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About Our Association

Lets Begin with a Brief History

In the earlier years of our association, five charter members: Carolyn Smart Keith, Winifred Brewer Burns, Maxine Bowman, Mary Louise Tuttle and Nancy Horton Pappas created NCDHA’S Constitution and Bylaws and were adopted in 1949, at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Dental Society, in Pinehurst, NC. Over the next decade, dental hygienists slowly transitioned from public programs into the private practice setting by educating dentists and the public about the advantages of the preventive therapies provided by dental hygienists. Dental hygiene education in North Carolina began in 1953 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, accepting 11 students who graduated in 1955. Dental hygiene education programs were implemented at the community college level beginning in 1965.

Who We are Today 

The North Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association is part of the tripartite structure of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), making all ADHA members a member of NCDHA as well as members of one of our 11 components. We proudly represent over 7,000 dental hygienists and we are your resource for current information impacting dental hygienists in North Carolina and throughout the nation!

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With a grant through the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative’s Teledentistry Fund, Catawba Valley Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program was able to purchase teledentistry software to help the dental hygiene students serve patients in the community.


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NCOHC POLICY BRIEF

NCOHC POLICY BRIEF

The North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative is continuously working to improve access to oral health care and equity in oral health care for all North Carolinians. In an effort to ensure that all stakeholders have opportunities to help the NCOHC achieve their goals,...

The North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative announces plans for Oral Health Day Part 2!

Oral Health Day Part 2 will provide our community the opportunity to learn even more about Teledentistry and it’s role in our communities! Join elected officials, health care providers and community members for virtual tours of Federally Qualified Health Centers across NC and see firsthand the positive impacts of Teledentistry in NC! Following the tours, join in a conversation about the role of policy in improving access and equity in oral health care through teledentistry.
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