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Dentists Open Wide after Lobbyists Pressure CDC

Effectiveness The CDC recommended that dentists postpone cleanings. Then the lobbyists showed up. By Filed under Jason Paladino & Justin Rood | | investigation Under pressure from the nation’s largest dental industry organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversed its guidance on dental procedures in May, advising dentists it may be safe to open for routine care despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Salivary Diagnostics Can Help Bridge Systemic Health for Dental Hygienists – Today’s RDH

In dentistry, saliva has traditionally been more of a nuisance than anything else. Dental hygienists know the constant struggle of trying to keep patients from choking during a prophy or attempting to keep a tooth dry when placing a sealant. Yet, what if saliva holds the key to integrating medicine and dentistry?

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Advancing Oral Health in North Carolina

We are taking steps forward to improve the oral health of North Carolinians, and change doesn’t happen without diverse stakeholder engagement. Meet some of the tireless advocates who have contributed decades of their leadership to help get us where we are today.


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!

NCDHA 3RD Annual Session

To ensure the health and safety of dental hygienists, other dental team members and their families during this unprecedented time, our annual session, scheduled for September 25-27, 2020 has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you all in September 2021! More details will be provided at a later date.

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OSHA/HIPAA Infection control Annual Update

OSHA/HIPAA Infection control Annual Update

Join Our Foothills Component for their Annual OSHA/HIPAA and Infection Control Update course Friday, March 27, 2020, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, NC Registration Begins at 8:00 am. This is a 3 hour CE event, presented by Lynne Lack,...

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