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Posted by Stella Pascale on Sunday, 21 October 2018 01:49


 4 Things you're doing wrong when taking care of your teeth!


Brushing teeth is something we all (hopefully) do at least twice a day, but what if we’ve been brushing wrong all along? 

Unfortunately, two wrongs don’t make a right in dental care and like Angelique Kearney, president of the Oral Hygienist Association of South Africa and a member of the Listerine Dental Academy, says, “You need to brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash ‘correctly’ for the best results.”  

We spoke to Angelique Kearney, and Dr Janél Welgemoed, a professional dentist from Longbeach Dental Noordhoek, to find out what common mistakes people make when cleaning their mouth. Here are 4 things they highlighted:  

The wrong brushing method 
Using the incorrect method to brush your teeth can lead to plaque not being removed properly which in turn can escalate into - wait for it - gum and tooth disease! Things to look out for when brushing is how long, how often and how hard you brush your teeth. Brushing too long can lead to the damaging of gums and the thinning of the enamel while brushing too short can mean not all plaque gets removed from the teeth, according to Dr Welgemoed. Brushing for at least 2 minutes twice a day is recommended. What is the correct way to brush then? The best oral hygiene sequence protocol, as recommended by our experts, is to brush, floss, clean your tongue and rinse with mouthwash.  

The wrong type of toothbrush  
Many people make the mistake of buying the wrong toothbrush - a hard toothbrush. According to Kearney, a toothbrush that’s too hard can cause damage to your gums and teeth in the long term and is not more effective than a soft tooth brush when cleaning your teeth.  “If you need to replace your toothbrush monthly because the toothbrush bristles are worn, you are brushing too hard,” she says. She also recommends that your toothbrush also needs to be replaced at least every 4 months. That's because germs can hide in toothbrush bristles and lead to reinfection. Also, if you have been ill with the flu, it’s also necessary to replace your toothbrush to prevent re-infection. 

Not cleaning your whole mouth and tongue 
Did you know that brushing alone only reaches 25% of your mouth? According to this research by Listerine, it means that most of your mouth stays untouched if you only brush. The tongue, for example, is a big surface that is covered with plaque bacteria. “Cleaning your tongue loosens all plaque bacteria from the tongue making it easier to remove by rinsing with a mouthwash,” says Dr Welgemoed. “Adding a mouthwash to your dental routine will have added benefits of helping remove plaque from hard to reach areas in your mouth and in-between your teeth,” adds Kearney. 

To see what difference these common mistakes can make to your oral hygiene, CLICK AND DRAG YOUR MOUSE OR FINGER ACROSS THE INFOGRAPHIC BELOW TO REVEAL WHAT CLEANING 25%, 50% AND 100% REALLY LOOKS LIKE :



Using the incorrect dentalcare products.  
A wide range of toothpaste and mouthwashes are available on the market but it’s important to choose products specifically for your oral and dental needs. Dr Welgemoed explains for example that someone with a high risk of developing cavities will use different toothpaste than someone with gum disease. Since brushing alone only removes 25% of the bacteria in your mouth according to Listerine, it’s important to choose the right mouthwash for your needs. “Dental mouthwashes prevent tooth decay and gum disease because the essential oils in the mouthwash kill plaque bacteria and remove bacteria effectively while rinsing,” Dr Welgemoed, who is also a member of the Listerine Dental Academy, says.   

Your oral hygienist or dentist will be able to recommend the best products for you to keep your mouth healthy and disease free. 



This content was sponsored by Listerine and produced by BrandStudio.24 for Health24



Certificate of Bravery at the Oral Hygienist

Posted by Stella Pascale on Sunday, 2 September 2018 11:02



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IFDH Free Webinar 12th September

Posted by Stella Pascale on Monday, 13 August 2018 04:56


Plan to Attend as

The IFDH Education Academy and Colgate Oral Health Network



A Live Webinar (1 CE)

8 pm ET (US), September 12th


Oral disease is a health issue experienced by children and adults living in the United States. The burden of poor dental health affects a disproportionate number of the population in the United States. Many of these individuals represent diverse ethnic groups. As dental professionals what can we do to address the oral health needs of diverse population groups?

Participants will learn:

  • Understand social determinant factors that influence oral health outcomes
  • Describe the population groups that disproportionately experience oral health disparities
  • Explain recommendations to address the oral health needs of diverse population groups


Su-yan Barrow RDH, MA, MPH, PhD

Dr. Su-yan L. Barrow graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Hostos Community College in 1980. She holds a MA in Health Education from NYU, a MPH from Hunter College and a PhD from Walden University. Dr. Barrow is currently teaching public health graduate students and in clinical dental hygiene practice. She also taught at the University of Melbourne, Australia where she held the position as Senior Lecturer and Dental Hygiene Coordinator in the Bachelor of Oral Health program. Dr. Barrow is a former Scientific Affairs Manager, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. In 1989 she joined the Dental Hygiene faculty at New York University College of Dentistry where she conducted research and coordinated the Baccalaureate Program. Her teaching and research interests are in public health dentistry, health promotion and cultural competent healthcare with special interest in the social determinants of health. Dr. Barrow has presented at national and international professional meetings, authored articles/case studies and co-authored a text-book chapter on topics relevant to the dental profession.


Click for WEBINAR DETAILS & to Register.



Peter Anas

Executive Director



International Federation of Dental Hygienists

100 South Washington St.

Rockville MD 20850, USA

Phone:  240-778-6790, Press 3

Fax:  240-778-6112

Visit our web site at www.IFDH.org

Learn more about the 2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene


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Oral Health Awareness

Posted by Stella Pascale on Saturday, 26 May 2018 10:56


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Level 3 First Aid Training

Posted by Stella Pascale on Monday, 16 April 2018 12:51

First Aid Level 3: 

Find below the details...

If you know someone that might be interested you can forward the email to them.

We need to be at least 8 to make this a reality.

The reason for having it over 2 weekends is to limit time away from work.


Can you please complete and return the attached booking form for the invoicing department.

Use the email address on the booking form please: centre.pel@stjohn.org.za

Please CC ohasa.eastern.cape@gmail.com  for headcount purposes.

Banking details are attached. 

When sending your forms mark it as an OHASA booking in order for them to allocate it.

The price is valid for this course only.


The price for the training will be R1450 per person.


Venue:  St John Training Centre, 47 Pickering Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues)

Time:    08h00 – 16h00

Dates: 19,20 and 25, 26, 27 May 2018


Seeing that we are doing the course over weekends the catering option is not available.

Kindly provide your own lunch.


Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further queries.


Kind regards,


Shaya Pillay (Chairperson)



Mart-Marie' Potgieter (CPD Coordinator)





See below for Unette (St John) contact details.


Unette Jacobs
Training Co-ordinator
St John – P E Centre
Tel: +27.413642701
Fax: +27.413642730
47 Pickering Street, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, 6045, South Africa
PO Box 7398, Newton Park, 6055, South Africa





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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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March - Dental Awareness Month

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


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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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