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Make plans to join us for the Arizona Dental Hygienist Association General Assembly. This year’s meeting will be held virtually on Oct. 16, 2021 from 8:00am – 12:00pm. We will elect our board for 2022 and vote on important PR and PBY’s. Sept. 10th is the deadline to submit all PR’s and PBY’s. All candidate nominations that are declared in advance must be submitted by October 9th to be posted for members to review. After a lunch break, we will offer a Medical Emergencies CE course from 12:30-1:45pm.

The Continuing Education will be free for any AZDHA members who attend the General Assembly. Cost for hygienists not participating in the General Assembly will need to pay $20 to register for CE.

What’s Up at the Capitol

The 2021 Legislative Session began on Monday, January 11th, and there are already over 1,000 bills introduced. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic promises to shape much of thissession, from policy items pursued to the way in which legislative business is conducted. Both chambers have adopted special rules to protect the health and safety of legislators, staff, and the public.

ZOOM IN with a Registered Dental Hygienist

Teledentistry – Dignity Health, First Teeth First

February is Children’s Dental Health month so it is fitting for me to tell you about our children’s oral health program. The First Teeth First Program is a community based program providing services to children 0-5 years of age and expectant mothers at no charge. Services provided include an oral screening, anticipatory guidance, goal
setting, and referral and care coordination, provided by a registered dental hygienist and promotora. Before the
COVID-19 pandemic, the program operated in person at WIC clinics (Women, Infant, and Children), pediatrician’s
offices, OBGYN offices and childcares.

The Story of Dental Therapy

Many years ago, when the profession of Dental Hygiene was born in the United States, Dental Therapy was being born in New Zealand. Recently some states have legalized Dental Therapy (and New Zealand has adopted Dental Hygiene!)

When Dental Therapy was started in Australia and New Zealand, the therapists worked in schools on children. They could meet most of the dental needs of children. The services were supported by the government. The Therapists were paid a salary not based on procedures. Adults were cared for in private dental

Local Component’s of AzDHA

EAST VALLEY

Contact: Dawn Best
dawnbest@hotmail.com

CENTRAL ARIZONA

Contact: Debby Kurtz-Weidinger
centralazdentalhygienists@gmail.com

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NORTHERN ARIZONA

Contact: Catherine Roustan
Email: cathroustan@msn.com

SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Contact: Mindy Rogers  jumiordragster7232@gmail.com

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