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December 2022

President's Message

Thank you to the 2020-2022 ODHA Board of Directors

A President is only as good as their board. I have been very fortunate to have had an exceptional board for the past two years. They have mentored me; they have supported me, and they have made me look good to those outside the board. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to navigate out of the pandemic life of zoom everything, into what was an amazing in person conference in November.

My successes as President, is really your successes and you should be recognized for your volunteerism…your time away from family while spending time in committee and board meetings, your diverse knowledge that compliments each other while making critical decisions for the organization, and your individual experiences which allow us as a group, a team to positively move our profession forward.

I want to thank each of you for your impact on me. I expect each of you to continue the great work of ODHA and give Tracy Brunkhorst, incoming President, the same support. And since I am not going away, I’ll be watching to make sure that Tracy gets the same awesome board that I know you already are.

To our membership…without you, there would be no association! Thank you for continuing to support our profession and our professional organization. Your support while I served as your President, was appreciated. My hope for each of you is satisfaction in your professional life and my “Dream” is that each of you volunteer in some way to help your professional organization as your time allows. I am sure you will get more out of it than you can imagine.

Again, Thank you to everyone for your support over these past two years. It was an honor to serve as ODHA President.

November historical question:
In what year was the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association established?

I only received one submission for this question, so congratulations Hildie Oliver, you have a free non-required CE registration for one of the Professional Development Committee’s Zoom CE opportunities.  Reach out to Emily at: [email protected] before registering for a future CE.

Laura Vanderwerf, BSDH, RDH
#Dream
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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ODHA's Annual Year in Review Meeting

Thursday, December 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, 2022
via Zoom
FREE TO ATTEND
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DENTAL CARIES
Karan Bershaw, MS, RDH

Introduction
For most of the 20th century, dental caries and periodontal diseases were prevalent in the United States and many other countries worldwide. Our understanding of these diseases, their etiology and pathogenesis, was limited and dental practice consisted primarily of diagnosing and repairing the consequences of these diseases. Today, the level of knowledge regarding the process of dental disease has increased substantially. Additionally, medical and dental science now recommends that health care providers identify and treat patients based on their risk status, rather than administering treatment to all patients as if they were the same. As a result, treatment and management of the major dental diseases is experiencing a transition from a repair model to a wellness model of patient care.

Risk assessment is an estimation of the likelihood that a specific event will occur in the future. With respect to dental caries, management by risk assessment is based on the understanding that the disease is initiated by a complex biofilm rather than any one pathogen and that it may vary significantly from patient to patient. Moreover, this biofilm changes radically based on its environment and the local chemistry of the tooth site, pellicle, and saliva with which it comes into contact. Other important factors also require consideration. To assist the clinician in assessing an individual patient’s risk for developing carious lesions, a variety of forms and means have been developed for application in everyday dental practices. Featherstone et al. developed a risk assessment tool, caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA), which includes the use of historical and environmental factors and employs technology to evaluate bacterial presence, salivary flow rate, and other important factors, including dietary patterns. This article describes the implementation of the risk assessment concept, specifically CAMBRA, into a standard dental practice for effective and efficient use.

Review of the Dental Caries Disease Process

Demineralization
Dental caries is a transmissible and multifactorial disease process. The mechanism that initiates the caries process is microbial, the primary causative agents being mutans streptococci (which includes Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus) and lactobacilli, which live in the biofilm attached to teeth.1 These pathogens metabolize fermentable carbohydrates--sucrose, fructose, glucose, and cooked starch to produce organic acids that rapidly change the environment of the biofilm or plaque from a typical (resting) neutral pH to an acidic one.2 The acids then diffuse through the plaque into the tooth structure; enamel rods composed of crystals surrounded by pores and diffusion channels which are filled with proteins, lipids and water. These channels allow the passage of organic acids, ions, and small molecules such as hydrogen, calcium, phosphate and fluoride, to flow within them.2,3 The acids disassociate and produce hydrogen ions that begin to dissolve and remove minerals from the porous subsurface enamel and exposed dentin. This process forces calcium and phosphate ions into solution, which then diffuse out of the tooth leading to demineralization.3

Remineralization
Remineralization can occur after the ingestion of fermentable carbohydrates stops and the pH gradually returns to neutral, usually taking about 30 to 60 minutes provided adequate saliva is present. Saliva’s role is crucial. Its components neutralize acids and raise the pH, reversing the diffusion gradient for the calcium and phosphate ions and providing additional minerals for reconstruction. Saliva is naturally supersaturated with calcium and phosphate, necessary components for remineralization, and diffusion drives these minerals back into the partially demineralized crystal remnants within the lesion.3-4 These remnants act as “nucleators,” for new surfaces to form on the crystals. The proteins in saliva help maintain the super-saturation of calcium in the plaque fluid, while other proteins and salivary components form a protective pellicle on the tooth surface and still others have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Saliva also contains immunoglobulins, buffers and minerals including bicarbonate and naturally occurring amounts of fluoride.3-4

Whether an initial carious lesion progresses into a hole (or cavitation) or is able to remineralize depends on a number of factors. Importantly, there must be sufficient saliva containing the minerals necessary to repair, strengthen, and provide support for rebuilding the enamel and subsurface. If the salivary flow is low (known as hyposalivation), the acidogenic bacterial load is high, or the frequency of fermentable carbohydrate ingestion is excessive, the job of repair is too great for naturally-occurring salivary remineralization to be successful.5 These conditions can lead to the beginning of a carious lesion clinically known as a “white spot” when the loss of calcium and phosphate minerals occur in the subsurface zone and the surface enamel remains intact. The white spot lesion is partially reversible if the surface remains intact and a topical fluoride agent is directly applied.3,5-6

Fluoride can enhance or accelerate remineralization of partially demineralized surfaces of crystal remnants inside a carious lesion by adsorbing to the affected crystal surface. The negatively charged fluoride ions (F-) attract calcium ions (Ca+), which are followed by phosphate ions (PO4-).3,7-9 This leads to formation of a new crystal surface, stronger and less soluble than the mineral first laid down during tooth development, carbonated hydroxyapatite, which is soft and more susceptible to acid attack.3,7-9 The newly formed crystal surface excludes carbonate (CO3-) ions during construction and the result is a composition with solubility somewhere between that of hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite.3 This newly remineralized fluorapatite-like surface has very low solubility, and future acid attacks would have to be substantial and prolonged in order to have a damaging effect.

References

  1. Loesche WJ. Role of Streptococcus mutans in human dental decay. FEMS Microbiol Rev 1986;50:353-80.
  2. Featherstone J, Rodgers B. Effect of Acetic, Lactic and other Organic Acids on the Formation of Artificial Carious Lesions. Caries Res. 1981;15(5):377-385.
  3. Featherstone J. The Science and Practice of Caries Prevention. The Journal of the American Dental Association. 2000;131(7):887-899.
  4. Lamkin MS, Oppenheim FS. Structural features of salivary function. Crit Rev Oral Biol Med. 193;4:251-259
  5. Featherstone J, Domejean-Orliaguet S, Jensen L, Wolff M, Young D. Risk assessment in practice for age 6 through adult. Journal of the California Dental Association. 2007;35(10):703-713.
  6. Darby M, Walsh M. Dental hygiene. p. 294-312.
  7. Featherstone J. Prevention and reversal of dental caries: role of low level fluoride. Commun Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1999;27(1):31-40.
  8. ten Cate JM, Featherstone JD. Mechanic aspects of the interactions between fluoride and dental enamel. Crti Rev Oral Biol Med. 1991;2(3):283.296
  9. Fejerskov O, Thylstrup A, Larsen M. Rational Use of Fluorides in Caries Prevention. Acta Odontol Scand. 1981;39(4):241-249.
  10. Guo L, McLean J, Lux R, He X, Shi W. The well-coordinated linkage between acidogenicity and aciduricity via insoluble glucans on the surface of Streptococcus mutans. Sci Rep. 2015;5:18015.
  11. Bowen W, Koo H. Biology of Streptococcus mutans-derived glycosyltransferases: role in extracellular matrix formation of cariogenic biofilms. Caries Research. 2011;45(1):69-86.
  12. Young D, Featherstone J. Caries management by risk assessment. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2013;41(1):e53-e63.
  13. Jenson L, Budenz A, Featherstone J, Ramos-Gomez F, Vladimir W, Young D. Clinical protocols for caries management by risk assessment. Clinical protocols for caries management by risk assessment. 2007;35(10):714-723.
  14. Featherstone J, Roth J. Cariology in the new world order: Moving from restoration toward prevention (part I-II). Journal of the California Dental Association. 2003;31(2.3):123-214.203.204.
  15. Featherstone J, White J, Hoover C, Rapozo-Hilo M, Weintraub J, Wilson R, Zhan L, Gansky S. A. A Randomized Clinical Trial of Anticaries Therapies Targeted according to Risk Assessment (Caries Management by Risk Assessment). Caries Res. 2012;46(2):118-129.
  16. www.ebd.ada.org. Center for Evidence-based Dentistry [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2016 Feb 5]. Available from: http://www.ebd.ada.org
  17. Bershaw K, Kaufman N. Implementation of CAMBRA into Clinical Practice. Presentation presented at; 2015; University of California, San Francisco.
  18. Gcamerica.com. GC America: MI Paste & MI Paste Plus‚ [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2016 Feb 5]. Available from: http://www.gcamerica.com/products/preventive/MI_paste

Component News

Northwest

Hello NW Component!

Well, I have been a director for a few months now and it's been a lot of fun to organize events and "get the inside scoop" on our profession in Oregon. It's also been fun to collaborate with fellow educators and work on some outreach for our component members (still in the works!).
If you to make connections, have fun, and have a great influence on this amazing profession please reach out if you have any questions on time commitments etc. regarding getting involved more. This has been a first for me and I can tell you, it doesn't take a ton of time away from my family or work and it's meaningful. 

If you are looking to the year ahead and thinking about what you want to do to make a difference: getting more involved in the association that is responsible for all our progress here in Oregon would be a great thing to consider! Not only does your time spent giving back help your spirit, but it helps the profession and the community as a whole! 

I had SO MUCH fun with my fellow hygienists and some of their family members on the Chanterelle hunt last month! We came back with bags of beautiful (and tasty!) mushrooms! I ended up sauteeing some and sprinkling them over a homemade savory crepe! Delicious! 

Please feel free to email us at at nwco[email protected] if you have any questions about becoming more involved or have any fun ideas to share!


Southwest

South West Corner
It was great seeing folks at the conference. I look forward to making what we wrote down on our 2023 SW Vision Board during the Component Workshop into reality.  These ideas included 1.)  To work more collaboratively with Lane Community College Dental Hygiene and Assisting programs, 2.) To work collaboratively with Local Dental Societies throughout our component. 3.) To kick off hybrid CE models at LCC.  4.) To work on creating more in person networking opportunities such as a Student to Professional "Bridging event" and Professional RDH Retreat.

I also like to give recognition to one of our very own South West members that gave two presentations at the conference. Thanks, Kyle Issacs, for fabulous CE classes in Trauma Related Care and SDF.  I also wanted to thank Alicia Riedman for her continued efforts in public dental health care in elementary schools and her continued leadership on the Oregon Board of Dentistry. It was also great chatting with Sharon Hagan, past LCC program director. Congrats to Kaila Shaw, a second-year dental hygiene student at Lane Community College who was presented the 2022 Dennis Muir Scholarship, worth $3000. I also appreciated her feedback at the Component Breakfast Workshop too. 

I would love to get in touch with more SW component hygienists. Our next Meet n Greet/ SW Leadership planning session will be online, Wednesday, December 14th at 6 PM. Of course, if you have any questions or ideas that you like me and the component leaders to check into please email us at [email protected]  I hope you and your families have a happy and safe holiday season.- Jamie Christianson


Metro East

Strategic Plan Goals:

  1. Hold regular component meetings, offering opportunities to network with area professionals, participate in continuing education and volunteer in service projects designed to meet community needs.
  2. Partner with Mt. Hood and Portland Community College dental hygiene programs as a student resource and mentor access, as well as facilitate new graduates.
  3. Establish a professional presence in the Metro East area, visible to members, non-members and the public.

Goals/Tasks Accomplished:
Ongoing Activities:

  1. Compassion Clinics: These clinics will continue into 2023. Ilya and Tracy would like to increase the frequency of these clinics.

Meetings to be Held:

  1. ME (Metro East) would like to establish consistent free continuing education (CE) for members. These meetings would be held an MHCC (Mt. Hood Community College) or PCC (Portland Community College). At this point they will be tentatively scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month in 2023.
  2. Establish consistent interaction with students and new graduates in the ME Component. This could be in person workshops or activities to help with RDH duties outside of the required curriculum. E.g. help with resume’s, EPP insurance paperwork, etc…
  3. Mentee/mentor programs to provide support for students and new grads as they navigate RDH education and professional life.

High Desert

Sierra Schipper is the new incoming Director for High Desert Component!  She is excited to be Director and looking forward to planning future events.  At the ODHA Annual Conference, the High Desert Component set the following goals:

  1. Visit Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls
  2. Set a new budget with ODHA Board of Directors
  3. Offer three local CE classes
  4. Partner with Central Oregon Dental Society for CE and possibly more

If you have any questions, and or would like to become more involved please email [email protected]

Submitted by,

Juanita Simpson, EPDH, BS
Director, High Desert Component


Committee News

Professional Development

A shout out to everyone that attended this year's Annual Conference to help make it a successful one! We had over 250 people attend the event in Wilsonville.  Our Keynote, Amber Lovatos, was very inspiring to take your interests and dreams to the next level.  We had several more presenters, who are top of their field and topic of interest, that it was hard to choose which class I wanted to go to because I wanted to attend them all.  Did you feel the same way?  I heard mostly positive feedback from the students, professionals, and the sponsors. The sponsors and exhibitors seemed to also have a very busy time. I hope each of you got several tib bits of information that you were able to bring back to your office and share with your other team members. 



The conference is always great to see and visit with old colleagues and meet new ones. I was thankful for the opportunities to mingle at the 70 years of ODHA Celebration at the President's Reception Dinner, Component Workshop Breakfast, and the Awards Ceremony.  We have amazing professionals within our membership! The awards section of the conference always reminds me of this. The recipients of the Lynn Ironside Access to Care Award, Kristen Simmons, and the Outstanding Oregon Dental Hygienists, Gail Aamodt, were both deserving of the award and are two professionals that several members look up to and they have accomplished so much over their years of service in oral health services and our professional community. Our community partnership award this year was presented to Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals for their early participation in the planning of the conference and their ongoing support of all dental hygiene professionals and online resources for our patients and professionals. It was my honor to present the award.  I was surprised and honored to also get a President's Citation in recognition for my services as ODHA's Professional Development Committee Chair.  Thank you, Laura Vanderwerf, for that recognition. I have enjoyed being the Chair of the professional development committee these last couple of years.

Professional Development Committee planning is never done. So, if you like to join us in helping plan our 2023 conference and other events, we love to have you join us for a meeting or two. Please email me at [email protected] to get links to our Zoom meetings.

The next one is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th at 7 PM
Until we all meet again, l want to encourage everyone to keep checking the ODHA website calendar for events weekly. My hope, as your Chair of the PDC, is to continue to work with component Directors in getting local events and CE classes posted, making ODHA your number one spot to go for CE in 2023. 

Jamie Christianson


Oregon Board of Dentistry News

Board Meeting – December 2022

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, December 16 at the Board office located at 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 770, Portland, OR  97201 The agenda for this meeting will include a Zoom link for participants who would like to attend virtually. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting.

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 500 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them.

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information.

2023 Board Meeting Dates

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on the following Fridays during 2023:

February 24 August 25
April 28 October 27
June 16 December 15

 

 

 

 
Meetings are held at the Board office located at 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 770, Portland, OR  97201 Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meetings.

The agenda & public packet for Board meetings are posted approximately one week before each meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 500 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them.

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of any board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information.


2023 National Dental Conferences in Portland, Oregon

In March 2023 two national dental conferences will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. This is an incredible opportunity for you to participate in these events “in our own backyard.”

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) will hold their 2023 Annual Session & Exhibition Saturday-Tuesday, March 11-14, 2023. This conference brings dental, allied dental & advanced dental educators & students together for world-class education sessions & a bustling exhibit hall filled with dental education’s leading partners. Click here for more information.

The American Association for Dental, Oral, & Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) will hold their 2023 Annual Meeting & Exhibition Wednesday- Saturday, March 15-18, 2023. This conference will provide scientists and researchers throughout the world with the opportunity to present, discuss and critique their investigations. If you are involved in dental, oral and craniofacial research, you should submit an abstract for consideration for presentation. Click here for more information. 


ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Membership Spotlight

Do you know an outstanding ODHA member, perhaps it’s you?  We would love to spotlight an ODHA member each month in the newsletter, email us the contact information and we will do the rest! Please email

Please email Laura Vanderwerf at [email protected] and put "Member Spotlight" in the subject line.

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!
Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Year in Review
December 8, 2022

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Membership Information 

ODHA Membership Includes

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 

 November 2022

President's Message

Fall is in the air; the nights are cooler, and the rain has returned!  Halloween is a tough holiday for me…as a hygienist.  I can only hope that the parents of all the kids that knocked on my door remember to make sure they brush to remove all the sticky gooeyness they received. 

 Now that October has passed, we turn our eyes to the Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference.  Come and see what we “Dared to Dream” on November 11-12th at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville.  If you haven’t signed up yet, you still have time!  Check out the schedule here, and don’t forget to register

The Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association Board of Directors decided to extend nominations for several open board positions during the last board meeting.  We are still looking for:  President-Elect, Secretary, Metro East Director and At-Large Director. Fill out the candidate interest form and let us know you are here to help!

ODHA’s Historical Question for October:

What year was Lynn Ironside President of ODHA? 

Some thought this was a trick question…and maybe it was, although unintentional.  This is because Lynn Ironside was President two different times, first in 1980-1981 and then again ten years later in 1990-1991.  I received submissions from Sandra Busch and Hildie Oliver. 

Congratulations Sandra Busch, you have a free non-required CE registration for one of the Professional Development Committee’s Zoom CE opportunities.  Reach out to Emily at: [email protected] before registering for a future CE.

November historical question:

In what year was the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association established?

Do you want a chance to win a free non-required CE?  Send me an email with your answer to: [email protected] Include the November history question in the subject line.

Laura Vanderwerf, BSDH, RDH
#Dream
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Lane Community College breaks ground for new Health Professions Building

EUGENE, Ore. -- Contractors with the Lane Community College have begun work on a new building the college says will provide a space for health professions education.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on the main campus of LCC in the morning of October 12. LCC says the Health Professions Building will house the LCC Dental Clinic, academic and administrative offices for health professions, and a classroom with more than 100 seats. The college also says the building will be the new home for dental and emergency medical programs.

“This is an exciting day for Lane Community College,” said LCC President Stephanie Bulger. “Thanks to state funding and the voter-approved 2020 Bond Measure, the college was able to make this plan a reality. This new facility will contain some of our most high-demand programs. Students who successfully complete these challenging fields of study are well-equipped for rewarding careers in a variety of health-related positions.”

The new Health Professions Building is planned to be almost 35,000 square feet and three stories tall. LCC says the site will include a bridge and plazas to connect Bristow Square with the athletic fields, additions that the college says will help foster community and connection. The project is scheduled to be finished in spring of 2024.


See you at ODHA’s 70th Celebration

With up to 14 credit hours on up to date clinical approaches for clinicians at every stage of their career along with a Friday afternoon & Saturday Educator’s CE track, this year’s be Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference is sure to be a memorable one as we all come together to celebrate 70 years of ODHA!

The members of the Professional Development Committee have worked endlessly and are excited to announce this year's conference events and speaker line up for November 11 & 12 at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville, Oregon.

For the first time in several years, the conference will be featuring a sponsored Hands-On Course by Dentsply Sirona called BioFilm Beware: Looking to get more out of Ultrasonics Scaling? presented by Tiffany Neufeldt and Monica Emmons on Friday morning. This is your chance to get your hands on the digital Cavitron 300 units and Inserts. The class will focus on how to create the most efficient, effective and ergonomic Preventive and Periodontal care. Seating is limited and additional registration of $20 is required to secure your seat.

Other Friday presenters include our Keynote Speaker Amber Lavatos, Marti Santizo, sponsored by Colgate, sharing about the science behind tooth whitening and dry mouth relief products. Katie Bell will be reviewing Periodontal Staging and Grading. Nateala Scuvy for Cultural Competency. Liz Couch will be presenting the most up to date research in Tobacco Cessation..

On Saturday, we will have Tina Clarke, sponsored by Cetalyte, present an Update in Local Anesthetic & Techniques. Kyle Isaacs on trauma informed care and SDF. Martha McComas will be presenting about alternatives to fluoride in the remineralization process. Brian Wilkinson being mindful of ergonomics. Dr. Maryam Motlaugh with a review on TMD treatments and role of myofunctional therapy.

Our Educator’s track CE speakers include Liz Couch, Darlene Swigart, Illya Babiy, Brian Wilkinson, and Martha McComas.

This conference theme will carry over during the Presidents’ Reception on Friday evening. This reception will be the official celebration and will feature a museum-like display and timeline of ODHA history, including presidents of the past all the way back to 1952. You may even have a chance to meet some past presidents as well. This event is open to all conference participants and will not cost anything extra, but you will need to RSVP on your registration for the conference.

There will also be ample time to visit with our sponsors and featured venders during our Sponsorship Appreciation Lunch on Friday and various other break periods throughout the conference. Chance to win prizes when playing BINGO. We will also be having Student Scholarship and ODHA Membership Awards presented during the lunch break on Saturday.

This year we hope to bring back the Student Poster Presentations. If you know of a student who likes to share or present their Cap Stone or Community Service project with members, then make sure to apply on our website under conference info or email us at [email protected] Your application will then be passed to the professional Development Committee where it will be approved for presentation at the conference.

Early Registration Discounts are now available. Check out our website for Conference Full Schedule of Events and click “Register Here” today. We all look forward to seeing you all during this two day celebration!

For more information and to register for the conference,  Click Here.

Written by: Jamie Christianson, Chair Professional Development Committee

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ODHA Call for Nominations

ODHA is seeking a few members wanting to make a difference! If you are looking for a way to share your unique skill set and support not only your professional organization but your peers, consider joining our leadership team. The following positions are open:

2022-2023 Open ODHA Board Positions:

  • President-Elect – 1 position available: 1-year term; succeeds to the office of President
  • Secretary – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Metro East Component Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • At-Large Director – 1 position available; 2-year term

You can also get involved at the National level with ADHA. Oregon holds a total of six positions in the ADHA Delegation.

ADHA Delegate - 2 positions available; 2-year term - Voting position (must have been a delegate or alternate delegate to qualify for this position)

ADHA Alternate Delegate - 3 positions available, 1-year term - Voting position when a Delegate is not available.

Learn more about ADHA House of Delegates. 

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Component News

Northwest

Happy November!!

October has been a bit of the "calm before the storm" for the NW Component as we all get ready and excited for the November conference! We were able to meet up at the Saint Helens Waterfront with our President, Laura which was a blast! Also, the hunt for mushrooms is coming up this weekend (as I write this update) and we will keep you posted on that, doing the mushroom dance for chanterelles !!! 

We are still working on some exciting things in the pipeline for RDH's who wish to mentor AND volunteer (at the same time!) but won't have details until we have some kinks worked out! 

Happy Fall Y'all! Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

Heidi Klobes, North West Component Director, Laura Vanderwerf, ODHA President (with granddaughter, Aribelle Broyles), Beth Kreinheder.


Southwest

We currently have 69 ADHA Members spread throughout our 9 counties.

Our component’s October in-person and virtual Meet-n-Greets have come and gone. ODHA president, Laura Vanderwerf, drove all the way down from Northern Oregon to visit us at McMenamins North Bank in Eugene, Oregon on October 14. We enjoyed her company. A couple of members along with Laura and I caught up on their concerns and brainstormed on a few things for ODHA Southwest Component to work on this upcoming year. Unfortunately, our virtual meeting on the 21st was less successful with 2 RSVP, but no one attended the event.

A few highlights from our in-person meeting were to bring the idea of a “Hybrid CE Class” to our big cities throughout our large component. It was recommended that we start with a Cultural Competency CE class at one of Lane Community College’s smart rooms in Eugene. Thanks to Michelle Cummins, interim Director of Lane Community College’s Dental Hygiene program, who brought up the smart room availability for CE classes. The initial thought is for our component to “Host the Speaker”, who would either be by webinar or live, then those members who can make it in person wouldn’t be charged any additional fee, while any other member and non-members can access the presentation virtually for a small fee. Then, the next required CE, say Medical Emergencies would be hosted in a different town the following month, say in Grants Pass at Rogue Community College (pending if they have a smart room to access or not) or move to another component like Metro East and ask if Portland Community College may have a similar offering. This way members have a chance to meet all together for a CE, but it doesn’t leave out those members that may not be able to commute to the location of the class. I plan to present this to the ODHA’s Professional Development Committee to improve ODHA’s offerings of Required CE series for 2023. As your Director, I am happy to bring this to the Professional Development Committee to seek more input from other Component Directors.

We also discussed ways for ODHA to connect better with students in the Lane Community College dental hygiene programs for first- and second-year students. It was recommended that we develop a “Welcome to the Profession” event for second year students in March 2023 to include helpful hints in portfolio building and sharpening your interviewing techniques. Perhaps even have a panel of Hygienists working in different environments. These ideas are great, but we realized that we need help from our fellow members to make these into realities as well. Also, an introduction to “What is a Professional Association? ADHA to be exact.” This was suggested to be given to First- & Second-year students at the first-year student’s second orientation in the September before school starts.

One thing that is a concern, but couldn’t be solved at this time, was pricing for students to attend the conference. Why is ODHA charging students to attend the annual conference? It turns out the venue space and cost of food has increased greatly. The Board has been put in charge to be fiscally responsible for Association matters, which as this time has created a charge for the students to attend the conference the last few years. Some schools have covered their students' entry fee to attend, which helps, but location for the LCC students is still too far and pricey once you add in cost of gas and possible hotel night stay. So the question remains, if we were to not charge the students, then would professional members mind paying more to pick up the student’s tab for attending the event? Perhaps this is a poll question ODHA should put out on our media or survey to see how members would react to this idea. Or would our component members be interested in a crowd fundraiser to help LCC students to attend the conference? I love to hear your thoughts on this. As always feel free to email me at [email protected] for ideas, resources that could be utilized by ODHA, or concerns you may have. I do realize that while students are our future professionals, we still have responsibility to current professional members as well.

Finally, another suggestion was to “not make all events seem like recruiting events.” This is a challenging one for me, as one of only two leaders in our component. Because while I rather just be all about getting together and having fun and building our community of dental hygienists. I still need input from members to help make sure we stay on track to what our local needs are. I have heard that our component is now too big and its impossible. Well, I hear you. Believe me I do, but let's stay positive and work together in finding ways we can make things happen.

One idea, there is an opening for a Director-at-Large position (2 positions). This Director position on the Board helps on various projects for ODHA. So, if you have a passion in a particular area, then this would be a great position to help get your idea(s) up and going. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a hygienist in the Roseburg or further Southern Oregon area that would apply for this position in 2023. Local connections can help create local meetings for social and community events. Perhaps even help host a local required CE event in your area! Here I go again, but I need you. I can’t do this alone.

I guess that is all for now. If you read through all that, then I hope to hear from you soon. I hope to see more of my fellow SW Component members at the Reunite Renew Component Breakfast on Saturday, November 12th at 7 AM. Happy Fall!

Respectfully Submitted by: Jamie Christianson, ODHA-Southwest Director


Committee News

Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee is excited to see everyone at the conference. It's hard to believe that it's less than 2 weeks away.  We don't want you to miss out on this great CE and social events as we all celebrate 70 years of ODHA!"
and   "Wake up together with hygienists in your component during Saturday morning's Reunite Renew Breakfast at the Conference to help plan and make 2023 a year to remember!"

Professional Development Meeting Dates:  
November 1 at 7 PM via Zoom
November 8 at 7 PM via Zoom
November 15 at 7 PM via Zoom

Remember: 
Anyone can join a committee! Please email [email protected] if interested in attending Professional Development Committee


 Advocacy

Who Regulates Dental Hygiene in Oregon?

Dental hygiene practice in Oregon is regulated by both the Oregon State Legislature and the Oregon Board of Dentistry.

The Oregon State Legislature adopts & amends laws including the laws that regulate dentistry in Oregon. Oregon laws & their provisions are designated by the initials ORS which stands for Oregon Revised Statutes. The Oregon dental laws that address dental hygiene can be found in ORS 680.010 through ORS 680.205 & ORS 680.990. The Oregon laws that address the expanded practice permit can be found in ORS 680.200 & ORS 680.205. Please note that there are more dental laws & other state laws that address dental hygiene indirectly. 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry interprets and enforces the Oregon dental laws. The Oregon Board of Dentistry adopts & amends administrative rules to further interpret the Oregon dental laws. Administrative rules can restrict or expand the scope of practice, but they cannot conflict with the law. Oregon administrative rules are designated by the initials OAR which stands for Oregon Administrative Rules. The portion of the Oregon Administrative Rules that addresses dental hygiene can be found in OAR 818-035-0010 through OAR 818-035-0100. The portion of the Oregon Administrative Rules that addresses the expanded practice permit can be found in OAR 818-035-0065. Please note that there are other portions of the Oregon Administrative Rules that address dental hygiene indirectly. 

For more information, click on Regulation of Dental Hygiene in Oregon or contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley


Oregon Board of Dentistry News

Board Meeting – December 2022

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) will meet on Friday, December 16 at the OBD office located at 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 770, Portland, OR  97201 The agenda for this meeting will include a Zoom link for participants who would like to attend virtually. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the OBD meeting.

The agenda and public packet for this OBD meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the OBD website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 500 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them.

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future OBD meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley for more information.


Why Should You Vote?

Because your vote matters! The next General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. During this election, you will have an opportunity to vote for your State Governor, U.S. Representative, State Senator & State Representative, other state & local positions, & ballot initiatives.

All elections in Oregon are conducted by mail. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters approximately two weeks before the election. You can return your ballot by mail, take it to your local election office, or drop it in one of the many drop boxes throughout the state.  Your ballot must be received or postmarked by 8:00 PM on November 8.  If you have questions about voting in Oregon you can call 1-866-673-8683 or call your county election office.

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Membership Spotlight

Do you know an outstanding ODHA member, perhaps it’s you?  We would love to spotlight an ODHA member each month in the newsletter, email us the contact information and we will do the rest! Please email

Please email Laura Vanderwerf at [email protected] and put "Member Spotlight" in the subject line.

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!
Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Dental Hygienists’ Annual Conference
November 11 – 12, 2022
Holiday Inn
Wilsonville

ODHA Year in Review
December 8, 2022

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Membership Information 

ODHA Membership Includes

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 

October 2022

President's Message

I’m sure you have noticed the temperatures have been falling and we no longer have the heat waves plaguing us.  The kids are back in school, and the days are getting shorter. Soon the leaves will fall, and summer will be behind us. 

This also means the dental hygiene programs are busy with students working toward joining our profession and dreaming of graduation day.  I was privileged to attend Portland Community College’s awards ceremony, where the class of 2022’s enthusiasm for completing their requirements, graduating, and then coming together to celebrate could be felt by everyone, including this bystander.  

Portland Community College, Dental Hygiene class of ‘22

Have you checked out ODHA’s annual Dental Hygiene Conference?  There is an awesome speaker lineup…Amber Lovatos will open the conference as the Keynote speaker, we have a hands-on ultrasonic workshop to help us fine tune our skills, then there is pharmacology class, another on trauma informed care and even one on local anesthetic options.  We also have an educator’s track featuring a class tobacco cessation, facilitating student critical thinking, and refueling the teacher tank.  Personally, I’m looking forward to hearing more about ADHA’s efforts on license portability!  Make sure you check out the complete list of courses on our website, Early registration ends October 7th.

Finally, we still have several openings for the 2022-2023 ODHA board.  Now is the time to get involved…share your talents and experience while helping continue ODHA’s strategic plan to advocate for the dental hygiene profession, promote professional development and leadership, and provide support and networking opportunities.   My “Dream” is to present a full slate to the ODHA Board of Directors at our quarterly board meeting on October 16th. You can help fulfill this dream, by filling out a leadership candidate interest form here.

ODHA’s Historical question for September:

What year did Lois Whitford graduate from Dental Hygiene?

Answer: She graduated in 1957 from the University of Oregon Dental Hygiene School (You can find out more about Lois Whitford here)

I only received one submission for September’s question, congratulations to Ilya Babiy!  You have won a free non-required CE registration for one of the Professional Development Committee’s Zoom CE opportunities.  Reach out to Emily at: [email protected] before registering for a future CE.

Do you want a chance to win a free non-required CE?  Send me an email with your answer to: [email protected] Include October history question in the subject line.

October’s ODHA historical question: 

What year was Lynn Ironside President of ODHA?                                        

Laura Vanderwerf, BSDH, RDH
#Dream
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association


See you at ODHA’s 70th Celebration

With up to 14 credit hours on up to date clinical approaches for clinicians at every stage of their career along with a Friday afternoon & Saturday Educator’s CE track, this year’s be Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference is sure to be a memorable one as we all come together to celebrate 70 years of ODHA!

The members of the Professional Development Committee have worked endlessly and are excited to announce this year's conference events and speaker line up for November 11 & 12 at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville, Oregon.

For the first time in several years, the conference will be featuring a sponsored Hands-On Course by Dentsply Sirona called BioFilm Beware: Looking to get more out of Ultrasonics Scaling? presented by Tiffany Neufeldt and Monica Emmons on Friday morning. This is your chance to get your hands on the digital Cavitron 300 units and Inserts. The class will focus on how to create the most efficient, effective and ergonomic Preventive and Periodontal care. Seating is limited and additional registration of $20 is required to secure your seat.

Other Friday presenters include our Keynote Speaker Amber Lavatos, Marti Santizo, sponsored by Colgate, sharing about the science behind tooth whitening and dry mouth relief products. Katie Bell will be reviewing Periodontal Staging and Grading. Nateala Scuvy for Cultural Competency. Liz Couch will be presenting the most up to date research in Tobacco Cessation..

On Saturday, we will have Tina Clarke, sponsored by Cetalyte, present an Update in Local Anesthetic & Techniques. Kyle Isaacs on trauma informed care and SDF. Martha McComas will be presenting about alternatives to fluoride in the remineralization process. Brian Wilkinson being mindful of ergonomics. Dr. Maryam Motlaugh with a review on TMD treatments and role of myofunctional therapy.

Our Educator’s track CE speakers include Liz Couch, Darlene Swigart, Illya Babiy, Brian Wilkinson, and Martha McComas.

This conference theme will carry over during the Presidents’ Reception on Friday evening. This reception will be the official celebration and will feature a museum-like display and timeline of ODHA history, including presidents of the past all the way back to 1952. You may even have a chance to meet some past presidents as well. This event is open to all conference participants and will not cost anything extra, but you will need to RSVP on your registration for the conference.

There will also be ample time to visit with our sponsors and featured venders during our Sponsorship Appreciation Lunch on Friday and various other break periods throughout the conference. Chance to win prizes when playing BINGO. We will also be having Student Scholarship and ODHA Membership Awards presented during the lunch break on Saturday.

This year we hope to bring back the Student Poster Presentations. If you know of a student who likes to share or present their Cap Stone or Community Service project with members, then make sure to apply on our website under conference info or email us at [email protected] Your application will then be passed to the professional Development Committee where it will be approved for presentation at the conference.

Early Registration Discounts are now available. Check out our website for Conference Full Schedule of Events and click “Register Here” today. We all look forward to seeing you all during this two day celebration!

For more information and to register for the conference,  Click Here.

Written by: Jamie Christianson, Chair Professional Development Committee

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ODHA Call for Nominations

ODHA is seeking a few members wanting to make a difference! If you are looking for a way to share your unique skill set and support not only your professional organization but your peers, consider joining our leadership team. The following positions are open:

2022-2023 Open ODHA Board Positions:

  • President Elect – 1 position available: 1-year term; succeeds to office of President
  • Vice President – 1 position available; 1-year term
  • Secretary – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Metro East Component Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • High Desert Component Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • At-Large Director – 2 positions available; 2-year term
  • Student Relations Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Advocacy Director – 1 position available; 2-year term

You can also get involved at the National level with ADHA. Oregon holds a total of six positions in the ADHA Delegation.

ADHA Delegate - 2 positions available; 2-year term - Voting position (must have been a delegate or alternate delegate to qualify for this position)

ADHA Alternate Delegate - 3 positions available, 1-year term - Voting position when a Delegate is not available.

Learn more about ADHA House of Delegates. 

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Director-At-Large—Why I Enjoy This ODHA Board Position

Hello,

This is the time of year when the ODHA’s current leadership terms expire and there is need for volunteers to step-up to fill these positions. Please consider becoming involved in the ODHA.

I am one of two ODHA “At-Large” Directors, and I want to share with you why I enjoy this Board position. Being an At-Large Director is flexible, fun, and very rewarding. It is a good position from which to learn about other Board leadership positions and the various ODHA Committees. When I first joined the Board, I was concerned I would be ‘too busy’ to enjoy taking on this additional responsibility. However, over the years I’ve realized that most Board members are busy parents working full-time as clinical practitioners, and some are dental hygiene educators (as well as parents of young children!) also working part-time in private practice. Somehow, they find time and energy to serve as leaders in our State and Regional Component Level organizations, which benefits all Oregon RDHs.  

As Director-At-Large, I’ve been a member of various ODHA Committees, such as the Bylaws, Policies & Procedures Review Committee, and Membership, Leadership Development, and Professional Development Committees. Involvement in each Committee has been interesting and very educational. I have been inspired by all who I’ve had the pleasure to meet and learn from through my involvement as a Board member.

Two At-Large Directors are elected during the ODHA’s Annual Meeting for a 2 yr. Term. Responsibilities include:

  • Duties expected of all ODHA Board of Director members
  • Assisting Regional Component Leadership as needed
  • Assisting with planning the Annual Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference
  • Active member on at least one ODHA committee and ad-hoc Committees as needed 

If you have thought about becoming involved in the ODHA but haven’t felt ready to take that first step, the At-Large Director position would be a great starting point. Or you might prefer volunteering in a different role on the ODHA Board of Directors! By doing so you will meet amazing RDHs, and you will greatly expand your professional horizons. And you will be a catalyst for change that will make the ODHA even more impactful!

I encourage you to fill out the online Leadership Candidate Application form found on ODHA’s website at www.odha.org. I’m so glad I did, and I think you will be too.

Sincerely,
Sandi Miles, RDH, MSDH


Call for 2022 ODHA Award Nominations 

The Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association has an annual awards program that recognizes ODHA members & community partners who have demonstrated exemplary service, dedication & contributions to the dental hygiene profession in Oregon.

The Lynn Ironside Access to Care Award recognizes an ODHA member who has made a significant contribution to increasing access to dental care for underserved patients. This award was established by ODHA in 2016 to honor Lynn Ironside for her many years of work to increase access to care for underserved patients & to advance the dental hygiene profession. Lynn’s advocacy work with ODHA led to Oregon becoming one of the first states to create an opportunity for dental hygienists to practice without the supervision of a dentist so that they could increase access to dental care for underserved patients. 

The Lois Whitford Outstanding Dental Hygienist Award recognizes an ODHA member who has made exceptional contributions to dental hygiene on the local, state, & national levels for an extended period of time, & who is known widely for their achievements & service. It is a prestigious award, which is presented only as warranted by the accomplishments of an Oregon dental hygienist. 

The Outstanding Partner Award recognizes a community partner (agency, association, coalition, corporation, legislator, volunteer, etc.) who has worked in collaboration with the ODHA to advance the dental hygiene profession. Community partners are essential to achieving ODHA’s mission to provide advocacy, professional development & networking opportunities for dental hygienists & the dental hygiene profession. 

For more information or to submit a nomination for any of these awards, click on https://www.odha.org/rdh-and-industry-awardsAwards nominations are due by October 15, 2022 and will be presented at the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) to be held November 11 & 12, 2022.

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Component News

North West

Hello fellow RDH’s!

I’ve been busy working on creating an Amazing component leadership team between myself and the new Chair and Secretary. Please see their bios below. Both are very near and dear to me personally. Diane was part of my 2002 cohort from Portland Community College and we have been friends ever since. She always surprises me with her insight and ideas, and she is such positive support for all of her colleagues.

Beth was one of my first students as an instructor at PCC and is such a capable, concerned, flexible, and overall fantastic person and (now!) hygienist! It was so great to see her and all the other amazing students in her cohort celebrate this last weekend. Beth was awarded the leadership award from our amazing ODHA president Laura Vanderwerf. It was bittersweet for all of us, but I am SO excited, and we are all so extremely lucky to have her as Chair of this component. She brings a fresh perspective and a true passion to our field and for giving back. 

Future and Current leadership AKA Beth & Laura


 

Beth Kreinheder, Chair of the NW Component

Hi! My name is Beth Kreinheder, and I am a newly graduated dental hygienist from Portland Community College. While in school I had the opportunity to be president of the ADHA Student Chapter at PCC which has led me here, to Chair. Outside of dental hygiene, I love to spend time with my dog, Buddy, and in any body of water so you could guess I am a lover of warm weather. I enjoy exercising in nature or at Orangetheory, just as long as my heart is hard at work.! I am a music and concert enthusiast; I have seen my favorite band, Dead & Company, over 70 times! I am passionate about public health and hope to make our services accessible at a low cost to underserved populations. I look forward to meeting you all! 


Diane Victora, Secretary of the NW Component

Bienvenidos! My name is Diane Victoria. I graduated from the hygiene program at Portland Community College in 2002. Wow! That went by fast. I have in that time and enjoyed the challenges of finding better ways to communicate with patients and help them achieve overall better health. I had the great pleasure of attending the annual ADHA conference and was inspired to get involved with my local ODHA component.

A few years back I returned to school and took some courses in grape growing and winemaking, and I have been very involved in Oregon Wine since then. I learned so much working in wine that transferred well into patient care. Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing ideas.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mahatma Gandhi 

We are so excited to see everyone at the meet and greet on October 15th at the Saint Helens waterfront at 12:30. I will have a sign that has the ODHA logo on it and I’m hoping to find a spot near the kids play area down by the water. Bring a picnic and feel free to dress up as “Halloweentown” will be in full swing! No need to RSVP, just show up. I will send a reminder closer to the date with any necessary updates. 

Also, this month, we will be enjoying some fresh air and time together in the great NW outdoors on our “guided” chanterelle hunt with my amazing colleague Elina, please see the NW component website to RSVP if you want to attend–anyone who is an ODHA member is welcome!

I look forward to seeing you all at the next component leadership meeting (online) on October 22nd at 10 am (google meet link will appear on ODHA website closer to the meeting date. Only component members will receive an email reminder, but anyone is welcome to join!).


South West

Hello Fellow Members,

I know you're out there. Getting together can be hard, especially when Southwest Component covers such a wide range of Oregon hygienists. But we must start somewhere. The first in person meeting this Fall is planned for Friday, October 14 at McMenamins - North Bank in Eugene, Oregon from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Appetizers will be provided, but dinner and drinks will be on your own.

We will also have a special guest with us that day. She is our very own ODHA president Laura Vanderwerf. She has been the president of our great Association for the past 2 years. She will be passing the baton on to Tracy Brunkhorst at our annual conference in November. She has been a great mentor and support to me as well, as I have dived in feet first as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee and SW Director two years ago. She has lots to share with fellow hygienists. Please go to www.ODHA.org  under events to RSVP your seat by October 12th.  I really hope that members make this date.

For those that can’t make it in person, don’t worry because there is an Online Meet-n-Greet & Planning meeting set up for Friday, October 21 from 6 PM to 7 PM that I would encourage everyone who reads this memo to join. If nothing else, just to say “Hi” and let me know that you’re still out there. I have tried this before, but no one logged in and hence why it’s been so quiet on a more local level with ODHA activities, because there has been no one else beside me to plan any events outside the state CE/events. So, please help make this time different.

Another opportunity to get together in-person is at the Reunite Renew Component Breakfast on Saturday, November 12 at 7 AM at the Holiday Inn, in Wilsonville. This special event is included as part of the conference. So please RSVP for it on your conference registration. It’s a time for the members and non-members to meet other hygienists/students of their component to discuss activities they like for 2023.  I will be there, and I hope you can join us. The whole conference is going to be a great time as we all celebrate 70 years of ODHA together!

I am also looking for a Southwest Chair for 2023 and someone who may want to mentor me in my director position this coming year. Hopefully it’s someone that I can nominate for this position in 2024 -2026.  We technically went without a Chair last year, as I was in the first year of the Director position. I sent out asks earlier this year for a Chair, but no one stepped up.  So, I am asking again, and I really need a team of members to help make the South West Component active again. These special members would team together with me to help plan and organize activities for our component. If interested, please email me directly at [email protected]  

I really am looking forward to getting to know you all more soon.

Sincerely, 
Jamie Christianson, RDH


High Desert

 The High Desert Component needs a new Director!  This person would start in November.  They would be on the ODHA Board of Directors and would be responsible for the High Desert Email, setting up CE Courses in Central Oregon, and other fun activities.  You can apply on the ODHA website or contact me if you have any questions at [email protected].

The next quarterly High Desert Component Officer meeting is to be held on Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Everyone is welcome to attend via Zoom. For more information contact [email protected].
 
Submitted by:
Juanita Simpson
Director, High Desert Component

Committee News

Professional Development
Professional Development Meetings
Tuesday, October 11 - Meeting online from 7-8 PM
Tuesday, October 25 - Meeting online from 7-8 PM

Welcoming New and Current Members to Join the PDC
Any ADHA/ODHA member may join us on the meetings. If interested and would like a link to the meeting, contact [email protected] with your name and stating the meeting date(s) that you’re interested. This past year, the committee has focused on our online required CE series, annual conference planning, increasing sponsorships, and marketing for our continuing education events. With our full two day in person annual conference registration now open, we are starting to plan for 2023!

Because You Rock!
Members can help support ODHA through sharing the conference details to your non-member hygienists and dentists. You can even download this flyer to share with your office and colleagues.  Let them know that our conference agenda has a wide range of CE topics this year. Topics like Pharmacology, Local Anesthetic Update, Cultural Competency, Caries Classification with Latest Remineralization Options, and Smoking Cessation. Your doctor may also want to join you too and see what the hype of being an Oregon Dental Hygienist is all about!  It’s a great way to show off our profession as we all celebrate 70 years of the Oregon Dental Hygienists Association.

ODHC’22 Early Bird Registration Open through October 7th 
Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference ‘22 on November 11 & 12 at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville, Oregon. Can only come one day? Check out our one-day registrations. Have 6 or more colleagues interested in coming? We have group rates as well. Remember, ADHA/ODHA members also receive the best rates! Any question around the conference, check out conference details at www.odha.org and/or write [email protected]

Professional Poster Presentation at ODHC ’22
Have an oral health program or research that you love to share with your colleagues? Why not share it at ODHC’22? Space is limited. Please apply for your chance to present at the conference. Applications for the Professional Poster Presentations are now available on ODHA’s website under “2022 Annual Conference” tab. Submissions are due by October 31. The Professional Development Committee Chair will let you if you are accepted by Wednesday, November 2. The time slated for professionals and students to share special projects in preventative oral health will be on Saturday afternoon.

Advocacy

Dental Hygiene License Portability

Dental hygienists (& dentists) face significant barriers that make it difficult for them to move from one state to another. License portability is the ability to take your qualifications for licensure in one state & apply them for licensure in another state. Other health care professions have developed interstate compacts that allow them to have licensure privileges in multiple states.

Draft legislation that would create an interstate compact for dentists & dental hygienists has been developed by the Council on State Governments. At least ten states must adopt this legislation in order for it to go into effect. Come to the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference to learn more about this draft legislation, next steps in this process & how you can advocate for dental hygiene license portability.


Oregon Board of Dentistry News

Board Meeting – October 2022

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, October 21 at the Board office located at 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 770, Portland, OR  97201 The agenda for this meeting will include a Zoom link for participants who would like to attend virtually. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting.

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 500 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them.

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. The next Oregon Board of Dentistry meeting this year will be held on December 16.


Register to Vote by October 18

The next General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. During this election you will have an opportunity to vote for your State Governor, U.S. Representative, State Senator & State Representative, other state & local positions, & ballot initiatives.

You must be registered by Tuesday, October 18, 2022 in order to vote in this election.  You can register to vote online at www.oregonvotes.gov/register.

All elections in Oregon are conducted by mail. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters approximately two weeks before the election. You can return your ballot by mail, take it to your local election office, or drop it in one of the many drop boxes throughout the state.  Your ballot must be received or postmarked by 8:00 PM on November 8.  If you have questions about voting in Oregon you can call 1-866-673-8683 or call your county election office.


ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Membership Spotlight

Do you know an outstanding ODHA member, perhaps it’s you?  We would love to spotlight an ODHA member each month in the newsletter, email us the contact information and we will do the rest! Please email

Please email Laura Vanderwerf at [email protected] and put "Member Spotlight" in the subject line.

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!
Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Student Leadership Workshop CANCELLED
October 8, 2022

NW Component: Chanterelle Hunt
October 8, 2022 RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER - October 29, 2022

Southwest Component: Dinner Social
October 14, 2022

Meet and Greet with ODHA President and NW Component Leadership Picnic at Saint Helens Waterfront
October 15, 2022 

ODHA Dental Hygienists’ Annual Conference
November 11 – 12, 2022
Holiday Inn
Wilsonville

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Membership Information 

ODHA Membership Includes

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 

September 2022

President's Message

Are you ready….no, not for some football but for Fall, the return to school, and of course our annual Fall Conference. I was checking out the speakers and CE lineup this evening, and let me tell you, I am so excited for this year’s event! Make sure you check out the courses, the speakers, the special events. And speaking of special events, please consider attending the President’s reception on Friday, November 11th. We will have a slide show of the previous ODHA presidents and a timeline of the advances in our scope of practice. I am also hoping many of those previous presidents will be in attendance.

 Our nominating committee is still looking to fill our open 2022-2023 board positions. If you have always wanted to find a way to share your skills, knowledge, time, and talents with your association, please go to our website and fill out the candidate interest form. You can find it here. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me, I am always available to help with where you may fit best. My “DREAM” is to get a full slate of qualified candidates to the membership for voting in October. You can reach me at: [email protected]

Our Leadership committee has had to postpone the leadership workshops. The member leadership workshop will be October 8th, 2022 (instead of September), and the student leadership workshop will be in January 2023 so that we do not interfere with their start of school. To sign up for the member leadership workshop, watch for registration here.

Thank you to our Professional Development committee led by chair Jamie Christiansen, for your very hard and successful work on our Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference. This year’s conference promises to be a valuable resource for our members to acquire both required and non-required CE’s. If you see any of our committee members, make sure you thank them for their hard work…better yet, show your support by registering and attending the conference. Your attendance will show them what a great job they did! Registration is open!

Finally, I only received two entries to last month’s ODHA historical question:

What year could dental hygienists prescribe fluoride and non-systemic antimicrobial rinses?

Answer: 2005 and in 2015 prescriptive authority was removed and then restored.

Congratulations Carmen Mons, you have just won a free non-required ODHA online CE. When you are ready to redeem, please reach out and we will get you’re a redemption code.

I hope to get several answers to September’s history question. You could win a free non-required CE registration for one of the Professional Development Committee’s Zoom CE opportunities. Send me you email with the answer to: [email protected] Include September history question in the subject line.

September Question:

What year did Lois Whitford graduate from Dental Hygiene?

Laura Vanderwerf, BSDH, RDH
#Dream
President

Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Show your Support for ODHA: Register today for September CE

Registration Now Open for September CE Courses. A friendly reminder that our registration fees go directly back into supporting our Association. We do this so that leadership can continue to bring Oregon Hygienists quality continuing education opportunities.

September 14, 2022: Weight Bias in Healthcare, ODHA in collaboration with American Physical Therapy Association, Online Class 6-8PM.

September 15, 2022: Features our very own member Juanita Simpson, presenting Infection Control Review and What’s New! Online Class 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Next Step for Members is to Join a Committee

Looking for members who like to brainstorm, plan, and connect through in person and online events! The Professional Development Committee invites you to join us at any of our regular meetings. If you would like a link to the meetings, which are online from 7- 8 PM, then please email our Chair, Jamie Christianson, at [email protected]

Professional Development Committee Meeting Schedule for 2022
Tuesdays, September 20 & 27
Tuesdays, October 11 & 25
Tuesdays, November 1, 8, & 15

See you at ODHA’s 70th Celebration

 With up to 14 credit hours on up to date clinical approaches for clinicians at every stage of their career along with a Friday afternoon & Saturday Educator’s CE track, this year’s be Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference Conference is sure to be a memorable one as we all come together to celebrate 70 years of ODHA!

The members of the Professional Development Committee have worked endlessly and are excited to announce this year's conference events and speaker line up for November 11 & 12 at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville, Oregon.

For the first time in several years, the conference will be featuring a sponsored Hands-On Course by Dentsply Sirona called BioFilm Beware: Looking to get more out of Ultrasonics Scaling? presented by Tiffany Neufeldt and Monica Emmons on Friday morning. This is your chance to get your hands on the digital Cavitron 300 units and Inserts. The class will focus on how to create the most efficient, effective and ergonomic Preventive and Periodontal care. Seating is limited and additional registration of $20 is required to secure your seat.

Other Friday presenters include our Keynote Speaker Amber Lavatos, Marti Santizo, sponsored by Colgate, sharing about the science behind tooth whitening and dry mouth relief products. Katie Bell will be reviewing Periodontal Staging and Grading. Nateala Scuvy for Cultural Competency. Liz Couch will be presenting the most up to date research in Tobacco Cessation..

On Saturday, we will have Tina Clarke, sponsored by Cetalyte, present an Update in Local Anesthetic & Techniques. Kyle Isaacs on trauma informed care and SDF. Martha McComas will be presenting about alternatives to fluoride in the remineralization process. Brian Wilkinsonon being mindful of ergonomics. Dr. Maryam Motlaugh with a review on TMD treatments and role of myofunctional therapy.

Our Educator’s track CE speakers include Liz Couch, Darlene Swigart, Illya Babiy, Brian Wilkinson, and Martha McComas.

This conference theme will carry over during the Presidents’ Reception on Friday evening. This reception will be the official celebration and will feature a museum-like display and timeline of ODHA history, including presidents of the past all the way back to 1952. You may even have a chance to meet some past presidents as well. This event is open to all conference participants and will not cost anything extra, but you will need to RSVP on your registration for the conference.

There will also be ample time to visit with our sponsors and featured venders during our Sponsorship Appreciation Lunch on Friday and various other break periods throughout the conference. Chance to win prizes when playing BINGO. We will also be having Student Scholarship and ODHA Membership Awards presented during the lunch break on Saturday.

This year we hope to bring back the Student Poster Presentations. If you know of a student who likes to share or present their Cap Stone or Community Service project with members, then make sure to apply on our website under conference info or email us at [email protected] Your application will then be passed to the professional Development Committee where it will be approved for presentation at the conference.

Early Registration Discounts are now available. Check out our website for Conference Full Schedule of Events and click “Register Here” today. We all look forward to seeing you all during this two day celebration!

For more information and to register for the conference,  Click Here.

Written by: Jamie Christianson, Chair Professional Development Committee

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Committee News

Professional Development Committee

Show your Support for ODHA: Register today for September CE

Registration Now Open for September CE Courses. A friendly reminder that our registration fees go directly back into supporting our Association. We do this so that leadership can continue to bring Oregon Hygienists quality continuing education opportunities.

September 14, 2022: Weight Bias in Healthcare, ODHA in collaboration with American Physical Therapy Association, Online Class 6-8PM.

September 15, 2022: Features our very own member Juanita Simpson, presenting Infection Control Review and What’s New! Online Class 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Next Step for Members is to Join a Committee

Looking for members who like to brainstorm, plan, and connect through in person and online events! The Professional Development Committee invites you to join us at any of our regular meetings. If you would like a link to the meetings, which are online from 7- 8 PM, then please email our Chair, Jamie Christianson, at [email protected]

Professional Development Committee Meeting Schedule for 2022
Tuesdays, September 20 & 27
Tuesdays, October 11 & 25
Tuesdays, November 1, 8, & 15

See you at ODHA’s 70th Celebration

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ODHA Call for Nominations

ODHA is seeking a few members wanting to make a difference! If you are looking for a way to share your unique skill set and support not only your professional organization but your peers, consider joining our leadership team. The following positions are open:

2022-2023 Open ODHA Board Positions:

  • President Elect – 1 position available: 1-year term; succeeds to office of President
  • Vice President – 1 position available; 1-year term
  • Secretary – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Metro East Component Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • High Desert Component Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • At-Large Director – 2 positions available; 2-year term
  • Student Relations Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Advocacy Director – 1 position available; 2-year term

You can also get involved at the National level with ADHA. Oregon holds a total of six positions in the ADHA Delegation.

ADHA Delegate - 2 positions available; 2-year term - Voting position (must have been a delegate or alternate delegate to qualify for this position)

ADHA Alternate Delegate - 3 positions available, 1-year term - Voting position when a Delegate is not available.

Learn more about ADHA House of Delegates. 

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Call for 2022 ODHA Award Nominations 

The Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association has an annual awards program that recognizes ODHA members & community partners who have demonstrated exemplary service, dedication & contributions to the dental hygiene profession in Oregon.

The Lynn Ironside Access to Care Award recognizes an ODHA member who has made a significant contribution to increasing access to dental care for underserved patients. This award was established by ODHA in 2016 to honor Lynn Ironside for her many years of work to increase access to care for underserved patients & to advance the dental hygiene profession. Lynn’s advocacy work with ODHA led to Oregon becoming one of the first states to create an opportunity for dental hygienists to practice without the supervision of a dentist so that they could increase access to dental care for underserved patients. 

The Lois Whitford Outstanding Dental Hygienist Award recognizes an ODHA member who has made exceptional contributions to dental hygiene on the local, state, & national levels for an extended period of time, & who is known widely for their achievements & service. It is a prestigious award, which is presented only as warranted by the accomplishments of an Oregon dental hygienist. 

The Outstanding Partner Award recognizes a community partner (agency, association, coalition, corporation, legislator, volunteer, etc.) who has worked in collaboration with the ODHA to advance the dental hygiene profession. Community partners are essential to achieving ODHA’s mission to provide advocacy, professional development & networking opportunities for dental hygienists & the dental hygiene profession. 

For more information or to submit a nomination for any of these awards, click on https://www.odha.org/rdh-and-industry-awardsAwards nominations are due by October 15, 2022 and will be presented at the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) to be held November 11 & 12, 2022.

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Component News

North West Component News

North West Component

Fall is quickly approaching, and I’ve gotten my “feet wet” already with the role of NW Component Director! One of my first goals for the component was to find a well-rounded group of leadership with a Chair and Secretary that come from various stages of their careers in our field. Look for those introductions in an email soon sent directly to the NW Component members soon. Next month I will add a small bio to this newsletter for each of them! All of us are passionate and excited about connecting with other RDH’s and helping our community as well as helping lead our profession toward continued growth, privilege and responsibility.

I had the chance to finally go visit Rose Haven Women & Children’s Day Shelter again with my colleague DeAnn Dardis who is a fellow instructor at PCC and teaches Public Health (one of many other classes!). We are in the midst of organizing a way for both students and seasoned hygienists to volunteer in some capacity at the shelter, but more details will be coming as we work out some details.

Here are a couple of pictures of their beautiful new facility for local women and children who need a place to call home during the day. They have a beautiful lounge/kitchen area, computer room, shopping (free), laundry, resources...it’s so wonderful!

  

I recently sent out a survey to the component asking for information on what members want more of from their component. So far, I have about 13 replies (out of over 130) and see a trend toward CE related to our license requirements, opportunities to connect and opportunities to volunteer in a meaningful way. For those of you who have not taken the time to fill out that survey, please do! I will bring this feedback to our board meetings for further consideration!

Additionally, I’ve updated our monthly meetings for this winter and am trying to coordinate a meet and greet with our president before the weather gets too cold and wet!

Have a great September everyone!

Heidi Klobes, RDH, BSDH
North West Component Director

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ADHA DXII Student Delegate Reflection

By: Ruth Paszkeicz

When I applied to be the ADHA District XII student delegate, I had no idea what to expect. What I ended up with was one of the most rewarding experiences of my dental hygiene education thus far. Most of my previous professional experience is in regulatory compliance and I have a lot of respect for the work that goes into developing and maintaining policies and procedures. The time and energy devoted to ADHA by everyone I had the pleasure of meeting during my time as student delegate was incredible. I came out of this experience with a much better understanding of ADHA as an organization and feel much better equipped to support ADHA efforts by continuing to be involved in leadership and educating others on the benefits of being involved at any level.

The HOD was an interesting (but good!) experience. It was exciting to see how the judicial process unfolded and it was clear to me that policy changes need to be made to keep up with the ever changing world around us. It was unbelievable to see the passion that everyone has for the profession and the organization. It seemed as if there was some confusion after the voting student delegate spoke at the end of HOD and I would like to clarify that we were not frustrated with the decisions that were made, as they were made following the appropriate process. As a group, our frustration came from those who didn’t seem fully prepared for the discussions that took place or interpreted proposed policy changes as a personal attack. In my mind, just because a process works or has been done a certain way “forever” doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon and if something new doesn’t work, it should continue to be changed until it does.

I am lucky to be part of a school and district that is very involved in ADHA and was surprised to learn that many schools do not require or even encourage student ADHA membership. It’s sad to know that any dental hygienists will begin their careers not being aware of how much influence ADHA has on shaping the future of their profession. Because of this, it’s important for me to stay as involved as I can to help push forward changes that will benefit dental hygienists nationwide.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

Dental Hygiene License Renewal due September 30, 2022

If you received your initial Oregon dental hygiene license in an odd year, your dental hygiene license will expire on September 30, 2022.

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) has implemented a new online license renewal system that is now open for dental hygienists with a September 30, 2022 expiration date. Click here for detailed instructions on how to complete the license renewal process.

When you have completed the license renewal process, the system will send you a receipt for your payment. It will then submit your renewal for staff review & approval. 

Once approved, you will receive an email letting you know your renewal is complete & when you will be able to log back into the licensing portal to download & print your license. The OBD no longer mails hard copy licenses.

All license renewals must be completed online; no exceptions. Licensees are personally responsible for renewing their own licenses. No one else should complete this process for you. It may take several days for the online renewal process to post your new information, so do not wait until the end of September to renew your license.

If your license expires, you cannot continue to practice. You may be subject to disciplinary action by the Oregon Board of Dentistry if you practice dental hygiene without a current license. A licensed dental hygienist who has worked any number of days without a current license may be issued a Notice of Proposed Disciplinary Action and offered a Consent Order that includes a reprimand and a civil penalty of $1,000 or more.

If you have any questions about renewing your dental hygiene license for Oregon, contact the Oregon Board of Dentistry at [email protected] 


Make Your Email Public When You Renew Your Dental Hygiene License

Anyone may purchase a list of dentists and dental hygienists who are licensed by the Oregon Board of Dentistry. This list includes your name and address, but it only includes your email address if you give permission when you renew your license.

Email is the most effective and least expensive way to communicate with dental hygienists who are licensed in Oregon. If you do not give permission to make your email address public, you may miss out on information that is sent to licensees from third parties who only use email.

When you renew your dental hygiene license this year, ODHA strongly encourages you to give permission to make your email address public. And please encourage your dental hygiene colleagues to do the same. If you have any questions, please contact the Oregon Board of Dentistry at [email protected]


Board Meeting – October 2022

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, October 21 at the Board office located at 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 770, Portland, OR 97201 The agenda for this meeting will include a Zoom link for participants who would like to attend virtually. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting.

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them.

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. The next Oregon Board of Dentistry meeting this year will be held on December 16.

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Initial Draft Interstate Compact for Dentist & Dental Hygienist Licensure

The Council of State Governments (CSG) has partnered with the Department of Defense (DoD), the American Dental Association (ADA), & the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) to support the mobility of licensed dentists and dental hygienists through the development of a new interstate compact. This compact will create reciprocity among participating states & reduce barriers to license portability.

An initial draft of the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact has been completed. The draft is now available for your review & comment at CSG’s Dentist & Dental Hygienist Compact webpage. The CSG is offering a free webinar every Wednesday at 12:00 noon Central Time until September 14, 2022 so that you can learn more about this project.

The Public Comment period is critical to the success of this project because each state legislature will need to pass nearly identical pieces of legislation in order to join the compact. Broad feedback from stakeholders is essential to putting forth the best piece of legislation possible. The Public Comment period is open until September 30, 2022. Then final legislation will be prepared for each state legislature to consider. 

ADHA encourages all dental hygienists to review & comment on this initial draft legislation to ensure that the interstate licensure compact will best serve the needs of each state. Please complete the online survey by September 30, 2022.


2023 National Dental Conferences in Portland, Oregon

In March 2023 two national dental conferences will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. This is an incredible opportunity for you to participate in these events “in our own backyard.”

 The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) will hold their 2023 Annual Session & Exhibition Saturday-Tuesday, March 11-14, 2023. This conference brings dental, allied dental & advanced dental educators & students together for world-class education sessions & a bustling exhibit hall filled with dental education’s leading partners. Click here for more information.

 The American Association for Dental, Oral, & Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) will hold their 2023 Annual Meeting & Exhibition Wednesday- Saturday, March 15-18, 2023. This conference will provide scientists and researchers throughout the world with the opportunity to present, discuss and critique their investigations. If you are involved in dental, oral and craniofacial research, you should submit an abstract for consideration for presentation. Click here for more information.

78th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting

Registration is now open for the 78th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting. All dental hygienists are invited to attend this in-person conference Monday & Tuesday, October 17 & 18, 2022 at the Oregon State University Conference Center in Corvallis, Oregon.

This is the premier public health event in Oregon. Since 1944 public health leaders, professionals, educators, advocates, students and stakeholders have come together to share the latest in research, programs, and information. Click here for more information about this conference.

Early registration is now open & available June 1 through September 1. Prices increase on September 2 & the last day to register is ThursdayOctober 13. Save money on registration by joining OPHA before you register. For this conference, the member discount is equal to the cost of an annual membership.

ODHA is an organizational member of the Oregon Public Health Association. Because the ODHA is an organizational member of the OPHA, ODHA members can join the OPHA as individual members at a 15% discount. General OPHA membership is normally $65 per year, but ODHA members can join as “employees” of an organizational member for $55.25 per year. OPHA has an Oral Health Section that focuses on the importance of oral health as it is relates to overall health. Click here to learn more about OPHA membership and join today!

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39th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference

Registration is now open for the 39th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference. All dental hygienists are invited to attend this conference Wednesday-Friday, October 12-14, 2022 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

The Oregon Rural Health Conference is the largest gathering in Oregon dedicated to sharing information and showcasing innovative approaches to health and the delivery of health care in rural Oregon. The conference brings together providers, administrators, consumers, policy makers and others to exchange ideas and share expertise.

Click here for more information about this conference.

The Oregon Rural Health Association (ORHA) will hold a board meeting during this conference. The ODHA is a founding member & continues to be an organizational member of the Oregon Rural Health Association. Mary Ann Wren, RDH represents the ODHA on the ORHA Board of Directors. Click here for more information about ORHA.

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Membership Spotlight

Do you know an outstanding ODHA member, perhaps it’s you?  We would love to spotlight an ODHA member each month in the newsletter, email us the contact information and we will do the rest! Please email

Please email Laura Vanderwerf at [email protected] and put "Member Spotlight" in the subject line.

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Student Leadership Workshop
October 8, 2022

ODHA Dental Hygienists’ Annual Conference
November 11 – 12, 2022
Holiday Inn
Wilsonville

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Membership Information 

ODHA Membership Includes

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 

August 2022

President's Message

It’s hard to believe that August has arrived and before we know it fall and winter will be here (although with the upcoming prospect of 90+ degree days, I may start looking forward to the cooler weather sooner than I thought).  I hope everyone has had a chance to get outside, enjoy the days of summer and focused at least a little bit on yourself.

As always, your ODHA committees and leadership have been working hard to provide you will opportunities to gain CE, volunteer to help others, and reconnect with your colleagues.

 The Leadership Development Committee is continuing to work on not one, but two leadership workshops.  The first will be for the general membership, providing insight to what ODHA leader’s roles are and how you can volunteer adding your skills, experience, and knowledge to the 2022-2023 board of directors.  The second will be for students interested in continuing their leadership journey after graduation.  If you are interested in attending the leadership workshop or are interested in volunteering to serve on the ODHA board, check out our website!

 The Professional Development Committee is so close to finalizing the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Conference schedule!  Keep a close eye on the website to sign up when registration opens…you do not want to miss the 70th Anniversary party!

 It’s time to start looking to the future of ODHA.  Several positions at both the component and state level are coming open.  I “Dream” of presenting a full slate of nominees to the ODHA Board of Directors and the membership before the deadline of October 1st.  I hope each of you will consider adding your skillsets to our leadership by filling out a bio-data form for the 2022-2023 year. If you have any questions, please send me an email and I would be happy to let you know what we do.  This year we will be looking for the following leaders:  President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Advocacy Director, Student Liaison Director, Metro-East Director, High Desert Director, At-Large Director (2), Delegate (2) and Alternate Delegate (3).  Elections will be held in October, so get your bio-data forms in here:  Get Involved!

 This month I did not receive any emails regarding the ODHA history question from July’s newsletter.

 July’s question was:  What year was the “Limited Access Permit” created?  Answer:  1997

 I hope someone sends me their answer to August’s history question.  You could win a free CE registration for one of the Professional Development Committee’s Zoom CE opportunities. Send me you email with the answer to:  [email protected]  Include August history question in the subject line.

 Question:  What year could dental hygienists prescribe fluoride and non-systemic antimicrobial rinses?                        

Laura Vanderwerf, BSDH, RDH
#Dream
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Component News

Northwest Component

Hello fellow RDH’s! My name is Heidi Klobes and I have been asked to step into the shoes of the Director to the NW Component representing Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill, Polk and Marion County!

I am excited to be representing this particular component as I grew up in Columbia County and have lived and worked in both Columbia and Washington Counties for most of my adult life. I’ll be honest, stepping into this role is a bit intimidating. Board meetings, agendas.... it’s all new! But just like applying for hygiene school I figured, “If anyone else can do it, why can’t I?”. The answer is–I can! WE can!

I want to share with you what I know WE can do. WE CAN inspire! Interesting fact about me: When I was a soon-to-be young teen mother, MY dental hygienist inspired me to go into the field of dental hygiene and changed my life all while doing one prophy...ONE prophy! She literally CHANGED MY LIFE, forever. Me and my son could have been statistics, but instead we are both thriving......I wonder if when she went to work that day, she knew that? Probably not. We underestimate how profound our position can affect another human, just by showing up to work and being ourselves.

We can always help others just a little bit more. This could mean a simple hand on the shoulder or an extra 5 minutes listening to our patients when they just needed “an ear” or even a cry... (we’ve all been there with our patients, am I right?!). OR it could mean organizing an entire fundraising event to help the underserved. Everything we do matters more than we know.

Lastly, we can CONNECT more, not just with those we serve, but with EACH OTHER. I don’t know about you all, but I miss connection...and I want more of it. I want to have FUN again while also doing things that “fill my cup”.

I invite you to please email me if you have something you’ve been marinating to do, or a population that you think could benefit from some attention or help. OR, if you have a fun idea for a social event for us all to simply “just connect” with each other again in a meaningful way. Some may even own a venue you’d like to volunteer for an event. Please, email me! The sky's the limit and I’ll tell you this, it’s just me at this point. I need recommendations and help; I can’t do this alone. Let’s “show up” for our profession and our community. Let’s do it together.

I will end with this; I truly care what your vision is for our profession and also how you envision contributing if you feel inclined. I represent YOU to our board. I hope to hear from many of you and will be sending out an email to our component in the next few weeks asking for direction and feedback.

....and might have some other exciting things to share!! 

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High Desert

The High Desert Component held a meeting on Monday, July 11th. Holding a CE Event or another Meet and Greet in September was discussed. I will be taking action on this. The High Desert Director position will be opening up this Fall, I will not be returning due to retirement and traveling. If you are interested in this position please apply on the ODHA Website or contact me at this email address for more information.

The next quarterly High Desert Component Officer meeting is to be held on Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Everyone is welcome to attend via Zoom. For more information contact [email protected].


Student News

Portland Community College

By: Beth Kreinheder

Since the beginning of this year, PCC’s Dental Hygiene Student Chapter has been working together on a community project. We decided that we wanted to give back to our community by hosting a Dental Fair for Portland Homeless Family Solutions’ Family Village Shelter. The Dental Fair, which took place on July 17th, created an opportunity for the families to receive nutritional counseling, oral hygiene instructions and kits, activities to demonstrate how to properly floss and brush, as well as signing up for transportation to our dental clinic for the Dental Care Day. The Dental Care Day will occur on July 24th and will include treatment for the children and adolescents, and screenings for the adults. Not only did this community project bring our classes together, but it has filled our hearts with love.

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2023 National Dental Conferences in Portland, Oregon

In March 2023 two national dental conferences will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. This is an incredible opportunity for you to participate in these events “in our own backyard.”

 The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) will hold their 2023 Annual Session & Exhibition Saturday-Tuesday, March 11-14, 2023. This conference brings dental, allied dental & advanced dental educators & students together for world-class education sessions & a bustling exhibit hall filled with dental education’s leading partners. Click here for more information.

 The American Association for Dental, Oral, & Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) will hold their 2023 Annual Meeting & Exhibition Wednesday- Saturday, March 15-18, 2023. This conference will provide scientists and researchers throughout the world with the opportunity to present, discuss and critique their investigations. If you are involved in dental, oral and craniofacial research, you should submit an abstract for consideration for presentation. Click here for more information.


Oregon Board of Dentistry News

Board Meeting – August 2022

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, August 19 at the Board office located at 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 770, Portland, OR  97201 The agenda for this meeting will include a Zoom link for participants who would like to attend virtually. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting.

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. Thepublic packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them.

 If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on October 21 and December 16.

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Dental Hygiene License Renewal due September 30, 2022

If you received your initial Oregon dental hygiene license in an odd year, your dental hygiene license will expire on September 30, 2022.

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) has implemented a new online license renewal system that is now open for dental hygienists with a September 30, 2022 expiration date. Click here for detailed instructions on how to complete the license renewal process.

When you have completed the license renewal process, the system will send you a receipt for your payment. It will then submit your renewal for staff review & approval.

Once approved, you will receive an email letting you know your renewal is complete & when you will be able to log back into the licensing portal to download & print your license. The OBD no longer mails hard copy licenses.

All license renewals must be completed online; no exceptions. Licensees are personally responsible for renewing their own licenses. No one else should complete this process for you. It may take several days for the online renewal process to post your new information, so do not wait until the end of September to renew your license.

If your license expires, you cannot continue to practice. You may be subject to disciplinary action by the Oregon Board of Dentistry if you practice dental hygiene without a current license. A licensed dental hygienist who has worked any number of days without a current license may be issued a Notice of Proposed Disciplinary Action and offered a Consent Order that includes a reprimand and a civil penalty of $1,000 or more.

If you have any questions about renewing your dental hygiene license for Oregon, contact the Oregon Board of Dentistry at [email protected].

Make Your Email Public When You Renew Your Dental Hygiene License

Anyone may purchase a list of dentists and dental hygienists who are licensed by the Oregon Board of Dentistry. This list includes your name and address, but it only includes your email address if you give permission when you renew your license.

Email is the most effective and least expensive way to communicate with dental hygienists who are licensed in Oregon. If you do not give permission to make your email address public, you may miss out on information that is sent to licensees from third parties who only use email.

When you renew your dental hygiene license this year, ODHA strongly encourages you to give permission to make your email address public. And please encourage your dental hygiene colleagues to do the same. If you have any questions, please contact the Oregon Board of Dentistry at [email protected].

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78th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting

All dental hygienists are invited to participate in the 78th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting to be held in-person on Monday & Tuesday, October 17 & 18, 2022 at the Oregon State University Conference Center in Corvallis, Oregon.

This is the premier public health event in Oregon. Since 1944 public health leaders, professionals, educators, advocates, students and stakeholders have come together to share the latest in research, programs, and information. Click here for more information about this conference.

Early registration is now open & available June 1 through September 1. Prices increase on September 2 & the last day to register is Thursday, October 13. Save money on registration by joining OPHA before you register. For this conference, the member discount is equal to the cost of an annual membership. 

ODHA is an organizational member of the Oregon Public Health Association. Because the ODHA is an organizational member of the OPHA, ODHA members can join the OPHA as individual members at a 15% discount. General OPHA membership is normally $65 per year, but ODHA members can join as “employees” of an organizational member for $55.25 per year. OPHA has an Oral Health Section that focuses on the importance of oral health as it is relates to overall health. Click here to learn more about OPHA membership and join today!


39th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference

All dental hygienists are invited to participate in the 39th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference to be held Wednesday-Friday, October 12-14, 2022 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

The Oregon Rural Health Conference is the largest gathering in Oregon dedicated to sharing information and showcasing innovative approaches to health and the delivery of health care in rural Oregon. The conference brings together providers, administrators, consumers, policy makers and others to exchange ideas and share expertise. Click here for more information about this conference.

The Oregon Rural Health Association (ORHA) will hold a board meeting during this conference. The ODHA is a founding member & continues to be an organizational member of the Oregon Rural Health Association. Mary Ann Wren represents the ODHA on the ORHA Board of Directors. Click here for more information about ORHA.


Call for 2022 ODHA Award Nominations 

The Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association has an annual awards program that recognizes ODHA members & community partners who have demonstrated exemplary service, dedication & contributions to the dental hygiene profession in Oregon.

The Lynn Ironside Access to Care Award recognizes an ODHA member who has made a significant contribution to increasing access to dental care for underserved patients. This award was established by ODHA in 2016 to honor Lynn Ironside for her many years of work to increase access to care for underserved patients & to advance the dental hygiene profession. Lynn’s advocacy work with ODHA led to Oregon becoming one of the first states to create an opportunity for dental hygienists to practice without the supervision of a dentist so that they could increase access to dental care for underserved patients. 

The Lois Whitford Outstanding Dental Hygienist Award recognizes an ODHA member who has made exceptional contributions to dental hygiene on the local, state, & national levels for an extended period of time, & who is known widely for their achievements & service. It is a prestigious award, which is presented only as warranted by the accomplishments of an Oregon dental hygienist. 

The Outstanding Partner Award recognizes a community partner (agency, association, coalition, corporation, legislator, volunteer, etc.) who has worked in collaboration with the ODHA to advance the dental hygiene profession. Community partners are essential to achieving ODHA’s mission to provide advocacy, professional development & networking opportunities for dental hygienists & the dental hygiene profession. 

For more information or to submit a nomination for any of these awards, click on https://www.odha.org/rdh-and-industry-awards. Awards nominations are due by October 15, 2022 and will be presented at the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) to be held November 11 & 12, 2022.

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Happy Birthday to our members with a birthday in August:

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ODHA Call for Nominations

ODHA is seeking a few members wanting to make a difference! If you are looking for a way to share your unique skill set and support not only your professional organization but your peers, consider joining our leadership team. The following positions are open:

2022-2023 Open ODHA Board Positions:

  • President Elect – 1 position available: 1-year term; succeeds to office of President
  • Vice President – 1 position available; 1-year term
  • Secretary – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Metro East Component Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • High Desert Component Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • At-Large Director – 2 positions available; 2-year term
  • Student Relations Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Advocacy Director – 1 position available; 2-year term

You can also get involved at the National level with ADHA. Oregon holds a total of six positions in the ADHA Delegation.

ADHA Delegate - 2 positions available; 2-year term - Voting position (must have been a delegate or alternate delegate to qualify for this position)

ADHA Alternate Delegate - 3 positions available, 1-year term - Voting position when a Delegate is not available.

Learn more about ADHA House of Delegates. 

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Membership Spotlight

Do you know an outstanding ODHA member, perhaps it’s you?  We would love to spotlight an ODHA member each month in the newsletter, email us the contact information and we will do the rest! Please email

Please email Laura Vanderwerf at [email protected] and put "Member Spotlight" in the subject line.

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Membership Leadership Workshop
September 10, 2022

ODHA Student Leadership Workshop
October 8, 2022

ODHA Dental Hygienists’ Annual Conference
November 11 – 12, 2022
Holiday Inn
Wilsonville

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Membership Information 

ODHA Membership Includes

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 

 

July 2022

President's Message

I’m writing this month’s message from the airport in Louisville, Kentucky, having just attended the ADHA Annual Conference.  If you have never attended, you should start saving and planning to attend next year’s 100th anniversary July 7-9th in Chicago. It’s bound to be exciting, with lots of CE’s, social events, and reconnections to our fellow hygienists from across the country.  Attending this year’s also makes me excited for our own annual conference being held in November at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville.  I hope everyone can attend as we celebrate ODHA’s 70th anniversary!

Our Professional Development Committee is hard at work seeking speakers for our Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference.  If you have a speaker you would like to see, (or perhaps you are a speaker/aspiring speaker) please reach out to Jamie Christianson or myself ASAP. We want to finalize our speakers as soon as possible to give everyone plenty of time to register for the event.

 The Leadership Development Committee will be putting on two leadership workshops, the membership is invited to the September workshop and the students are invited to the October workshop.  If you have ever thought that you wanted to be more involved with the future of your organization at the local or state level, we would love to have you attend and get more information about how to join a leadership role. 

Are you ready to jump into a leadership position? The Nominating Committee is accepting bio-data forms from everyone looking to share their talents. If you are wanting to do more….and want to help support your dental hygiene profession, make sure you submit your bio-data form (if you are interested in more than one position, fill out one for each position so we can know).  If you have any questions, would like to discuss the various open positions for the 2022-2023 year, want to discuss your interests and passions and where your best fit would be, please let me know!  We can email, chat on the phone, Zoom or meet for coffee! Fulfill my “DREAM” of a complete slate for the 2022-2023 by stepping forward with the desire and drive to be a leader! The bio-data form can be found here!

Last month I received five emails from members, hoping they had the correct answer, to be entered into the drawing for a free required CE registration!  Thank you to all the entered!  For this month’s question make sure you enter no later than July 20th.  You can email me at: [email protected].  Please include “July history question” in the subject line.

This month’s ODHA history question is:  What year was the “Limited Access Permit” created?

Last month’s history question was:  Who was the first ODHA President to become ADHA President? 
Answer: 1968-1969, Jeanne Fox (ADHA President 1972-1973)

Winner of a free required CE is Sandra O’Keefe

Laura Vanderwerf, BSDH, RDH
President
#DREAM
Oregon Dental Hygienists Association

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Member News 

Kathryn Bell Appointed Director for
School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership at Pacific University 

Kathryn Bell, RDH, EdD has been appointed director of the School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership at Pacific University effective July 1, 2022. She will continue to serve as associate dean of Interprofessional Education for the College of Health Professions & as Clinic Director for the Pacific Interprofessional Clinic.

Katie joined Pacific University as a full-time faculty member in the School of Dental Hygiene Studies in August 2010, & continued to teach in their dental hygiene program until 2021 when she was appointed as founding program director for Pacific’s new Doctor of Science degree program.

Katie has presented & published widely on a variety of topics. Her research interests include interprofessional education, graduate education, & dental hygiene scope of practice.  

Katie is an active member in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), & the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP). She is an alumni member of Sigma Phi Alpha, the national dental hygiene honor society. 

Katie completed a Bachelor of Science (2006) & Master of Science (2010) degree from the University of North Carolina, & a Doctor of Education degree (2021) from Northeastern University.

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Call for 2022 ODHA Award Nominations 

The Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association has an annual awards program that recognizes ODHA members & community partners who have demonstrated exemplary service, dedication & contributions to the dental hygiene profession in Oregon.

The Lynn Ironside Access to Care Award recognizes an ODHA member who has made a significant contribution to increasing access to dental care for underserved patients. This award was established by ODHA in 2016 to honor Lynn Ironside for her many years of work to increase access to care for underserved patients & to advance the dental hygiene profession. Lynn’s advocacy work with ODHA led to Oregon becoming one of the first states to create an opportunity for dental hygienists to practice without the supervision of a dentist so that they could increase access to dental care for underserved patients.

The Lois Whitford Outstanding Dental Hygienist Award recognizes an ODHA member who has made exceptional contributions to dental hygiene on the local, state, & national levels for an extended period of time, & who is known widely for their achievements & service. It is a prestigious award, which is presented only as warranted by the accomplishments of an Oregon dental hygienist.

The Outstanding Partner Award recognizes a community partner (agency, association, coalition, corporation, legislator, volunteer, etc.) who has worked in collaboration with the ODHA to advance the dental hygiene profession. Community partners are essential to achieving ODHA’s mission to provide advocacy, professional development & networking opportunities for dental hygienists & the dental hygiene profession.

For more information or to submit a nomination for any of these awards, click on https://www.odha.org/rdh-and-industry-awards. Awards nominations are due by October 15, 2022 and will be presented at the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) to be held November 11 & 12, 2022.

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Greetings everyone!  I am so excited to announce that my colleague Charisa Lockman and I are planning an Oral Cancer walk and screening to be held in Corvallis at Willamette Park on Saturday August 27th.  Registration starts at 9 am and the walk starts at 10 am.  This is the first Oral Cancer Foundation walk that has taken place in Oregon and we want to make it a huge success. The goal is to raise awareness regarding oropharyngeal cancers, provide free screenings, and raise money to support this event and for oropharyngeal cancer research.  I think all dental providers understand the importance of early detection of oropharyngeal cancers.  This year 54,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with either mouth, tongue, or throat cancer. With that in mind, I am encouraging you all to help in one way or another.

You do not need to attend if the date and time conflicts for you, but there are other ways of participating such as donating money or a raffle prize.  You could sponsor a friend who will be walking and share the event with your employer and other people you know. The more people that are involved, the less work, the more money raised, and the more fun can be had.

We are looking for people to register and walk and have a $15,000 goal.  We are looking for raffle prizes, which could include services, items, gift cards, whatever you think people will like.

We are looking for any oropharyngeal cancer survivors to attend (for free) and speak if they feel comfortable. If anyone has a personal story or someone, they know who is willing to attend and talk, please let us know.

Together we can Screen, educate, and help raise awareness to one of the fastest growing cancers plaguing our communities.

ODHA has pledged to partner with us and the Oral Cancer Foundation on this important event.

I hope you can help us, even if you cannot attend, you can still donate.

Here is the link to our event page where you can donate and/or register to walk.

https://oralcancerfoundation.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=830

Thank you!
Kyle Isaacs & Charissa Lockman
[email protected]


Oregon Board of Dentistry News

Subscribe to Receive OBD Meeting Notices

Would you like to receive notifications for all Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings? The Board does not automatically send notices about their meetings to their licensees. You must go to the Board website and subscribe to receive this information.

 Click on www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to the Licensees column at the bottom of the home page and click on Update Contact Info. Scroll down to the bottom of the left side column and click on Subscriptions. Enter your name and license number. Scroll down to I’d Like to Receive the Following: and check the boxes for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Agendas for all Board and Committee Meetings. Check one of the boxes to indicate if you would like to receive this information by mail or email. Then click Submit.

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New Board Members

The Oregon Senate approved three new members of the Oregon Board of Dentistry whose terms will begin June 10, 2022 & end April 3, 2026. These new members are replacing retiring members Dr. Amy Fine, Dr. Gary Underhill & Yadira Martinez, RDH.

Sharity Ludwig, RDH, MS is an expanded practice dental hygienist (EPDH) & the Director of Alternative Care Models for Advantage Dental. She completed her dental hygiene education at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls & then went on to receive a master of science degree in Healthcare Administration & Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California, San Francisco. Much of her career has focused on developing innovative strategies & processes for community-based dental care, in addition to the development & implementation of models of care that incorporate oral health with a focus on the ever-changing needs of the healthcare industry to achieve the quadruple aim.

Terrence A. Clark, DMD, FAGD completed his undergraduate work at Portland State University, then after graduating from OHSU, completed his residency at the OHSU Hospital & VA. He has been in private practice in Wilsonville, Oregon since 1987, with an emphasis on comprehensive dentistry for medically compromised patients. He has been a lecturer for the ADA on Ethics & Professionalism, and has presented at many dental schools & dental societies. He is an avid skier, hiker, & loves boating. His wife of 45 years is a native Oregonian, RN, & they are the proud parents of three children & ten grandchildren.

Michelle Aldrich, DMD, BSDH, D.ABDSM, was born & raised in La Grande & Union, Oregon, & graduated from OHSU dental hygiene program in 1992. It was at that time she decided to eventually return to dental school after her children were grown. She graduated from OHSU’s dental program in 2008, & started a practice in Salem, OR. Dr. Aldrich has taken advanced training in dental sleep medicine, earning her diplomate from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine & started an additional business with the primary focus of the dental treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. She has lectured on that topic, including the published standards of care, to both dentists & dental hygienists in Marion & Polk Counties.

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2023 Oregon Dental Conference

The ODHA will once again be partnering with the Oregon Dental Association (ODA) for the 2023 Oregon Dental Conference (ODC) to be held April 13-15, 2023 at the Oregon Convention Center. We are excited to be able to meet in-person for this conference again next year!

Our ODC partnership agreement provides an opportunity for the ODHA to recommend speakers for next year’s conference. The ODA provides the honorarium, travel & lodging for all speakers at this conference. Please contact ODHA President Laura Vanderwerf as soon as possible if you have a speaker to recommend for the 2023 Oregon Dental Conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

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The ODHA Future Leader Award 

The ODHA Future Leader Award recognizes the next generation of leaders in the dental hygiene profession. This award is presented each year to only ONE graduating student from each of the accredited dental hygiene programs in Oregon.   

Choosing the recipient for this award was a delight and I would like to share a piece that was so beautifully written from their application:

This person leads with ease and is well respected by faculty and peers.  They have demonstrated leadership abilities through many different methods over the past two years as a student dental hygienist. 

This person has represented the program and the profession at multiple volunteer events, some of which they sought out themself.  They guide and encourage their peers to get involved at the national level and they are always looking for opportunities to increase their own learning so they can pass that along to peers and patients. 

As an avid learner and seeker for advancing in leadership, they volunteered to serve on the leadership board for the ODHA where they assisted with recruiting speakers for the Leadership Symposium this past winter. I witnessed this myself as this student just blew me away with their enthusiasm to serve!

Their goal is to serve on leadership councils and boards, including ADHA, where they can make an impact in the future of dental hygiene and improve the overall oral health for all.  They are the perfect example of who a leader is and what makes them so successful!

On behalf of the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association and the ADHA, we are proud to present to you our new Future Leader, Stephen Quimby from Clark College.

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Component news

High Desert Component News

The next quarterly High Desert Component Officer meeting is to be held on July 7th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Everyone is welcome to attend via Zoom.  For more information contact [email protected].

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Dennis Muir Scholarship

The Dennis Muir Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce and congratulate the winner of the Dennis Muir Scholarship and the Awards of Excellence. 

Dennis Muir Scholarship Winner:  Kaila Shaw, LCC

Awards of Excellence

Alexander Cuarteros, MHCC
Sydney Ibarra, OIT, Chemeketa Campus
Michelle Epps, OIT, Klamath Falls
Maria Almonte, Pacific U
Tabassum Shahid, PCC

Congratulations!

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ODHA Call for Nominations!

ODHA is seeking a few members wanting to make a difference! If you are looking for a way to share your unique skill set and support not only your professional organization but your peers, consider joining our leadership team. The following positions are open:

2022-2023 Open ODHA Board Positions:

  • President Elect – 1 position available: 1-year term; succeeds to office of President
  • Vice President – 1 position available; 1-year term
  • Secretary – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Metro East Component Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • High Desert Component Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • At-Large Director – 2 positions available; 2-year term
  • Student Relations Director – 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Advocacy Director – 1 position available; 2-year term

You can also get involved at the National level with ADHA. Oregon holds a total of six positions in the ADHA Delegation.

ADHA Delegate - 2 positions available; 2-year term - Voting position (must have been a delegate or alternate delegate to qualify for this position)

ADHA Alternate Delegate - 3 positions available, 1-year term - Voting position when a Delegate is not available.

Learn more about ADHA House of Delegates. 

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Committee News

Membership Committee

Happy July from the Membership Committee! I would love to have you attend our meetings. Membership is an awesome committee so swing into a Zoom meeting and learn more about what being a part of ODHA is all about. Come listen, share ideas, and help us brainstorm! There is no future commitment, but I do hope you think we are enough fun to return! Email Allison at [email protected] for the July meeting link! 

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Professional Development Committee

Professional Development Committee meetings are planned for July 12 and July 26 at 7 PM via Zoom. Contact Jamie at: [email protected]


Leadership Development Committee

Come help the Leadership Development Committee plan our upcoming leadership workshops!  Contact Leilani for details at: [email protected]


ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Membership Spotlight

Do you know an outstanding ODHA member, perhaps it’s you?  We would love to spotlight an ODHA member each month in the newsletter, email us the contact information and we will do the rest! Please email

Please email Laura Vanderwerf at [email protected] and put "Member Spotlight" in the subject line.

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Membership Leadership Workshop
September 10, 2022

ODHA Student Leadership Workshop
October 8, 2022

ODHA Dental Hygienists’ Annual Conference
November 11 – 12, 2022
Holiday Inn
Wilsonville

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Membership Information 

ODHA Membership Includes

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 

June 2022

President's Message

Ever feel like you are behind?  That is my current situation.  I have so much to do and feel like time is limited to get it all done.  But I keep pushing forward and checking boxes as I complete each item.  When in this situation, make sure you take time for yourself…step back and relax!

June tends to get quiet at ODHA; however, the committees are still hard at work getting things organized and planning for future events.

The Professional Development Committee is working on our Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference, including a hands-on course (Make sure you watch the website for details and sign up early as it will have limited attendance). 

 The Leadership Development Committee is putting together two leadership workshops, one for our regular members and another for our students.  If you have ever thought about serving your association this would be a great opportunity to get more information.  Registration will soon be on the ODHA website. 

The Nominating Committee is accepting bio-data forms for open leadership positions for the 2022-2023 year.  My “DREAM” is to have a full slate of volunteers before the October deadline!  Help me achieve this dream by going to our website and fill out the biodata form!  You can find the open positions in this newsletter and on the website!

And finally, last month I offered our members the opportunity to win a free registration to a required CE through ODHA.  Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, no one sent me an email with the answer to the ODHA history question.  I will continue asking these history questions in celebration of ODHA’s 70th birthday.  You can still be entered into the monthly drawing to win a free required CE registration.  Email your answer to me no later than June 20th at:  [email protected]

Last month’s question:  Who was the first ODHA President?    Answer:   Louise Burke 

June’s question of the month:  Who was the first ODHA President to become ADHA President?  

Laura Vanderwerf, BSDH, RDH
President
#DREAM
Oregon Dental Hygienists Association

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The Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship Committee is Proud to Announce our 2022 Recipient 

The Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship committee is proud to announce our 2022 recipient. Breanne Mat from Pacific University captured the spirit of Lois Whitford in her winning essay. Breanne writes about seeing a need for oral health care that is lacking in behavioral health facilities for children. It is her goal to provide that care. Thank you for keeping Lois' spirit alive, Breanne. Congratulations!

Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship Committee:
Karen Hartley
Laura Underwood
Laine Aus Neal
Lori Killen Aus, Chair
Lori Killen Aus, Chair

ODHA Call for Nominations!

ODHA is seeking a few members wanting to make a difference! If you are looking for a way to share your unique skill set and support not only your professional organization but your peers, consider joining our leadership team. The following positions are open:

2022-2023 Open ODHA Board Positions:

  • President Elect - 1 position available: 1-year term; succeeds to office of President
  • Vice President - 1 position available; 1-year term
  • Secretary - 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Metro East Component Director - 1 position available; 2-year term
  • High Desert Component Director - 1 position available; 2-year term
  • At-Large Director - 2 positions available; 2-year term
  • Student Relations Director – 1 position available; 2-year term

You can also get involved at the National level with ADHA. Oregon holds a total of six positions in the ADHA Delegation.

ADHA Delegate - 2 positions available; 2-year term - Voting position (must have been a delegate or alternate delegate to qualify for this position)
ADHA Alternate Delegate - 3 positions available, 1-year term - Voting position when a Delegate is not available.

Learn more about ADHA House of Delegates.

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Committee News

Membership Committee

Happy June from the Membership Committee! I would love to have you attend our June meeting on June 8, 2022, at 6:30 pm. Membership is an awesome committee to swing into a Zoom meeting and learn more about what being a part of ODHA is all about. Come listen, share ideas, and help us brainstorm! There is no future commitment, but I do hope you think we are enough fun to return! Email Allison at [email protected] for the June meeting link! 

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

June Board Meeting

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, June 17, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting.

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them.

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on August 19, October 21 and December 16. 

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Dental Hygienist Completes Term as OBD President

Congratulations to Alicia Riedman, RDH, EPDH who recently completed her term as the 2021-2022 President of Oregon Board of Dentistry. Alicia will continue to serve on the OBD until her current term expires on April 1, 2025.

Alicia lives in Eugene and works as an expanded practice dental hygienist for the Community Health Centers of Lane County, a federally qualified health center. For over twelve years she has been a member of a team of expanded practice hygienists who provide on-site dental prevention services to Head Start, Early Head Start, WIC, Relief Nursery, Summer Migrant Program, as well as elementary, middle, and high school students. Alicia uses portable dental equipment to provide oral health assessments, teeth cleaning, fluoride varnish, sealants, and oral health instruction. As a third-generation dental professional, it is Alicia’s passion to provide dental care to these underserved children.

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Dental Hygiene License Renewal
Continuing Education Requirement

If you received your Oregon dental hygiene license during an even year, you will need to renew your license by September 30, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you might not have access to your regular sources of continuing education so start planning now.

To renew a dental hygiene license in Oregon you need to complete 24 hours of continuing education during every 2-year renewal cycle, or 36 hours of continuing education if you have an Expanded Practice Permit. Continuing education must be related to clinical patient care or the practice of dental public health. Of your total hours of continuing education during each 2-year renewal cycle, 3 hours must be related to medical emergencies, 2 hours must be related to infection control and 2 hours must be related to cultural competency. No more than 2 hours of practice management or patient relations may be counted toward your continuing education requirement during a 2-year renewal cycle. Self-study continuing education such as correspondence courses & online courses may be counted if the course includes an examination & you pass the examination. There is no limit on how many hours self-study continuing education courses you can count toward your requirement.

You must maintain at all times current BLS for Healthcare Providers certificate or its equivalent. The initial CPR course must include a hands-on element. After the initial CPR certification, the Board will accept a BLS for Healthcare Providers or its equivalent online renewal course for recertification.

To renew a Nitrous Oxide Permit you must also complete 4 hours of continuing education in one or more of the following areas during every 2-year renewal cycle: sedation, nitrous oxide, physical evaluation, medical emergencies, monitoring & use of monitoring equipment, or pharmacology of drugs & agents used in sedation. This 4-hour continuing education requirement may be counted toward your total hours of required continuing education. Your BLS training hours may not be counted toward this 4-hour requirement.

For more information, click on www.oregon.gov/dentistry. 

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Standing Committees

ODHA representatives to the Standing Committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry for May 2022 to April 2023 are:

Lesley Harbison – Communications
Lisa Rowley – Dental Hygiene
Amy Coplen – Dental Therapy Rules Oversight
Jill Mason – Enforcement & Discipline
Susan Kramer – Licensing, Standards & Competency
Laura Vanderwerf – Rules Oversight.

Standing Committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry meet to discuss issues that are referred to them and then make recommendations to the Board. Standing Committees may or may not meet throughout the year.

ODHA representatives to these Standing Committees are appointed by the ODHA President with approval of the ODHA Board of Directors. These are volunteer positions with no remuneration and no reimbursement for expenses. If you are interested in representing ODHA on a Standing Committee of the Oregon Board of Dentistry, please submit the Volunteer Interest Form on the ODHA website.

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events!  


High Desert Component News

A Meet & Greet was held on Thursday, April 21st at Denture Artistry.  There was a discussion on Dental Therapy as requested.  Kim Perot led the discussion about Dental Therapy for about twenty minutes via Zoom.  She did an excellent review of what is happening in our state regarding Dental Therapy. 

The next quarterly High Desert Component Officer meeting is to be held on July 7th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Everyone is welcome to attend via Zoom.  For more information contact [email protected].

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Membership Spotlight

Do you know an outstanding ODHA member, perhaps it’s you?  We would love to spotlight an ODHA member each month in the newsletter, email us the contact information and we will do the rest! Please email

Please email Laura Vanderwerf at [email protected] and put "Member Spotlight" in the subject line.

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Walk or run to beat oral cancer!!
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Willamette Park
1350 SE Goodnight Ave.
Corvallis, OR  97330

Click Here for More Details! or Click Here to Register!

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2022 Annual Conference - Call for Proposals 
Oregon Public Health Association
 

The Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) invites proposals for the 2022 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting to be held Monday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. This premier public health event for Oregon brings together public health leaders, professionals, educators, advocates, students, & stakeholders for the latest in public health research and trends, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. The OPHA is planning to hold an in-person conference, but they are prepared to move to a virtual conference if needed.

 Abstract submissions will be accepted May 2 through June 17, 2022. Abstracts addressing all public health topics are welcome & presenters should seek to make connections between research, policy and practice. The breakout sessions and poster presentations in the conference will represent the themes and content areas from the abstract submissions. The abstract submission form will be available on the OPHA website when the abstract submission opens on May 2, 2022.  

 Abstract submission formats include: 

  • Oral presentations are 10-12 minutes in length. Three presentations, grouped by themes, will be presented in each session. Additional time will be allotted by a session moderator for Q&A and discussion.
  • Posters are visual presentations displayed on 8’ x 4’ bulletin boards. The poster session is scheduled for Monday, October 17. Student posters will be entered in the Student Poster Contest* and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 18 as part of the Awards Presentations. The Student Poster Contest is open to current students and students who submitted abstracts prior to graduation, but are now new professionals (graduated within 6 months of conference). 
  • Panel Discussions (75-minute program session) include a moderator and/or discussant and up to three panelists/presentations (maximum four presenters). Due to time constraints, only a limited number of panel discussions will be accepted. Submit an overview abstract describing the overall purpose/theme of the panel and a minimum of three separate abstracts, one for each panelist. NOTE: Panel submissions will only be considered if an overview abstract AND separate abstracts for each presentation are submitted. 

The ODHA is an organizational member of the Oregon Public Health Association. You do not need to be an individual member of the OPHA to present at or participate in the OPHA Annual Conference. We encourage all dental hygienists to consider presenting at or participating in the 2022 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting. For more information about the OPHA and this conference click on www.oregonpublichealth.org or contact OPHA Executive Director Jessica Nischik-Long

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ADHA News

Registration is now open for ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference to be held Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join dental hygienists from across the country to celebrate excellence with keynote speakers, continuing education, product presentations & networking events.  

The following continuing education courses will be presented by ODHA members this year: 

  • Working SMARTer … It’s Not Just for Kids: Going Deeper with the Many Uses of Silver Diamine Fluoride presented by Kyle Isaacs 
  • Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Comprehensive Person-Centered Care presented by Darlene Swigart 

ADHA 2022 will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. ADHA recommends that you stay at one of the hotels in their Official Hotel Block that are located conveniently close to the convention center. The have several hotel options for you to choose from including the headquarter hotel Louisville Marriott Downton and other more budget-friendly hotels.  

The ADHA 2022 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting will be held June 17-19, 2022. Registration for the House of Delegates will be separate from the Annual Conference and will open at a later date. 

Click on ADHA 2022 for more information about ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference.

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: VIRTUAL

ADHA recognizes the incredible leadership of all dental hygienists. Beyond the continuing education required to stay on the top of our clinical knowledge, there is a vast range of business, management, communications, and personal learning that can enhance your achievement and enjoyment. 

That’s what the Dental Hygienists Leadership Summit is all about! In 2022, we are hosting two different sessions – one that’s entirely virtual, and another event in person in conjunction with ADHA22. In addition to different formats, each Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will focus on different facets of leadership. 

Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit: Virtual 

The work we do as dental hygiene professionals goes far beyond the operatory, classroom or corporate setting. We are also called to step into the leadership required to create the change needed to improve business practices, healthcare, policy and the world in which we live. These challenges can be both exciting and intimidating, and the virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership is designed to help you learn the skills, confidence and to get the  clarity to direct where your career can go next. Join us if you’d like to:

  • Build on your decision-making skills
  • Discover strategies for conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your communications experience
  • Learn tactics for delegation and people management 
  • Explore how to leverage your interests and strengths to improve oral care for all 

Register here:  ADHA Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit 

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LIVE (IN-PERSON)

The live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit is conveniently scheduled adjacent to ADHA22 in Louisville, KY 

This program is dedicated to dental hygiene professionals interested in growing their experience through association leadership. ADHA offers a range of diverse and rewarding opportunities to embrace roles that impact the entire profession. In these two days, you’ll hear from current and past ADHA leaders who will share their aspirations and accomplishments and guide you to elevate your talent to the next level. Presenters will challenge and inspire you through hands-on workshops, exercises, and action planning to help maximize your impact as an agent of change at the local, state and national level. Sessions are designed to elevate your training in:

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Succession Planning 

Register here:  ADHA Conference

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2022 Oregon Rural Health Conference

The 39th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference will be held Wednesday-Friday, October 12-14, 2022 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

This conference will be held in person with limited numbers, preregistration for sessions and socially distant seating arrangements to maximize the safety and comfort of all and meet all safety requirements.

ODHA is an organizational member of the Oregon Rural Health Association. You do not need to be an individual member of the ORHA to attend or present at this conference. We encourage all dental hygienists to consider attending or presenting at the 2022 Oregon Rural Health Conference. For more information about this conference click on Oregon Rural Health Conference

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Postponed! Reschedule information coming soon.

ODHA Professional Development Meeting
June 7, 7:00 pm

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference - Registration Open!
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

ODHA Professional Development Meeting
June 28, 7:00 pm

ODHA Membership Leadership Workshop
September 10, 2022

ODHA Student Leadership Workshop
October 8, 2022

ODHA Dental Hygienists’ Annual Conference
November 11 – 12, 2022
Holiday Inn
Wilsonville

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Membership Information 

ODHA Membership Includes

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 

 


May 2022

President's Message

First, I want to welcome our new dental hygiene members as graduations have begun. I hope you find your dream office, supportive co-workers and that your new career is everything you dreamed it would be!

Last month I had the opportunity to visit with many of you that attended the Oregon Dental Conference. Thank you to those that attended the “All RDH” event. It was so nice to enjoy another in-person conference, to sit and chat with each other, and reminisce about ODHA’s history.

This month our Professional Development Committee continues to work hard bringing quality CE opportunities to our members. We are looking forward to the Spring Scientific Symposium that will be held on May 14th, I hope everyone attends this exciting opportunity to earn 6 CE’s. The Professional Development team’s next goal is putting together our Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) in November. It will be held on November 11th and 12th, 2022 at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville. Keep an eye on our website for registration!

Our Leadership Development Committee is preparing for two leadership workshops. For our members, the workshop will be held on September 10th and for our dental hygiene students it will be on October 8th. If you have ever wondered how, you can become more involved, this is your chance to learn about ODHA leadership opportunities.

Speaking of leadership, the official “Call for Nominations” has begun. We have several openings for the 2022-2023 year. Here is your chance to not only provide your unique leadership skills, but also help continue ODHA’s goals of advocating for the dental hygiene profession, promoting professional development and leadership, providing support, and networking opportunities, and enhancing our organizational effectiveness. You can fill out our leadership interest form here.

ODHA is looking for mentors! My “DREAM” is to have this program fully participated in with many of ODHA’s members being available to our dental hygiene students as they navigate their dental hygiene programs and emerge as our peers. You can sign up here!

Do you want the chance to win registration to one of ODHA’s CE’s zoom courses? This is ODHA’s 70th anniversary year and in honor of that I plan to include a historical reference in each newsletter leading up to our annual conference in November. To be entered into the drawing, all you need to do is email me your answer to the question no later than the 20th of the month the question is asked. The winner will be revealed in the next month’s newsletter. This month’s question is: Who was the first ODHA President? Please put "May History Question" in the subject line.

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH, BSDH
#DREAM
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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ODHA Call for Nominations!

ODHA is looking for a few members wanting to make a difference! If you are looking for a way to share your unique skill set and support not only your professional organization but your peers, consider joining our leadership team! The following positions are open:

2022-2023 Open ODHA Board Positions:

President Elect - 1 position available: 1-year term; succeeds to office of President

Vice President - 1 position available; 1-year term

Secretary - 1 position available; 2-year term

Metro East Component Director - 1 position available; 2-year term

High Desert Component Director - 1 position available; 2-year term

At-Large Director - 2 positions available; 2-year term

Student Relations Director – 1 position available; 2-year term

You can also get involved at the National level with ADHA.

Oregon holds a total of six positions in the ADHA Delegation.

ADHA Delegate - 2 positions available; 2-year term - Voting position (must have been a delegate or alternate delegate to qualify for this position)

ADHA Alternate Delegate - 3 positions available, 1-year term - Voting position when a Delegate is not available.

Learn more about ADHA House of Delegates.

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Committee News

Professional Development Committee

Calling all members! Do you want to check out behind the scenes of ODHA's event planning? 

Join us May 10 and May 24 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM via Zoom. We are in the midst of planning our 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC).  We would love to have more members join us!  Email our Chair, at [email protected] to make sure you get the link to join us for these important ongoing meetings

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

June Board Meeting

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, June 17, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting.

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them.

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on August 19, October 21 and December 16. 

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Dental Hygiene License Renewal
Continuing Education Requirement

If you received your Oregon dental hygiene license during an even year, you will need to renew your license by September 30, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you might not have access to your regular sources of continuing education so start planning now.

To renew a dental hygiene license in Oregon you need to complete 24 hours of continuing education during every 2-year renewal cycle, or 36 hours of continuing education if you have an Expanded Practice Permit. Continuing education must be related to clinical patient care or the practice of dental public health. Of your total hours of continuing education during each 2-year renewal cycle, 3 hours must be related to medical emergencies, 2 hours must be related to infection control and 2 hours must be related to cultural competency. No more than 2 hours of practice management or patient relations may be counted toward your continuing education requirement during a 2-year renewal cycle. Self-study continuing education such as correspondence courses & online courses may be counted if the course includes an examination & you pass the examination. There is no limit on how many hours self-study continuing education courses you can count toward your requirement.

You must maintain at all times current BLS for Healthcare Providers certificate or its equivalent. The initial CPR course must include a hands-on element. After the initial CPR certification, the Board will accept a BLS for Healthcare Providers or its equivalent online renewal course for recertification.

To renew a Nitrous Oxide Permit you must also complete 4 hours of continuing education in one or more of the following areas during every 2-year renewal cycle: sedation, nitrous oxide, physical evaluation, medical emergencies, monitoring & use of monitoring equipment, or pharmacology of drugs & agents used in sedation. This 4-hour continuing education requirement may be counted toward your total hours of required continuing education. Your BLS training hours may not be counted toward this 4-hour requirement.

For more information, click on www.oregon.gov/dentistry. 

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Standing Committees

ODHA representatives to the Standing Committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry for May 2022 to April 2023 are:

Lesley Harbison – Communications
Lisa Rowley – Dental Hygiene
Amy Coplen – Dental Therapy Rules Oversight
Jill Mason – Enforcement & Discipline
Susan Kramer – Licensing, Standards & Competency
Laura Vanderwerf – Rules Oversight.

Standing Committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry meet to discuss issues that are referred to them and then make recommendations to the Board. Standing Committees may or may not meet throughout the year.

ODHA representatives to these Standing Committees are appointed by the ODHA President with approval of the ODHA Board of Directors. These are volunteer positions with no remuneration and no reimbursement for expenses. If you are interested in representing ODHA on a Standing Committee of the Oregon Board of Dentistry, please submit the Volunteer Interest Form on the ODHA website.

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events! 

HIGH DESERT COMPONENT NEWS 

The last Meet and Greet was so successful that those who attended wanted a follow-up one with a discussion on Dental Therapy.  The next Meet & Greet is scheduled for Thursday, April 21st at Denture Artistry.  There will be a discussion on Dental Therapy at this meeting as requested.  Kim Perot will be joining in the discussion about Dental Therapy for about twenty minutes via Zoom.

The second quarter High Desert Officer meeting was held on April 14th. The following was discussed:  Meet & Greet location, and also volunteering to help with the Heaven Can Wait 5k to be held on Sunday, June 5th. The Heaven Can Wait 5k is to honor breast cancer survivors and to raise money for breast cancer treatment and prevention.  We are exploring the possibility of making T-shirts for volunteering at the Heaven Can Wait 5k, so that people know that we represent the ODHA High Desert Dental Hygienists.  The High Desert Symposium is on hold for right now due to the need for speakers to confirm and a location is needed.

The next quarterly High Desert Component Officer meeting is to be held on July 7th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

For more information contact [email protected].

Southwest Component News

Calling all Southwest Component dental hygienists. I am really hoping to make a connection with local members out there before summer. It's been sort of quiet out there with a few attempts I have made.  I encourage you to email me so that I know I am not alone and we can start planning more local in person and hybrid events. However, I can't really plan anything as a one-person team.  I encouraged you to check out our new webpage on ODHA 's website for more information on current component events.

We have a new component email:  [email protected]  I am on stand by and awaiting a response from any of our members.   

Sincerely, Your Southwest Director, Jamie Christianson.

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Membership Spotlight

Do you know an outstanding ODHA member, perhaps it’s you?  We would love to spotlight an ODHA member each month in the newsletter, email us the contact information and we will do the rest! Please email

Please email Laura Vanderwerf at [email protected] and put "Member Spotlight" in the subject line.

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 2022 Annual Conference & Meeting
Oregon Public Health Association

The 2022 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting, the premier public health event in Oregon, will be held Monday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. The OPHA is planning to hold an in-person conference, but they are prepared to move to a virtual conference if needed.

This conference brings together public health leaders, professionals, educators, advocates, students, & stakeholders for the latest in public health research and trends, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities.

The ODHA is an organizational member of the Oregon Public Health Association. You do not need to be an individual member of the OPHA to present at or participate in the OPHA Annual Conference. We encourage all dental hygienists to consider presenting at or participating in the 2022 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting. For more information about the OPHA and this conference click on www.oregonpublichealth.org or contact OPHA Executive Director Jessica Nischik-Long.

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Student News

Dental Therapy
What’s New in Oregon?
Lauryn Anspach, Caitlin Fujiwara, Avalon Spangler
Pacific University

House Bill 2528 passed in July 2021 making Oregon the 12th state to add a new mid-level dental provider positioned between a dental hygienist and a dentist. The law requires dental therapists in Oregon to have completed a CODA accredited dental therapy education program or one of Oregon’s two dental therapy pilot projects.

What is a Dental Therapist? 
Dental therapists are licensed dental professionals who can provide routine restorative dental care such as drilling & filling teeth, placing temporary crowns, & extracting loose teeth.

  • Procedures that may be performed under general supervision of a dentist include: identification of conditions requiring evaluation, diagnosis or treatment by a dentist, a physician, a nurse practitioner or other licensed health care provider, oral examination, evaluation and diagnosis of conditions within the supervising dentist's authorization. preparation and placement of direct restoration in primary and permanent teeth, minor adjustments and repairs of removable prosthetic devices, atraumatic restorative therapy and interim restorative therapy, emergency palliative treatment of dental pain, fabrication and placement of single-tooth temporary crowns, preparation and placement of preformed crowns on primary teeth, simple extractions of primary anterior teeth and coronal remnants of any primary teeth, indirect pulp capping on primary and permanent teeth, removal of space maintainers, dispensation and oral or topical administration of nonnarcotic analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and other services as specified by the Oregon Board of Dentistry by rule.
  • Procedures that may be performed under indirect supervision of a dentist include: placement of temporary restorations, fabrication of soft occlusal guards, tissue reconditioning and soft reline, tooth reimplantation and stabilization, recementing permanent crowns, pulpotomies on primary teeth, simple extractions, brush biopsies and direct pulp capping on permanent teeth.

Click for current list of dental therapist scope of practice

Collaborative Agreement
Oregon law requires that dental therapists hold a collaborative agreement with a dentist that details what procedures the dental therapist may perform that is specific to the needs and preferences of the supervising dentist within the scope of practice of Oregon

A collaborative agreement form can be found HERE

Populations Served
Dental therapists must dedicate 51% of their practice to patients who represent underserved populations as defined by the Oregon Health Authority by rule (OHA) OR patients located in dental care health professional shortage areas as determined by OHA.

Where are dental therapists?
Dental therapy is currently legal in 13 U.S. states and territories including Vermont, Minnesota, Alaska, Maine, Connecticut, Nevada, Washington, New Mexico, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, and Arizona. Currently, there are 16 states that are campaigning to have a dental therapy bill passed and implemented in their legislation.

Please take some time to complete this 6-question survey to let us know if this information was helpful to you.

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 Oregon Joins Other States Currently With or Investigating Dental Therapy

Click on the photo to be redirected to Oral Health Workforce Research’s website for more information.

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Remember to Vote!

Your Vote Counts Button ImageThe 2022 Oregon Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Primary elections are used by political parties to determine which of their candidates will go on the ballot for the General Election in November. This primary election will determine the Democratic & Republican candidates for Oregon Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representatives for some districts, and State Senators & State Representatives for some districts. The winning candidates from each party’s primary will face each other in the General Election in November. This primary election will also include voting for nonpartisan offices & local ballot measures.

The Democratic & Republican parties in Oregon hold closed primaries which means that your ballot may look different depending on your party registration. If you are registered as a Democrat, you will only see & be able to vote for Democratic candidates. If you are registered as a Republican, you will only see & be able to vote for Republican candidates. Whatever your political affiliation, your ballot will include the candidates for nonpartisan offices & local ballot measures.

The last day to register to vote or to update your voter registration in order to vote in this election was Tuesday, April 26th. You can check your voter registration status using the Oregon Secretary of State’s oregonvotes.gov online system.

All elections in Oregon are conducted by mail. Ballots for this Primary Election were mailed to registered voters beginning April 27th. You should have already received your Voters’ Pamphlet & you should receive your ballot in the mail by the first week in May.

Ballots must be submitted at a drop box by 8:00 PM on Election Day OR mailed & postmarked by 8:00 PM on Election Day to be counted. You can track the status of your ballot at oregonvotes.gov.

In past years, mail-in ballots needed to be received on or before Election Day in order to be counted. However, in 2021 Oregon passed a law that allows mail-in ballots to be counted even if they are received up to 7 days after Election Day but they must have been postmarked by 8:00 PM on Election Day. Keep in mind that mail does not get postmarked until it has been picked up from the mailbox & processed at the post office.

If you have any questions or need more information about voting in Oregon, click on oregonvotes.gov.

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ADHA News

Registration is now open for ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference to be held Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join dental hygienists from across the country to celebrate excellence with keynote speakers, continuing education, product presentations & networking events.  

The following continuing education courses will be presented by ODHA members this year: 

  • Working SMARTer … It’s Not Just for Kids: Going Deeper with the Many Uses of Silver Diamine Fluoride presented by Kyle Isaacs 
  • Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Comprehensive Person-Centered Care presented by Darlene Swigart 

ADHA 2022 will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. ADHA recommends that you stay at one of the hotels in their Official Hotel Block that are located conveniently close to the convention center. The have several hotel options for you to choose from including the headquarter hotel Louisville Marriott Downton and other more budget-friendly hotels.  

The ADHA 2022 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting will be held June 17-19, 2022. Registration for the House of Delegates will be separate from the Annual Conference and will open at a later date. 

Click on ADHA 2022 for more information about ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference.

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: VIRTUAL

ADHA recognizes the incredible leadership of all dental hygienists. Beyond the continuing education required to stay on the top of our clinical knowledge, there is a vast range of business, management, communications, and personal learning that can enhance your achievement and enjoyment. 

That’s what the Dental Hygienists Leadership Summit is all about! In 2022, we are hosting two different sessions – one that’s entirely virtual, and another event in person in conjunction with ADHA22. In addition to different formats, each Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will focus on different facets of leadership. 

Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit: Virtual 

The work we do as dental hygiene professionals goes far beyond the operatory, classroom or corporate setting. We are also called to step into the leadership required to create the change needed to improve business practices, healthcare, policy and the world in which we live. These challenges can be both exciting and intimidating, and the virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership is designed to help you learn the skills, confidence and to get the  clarity to direct where your career can go next. Join us if you’d like to:

  • Build on your decision-making skills
  • Discover strategies for conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your communications experience
  • Learn tactics for delegation and people management 
  • Explore how to leverage your interests and strengths to improve oral care for all 

Register here:  ADHA Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit 

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LIVE (IN-PERSON)

The live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit is conveniently scheduled adjacent to ADHA22 in Louisville, KY 

This program is dedicated to dental hygiene professionals interested in growing their experience through association leadership. ADHA offers a range of diverse and rewarding opportunities to embrace roles that impact the entire profession. In these two days, you’ll hear from current and past ADHA leaders who will share their aspirations and accomplishments and guide you to elevate your talent to the next level. Presenters will challenge and inspire you through hands-on workshops, exercises, and action planning to help maximize your impact as an agent of change at the local, state and national level. Sessions are designed to elevate your training in:

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Succession Planning 

Register here:  ADHA Conference

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Postponed! Reschedule information coming soon.

ODHA Virtual Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 2022 

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference - Registration Open!
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

ODHA Membership Leadership Workshop
September 10, 2022

ODHA Student Leadership Workshop
October 8, 2022

ODHA Dental Hygienists’ Annual Conference
November 11 – 12, 2022
Holiday Inn
Wilsonville

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April 2022

President's Message

After a sunny day yesterday and a windy, rainy day today…it must be spring! And with spring comes the beginning of our dental hygiene program graduations. Congratulations to Oregon Institute of Technology’s Klamath Falls and Salem campuses on their recent graduations! We look forward to working with you and want to welcome you to our profession. 

ODHA’s committees have been furiously at work setting up and organizing several programs we hope you will like. 

The Membership Committee, led by Allison Wood, has been organizing our annual “All RDH” event for Oregon’s Dental Conference (which was in hiatus during the Covid19 shutdowns). If you are attending the ODC, please stop by on April 9th and say hello, you just may win a prize. 

The Professional Development Committee, led by Jamie Christianson, arranged a stellar Medical Emergencies CE presented by Dr. Steven W. Beadnell, DMD & Dr. Phillip Kupfer, DMD, MD. We continue to work on providing required licensing continuing education. This month, Mónica Sarmiento will be presenting “Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation in Adults and Children.”  

Our Leadership Development Committee, led by Leilani Allison, will be putting on two leadership workshops this year. The first will be for our general membership in September and the second will be for our first-year students which will be held in October. If you have ever considered doing something to help your professional organization, this is a great way to get started.  

Check out all the upcoming events on our website

Finally, an organization is only as strong as its membership involvement; please consider volunteering with ODHA. This can be on one of the many committees, leadership within your local component or by volunteering for a state board position. There will be several openings on the ODHA board when this term is up in November. Last year I “Dared” everyone to consider adding your talents to our organization’s team. Continuing with this year’s theme, I “Dream” of you, our members, filling out our bio-data form and working with other ODHA leaders to continue supporting our profession. You can check out our “how to get involved” page to see what positions will be open and find the link to our bio-data form.

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH, BSDH
#BELIEVE
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Volunteering with Compassion Connect Health Clinics: A Meaningful Way to Give Back to Our Communities
Written by Leilani Allison, RDH, ODHA Vice President

CompassionClinic 2.jpg - 94.48 KbOne of the reasons I chose to become a dental hygienist was because I knew I would gain skills that I could use to help our communities through volunteer work. Every time I have the opportunity to volunteer, my heart soars and it reminds me of why I chose to become a dental hygienist -- to help those around me and give back in any way that I can! Since 2017 I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Compassion Connect. Compassion Connect is a wonderful organization that brings churches and volunteers together to serve their communities in so many amazing ways. One way that they help our communities is through their health clinics where they bring together different healthcare providers and services at local churches to provide these life changing services to our community members who face barriers to accessing care. From chiropractic services to medical exams and eye exams, social services, haircuts, a mobile shower and hygiene unit, and resource connection, Compassion Connect Health Clinics has a special opportunity to change an individual’s life. Something very special about Compassion Connect is that as a registered dental hygienist we can volunteer our skills and knowledge to provide dental care to our community, too! 

On Saturday, March 19th, I had the opportunity to volunteer as an RDH, mentoring 12 Mt Hood Community College dental hygiene students volunteering their time to serve our community. In addition to our wonderful students, we were also joined by three amazing pre-dental hygiene students, and many amazing volunteers who assisted with set up, medical histories, translations, coordination, and even food! Utilizing five units, we were able to help 13 individuals access dental care through providing dental prophylaxis, patient education, fluoride treatments, resources, and referrals! I am so proud of our students, staff, and volunteers for taking the time to give back and help our neighbors. 

This is an amazing opportunity to give back to our communities, increase oral health, and help those who face these difficult barriers to accessing oral healthcare. If you would like to join Compassion Connect and volunteer in any capacity, or just have questions, please reach out to Compassion Connect’s Oregon Clinic Director Corina Ferguson at [email protected].

Every event I am reminded why I love our work so much, and why I became a dental hygienist. We have the unique opportunity to truly help people, and I am so thankful that I was united with Compassion Connect five years ago.

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Local Continuing Education through Volunteering in Your Community
Written by Jamie Christianson, ODHA South West Director and Professional Development Chair

As mask mandates are lifted, the ease of getting together once again comes to mind. Component leaders are encouraged to plan local gatherings and events that can reconnect members. These gatherings can be as simple as setting a meeting place for conversation over coffee. For those planners out there, one option could be to come together to plan and host an oral health community service event. Another option could be to brainstorm with your fellow hygienists on connecting with local organizations to join forces, such as an existing food pantry or women’s shelter in your community. 

Meanwhile, ODHA’s Professional Development Committee’s decision to continue to hold the majority of continuing education classes online has more to do with keeping our courses consistent and within reach of ALL our members throughout the entire state. Since we do value our members getting together at the state level as well, the “All RDH Event” hosted by our Membership Committee will be at the Oregon Dental Conference on April 9th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. We will also have our 2-day in person event at the Annual Oregon Dental Hygienists Conference this November. 

We understand this has been a major shift in CE focus for ODHA and our components. However, the goal behind this is that it will allow all volunteers throughout our Association to know more about what their role entails. Thus, the main responsibility of CE is on the ODHA Board of Directors, while Component leaders, such as Director, Chairs and Secretaries can focus on connecting with their membership on a social level. Local groups will no longer have to feel the pressure of planning a full schedule of courses for their members which used to take up a lot of member's time. Now, association resources can be spread out more evenly and provide a greater benefit to all our members. 

Besides, a creative way to earn continuing education credits is through volunteering in organized events in oral health. What a great opportunity for the Association to give our creative and intelligent members a way to give back! This is a special way for individual components to mix socializing and earning credits at the local level. If this interests you, I would encourage you to email or call your component director today and get planning!

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All RDH Celebration Event at 2022 Oregon Dental Conference

Join us for the All RDH Celebration on Saturday, April 9th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Room C125 at the Oregon Dental Conference located at the Oregon Convention Center for networking and giveaways. Grab your lunch and then join ODHA for a fun, meet and greet RDH gathering. Win prizes, reconnect with your peers, relax, and have some fun!

Click here for more information!

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Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation in Adults and Children

Join us Thursday, April 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm via Zoom for "Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation in Adults and Children" presented by Mónica Sarmiento. This 2-hour continuing education course will provide dental professionals with a review on nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation in the dental office. 


Course Objectives
 

  • Recognize methods for assessing and measuring fear and anxiety.
  • Identify the indications and contraindications for the use of nitrous oxide sedation
  • Discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and complications of nitrous oxide sedation
  • Understand current nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation practice guidelines in the State of Oregon
  • Implement workplace monitoring, safety guidelines, and recommendations per OSHA/NIOH.
Click here for details and registration

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Committee News

Professional Development Committee 

Professional Development meeting dates for April: 

Tuesday, April 12
7:00 pm via Zoom

Tuesday, April 26
7:00 pm via Zoom

All are welcome. If interested in seeing what we are all about, please contact the Chair, Jamie Christianson at [email protected] for the meeting link.

SAVE THE DATE for our first Virtual Scientific Symposium for Dental Hygienists, Saturday, May 14. Join us as we journey into the "Sulcular Space", worth 6 CE. Our presenters include Marianne Dryer on Root Anatomy and Dr. Ann Fugolin on the latest in biofilm change agents. 

Leadership Development Committee 

Our next meeting will be our Quarterly Meeting on Monday, April 18th 7:00 pm via zoom. We will be discussing our upcoming events, the Leadership Workshop and the Student Leadership Workshop. If you are interested in becoming a future leader of the Oregon Dental Hygiene Association, or are just curious about our meetings please email Leilani at [email protected] to receive the next meeting agenda as well as the zoom link! We can’t wait to meet you and hear your great ideas!

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Advocacy News

ODHA Advocacy Workshop 

The ODHA sponsored Advocacy Workshop “Promoting Dental Public Health through Advocacy” has been postponed

Please stay tuned for updates to this workshop. Contact ODHA Advocacy Director,  Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information. 

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ADHA News

Registration is now open for ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference to be held Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join dental hygienists from across the country to celebrate excellence with keynote speakers, continuing education, product presentations & networking events.  

The following continuing education courses will be presented by ODHA members this year: 

  • Working SMARTer … It’s Not Just for Kids: Going Deeper with the Many Uses of Silver Diamine Fluoride presented by Kyle Isaacs 
  • Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Comprehensive Person-Centered Care presented by Darlene Swigart 

ADHA 2022 will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. ADHA recommends that you stay at one of the hotels in their Official Hotel Block that are located conveniently close to the convention center. The have several hotel options for you to choose from including the headquarter hotel Louisville Marriott Downton and other more budget-friendly hotels.  

The ADHA 2022 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting will be held June 17-19, 2022. Registration for the House of Delegates will be separate from the Annual Conference and will open at a later date. 

Click on ADHA 2022 for more information about ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference.

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: VIRTUAL

ADHA recognizes the incredible leadership of all dental hygienists. Beyond the continuing education required to stay on the top of our clinical knowledge, there is a vast range of business, management, communications, and personal learning that can enhance your achievement and enjoyment. 

That’s what the Dental Hygienists Leadership Summit is all about! In 2022, we are hosting two different sessions – one that’s entirely virtual, and another event in person in conjunction with ADHA22. In addition to different formats, each Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will focus on different facets of leadership. 

Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit: Virtual 

The work we do as dental hygiene professionals goes far beyond the operatory, classroom or corporate setting. We are also called to step into the leadership required to create the change needed to improve business practices, healthcare, policy and the world in which we live. These challenges can be both exciting and intimidating, and the virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership is designed to help you learn the skills, confidence and to get the  clarity to direct where your career can go next. Join us if you’d like to:

  • Build on your decision-making skills
  • Discover strategies for conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your communications experience
  • Learn tactics for delegation and people management 
  • Explore how to leverage your interests and strengths to improve oral care for all 

Register here:  ADHA Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit 

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LIVE (IN-PERSON)

The live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit is conveniently scheduled adjacent to ADHA22 in Louisville, KY 

This program is dedicated to dental hygiene professionals interested in growing their experience through association leadership. ADHA offers a range of diverse and rewarding opportunities to embrace roles that impact the entire profession. In these two days, you’ll hear from current and past ADHA leaders who will share their aspirations and accomplishments and guide you to elevate your talent to the next level. Presenters will challenge and inspire you through hands-on workshops, exercises, and action planning to help maximize your impact as an agent of change at the local, state and national level. Sessions are designed to elevate your training in:

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Succession Planning 

Register here:  ADHA Conference

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Postponed! Reschedule information coming soon.

ODHA at the Oregon Dental Conference
April 7 - 9, 2022
Oregon Convention Center | Portland, OR

RDH Event at 2022 Oregon Dental Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Room C125
Oregon Convention Center | Portland, OR

Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation in Adults and Children
Thursday, April 28, 2022
6:30 - 8:30 pm via Zoom

ODHA Virtual Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 2022 

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference - Registration Open!
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee.

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

APRIL BOARD MEETING

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, April 22, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting. 

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them. 

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on June 17, August 19, October 21 and December 16. 

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events! 

HIGH DESERT COMPONENT NEWS 

A Meet and Greet was held on Thursday, March 10th and it was fun to get to know other dental hygienists in the area. There was a lot of socializing and connecting, along with some great ideas. The attendees requested that we set up another casual meeting and that someone speak to them about the Oregon Dental Therapist Program. I am looking into getting a speaker. 

Our next High Desert Component Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, April 7th at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in attending, please email [email protected].

NORTH WEST COMPONENT NEWS

Hello everyone in the NW component! We are back as a component. This is my first time as a board member and I am learning a lot in the role as your director. Please be patient as I work out bringing the NW component back to life along with Heidi Klobes, your component chair. If you have any suggestions on what you would like from your ODHA component or goals for us, please feel free to reach out. 

We are looking forward to more socials and meetings where we can get together and brainstorm ways to strengthen our component and profession. Be on the lookout for a mid April event! More details will be emailed out shortly.

-Ashli

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Membership Information


ODHA Membership Includes:

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 


March 2022

President's Message

Celebrate Dental Assistants March 6-12, 2022! 

Before becoming a dental hygienist, I was a dental assistant for 10 years.  Anyone that has been a dental assistant, knows that the dental assistant is the glue that holds an office together. Their job not only revolves around helping the dentist, but also ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, and helping the hygienist. A good dental assistant ensures that the flow of the office is smooth, and knows where everyone is in their schedules, always looking ahead to possible roadblocks and bottlenecks. Our jobs as dental hygienists can be made easier by a good dental assistant. 

So, during Dental Assistants week, make sure you thank your dental assistants. Give them a social media shoutout, let them know that you see the work they are doing and that you appreciate them. 

For me…thank you to all the dental assistants I have worked with in the past, and especially to our current dental assistants, Katy Broyles and Wendy Whittington for all your hard work! 

ODHA’s committees are hard at work to bring exciting programs to our members. The Professional Development team is finalizing details on our Medical Emergency CE via Zoom and the Spring Symposium lineup is almost complete. The Leadership Development Committee has started working on the first all-member Leadership Workshop which will be held in June (if you have ever thought you wanted to become involved, this is a must attend event). Our Membership Committee is preparing for the “All RDH” event at the Oregon Dental Conference on April 9. 

Our component leaders have also been hard at work planning to bring more social events to their members. The Component Directors, chairs and secretaries have been meeting and strategizing to bring more social events to their component members. Keep an eye out for their emails regarding these events. 

I “believe” this year our association will be better than ever, with more CE opportunities, more community service events and more member engagement! 

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH, BSDH
#BELIEVE
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Board Member Spotlight

Ashli Lockett, North West Component Chair

Ashli Lockett.png - 534.18 KbI'm Ashli Lockett. I am a born and raised Oregonian and love it here in the PNW. Becoming a hygienist was a dream I realized later in my life. I went back to school after having spent time in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and starting a family. Now I have been practicing for a few years. Some of my interests include spending time with family, quad riding, paddle boarding and camping. I also really love to dance and to collect trading cards with my daughters. My next goal is to continue my education for a MBA and to continue teaching dental hygiene at Pacific University.

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Member Spotlight

Sacha Lodge

Growing up on the California coast in the town of Cambria, Sacha was inspired to pursue dentistry from close family friends in the field. She graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology in 2003 with her associate degree in Dental Hygiene, followed by her Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Business Management in 2004 Cum Laude. She has been very active through the years in the dental profession on the local and state level and has always felt it is important to stay up to date on the latest information.

Dental Hygiene has been tremendously rewarding for Sacha and she discovered first-hand how our entire body is connected and how profoundly one part can cause an effect on another. When her daughter started having problems with her occlusion and allergies, she wanted to know why, and how she could get to the root cause in order to help her. 

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy has opened Sacha’s mind to the great therapeutic benefits it has on dysfunctions of our mouth and the entire body. It is a way to help her daughter and her patients. Her background in dentistry gives her a unique perspective for her Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy patients.

Sacha started her Orofacial Myofunctional training with the renowned educator and therapist, Sarah Hornsby, in her MyoMentor program. She then went on to pursue additional training with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT). She is constantly taking continuing education in the field, including courses with the Breathe Institute by Dr. Soroush Zaghi, MD, (renowned sleep disordered breathing and tongue tie expert). 

When Sacha is not getting excited about Myofunctional Therapy, she is enjoying the outdoors and the beauty of Central Oregon. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, gardening, horse riding and spending time with her two children and husband. 

Members…know a dental hygienist that everyone should know? Let us know about them by sending their information to [email protected].

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Student News

My Early Experiences of Dental Hygiene School
by Hannah Keim, Student, RDH Lane Community College

I thought I was ready. I wasn’t. I thought I knew what to expect. I didn’t. I thought I knew what busy was. I definitely didn’t. Has it been worth it? Yes!

Dental Hygiene school is unlike any challenge I’ve ever faced academically, emotionally, and organizationally; and it is equally rewarding, fun, and exhilarating. Entering the classroom on the first day, I didn’t know that ‘oral fissure’ was dental hygiene for ‘mouth’. That is serious, ask Cris Houser. Eighty-three school days after that, I welcomed my first patient into the dental chair: vitals, EO/IO examination, caries risk assessment, periodontal charting, the three C’s, exploring for calculus deposit and furcation involvement, treatment planning, prophy, polishing, homecare, and fluoride varnish. All completed in 3 hours and 40 minutes.

It's hard to explain what it's like unless you have been a dental hygiene student. The moments of panic felt so intensely, matched only by the exuberance after learning a new skill, or hugging a classmate, who is now a friend, with tears in your eyes after you ‘actually did it’.

Even when we didn’t believe them, the instructors at LCC let us know we would make it, that we could do it, and that we were exactly where we were supposed to be. Sometimes I still am not sure. But 17 weeks of school later, they are still there, meeting me wherever I am emotionally, ready to take on the day. Yes, they will kick you in the butt when you need it, but they are there to let you cry, feel frustrated, and to hug you and jump for joy when you succeed. They have taught me to be kind to myself. I hear Michelle Cummin’s voice in my head saying, ‘don’t focus on the grade, complete the task and look at what you can do,” and Tina Clarke, always challenging me to find new ways to get involved. Even on the hardest days, when I think I am not smart enough to complete the task, I know they are rooting for me and that they believe I can do it.

The instructors, combined with the built-in support from classmates can see you through even the ‘Five Exam’ weeks that come at you in dental hygiene school. Jill Jones, one of our LCC teachers, says dental hygiene school is like drinking from a fire hose. She’s right. But I wouldn’t change it. I’ve learned I can meet the challenge, I can multitask, and I’m right where I should be. 

Students…have a story to tell? Want to be featured in a future newsletter? Send your submission to [email protected].

DENNIS MUIR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

First year dental hygiene students, the applications for the $3,000 Dennis Muir Scholarship will be arriving at your school the first week of April. Your program director and student advisor will have digital copies of the application. To be eligible, you must be an Oregon resident attending an Oregon school, have at least a 3.0 GPA following your first term, and never have applied before. The scholarship will be placed into the winner's student account and can be used for tuition and any school expenses such as books and instruments. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sue Sanzi-Schaedel, Chair
Dennis Muir Scholarship Committee

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Celebrate Dental Assistant Week March 6-12

DENTAL ASSISTANT SHOUTOUT!
by Leilani Allison

Baley one day dreams of going to school to become a dental hygienist. She recently started at our Hollywood office and has been learning incredibly fast! We all adore her, and we are so proud of her work ethic and commitment to our patients.  

"My name is Baley and I'm an 18-year-old transgender woman and pretty new to dental assisting! I chose to go into the field because of how much I loved going to the dentist growing up. In my free time I enjoy camping, listening to music, and reading.”  

Let’s celebrate our dental assistants March 6-12 on ODHA’s Facebook page. Send their pictures (with their permission) before March 5 to [email protected]

DENTAL ASSISTANTS RECOGNITION WEEK

“Passionate About Our Patients – Dedicated to Our Profession” is the theme for Dental Assistants Recognition Week March 6-12, 2022, a week-long tribute to the commitment and dedication that dental assistants exhibit throughout the year. 

Today’s dental assistants strengthen the entire dental practice and enhance the patient care experience. Dental assistants are committed to professional development and quality dental care. Dental assisting continues to diversify and expand as a healthcare profession. Whether working chairside with a dentist, taking x-rays or managing the business office, teaching or working in insurance or sales, dental assistants are vital to the success of the dentistry. 

Remember, if you know a dental assistant you would like to celebrate, email [email protected] by March 5 with their picture (and permission please)!

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Committee News

Professional Development Committee 

Professional Development meeting dates for March: March 8 and 29 at 7 PM

SAVE THE DATE for our first Virtual Scientific Symposium for Dental Hygienists, Saturday, May 14. Join us as we journey into the "Sulcular Space", worth 6 CE. Our presenters include Marianne Dryer on Root Anatomy and Dr. Ann Fugolin on the latest in biofilm change agents. 

Membership Committee 

Happy MARCH from the Membership Committee! Thursday, March 24 we will be holding a Zoom meeting and we would love for you to attend. Our committee is a great starting place to get involved in ODHA. Please email me for the invite. I would also love to hear from you about how much you appreciate your Dental Assistants as we recognize our teammates this month and celebrate them. Email me a statement, short video and/or a photo of why you appreciate your awesome Dental Assistants. I want to share your answers with our members. 

Membership Committee contact email: [email protected] 

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Advocacy News

ODHA Advocacy Workshop 

The ODHA sponsored Advocacy Workshop “Promoting Dental Public Health through Advocacy” has been postponed

Please stay tuned for updates to this workshop. Contact ODHA Advocacy Director,  Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information. 

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ADHA News

Registration is now open for ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference to be held Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join dental hygienists from across the country to celebrate excellence with keynote speakers, continuing education, product presentations & networking events.  

The following continuing education courses will be presented by ODHA members this year: 

  • Working SMARTer … It’s Not Just for Kids: Going Deeper with the Many Uses of Silver Diamine Fluoride presented by Kyle Isaacs 
  • Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Comprehensive Person-Centered Care presented by Darlene Swigart 

ADHA 2022 will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. ADHA recommends that you stay at one of the hotels in their Official Hotel Block that are located conveniently close to the convention center. The have several hotel options for you to choose from including the headquarter hotel Louisville Marriott Downton and other more budget-friendly hotels.  

The ADHA 2022 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting will be held June 17-19, 2022. Registration for the House of Delegates will be separate from the Annual Conference and will open at a later date. 

Click on ADHA 2022 for more information about ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference.

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: VIRTUAL

ADHA recognizes the incredible leadership of all dental hygienists. Beyond the continuing education required to stay on the top of our clinical knowledge, there is a vast range of business, management, communications, and personal learning that can enhance your achievement and enjoyment. 

That’s what the Dental Hygienists Leadership Summit is all about! In 2022, we are hosting two different sessions – one that’s entirely virtual, and another event in person in conjunction with ADHA22. In addition to different formats, each Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will focus on different facets of leadership. 

Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit: Virtual 

The work we do as dental hygiene professionals goes far beyond the operatory, classroom or corporate setting. We are also called to step into the leadership required to create the change needed to improve business practices, healthcare, policy and the world in which we live. These challenges can be both exciting and intimidating, and the virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership is designed to help you learn the skills, confidence and to get the  clarity to direct where your career can go next. Join us if you’d like to:

  • Build on your decision-making skills
  • Discover strategies for conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your communications experience
  • Learn tactics for delegation and people management 
  • Explore how to leverage your interests and strengths to improve oral care for all 

Register here:  ADHA Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit 

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LIVE (IN-PERSON)

The live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit is conveniently scheduled adjacent to ADHA22 in Louisville, KY 

This program is dedicated to dental hygiene professionals interested in growing their experience through association leadership. ADHA offers a range of diverse and rewarding opportunities to embrace roles that impact the entire profession. In these two days, you’ll hear from current and past ADHA leaders who will share their aspirations and accomplishments and guide you to elevate your talent to the next level. Presenters will challenge and inspire you through hands-on workshops, exercises, and action planning to help maximize your impact as an agent of change at the local, state and national level. Sessions are designed to elevate your training in:

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Succession Planning 

Register here:  ADHA Conference

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Postponed! Reschedule information coming soon.

RDH Event at 2022 Oregon Dental Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2022 

ODHA Virtual Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 2022 

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference - Registration Open!
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee.

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

APRIL BOARD MEETING

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, April 22, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting. 

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them. 

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on June 17, August 19, October 21 and December 16. 

OPENING FOR DENTAL HYGIENIST BOARD MEMBER 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) will have an opening for a dental hygienist member of the Board in April 2022 when Yadira Martinez, RDH completes her second four-year term on the OBD. Yadira was appointed to serve on the Oregon Board of Dentistry in 2014, and she served as their 2020-2021 President. 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry consists of ten members. Six members must be Oregon licensed dentists, one of which must be a dental specialist, two members must be licensed dental hygienists, and two members must be from the public. Board members are appointed to serve a four-year term and may be reappointed to serve a second four-year term. 

The ODHA may nominate 3-5 dental hygienists to the Governor to fill this opening. Any Oregon licensed dental hygienist who resides in Oregon may apply for this position. The new Board member will be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Governor’s office will review and consider the applicant’s geographic location, ethnic background, diversity, disciplinary history (if any) and other factors important to the Governor. 

For more information click on Board & Staff Openings. Please contact Oregon Board of Dentistry Executive Director Stephen Prisby or ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley if you have any questions about serving on the Oregon Board of Dentistry.

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events! 

HIGH DESERT COMPONENT NEWS 

The High Desert Component is having a Meet & Greet scheduled for Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Marcello's Cucina Italiana in Sunriver. Everyone is welcome to attend, both non-members and members of ODHA. The next High Desert Component meeting will be held on April 7 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. 

This month the High Desert Component is recognizing Sacha Lodge, RDH for her career achievements and involvement with ODHA. 

SOUTH WEST COMPONENT NEWS

We are still trying to reach members via Zoom. Did you know we have had 3 virtual meetings this year and NO ONE has come yet? I know it's not as good as in-person, but I would enjoy to see your lovely faces and chat with you. If you have other ideas how to get our group talking again, please email me at [email protected]. I would love to hear from you! 

Our next monthly SW Member Chat is set for Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. I hope to "see" you there!

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Membership Information


ODHA Membership Includes:

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 


February 2022

President's Message

National Children’s Dental Health Month

According to ChildStats.gov, in 2019, 9 in 10 children between the ages of 5-17 visited a dentist during 2018. In 2017-2018, 14% of children ages 5-11, down from 27% in 1999-2004, and 9% of children ages 12-17 down from 19% in 1999-2004, had untreated dental caries. Children 5-11 who come from low-income families, were nearly three times more likely and children 12-17 were more than twice as likely to have untreated dental caries than those children from higher income families. 

This year, the ADA’s National Children’s Dental Health Month is focusing on sealants, with their 2022 theme being “Sealants Make Sense.” We know that sealants on permanent molars reduce caries risk and is often recommended by both hygienists and dentists. 

Therefore, this month I want to thank our pediatric and general/family practice dental hygienists. Thank you for educating your young patients and their parents on how to improve their oral health by teaching them proper brushing and flossing technique, providing nutritional counseling, and reducing risk factors by placing sealants. 

You can find resources (posters, flyers, activity and coloring sheets) here:  ADA National Children's Dental Health Month resources

My DREAM is that the statistics continue to improve. I DREAM of children, regardless of their family incomes, getting regular and frequent dental visits that help them and their parents reduce the incidence of dental caries, and more importantly, I DREAM of children of all ages growing up without cavities! 

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH, BSDH
#DREAM
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Board Member Spotlight

Allison Wood, Membership Chair

Hello ODHA members! I am a finally a year into my career here in Central Oregon. I have big plans to one day utilize my expanded practice permit, am in the works of regularly using my restorative endorsement, and have been lucky enough to be a fly on the wall and watch a pilot program for dental therapy be utilized in an office. The scope of practice in Oregon and advocacy for advancement never ceases to amaze me and leaves me wanting to watch it grow even more!

To understand my enthusiasm about this role you must know what led me here, or rather, who led me here. When I decided upon the dental hygiene career, I truly had no idea what was in store. I thought it was going to be cleaning teeth in my perfectly organized op while the rest of the team and I effortlessly bounced around the office until the day came to an end. You’re all laughing right? Growing up, the dental professionals I knew always greeted me with a smile and made everything seem so perfect and simple. Little did I know the incredible possibilities I would come to have access to becoming a dental hygienist. Two of the most inspiring people I met while coming into my dental hygiene career were also board members: Tiffany Foy and Brenna Chavarin. Learning from, watching, and working beside these amazing hygienists as they utilize their expanded practice permits not only sparked big dreams for my career, but also gave me so much appreciation for our association and the groundbreaking ways the advocacy has expanded our profession. Through mentorship that quickly became friendship, I was invited to a membership committee meeting where my ideas were heard, expanded, and brought to a reality alongside the other ideas of the team. I loved the exciting energy of the membership committee because we get to throw so many ideas out, see one spark within everyone else, and run with it and watch it grow! This is what I hope to keep alive on the membership committee this year as our professional association grows!

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ODHA 2022 Student Dental Hygiene Conference

What a turn out!On Friday January 28th nearly 200 dental hygiene students attended the second annual ODHA Student Dental Hygiene Conference. This virtual event was jam packed full of fun and information just for the student dental hygienist.

This program was planned by students for students. Along with the assistance of Tina Clarke and facultyGood to see so many faces! advisors, the students helped create practically every aspect of this event. We all met virtually four or five times to get the creative juices flowing. Even after long school days, students and faculty advisors showed up to collaborate (see list below).

The three-hour conference had six different sessions to choose from. There was something for every level of student. Lisa Rowley provided a great review of the different licensing exam requirements for Oregon and surrounding states. Melissa Turner from OnDiem provided some great interviewing tips. Bernadette Schlaefer from Crest/Oral-B presented a Dental Hygiene Science Review, while Lori Aus, Tracy Brunkhorst and Ilya Babyi shared their expertise on the role of an Expanded Practice Dental Hygienist.

Plus, there was a career panel of experts sharing different ways they utilize their dental hygiene license. Winnie Furnari shared her experiences with Forensics. Dr. Kelly Tanner shared her journey of an entrepreneur. Juanita Simpson explained how she became a public health dental hygienist and how she was able to create an impactful career. Finally, Mollie Tate and Mark Kobylinsky shared how they utilize restorative in their dental hygiene practice and the pathway to becoming a dental therapist. Then to cap it off Monica Monsantofils, from Dentsply Sirona, shared practical tips on optimizing treatment outcomes.

Even though it was a virtual event the energy was on fire. Guest MC Alex Cuarteros from Mt Hood Community College kept the audience engaged sharing highlights and giving shoutouts to all the students. Of course, it helped that in between these sessions’ students had an opportunity to win prizes too! There were nearly 20 different prizes awarded to student attendees.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Oregon dental hygiene school program directors and faculty. Thank you for creating time in your academic calendar for this event.  Now to get ready for the 2023 event! 

Student Conference Planning Committee Members

CLARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Stephen Quimby
  • Arielle Rodriguez

LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Kate Manger
  • Hannah Keim
  • Brenna Feigles
  • Tesslyn Werner
  • Jill Jones-Faculty Advisor

MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Riley Powers
  • Cassandra Vazquez
  • Alex Cuarteros
  • Ilyia Babiy-Faculty Advisor

OREGON TECH

  • Jessica Reynolds
  • Shannon Bowdle

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

  • Brittany Gottsch
  • Leslie Harbison-Faculty Advisor

PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Beth Kreinheder
  • D Kremers
  • Sara Hill-Faculty Advisor
 

OREGON DENTAL HYGIENISTS ASSOCIATION

  • Tina Clarke
  • Juanita Simpson
  • Lisa Rowley
  • Tracey Brunkhorst

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OHSU School of Dentistry

In Memoriam

ODHA joins the dental profession in mourning the loss of two former leaders of the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). 

Jill Mason and Peg RyanMargaret (Peg) Ryan, RDH, MS passed on October 1, 2021. Peg was chair of the dental hygiene program at the OHSU School of Dentistry from 1977 to 1997. Before coming to OHSU Peg held leadership positions within the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Council of the National Board of Dental Examiners and the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Education. Peg “created a legacy for our profession and had a vision for dental hygiene that many could only dream of. Now this generation is reaping the rewards of that vision” – Jill Mason, RDH, MS. Peg was named as an honorary alumna of the OHSU School of Dentistry and their Alumni Association continues to honor Peg each year in hosting the Cantwell Memorial Lecture and Margaret M. Ryan Dental Hygiene Update. Peg received the ODHA Lois Whitford Outstanding Dental Hygienist Award and the ADHA Institute of Oral Health offers a scholarship in her name. You can read about Peg Ryan’s life and work in the field of dental hygiene and dental hygiene education in an oral history interview that is available at: https://scholararchive.ohsu.edu/concern/etds/sf268533p?locale=en 

Dr. Jack ClintonDr. Jack Clinton passed on January 3, 2022. Dr. Clinton was dean of the OHSU School of Dentistry from 2004 to 2012 having served as interim dean for a short time in 2003. Prior to serving as dean, Dr. Clinton served as associate dean of clinical affairs. Dr. Clinton led the School of Dentistry in planning for the construction of its new facility that is now located on the Portland South Waterfront. He also led a strategic overhaul of the dental curriculum that moved the school to an integrated group practice system that created a more private practice type approach to providing comprehensive dental care for patients. Dr. Clinton served on the steering committee for the new dental hygiene program at Pacific University. You can read about Dr. Clinton’s life and work in the field of dentistry and dental education in an oral history interview that is available at: https://scholararchive.ohsu.edu/concern/etds/rn3011649?locale=en

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Children's Dental Health Month

2022 National Children's Dental Health Month focuses on sealants

National observance brings people together by promoting good oral health. February is National Children's Dental Health Month, with the 2022 theme being “Sealants Make Sense.”

The month is a national health observance that brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, health care providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

Irene Hilton, D.D.S., chair of the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention’s advisory committee on dental sealants, said sealants are an equitable way to prevent caries.

"Sealants on permanent molars reduce the risk of caries by 80%,” Dr. Hilton said. "If your dentist recommends dental sealants, it is part of a comprehensive caries management approach. I am excited that this year" National Children" Dental Health Month theme is about dental sealants, so more families are aware of this cavity-preventing treatment." The NCDHM Program Planning Guide, available in mid-November at National Children's Dental Health Month, provides program coordinators, dental societies, teachers and parents with resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation and more.

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Committee News

UPCOMING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
 

Professional Development Committee 

February 8       7:00 – 8:00 pm
February 22     7:00 – 8:00 pm 

Contact Jamie Christianson if you want to join! 

Leadership Development Committee 

All are welcome to join!! We will be planning on the following: 

  • Filling the Slate for next year’s leaders
  • Leadership workshops (student and member) 
  • Mentorship Online Meeting

February 21     7:00 – 8:00 pm 

Contact Leilani Allison to get involved! 

Membership Committee

February 17     6:30 – 7:30 pm

Contact Allison Wood for this fun group!

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Advocacy News

ODHA Advocacy Workshop 

ODHA will sponsor “Promoting Dental Public Health through Advocacy” a 5-hour interactive workshop 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Tuesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 17, 2022

This workshop is intended for dental hygienists who want to become more involved in advocating for the dental hygiene profession in Oregon. Participants will learn and practice skills needed to effectively pursue regulatory changes to promote dental public health. This workshop will be presented in a virtual format using the Zoom software platform. 

Please contact ODHA Advocacy Director,  Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information.

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ADHA News

Registration is now open for ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference to be held Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join dental hygienists from across the country to celebrate excellence with keynote speakers, continuing education, product presentations & networking events.  

The following continuing education courses will be presented by ODHA members this year: 

  • Working SMARTer … It’s Not Just for Kids: Going Deeper with the Many Uses of Silver Diamine Fluoride presented by Kyle Isaacs 
  • Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Comprehensive Person-Centered Care presented by Darlene Swigart 

ADHA 2022 will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. ADHA recommends that you stay at one of the hotels in their Official Hotel Block that are located conveniently close to the convention center. The have several hotel options for you to choose from including the headquarter hotel Louisville Marriott Downton and other more budget-friendly hotels.  

The ADHA 2022 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting will be held June 17-19, 2022. Registration for the House of Delegates will be separate from the Annual Conference and will open at a later date. 

Click on ADHA 2022 for more information about ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference.

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: VIRTUAL

ADHA recognizes the incredible leadership of all dental hygienists. Beyond the continuing education required to stay on the top of our clinical knowledge, there is a vast range of business, management, communications, and personal learning that can enhance your achievement and enjoyment. 

That’s what the Dental Hygienists Leadership Summit is all about! In 2022, we are hosting two different sessions – one that’s entirely virtual, and another event in person in conjunction with ADHA22. In addition to different formats, each Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will focus on different facets of leadership. 

Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit: Virtual 

The work we do as dental hygiene professionals goes far beyond the operatory, classroom or corporate setting. We are also called to step into the leadership required to create the change needed to improve business practices, healthcare, policy and the world in which we live. These challenges can be both exciting and intimidating, and the virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership is designed to help you learn the skills, confidence and to get the  clarity to direct where your career can go next. Join us if you’d like to:

  • Build on your decision-making skills
  • Discover strategies for conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your communications experience
  • Learn tactics for delegation and people management 
  • Explore how to leverage your interests and strengths to improve oral care for all 

Register here:  ADHA Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit 

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LIVE (IN-PERSON)

The live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit is conveniently scheduled adjacent to ADHA22 in Louisville, KY 

This program is dedicated to dental hygiene professionals interested in growing their experience through association leadership. ADHA offers a range of diverse and rewarding opportunities to embrace roles that impact the entire profession. In these two days, you’ll hear from current and past ADHA leaders who will share their aspirations and accomplishments and guide you to elevate your talent to the next level. Presenters will challenge and inspire you through hands-on workshops, exercises, and action planning to help maximize your impact as an agent of change at the local, state and national level. Sessions are designed to elevate your training in:

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Succession Planning 

Register here:  ADHA Conference

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Tuesday and Thursday, March 15 and 17, 2022
6:00 - 9:00 pm each night

RDH Event at 2022 Oregon Dental Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2022 

ODHA Virtual Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 2022 

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference - Registration Open!
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

"All Things Pediatric" presented by Dr. Justin Berman, DMD
February 24, 2022 
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Dr. Justin Berman, DMD, graduated in 2015 from NOVA Dental School and in 2017 graduated from the University of Southern California in Pediatric Dentistry. 

Dr. Berman is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist, and owns SVC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Santa Clarita, CA.  He has presented at the Hinman Dental Conference, and to the California Society of Pediatric Dentists. 

He will be presenting to ODHA, "All Things Pediatric" on February 24th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

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Other News & Events

NATIONAL MOBILE & TELEDENTISTRY CONFERENCE

The third annual National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference will be held March 3-5, 2022 at the Sahara Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Over three days, you'll have the chance to meet hundreds of entrepreneurs, industry experts, brand leaders and dental professionals from across the world — all while diving into the future of dentistry. With more than 35 course hours, you can explore innovative care delivery and business models, virtual technologies, artificial intelligence and so much more! 

ODHA members presenting at this conference include Karen Hall and Linda Mann.

The final day to register for in-person tickets is February 4, 2022. If you cannot attend this conference in person, you can purchase an OnDemand Virtual Ticket to access course recordings and watch them whenever it's convenientfor you. On-demand courses will be available 2 weeks after the live event. The cost of the virtual ticket will increase after the event begins. 

For more information click on www.nmdconference.com

DENTAL ASSISTANTS RECOGNITION WEEK

“Passionate About Our Patients – Dedicated to Our Profession” is the theme for Dental Assistants Recognition Week March 6-12, 2022, a week-long tribute to the commitment and dedication that dental assistants exhibit throughout the year. 

Today’s dental assistants strengthen the entire dental practice and enhance the patient care experience. Dental assistants are committed to professional development and quality dental care. Dental assisting continues to diversify and expand as a healthcare profession. Whether working chairside with a dentist, taking x-rays or managing the business office, teaching or working in insurance or sales, dental assistants are vital to the success of the dentistry. 

Start planning now for ways to celebrate & recognize the dental assistants who work with you during the 2022 Dental Assistants Recognition Week.

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee.

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, February 25, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting. 

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them. 

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on April 22, June 17, August 19, October 21 and December 16. 

OPENING FOR DENTAL HYGIENIST BOARD MEMBER 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) will have an opening for a dental hygienist member of the Board in April 2022 when Yadira Martinez, RDH completes her second four-year term on the OBD. Yadira was appointed to serve on the Oregon Board of Dentistry in 2014, and she served as their 2020-2021 President. 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry consists of ten members. Six members must be Oregon licensed dentists, one of which must be a dental specialist, two members must be licensed dental hygienists, and two members must be from the public. Board members are appointed to serve a four-year term and may be reappointed to serve a second four-year term. 

The ODHA may nominate 3-5 dental hygienists to the Governor to fill this opening. Any Oregon licensed dental hygienist who resides in Oregon may apply for this position. The new Board member will be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Governor’s office will review and consider the applicant’s geographic location, ethnic background, diversity, disciplinary history (if any) and other factors important to the Governor. 

For more information click on Board & Staff Openings. Please contact Oregon Board of Dentistry Executive Director Stephen Prisby or ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley if you have any questions about serving on the Oregon Board of Dentistry.

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events! 

METRO EAST COMPONENT NEWS

Metro East just finished another Compassion Clinic Saturday, January 15th. This was another huge clinic with 7 hygiene chairs and 23 prophies! Phew! 

The next Compassion Clinic is February 26th in SE Portland. You can volunteer at a Compassion Clinic by signing up on their website.

HIGH DESERT COMPONENT NEWS 

This is a huge area to cover, and all dental hygienists are welcome to participate! 

Our current officers are: 

  • Director, Juanita Simpson
  • President, Sierra Shippler
  • Secretary, Virginia Olea 

Goals for this coming year: 

  • Re-establish the High Desert Component
  • Meet and Greet - March or April
  • Central Oregon Symposium - May instead of March due to COVID
  • Heaven Can Wait - 5K for raising funds for breast cancer
  • Possibly - Klamath Falls Symposium 

We will be meeting in January to decide the future quarterly dates for 2022. 

If you're new to the High Desert Component, I can add you to our local component mailing address listing; furthermore, if you have questions, the High Desert Component email address is [email protected]

Submitted by: 

Juanita Simpson, EPDH, BS
Director, High Desert Component 

NORTH WEST COMPONENT NEWS

Safe the Date!  February 19th at 10:00 am 

Come meet the North West leadership team and share your ideas of things the North West component can do to reconnect our members! An email will be going out soon.

Contact Ashli or Heidi if you have any questions.

SOUTH WEST COMPONENT NEWS

Calling all Members in the South West Region of Oregon!

Are you feeling isolated or disconnected? Then I would like to invite you to our Free Monthly SW Virtual Social Meeting on February 10th at 6:30 pm. It's a great time to meet and "see" other hygienists in your area. My plan for this is to be a mostly open discussion format about the challenges we are facing today and brainstorm on ways we can collaborate to solve them. If interested in getting involved with these monthly social meetings, please email me at [email protected] before February 9th, so that I can make sure to send you the Zoom link the morning of our meeting. 

Stay safe out there!

Jamie Christianson, RDH
ODHA SW Component Director

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Membership Information


ODHA Membership Includes:

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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January 2022

President's Message

Happy New Year! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful and joyous holiday! 

Every January 1, people around the world make resolutions to improve themselves, develop new habits, or get healthier. ODHA is no different. Our plan is to improve how we serve you: the members. We accomplish this by creating and updating our strategic plan. We previously have done this planning in July, but in 2021 we began to work on our strategic plan in January. This allows the new board to have a part in developing where ODHA wants to go, what we plan to accomplish and how we will get there. I invite everyone to send me your “Dream” of where you would like to see ODHA go. What goals do you think are important for us to pursue? Send your thoughts to [email protected].

Your Professional Development team hasn’t rested since the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Conference in November. They are currently hard at work planning our monthly CE’s, as well as working toward our Spring Symposium. If you want to see a specific topic or speaker, be sure to contact us! 

My focus this year is to increase our membership involvement in our committees. With increased involvement, achieving the committee goals will be easier as more hands make for lighter work. We welcome everyone to join a committee and become as involved as your time allows. 

And finally, my resolution is to do my best in guiding ODHA forward. I “Dream” of an active membership with robust involvement in all aspects of our association, and I hope you will help me achieve it!

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH, BSDH
#DREAM
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Board Member Spotlight

President-Elect: Tracy Brunkhorst

TracyBrunkhorst.jpg - 7.73 KbTracy knew right from the start that Dental Hygiene was a perfect fit for her career. From a young age she was called to serve, and it has been a thread in her life that has weaved a wonderful tale of how love and caring for patients has led her to her passion, which is to bring mobile dentistry to those in need.  

Tracy is a 1996 graduate from North Dakota and her roots lie in the plains. Tracy’s Norwegian heritage and culture lives bright inside and she hopes to visit Norway someday. She would have never guessed she would reside in the forests of Mt. Hood. She loves living here in Boring, where you can find her chasing after goats, chickens and ducks. Tracy is married and has 2 kids. She loves their 3 horses and their beloved family pet dog, Harper. 

Volunteering is a platform that is fulfilling for Tracy. She loves serving at Compassion Clinics, which has enriched her life. She is a faculty instructor at Mount Hood Community College in the Dental Hygiene program. Serving her patients in a general private practice along with a non-profit clinic is where you will find her educating and working with her beloved patients. Currently, Tracy also serves in leadership with her local hygiene association as President-Elect of the ODHA. 

She is so anxious to share all the above traits with you! Open arms and smiles in abundance are Tracy’s payload!

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New Dean for OHSU School of Dentistry 

RonaldSakaguchi.jpg - 13.42 KbRonald Sakaguchi, DDS, PhD, MBA, has been named as the 10th dean of Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Dentistry. He assumes the role after serving as the school’s interim dean since October 2020.

Dr. Sakaguchi joined the OHSU School of Dentistry in 1994. He has served in a number of dental school leadership roles over the years, including associate dean for research and innovation, during which he was part of a faculty team that supported a panel of Oregon business executives to form the plan for the construction of the School of Dentistry’s new home, which opened on OHSU’s South Waterfront campus in 2014. After completing an MBA in entrepreneurship at Babson College in 2008, he joined the OHSU School of Medicine’s Division of Management, where he created and taught courses for health care administration graduate certificate, MS and MBA programs.

Dr. Sakaguchi is a widely published dental biomaterials and biomechanics researcher with an extensive history of grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and industry. He has served in leadership roles with the International Association for Dental Research and Academy of Dental Materials, where he is also a fellow. He was an associate editor of the scientific journal Dental Materials and was senior editor of Craig’s Restorative Dental Materials 14th edition textbook which is used globally. He was recently named a fellow of the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Sakaguchi received training as a prosthodontist at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where he became a member of its Department of Oral Sciences faculty and joined its Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics. Sakaguchi earned a PhD in biomaterials and biomechanics from the University of Greenwich (formerly Thames Polytechnic, London), a doctoral degree in dental surgery from Northwestern University Dental School, a master’s degree in prosthodontics from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in cybernetics from UCLA.

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Children's Dental Health Month

 

February is Children’s Dental Health Month 

February 2022 is National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) brought to you by the American Dental Association (ADA). This month-long national event brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, health care providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. 

“Sealants Make Sense” is the 2022 theme for NCDHM. Irene Hilton, D.D.S., chair of the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention’s advisory committee on dental sealants, said sealants are an equitable way to prevent caries. 

“Sealants on permanent molars reduce the risk of caries by 80%,” Dr. Hilton said. “If your dentist recommends dental sealants, it is part of a comprehensive caries management approach. I am excited that this year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month theme is about dental sealants, so more families are aware of this cavity-preventing treatment.” 

The NCDHM Program Planning Guide provides program coordinators, dental societies, teachers and parents with resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation and more.

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Committee News

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
 

Are you looking to inspire future ODHA leaders? Would you like to help plan leadership training? The Leadership Development Committee is looking forward to 2022.  We have the following events planned:

  • Spring - SAHDA Leadership Workshop
  • Spring - Nominations for next year’s new leaders
  • Fall - SADHA Mentorship Program Meeting

We can always use more help and welcome all to join in the fun, planning, and events!!

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE 

The membership committee is inviting YOU to our first meeting of 2022! We would love to set some big goals for increasing membership of our association this year. To achieve these goals, we need you, your ideas, and your passion for our professional association. It has been a crazy couple of years but there are BIG things happening in Oregon for the Dental Hygiene profession! We want to see growth in membership of Oregon Dental Hygienists in order to increase the voice and advancement of our profession. Please mark your calendar join us Thursday, January 27th, 2022 to meet the membership committee and become part of our team. We can’t wait to meet you! Send an email to [email protected] by January 20th to get involved.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 

Your 2021 Professional Development Committee's Accomplishments

  1. Six members participated in this committee, totaling 24 meetings all together for the year.
  2. Added revenue to the Association's budget through collaboration amongst the components and hosting a total of 11 credits via Online for all members to be able to access.
    1. 2 - Required CE classes: Infections Control and Medical Emergencies
    2. 3 - "360 Health Review" CE classes: Myofunctional Oral Therapy, Geriatric Oral Health, & Periodontal Classification
  3. Organized the first, in-person Oregon Dental Hygienists' Conference since the Pandemic began - 120 participants earned up to 10 credits over a two-day period. 

Goals for Your Professional Development Committee in 2022

  1. At least double the number of members participating on the committee.
  2. Increase the number of classes and continue to provide quality CE opportunities for members on a monthly basis, including Required Courses.
  3. (New) RDH Virtual Spring Scientific Symposium on a Saturday in May 2022. Earn up to 6 credits!
  4. Build stronger communities within ODHA's regional components. 

Would you like to be part of the planning process or have ideas of your own that you like to share with us? All members are welcome to attend P.D.C. meetings to learn more about what ODHA is up to. The next two online meetings will be January 4 at 7:00 pm and January 18 at 7:00 pm. Feel free to contact the committee chair, Jamie Christianson, by January 3rd to get an invitation link to the meeting(s).

We look forward to seeing some new faces!

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Advocacy News

ODHA Advocacy Workshop 

ODHA will sponsor “Promoting Dental Public Health through Advocacy” a 5-hour interactive workshop 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Tuesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 17, 2022. 

This workshop is intended for dental hygienists who want to become more involved in advocating for the dental hygiene profession in Oregon. Participants will learn and practice skills needed to effectively pursue regulatory changes to promote dental public health. This workshop will be presented in a virtual format using the Zoom software platform. 

Please contact ODHA Advocacy Director,  Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information.

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Student News

Hello all students!

Can you believe we are already in a new year? With the new year comes new opportunities. To celebrate, ODHA is helping you start 2022 off on the right foot.

The second annual ODHA Student Symposium will be held on January 28, 2022. Not only is this event for you, but also has been planned by hard-working students just like you. You will have the opportunity to select what serves you best. Topics range from a scientific review sponsored by Crest Oral B, a career panel review, and ultrasonic instrumentation to name a few. Registration and conference schedule will be made available soon, but bookmark our conference page today!

Mark your calendars for this virtual event. You don’t want to miss this information packed session, which also happens to have some cool raffle prizes!

I can’t wait to see you all on January 28 at 1:00 pm. 

Cheers!

Tina Clarke, RDH M.Ed
ODHA Student Relations Director

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World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated globally each year on March 20. WOHD was launched by the FDI World Dental Federation to raise global awareness on the prevention and control of oral diseases. The purpose of WOHD is to empower people with the knowledge, tools and confidence to secure good oral health. 

The campaign theme for 2021 through 2023 is “Be Proud of your Mouth.” WOHD hopes to motivate people to value and take care of their mouths and understand that by doing so they can also help protect their general health and well-being. 

A variety of resources are available to promote World Oral Health Day including fact sheets, message cards, posters, and social media tools. All content is free to use by everyone as long as it's used in its original form (no modifications allowed) and doesn't promote a product or a business (i.e. dental practice). 

World Oral Health Day is a great opportunity to generate wide-spread media coverage and to raise people’s understanding of the link between oral health and oral health.

For more information click on World Oral Health Day.

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Student Conference
Friday, January 28, 2022

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Tuesday and Thursday, March 15 and 17, 2022
6:00 - 9:00 pm each night

RDH Event at 2022 Oregon Dental Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2022 

ODHA Virtual Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 2022 

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee.

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, February 25, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting. 

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them. 

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on April 22, June 17, August 19, October 21 and December 16.

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE RULES EFFECTIVE IN 2022 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) interprets and enforces the Oregon dental laws and adopts administrative rules to further interpret Oregon dental laws. 

In October 2021 the OBD adopted 22 rule changes and 1 new rule. Seventeen (17) of the rule changes and the 1 new rule will become effective January 1, 2022. The remaining 5 rule changes will become effective July 1, 2022. In many cases, rule changes are intended to clarify or update the wording of the rule. 

Visit the OBD website to view all administrative rule changes that become effective in 2022. When reviewing rule changes, language that has been added appears as underlined and language that has been removed appears as strikethrough

The following rules changes may be of particular interest to dental hygienists and are effective January 1, 2022:

  • 818-035-0010 Definitions has been changed by adding definitions for temporary restoration, atraumatic/alternative restorative techniques, and interim therapeutic restoration.
  • 818-035-0020 Authorization to Practice has been changed by reordering the sequence to clarify the intent of the rule.
  • 818-035-0025 Prohibited Acts has been changed by adding an exception that will allow expanded practice dental hygienists with a collaborative agreement to perform interim therapeutic restorations.
  • 818-035-0065 Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene Permit has been changed by adding that expanded practice dental hygienists with a collaborative agreement may perform interim therapeutic restorations after they have completed a Board-approved curriculum.
  • 818-035-0100 Recordkeeping has been changed by adding interim therapeutic restorations to the list of procedures that require an expanded practice dental hygienist to document the name of the collaborating dentist and date of the collaborative agreement in the patient’s chart. 

The rule changes to Definitions, Prohibited Acts, Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene Permit and Recordkeeping have been made to further interpret the new law created with the passage of House Bill 2627 that allows expanded practice dental hygienists to place interim therapeutic restorations. 

Please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information.

 

OPENING FOR DENTAL HYGIENIST BOARD MEMBER 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) will have an opening for a dental hygienist member of the Board in April 2022 when Yadira Martinez, RDH completes her second four-year term on the OBD. Yadira was appointed to serve on the Oregon Board of Dentistry in 2014, and she served as their 2020-2021 President. 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry consists of ten members. Six members must be Oregon licensed dentists, one of which must be a dental specialist, two members must be licensed dental hygienists, and two members must be from the public. Board members are appointed to serve a four-year term and may be reappointed to serve a second four-year term. 

The ODHA may nominate 3-5 dental hygienists to the Governor to fill this opening. Any Oregon licensed dental hygienist who resides in Oregon may apply for this position. The new Board member will be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Governor’s office will review and consider the applicant’s geographic location, ethnic background, diversity, disciplinary history (if any) and other factors important to the Governor. 

For more information click on Board & Staff Openings. Please contact Oregon Board of Dentistry Executive Director Stephen Prisby or ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley if you have any questions about serving on the Oregon Board of Dentistry.

 

ODHA REPS TO STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD 

At the beginning of each year, the Oregon Board of Dentistry asks the ODHA to submit the names of dental hygienists who will represent the ODHA on standing committees of the Board. The ODHA has a representative on each of the following standing committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry: Communications; Dental Hygiene; Dental Therapy Rules Oversight, Enforcement & Discipline; Licensing, Standards & Competency; Rules Oversight. 

Standing committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry meet to discuss issues that are referred to them and then make recommendations back to the Board. Standing committees may or may not meet throughout the year. Representatives to these standing committees serve for one year, from April to March, and may be reappointed. The ODHA representatives to these standing committees are appointed by the ODHA President with approval of the ODHA Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position with no remuneration and no reimbursement for expenses. 

If you are interested in representing the ODHA on a standing committee of the Oregon Board of Dentistry this year, please complete this form and email it to ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J Rowley by January 13th

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Oregon State Legislature News

How long does the Oregon State Legislature meet?
The Oregon Legislature meets for a maximum of 160 days in odd-numbered years (long session) and for a maximum of 35 days in even-numbered years (short session). The 2022 Oregon Legislative Session will be a short session so it will meet for a maximum of 35 days February 1, 2022 through March 7, 2022

What is the composition of the Oregon State Legislature?
The Oregon State Legislature is comprised of two chambers, the Senate with 30 members elected to serve four-year terms and the House of Representatives with 60 members elected to two-year terms. Each Oregonian is represented by one State Representative and one State Senator. Click here to Find My Legislator. 

What is a bill?
A bill is a proposal to create a new law or to amend an existing law. In order to become law, a bill must be passed in both chambers, the Senate and the House of Representatives, in identical form. 

How are bills numbered?
Each bill is designated by the chamber where it was introduced and a unique number. For example, Senate Bill 111 would have been introduced in the Senate, and House Bill 2222 would have been introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill retains this designation when it is considered in the other chamber. 

The ODHA will monitor and comment on bills related to dentistry throughout the 2022 Oregon Legislative Session and keep you informed of their progress. Please contact ODHA Advocacy Director  Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information.

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events! 

HIGH DESERT COMPONENT NEWS 

I am excited to announce that we have the following officers: 

  • Juanita Simpson, Director
  • Sierra Schipper, Chairman
  • Virginia Olea, Secretary 

We are tentatively planning the following:

  • Meet and Greet this winter
  • Spring Symposium in Bend
  • Possible CE in Klamath Falls 

We are actively looking for suggestions for CE with possible instructors.  If you would like to be leader, participate in planning, and or have suggestions please do contact us at [email protected].

SOUTH WEST COMPONENT NEWS

Dear Fellow Members of SW Region: 

What a year it's been! Now it's time to plan 2022! If you live or work in the SW region of Oregon, we want to hear from you. 

SW- OR Component will be hosting our first social meeting(s) of the year via online. Once on Thursday, January 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, then again on Friday, January 7th from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. You're welcome to pick one time or join Sarah Melten and I on both days. We are looking for inspiration from our local membership to plan future social events or look into community projects.   

We are still looking for a member that would also like to take on the leadership role of our Component Chair. I would be happy to share more about the position. All leadership positions are becoming more collaborative with efforts focused on committees vs. left to individuals.  

Please email me at [email protected]  if interested in the upcoming social events online. I will need to send you an invitation to join us.  All invites will be sent the morning of the events to make sure I get everyone. 

I look forward to meeting you and seeing your faces soon.

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Membership Information


ODHA Membership Includes:

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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