San Francisco Dental Hygiene Society
California Dental Hygienists' Association
Volume 20, Issue 2
Spring 2010
In This Issue
Tenderloin Health Center
DH Code of Ethics
CDHA Press Release
Free CE from Hu-Friedy
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June 10-11
"Explore 2010 Hygienists Forum"
Grand Hyatt, Union Square, SF
June 11-13
CHDA House of Delegates
Marriott San Francisco Airport, CA
June 11
Project Homeless Connect #34
Bayview Hunters Point
June 23-29
Center for Lifelong Learning
Caesar's Palace - Las Vegas, NV
July 1-3
Oral Health- New Concepts for the
New Millennium
Glasgow, Scotland
August 5-7
RDH Under One Roof
Orlando, FL - Disney World
September 29
Project Homeless Connect #35
Golden Gate Park

October 1-4
4th Annual Cruise and Learn
Long Beach, CA - Ensenada, Mexico
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San Francisco, CA 94110 
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Alt. Trustee:
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 San Francisco, CA 94116

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 "To improve the public's total health, the mission of the California Dental Hygienists' Association is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by increasing awareness of the cost effective benefits of prevention and ensuring access to, quality oral health care, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure practice, and research and promoting the interests of dental hygienists."

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     Welcome to the first electronic issue of the SFDHS newsletter!  Several other California components have already transitioned to paperless communication.  In an effort to Go Green and cut down on the use of paper, the quarterly newsletters will now be delivered via e-mail.  The look/format may change over the next few issues as we transition.  Also, there will be a few informational e-mails sent by the component between newsletters, just to keep you up to date!
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Tenderloin Health Center

Tenderloin Health Center has secured a Federal SPNS Grant (Special Projects of National Significance) in which the purpose of the grant is to increase access to oral health care for the un and under insured people living with HIV and AIDS in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.  The Tenderloin District is home to over 2,000 residents who are unstably housed, living with HIV/AIDS and have multiple diagnosed additions.

An overwhelming majority of people enrolled in the study are polysubstance users and report using within the last 30 days; including but not limited to cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, crack cocaine, and crystal meth.  Reported barriers to care in this population are:  can't afford it, couldn't find HIV friendly dentist, didn't know where to find care, didn't think it was important, fear of pain, and no desire to get care.

Participants' dissatisfaction with their teeth and gums have a negative impact on their self-esteem, some of the effects of dental health on appearance would be, "It's embarrassing to date someone with no teeth or [no] dentures." "It definitely effects getting a job especially if you have to work with customers." "Because you can't chew you have to watch what you eat and you also have digestion problems." "If you have meth mouth or crack mouth, people know and judge you.  I judge myself because I know."

The team at Tenderloin Health Center, lead by Avantika Nath, DDS, warmly welcomes volunteers from the dental community , especially Registered Dental Hygienists. 

Questions may be directed to Monty Monteiro,
CDHA HOD 2010 
2010 CDHA House of Delegates should not be a foreign term to you.  If it is, HOD is an annual assembly of the CDHA executive board, component delegates, trustees, and dental hygiene students from around the state.  This is where the business of Dental hygiene gets done. 

This year HOD will be held at the SFO Marriott from Friday, June 11 to Sunday, June 13.  The San Francisco component will send 4 delegates, 1 alternative delegates, plus our Trustee.  They are as follows:
Trustee:  Susan Lopez RDH
Delegate:  Pam Lim RDHAP
Delegate:  Diane Okubo-Fong RDH
Delegate:  Heather Steich RDH
Delegate:  Michael LaFlamme RDH
Alt. Delegate:  Saira Richardson West RDH

If you have not attended in the past I strongly encourage you to be part of this incredible body.  If you have attended before, I understand why you want to return this year.
In addition to the House of Delegates business meeting, there is also a CE opportunity:

Rise and Shine 
Come join the Public Health Council for our annual training and planning meeting! 
Date:  June 11, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Place: San Francisco Airport Marriott
Who: Everyone is welcome
Earn: 2 FREE CE units

Go away with: A jump drive containing a 2 unit CE course you can use in your component, handout, resources, a training manual that explains how public health is implemented in the component, and ideas for future projects
Hope to see you there!!
Dental Hygiene Code of Ethics
     When was the last time you read the CDHA DH Code of Ethics?  When you applied for CA licensure?  Hygiene school? 
     While working in private practice it can be easy to forget the core of what the profession of dental hygiene is founded on.  So, as an ongoing feature in the next few newsletters there will be a consecutive piece of the that document.

1. Preamble

As dental hygienists, we are a community of professionals devoted to the prevention of disease and the promotion and improvement of the public's health. We are preventive oral health professionals who provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to the public. We strive to live meaningful, productive, satisfying lives that simultaneously serve us, our profession, our society, and the world. Our actions, behaviors, and attitudes are consistent with our commitment to public service. We endorse and incorporate the Code into our daily lives.

2. Purpose

The purpose of a professional code of ethics is to achieve high levels of ethical consciousness, decision making, and practice by the members of the profession. Specific objectives of the Dental Hygiene Code of Ethics are:

· To increase our professional and ethical consciousness and sense of ethical responsibility.

· To lead us to recognize ethical issues and choices and to guide us in making more informed ethical decisions.

· To establish a standard for professional judgement and conduct.

· To provide a statement of the ethical behavior the public can expect from us.

The Dental Hygiene Code of Ethics is meant to influence us throughout our careers. It stimulates our continuing study of ethical issues and challenges us to explore our ethical responsibilities. The Code establishes concise standards of behavior to guide the public's expectations of our profession and supports dental hygiene practice, laws and regulations. By holding ourselves accountable to meeting the standards stated in the Code, we enhance the public's trust on which our professional privilege and status are founded.

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Media Contact:
Stevan Allen - 916.448.1336
California Dental Hygienists' Association Conducts Statewide Outreach Efforts to Provide Low-Income Children Access to Dental Care 
GLENDALE, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2010) - As National Children's Dental Health Month draws to a close, California's dental hygienists are reminding parents and guardians that protecting the smiles of California's youngest children is a year-round commitment.
"Taking a month to spotlight this issue is a wonderful opportunity to better educate parents and the public," said Daphne Von Essen, president of the California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA). "But this really needs to be something we as a society focus on 365 days a year because we have millions of California children suffering from insufficient oral health care."
The most vulnerable Californians are children in low-income families who have limited access to dental care, lack of dental education and nutritional needs - all of which result in a high cavity rate in children.  The greatest racial and ethnic disparity is seen among children ages two through eight, especially in Hispanic, African American and rural communities. 
Early Childhood Caries (ECC), a distinctive pattern of severe tooth decay in infants and young children, is one of the most common diseases in this age group. By conservative estimates, it affects more than one out of seven preschoolers and over half of California's elementary school children.  
"Poor oral health not only results in cavities but sets in motion the potential for long-term health risks," said Von Essen. Poor oral health has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, potential strokes, along with low birth weight and preterm deliveries. Oral health problems can also lead to pain, poor nutrition and development, impaired speech, loss of employment, time away from school, and low self-esteem.
To combat these problems, CDHA reminds parents, guardians and caregivers to observe a few simple rules:
§  Make sure your child has a dental visit by his or her first birthday
§  Children should not fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water
§  Avoid letting children drink juice from a bottle 
§  At birth, starting cleaning your child's gums with a soft infant toothbrush or washcloth and water 
During National Children's Dental Health Month, hundreds of dental hygienists throughout California have participated in community outreach programs in concert with local departments of public health, Head Start programs, school districts, dental and dental hygiene schools, and Boys & Girls Clubs.  
Year round, dental hygienists conduct patient and community education to help reduce tooth decay. In fact, dental hygienists are working to improve access to care for all underserved populations - a reality made possible as hygienists with additional education and licensing conduct oral health screenings, periodontal exams and treatment in non-traditional dental office settings. 
CDHA continues to advocate for laws and regulations in Sacramento that will continue to foster the ability of Registered Dental Hygienists to increase access to care for underserved areas.
"Tooth decay is the most common disease for children," said CDHA's Von Essen. "And all it takes is a little education and a toothbrush to combat it."
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The California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA) is the authoritative voice of the state's dental hygiene profession. The organization was established 20 years ago    when two regional associations merged to form a unified professional group.  CDHA represents thousands of dental hygienists throughout the state and is dedicated to expanding opportunities for the profession and access to care for all Californians.  For more information, visit
Friends of Hu-Friedy CE
Grand Hyatt, SF
June 10-11

         Are you  a "Friends of Hu-Friedy" member?  If not, I encourage you to go to the Friends of Hu-Friedy website and sign up for free.  They have various online CE, instrument information, etc.

          Their latest e-mail invited the San Francisco Dental Community to a free 2-day event entitled "The Hu-Friedy 2010 Hygienists Forum."

          It will be held at the Grand Hyatt SF, a block from Union Square. 
          Below is the link to the event details on the Friends of Hu-Friedy site.


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