the evenings or use interdental brushes to clean in between teeth.
  •          If you have braces, implants and/ or a bridge you need to do additional maintenance.
  •          Change your toothbrush regularly, especially if you were ill.
  •          Oral Hygiene visit and dental check-up at least twice a year.
  •          Fissure Sealants for permanent teeth as they erupt into the mouth.
  •          For customised advice ask your Oral Hygienist – each mouth is different…

Some other things to be reminded of…

  •          Limit sugary drinks, including fruit juice.
  •          Limit sweets to after meal times.
  •          Be careful of sucking sweets – high sugar content.
  •          Have sugar free chewing gum if you need to.
  •          Limit alcohol and stop smoking.





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Annual HPCSA Fees 2018

Posted by Stella Pascale on Thursday, 8 March 2018 02:47

Practitioners can renew the HPCSA annual fees online by following these easy steps online – remember to first create an account after which the renewal process can be followed. Our Call Centre agents are on stand-by to assist with this process. You can reach them on 012 338 9300 or 012 338 9301.

Once you have gone through the renewal process online, including making the appropriate payment, you will be able to view and print your electronic “QR code” practitioner card for 2018/19. This is an official HPCSA practitioner card that has replaced the previous physical practitioner card.

Please note:

  • The walk-in facility of annual fee payments at HPCSA offices are no longer available due to safety concerns.
  • Exemptions from payment of 2018/19 annual fees:

Should you no longer be practicing your profession due to ill health, you may be exempted from payment of the 2018 annual fee. A medical report, issued by a medical practitioner, must accompany such application, which should reach the Council’s offices before 1 April 2018.

Exemption from paying the annual fee may be granted from the year in which you turn 71 (if you turn 71 before 1 April 2018) except for practitioners registered in Professional Boards for Environmental Health Practitioners, Medical Technologist, Radiography & Clinical Technology, Dietetics and Nutritionists, who may be granted exemption from the year in which they turn 66.

  • Voluntary erasure:

Written application for voluntary erasure under section 19(1)(c) of the Act must be received by Council on or before 31 March 2018 and 2018/19 annual membership fees will not be due and payable on successful finalisation of application by Council.

  • Allocation of monies received from practitioners:

Monies received from practitioners will be allocated against oldest debt first. It is important that practitioners therefore use the Online Renewals Portal to ensure that there are no other monies due and payable.

  • Erasure from relevant register due to non-payment of 2018/19 annual fees:

The non-payment or partial payment of 2018/19 annual fees will result in a Registered Person being suspended from the register and the need for restoration which in all cases attracts a penalty fee.

HPCSA Roadshows 2018

Posted by Stella Pascale on Thursday, 8 March 2018 02:46

The HPCSA will be hosting interactive symposiums and roadshows across the country in 2018.

The roadshows are aimed at increasing stakeholder engagement and improving relations between the HPCSA and practitioners. These events allow the HPCSA to gain valuable insights on issues affecting practitioners enabling Council towards becoming more engaging and more customer-centric.

In addition, the HPCSA will also conduct a series of symposia on ethics, medical law, undesirable business practices, how to avoid litigation, and how you as a practitioner are impacted by the latest ethical rules, proposed fitness to practice and performance assessments models.

Attending practitioners will earn CEUs.

The events for 2018 are as follows:

Date HPCSA Event Region Town/City
28 March 2018 Symposia  Gauteng  Pretoria
17 April 2018 Symposia Eastern Cape Queenstown
25 April 2018 Symposia KZN Durban Central
29 May 2018 Symposia Limpopo Thohoyandou
7 June 2018 Symposia KZN Richards Bay
13 June 2018 Public Awareness Gauteng Winterveldt
17 July 2018 Practitioner Roadshow Western Cape Central
31 July 2018 Public Awareness Free State TBC
2 August 2018 Symposia North West Klerksdorp
29 August 2018 Symposia Gauteng Pretoria
19 September 2018 Symposia Mpumalanga Middelburg
16 October 2018 Symposia Western Cape Khayelitsha
30 October 2018 Symposia Eastern Cape PE Central
7 November 2018 Symposia Free State TBC
5 December 2018 Symposia Western Cape Paarl
31 January 2018 Symposia Northern Cape TBC
26 February 2019 Symposia KZN Ladysmith
19 March 2019 Practitioner Roadshow North West Mahikeng
20 March 2019 Public Awareness North West Mahikeng



March - Dental Awareness Month

Posted by Stella Pascale on Monday, 5 March 2018 19:16


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Posted by Stella Pascale on Monday, 5 March 2018 12:51

The Health Professions Council of South Africa, in terms of the authority granted to it
by the Minister of Health in terms of section 62 (1) under Government Notices R.2281
and R.2283 of 3 December 1976, hereby prescribe the annual fees payable by
registered practitioners as set out in the Schedule.
1. The annual fees payable by persons registered in terms of the Health
Professions Act, 197 4 (Act No. 56 of 197 4 ), shall be as set out in this schedule
and shall be due and payable with effect from 1 April 2018.

TT Dental Therapist 1860.00
OH Oral Hygienist 1860.00
DA Dental Assistant 775.00


DP Dentist 1830.00
DP Dentist (Specialist) 1865.00


Posted by Stella Pascale on Friday, 2 March 2018 02:55

It is indeed a great honour to be elected as President of our Association and what makes it even more special is the fact that 2018 is OHASA’s 40th anniversary!

With all the opportunities and challenges that come with my role as president, I am of the belief that this journey will not be a smooth one if I am to walk it alone, however, we thank our leaders for drafting a constitution that recognizes the importance of the Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Immediate Past President as it is through this synergism that we are going to make sure that our theme of Better Oral health for All, One people, One OHASA is going to be achieved.

Let me take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous effort that were undertaken by the previous crop of leaders. Indeed you are an inspiration, a challenge and an avenue for us to continue doing these great works that you began.

To our members belonging to our association, I want to say that, this journey we cannot make alone as leaders, but it is through your support, critique and encouragement that we shall have something to do together because together we shall continue to reach greater heights.

For a more detailed message about my goals for OHASA read the “From the President’s desk” in our OHASAJ 1st edition, to be released soon….


My e-mail address is: ohasanational@gmail.com




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OHASA 40th Anniversary

Posted by Stella Pascale on Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:28

Whoop whoop!!!

Heres to many more years of providing excellent info and to bringing Oral Hygienists together and to communicate under 1 umbrella.

And to the individuals who tirelessly devote their time so we can reap the benefits.

It is much appreciated.




Happy 40th birthday OHASA! May we grow from strength to strength.

Best wishes

Keshree Naicker


Happy 40th anniversary Ohasa,work well done over the yrs . Looking forward to many more fabulous years.

Lots of love Natalie Taft.


Congratulations on the 40th Birthday OHASA! Well done for what you have accomplished in these years.

May we go from strength to strength.



Happy 40th Birthday OHASA! Colgate wish you the happiest ever year!

Happy 40th Anniversary!


Lynette Jacobs





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University of the Western Cape - Expanded Functions (2013) Government Notice No R 800

Posted by Stella Pascale on Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:58

The University of the Western Cape invites Oral Hygienists for a Course in the Expanded Scope of Practice (2013) which includes procedures such as sealant restorations (PRR), periodontal splinting, tooth whitening techniques and procedures, fabrication of vacuum formed mouth guards and the Oral Hygiene Process of Care.

Date: 18-22 June 2018.

Applications are currently open.

Application forms are attached and are also available through the University of the Western Cape, Oral Hygiene Department and OHASA.

Cost - R5000.

Note that seats are limited.

Deadline for application indicating your interest is 6 April 2018.

Upon receipt of your application, a registration form with details of payment will follow.

Contact person: Ms Kelly Stuurman 021-9373162 kstuurman@uwc.ac.za


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February 2018 eNews - IFDH

Posted by Stella Pascale on Saturday, 10 February 2018 14:36

IFDH Newsletter
February 2018
 Board of Directors

Robyn Watson, RDH, MPA
Rhodes, New S. Wales

President Elect
Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH

Vice President
Wanda Fedora, RDH
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Mary Rose Pincelli Boglione
Florence, ITALY

Michaela ONeill

 House of Delegates

Executive Director
Peter Anas

Membership Director
Laikisha Jeffries

Membership Coordinator
Clare Karpinski

Join IFDH as an Individual Member
The IFDH President
Robyn Watson
Robyn Watson

A Review of IFDH Halfway Through Our Term

It seems another year has flown by and the IFDH Board of Directors looks forward to another eventful year. Let's look at what we've been doing and what's coming up.

Read the latest message from our President Robyn Watson, including:

  • Our Members' Social Responsibility Programs
  • World Dental Hygienist Awards Program
  • 2019 ISDH
  • A Review of IFDH Goals

Read the full message.


2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

Brisbane Australia

2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)
2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)
2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

The DHAA, in coordination with the IFDH Board of Directors and Scientific Committee are working furiously behind the scenes planning what looks to be the biggest and best International Symposium on Dental Hygiene yet!

Lock the dates in your diary now (15-17 August 2019) and start planning your trip to balmy Brisbane, Australia!

The Symposium will offer three days of world-class speakers, engaging exhibition and memorable social activities. While you are here don't miss the opportunity to cuddle a koala, visit the iconic Australia Zoo or take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef - or even visit some other amazing parts of our country!

We look forward to welcoming you 'down under'!

Watch the video on Brisbane!

Register your interest and to receive updates at www.isdh2019.com.

Call for Abstracts: Oral Session and Poster

Submissions Open: February 19th
Submissions Close: April 30th
Go to www.ISDH2019.com for more details.

2016 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)
2016 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)
2016 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

Make Your Travel Plans Now

Remember to add ISDH to your calendar and make travel plans to attend the 2019 ISDH in Brisbane, Australia:

  • August 13-14: IFDH House of Delegate Business Meeting
  • August 15-17: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

Not Sure What to Expect at the ISDH?

Read the article and see photos of:

Congratulations to our 2017 Research Grant Recipients!

Janelle Cobb

A Qualitative Study: An Evaluation of the Perception of Ohio Dental Hygienists that Work in Nursing Home Facilities with the Elderly Population and Use the Oral Health Access Supervision Act Permit
by Janelle Cobb
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, USA

Tari Devaney

Oral Health Care Training of Caregivers for the Developmentally Disabled
by Tari Devaney
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, Washington USA

Lindsay Doerschuk

Exploring Student-Led Interprofessional Education through a Community Service Project
by Lindsay Doerschuk
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, Washington, USA

dentsply sirona preventive

Remember that this IFDH Webinar
Is Available for Online Viewing & CE for 3 Years!

IFDH Education Academy
colgate oral health network

Increasing Health Literacy to Reduce Dental Caries. Are you and your Practice Health Literate?

Thank you to Alice Horowitz, PhD, MA, RDH the presenter for the IFDH Education Academy's first-ever webinar in December 2016. The webinar will remain accessible from our website with one hour of content (1 CE), which includes background and update on oral health literacy and its potential impact on decreasing dental caries, especially among pregnant women and their children.

promote this to your members

Participants will learn:


What health literacy is & why it is important


How to incorporate important communication skills to increase health literacy among their patients

Have Any of Your Members Volunteered?

Every Child has a Toothbrush
promote this to your members

For those inspired to improve the oral health of children, the IFDH "Every Child has a Toothbrush" campaign is designed to teach children how to use a toothbrush effectively so they can better control biofilm and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Grant money is still available! To participate in the program: dental hygienists must create a community-based event that involves providing oral health education to children, teaching tooth-brushing techniques and conducting an oral examination to determine other needs. More details »

IFDH Enters into the World of Twitter!


Come and follow us


IFDH Research Resources Exchange

International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH)

The IFDH is committed to continually pursuing professional development and academic expansion for the profession of dental hygiene around the world. Resources are provided to further support practitioners, educators, associations and researchers who seek to enrich their career pathways. 

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